I need advice for WHS 2011 install

Discussion in 'Windows Server' started by jachin99, Jul 13, 2017.

  1. jachin99

    jachin99 MDL Junior Member

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    I would like to install WHS 2011 on a machine that is running windows 7 ultimate right now on I believe a UEFI GPT setup but I have a few questions first.

    1. Starting out, I assume that WHS 2011 is designed for BIOS/ MBT and might be difficult to convert over to a GPT scheme. Is this a safe assumption, and if I am going to run into problems, how would go about avoiding any complications related to my setup.

    2. My second problem that should actually be my first is that I don't have a copy of WHS 2011 or a key to activate it so I am asking here where I might be able to obtain those two things.

    I think this is a good starting point for my project, and these two questions probably introduce enough complexity to keep me busy for quite a while so thanks in advance for all of your advice.
     
  2. emparor

    emparor MDL Novice

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    whs2011 is running out on mainstream support why not use windows server 2016 essentials its a followup of it? i think with windows loader you could activate whs2011

    i use an acer aspire h340 server and it uses uefi system to boot and works fine on whs2011 and 2016 essentials
     
  3. jachin99

    jachin99 MDL Junior Member

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    I actually got an iso but when I burn a media creation disc, running setup does nothing. I get a UAC prompt, and I accept it but then nothing happens
     
  4. emparor

    emparor MDL Novice

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    you try to make cds or use usb for install?
    you got direct access to that Computer or trying do an unattend install?
    also whs2011 wipes all disks on install
     
  5. jachin99

    jachin99 MDL Junior Member

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    #5 jachin99, Jul 14, 2017
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    I downloaded the ISO file, right clicked it, and selected burn disc image. Once the image was burnt, I navigated to setup.exe in the win 7 file explorer and clicked that but after I said yes to the UAC prompt, nothing happened. I have access to the PC
     
  6. emparor

    emparor MDL Novice

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    tryed to boot from it ? wich cpu got your win7 pc? be sure its x64 compatible when your win7 is x32 it will not install only on boot from DVD
     
  7. MrG

    MrG MDL Addicted

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    I'd suggest a fast CPU (mine i7 @ 3.4 Ghz) & plenty of RAM.
    I have always installed WHS2011 by booting from the DVD which I have used many times.
     
  8. atgpud2003

    atgpud2003 MDL Member

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    For me.. It a Storage files. I would use older motherboard at least LGA 775 or LGA 1151 (i3 cores) at least 8GB rams (4 HDD) or 16GB (8HDD to 10HDD) +2 SSD OS for MIRROR in case break one down.. But for Now I am using Windows 2008 R2 Enterprise Server with along (FreeNAS 9.xx 64bits that runs 10 HDD and 1 compact flash, 8GB RAM..), the Main Server runs 6 hard drives, 4 HDD all mirrors 2 parts, the 2 SDD is OS and Applications needs...
     
  9. steven168

    steven168 MDL Novice

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    i wonder what the advantage of WHS 2011 over the WS 2016?