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Can't connect clients to Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials

Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 with 250 GB hard drive installed on a Lenovo M91p. 64-bit.

I normally would put server software on server hardware, but I happen to have this OS lying around and this computer lying around. Lenovo has i7 2600k, 8 GBs of RAM and the drive above. There does happen to be a formatted SSD Sata III, which is not in use.

All clients are WIN 7 Pro on Lenovo M91p with 8 to 12 GBs of RAM on Crucial M4 128 to 256 SSD Sata III drives.

My goal was to install the Storage Server to back up the clients. If I found I was going to run out of space, I would install on a 1 TB to 3 TB hard drive.

After spending two nights trying to install it after realizing that the default Nero software was turning out one corrupt disk after another, I was able to install the OS to the disk using a different ISO program.

Everything is set up on the OS. This is when I tried to connect the client computers to the Storage Server. The name of the Storage Server is "Storage." It is connected to the domain and can see all of the computers including the domain server.

I typed the correct URL in a broser which brought up the "Connect your computer to the server" wizard. Clicked on "Download software for Windows" and selected Run. Finally got to the "Log onto your Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Storage." I entered my password and received the error message "The password you have entered is incorrect."

At this point, I was using the default account of Administrator and the password. I did have .NET Framework 4.

Given that didn't work, I changed the password. That didn't work so I made a new account. That didn't work so I changed its password. There are so many accounts made and deleted and so many passwords, I almost think I should reinstall the OS.

Any ideas. Thank you.

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Reinstall.  Based on what happened before, you have no idea of the extent of corruption. Fix this problem, then there will be more, and more, and more.

Or worse, it could start blue screening once people have data on it.

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