Posted by: tranquilpc | January 23, 2010

Safe Home Server – part 5

Safe_WHS

Upgrading an existing SQA-5H or RS5 server

The SSM device (price and availability will be published in final section of the series) can easily replace your existing HDD1 in the SQA-5H or RS5.  By replacing HDD1 with a SSM, you are protecting the operating system and primary data partition from potential HDD failure.

There are two options, depending on the state / capacity used on your SQA-5H Home Server / RS5, and your preference.

 

Option 1 – Clean re-start

SSM_1The SSM is delivered to suit your current machine / language, pre-installed with the latest Home Server build and Tranquil Home Server features.

Also you will receive a new Home Server Restore DVD, again to match your machine / language – including the support files for the SSM.

Ensure any data folders on the server have been backed up to a removable suitable device.  This ‘clean re-start’ will erase all the data on your server, including any installed Add Ins etc.

Remove all the HDDs from the SQA-5H / RS5 – insert just the new SSM, and power up the server.  Initialise the server as you did the first time.

Once initialisation has been completed de-power then add the original HDD (HDD1) and any other HDDs to the spare slots. Keeping SSM in HDD1.

You can then add the new HDDs back to the server storage pool (including the original HDD) – and restore back your user files, from the backups taken earlier.

Be sure to ensure folder duplication is enabled to protect your media / user folders.

 

Option 2 – Recover your existing data

The SSM is delivered to suit your current machine / language, pre-installed with the latest Home Server build and Tranquil Home Server features.

Also you will receive a new Home Server Restore DVD, again to match your machine / language – including the support files for the SSM

Ensure all of the data you want to be protected is in ‘duplicated’ folders.  Also ensure (wait) to ensure that the data has completely been duplicated.  There are Add Ins to help you – ie Duplication Information.  If data has not correctly been duplicated (from the primary HDD) you may loose data, in the rebuild process.

You can now depower the server, remove HDD1 – replace it with the SSM into slot 1, LEAVE all the other HDDs in the server !
Now use the supplied new Home Server Restore DVD to Restore the server.  Instructions are supplied.  Be sure to select the SAFE RESTORATION.

During this process the SSM will receive the latest server image, and then recover the duplicated folders from the original HDD2, 3 etc. 
Initialise the server as you did the first time.  You will lose any user account settings / Add Ins etc. as with any server restore process.

Once you have completed the re-initialisation of the restored server, and you are comfortable your folder have been recovered, you can now slot in the original HDD1 into a free slot and then add to your server storage pool.

 

If you have a SQA-5H with a purchased AVA Media licence – you should ensure you have a copy of it (mymovies.lic), to place in the new Add Ins folder (option 1).  If you choose option 2, the licence file(s) will be copied back automatically.

 

The process for the RS5 Media server is the same, although specific instructions are provided.  When restoring the RS5 all music / video files will be copied back, but the library screen of ‘ripped’ disks will be cleared, and only newly ripped disks will be displayed.

If support is required, Tranquil can provide remote assistance

 

 

Test the SSM in a non Tranquil Home Server ?

The SSM is designed to drop into the SQA-5H HDD caddy.  It has not been tested yet in other Home Servers, i.e. HP, Acer, etc Home Servers –if you have a non Tranquil OEM Home Server and are based in UK, and would like to test / evaluate the SSM in your device – please contact research@tranquilpc.co.uk – we will discuss supply of a ‘blank’ SSM (no Tranquil Home Server OS) – whereby you can run your OEM Home Server Restore application, to image the SSM.  Please note there would be no SSM Manager application / service running.  The purpose of the test is to ensure physical and BIOS compatibility only – the SSM will otherwise function as any HDD1.

(we will update this post with news of other OEM Home Server compatibilities)

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Responses

  1. […] Part 5 – Upgrading an existing SQA-5H or RS5 server […]

  2. Hi

    Great new product. Its something the WHS has needed since day one and a big error not having a failsafe syetem drive as part of the spec of WHS
    Now we do

    PS: The duplication information web site fails. Possibly over bandwidth allowance?

    Regards

    Paul

  3. […] Tranquil PC SSM Install Notes […]

  4. […] There is a good write up of how to use the SSM on Tranquil’s own blog here. […]


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