If you already have a Tranquil PC SQA-5H Windows Home Server you might be considering how you would run Windows Home Server 2011 on it. In this guide we will show you just how to do that.
Remember there is no possible way to upgrade a Windows Home Server V1 installation to Windows Home Server 2011 because 2011 is 64-bit and you just cant upgrade!
Before you start the process, you will need to have done the following:
- either copied / moved off all your data from your existing WHS installation to a temporary location, OR you have put in a new System hard drive and have pulled out all the data drives
- obtained a copy of Windows Home Server 2011 (at the time of writing this article you can only get it from MSDN or TechNet – the System Builder channel will have it at a later time, but remember it is not a retail product)
- the latest SIL 3124 drives (more on that later)
- Tranquil SQA-5H front panel drivers for WHS 2011 – these control the lights (more on that later too)
- you have made a note of the user account details you will need to set up again and a note of any add-ins you had so that you can check if there are any WHS 2011 versions available as the V1 versions will not work with 2011
- a few hours of time
- and in honour of Tim – a few beers (or in my case soft drinks!)
This process works perfectly well if you use either a normal hard drive as your system drive or a Tranquil PC SAFE drive. I have tried it on both, with the SAFE drive being my main system drive.
If you don’t want to do this yourself, or you are unsure, Tranquil are offering an upgrade service, which includes the cost of a WHS 2011 licence and moving all your data for you.Tranquil PC’s Windows Home Server 2011 Upgrade Service
Step 1 – Preparing the SQA-5H
Once you have performed all the pre-requisites, its time to start the actual installation.
For this step, the easiest way of installing Windows Home Server 2011 is to connect a mouse, keyboard and monitor and perform it that way, although most Windows Home Server’s from OEMs don’t have a monitor port.
As you probably know if you look at the back of the SQA-5H there is no visible monitor port. Fortunately Tranquil provided a monitor port, but it is hidden under a small Service plate.
So, do the following to be able to access the monitor port:
Unplug everything from your SQA-5H.
Turn it around so that the back is facing you.
Unscrew the four screws on the Service plate to access the monitor port.
Step 2 – Installing Windows Home Server 2011
Install Windows Home Server 2011, either from DVD using a USB connected DVD reader, or from a USB stick.How to install Windows Home Server from a USB stick Windows Home Server 2011 Installation Overview video