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Can You install Windows Home Server on a Dell Poervault 725N

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I have an old Dell Powervault 725N that i would like to convert to a home server. It has 4 new HD's so no OS is currently installed. Is it possible to install WHS on it and how would I go about getting it done. All my PC's have Windows Vista Ultimate not sure if that makes a difference.
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I've installed Home Server on lots of different machines. I've had it on RAID arrays, old servers and desktops. The WHS installer starts off fancy but really it is the Small Business Server 2003 setup files repurposed - they haven't even changed the background text. Just make sure you have the mass storage (RAID/SATA/SCSI) drivers available and be prepared to load in support for your drive configuration as you would on a normal XP or 2003 build.
Assuming everything loads OK you will be using out-of-box drivers and although you could consider upgrading I would leave most of the drivers as the default ones installed as you won't really be looking at this machine very much. If you need to add chipset support I would check to see what Microsoft say, but would personally would try to find the Windows Server 2003 drivers from Dell and use those as they are the closest fit.
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I'm not overly familiar with the Dell Powervault 725N. Windows Home Server has the same hardware compatibility as Windows Server 2003. So if Server 2003 can load on the 725N, you should be fine. Hopefully the 725N has a DVD drive.
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The Dell Powervault does not have a dvd or floppy drive. It does have USB, a serial port and obviously ethernet ports.
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Thes easiest thing would be to use a USB external DVD drive. Hopefully the Dell supports USB booting. Otherwise its possible to copy the Home Server DVD to a USB stick.
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