Solved

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

Posted on 2009-07-13
5
819 Views
Last Modified: 2013-12-05
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.
0
Comment
Question by:teegster
5 Comments
 
LVL 3

Assisted Solution

by:AdoBeebo
AdoBeebo earned 100 total points
ID: 24844712
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.
0
 
LVL 1

Assisted Solution

by:ddabour
ddabour earned 100 total points
ID: 24848534
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.
0
 

Author Comment

by:teegster
ID: 24849479
The Dell Powervault does not have a dvd or floppy drive. It does have USB, a serial port and obviously ethernet ports.
0
 
LVL 1

Assisted Solution

by:ddabour
ddabour earned 100 total points
ID: 24849901
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.
0
 
LVL 17

Accepted Solution

by:
James Haywood earned 300 total points
ID: 24857072
0

Featured Post

Zoho SalesIQ

Hassle-free live chat software re-imagined for business growth. 2 users, always free.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Suggested Solutions

Title # Comments Views Activity
lync 2013 7 55
How to reduce VM disk capacity without losing OS data ? 10 86
SBS 2011 certificates expired - need to renew? 4 37
file name warning 4 24
Redirected folders in a windows domain can be quite useful for a number of reasons, one of them being that with redirected application data, you can give users more seamless experience when logging into different workstations.  For example, if a use…
Sometimes drives fill up and we don't know why.  If you don't understand the best way to use the tools available, you may end up being stumped as to why your drive says it's not full when you have no space left!  Here's how you can find out...
This tutorial will give a an overview on how to deploy remote agents in Backup Exec 2012 to new servers. Click on the Backup Exec button in the upper left corner. From here, are global settings for the application such as connecting to a remote Back…
This tutorial will give a short introduction and overview of Backup Exec 2012 and how to navigate and perform basic functions. Click on the Backup Exec button in the upper left corner. From here, are global settings for the application such as conne…

911 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question

Need Help in Real-Time?

Connect with top rated Experts

24 Experts available now in Live!

Get 1:1 Help Now