Microsoft have released a series of guides to build Test Labs to check out various new features in Windows Server “8.” I’ve included a list below to some of the guides.
Test Lab Guide: Base Test Lab Guide for Windows Server “8” Beta – This Microsoft Test Lab Guide (TLG) provides you with step-by-step instructions to create the Windows Base Configuration test lab, using computers running Windows 8 Consumer Preview or Windows Server “8” Beta.
Test Lab Guide: Demonstrate High Availability Printing in Windows Server “8” Beta – This paper contains an introduction to Windows Server “8” Beta Printing and step-by-step instructions for extending the Test Lab Guide Base Configuration to demonstrate High Availability Printing.
Figured I’d post this in case anyone else runs into this issue. I was performing an unattended install of Windows Home Server 2011 and the setup failed. I tried to use the same cfg.ini file again, however, setup didn’t like the file the second time around. Knowing that I hadn’t changed anything, I opened the file and noticed something strange. There was an additional line that Setup adds to the file once its used it.
The line added is located in the [WinPE] section and is called Processed=true.
In my testing, removing this line will allow the cfg.ini file to be used again.
Before setup runs After setup runs
This tip applies to:
- Windows Home Server 2011
- Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials
- Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials
This one’s a short post. Here are the direct links to the online help sites for Windows Home Server 2011, Small Business Server 2011, and Storage Server R2 Essentials.
Windows Home Server 2011 – http://onlinehelp.microsoft.com/en-us/windowshomeserver2011
Small Business Server 2011 Essentials – http://onlinehelp.microsoft.com/en-us/sbs2011essentials/
Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials – http://onlinehelp.microsoft.com/en-us/storageserver2008r2/
(UPDATE 04/11/2011 – Corrected error with sparseimage. Should be sparsebundle. Directions corrected.)
Note: These directions will not work with Mac OS X Lion as Apple has removed the necessary components to allow this functionality to work.
In today’s how-to, we’re going to setup Time Machine for a Mac client with the backups being stored on Windows Home Server 2011. These same steps should work with Small Business Server 2011 Essentials and Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials as well. (P.S. If after reading this, and you agree with me that setup could be easier, go here and vote.)
Step 1: Create shared folder on server
- Click the Shared Folders and Hard Drives tab
- Click Add a Folder, and fill in the details then click Next
- Click Specific People, and then assign Read/Write permissions to the user account you wish to use on your Mac.
- Click Add Folder,and then when the process is finished, click Close.
Step 2: Enable Network Volume Support and create SparseBundle file
- On each Mac that you wish to back up, go to the Applications folder, then Utilities, then open Terminal and type the following command then press Enter.
- defaults write com.apple.systempreferences TMShowUnsupportedNetworkVolumes 1
- We need to determine the MAC address of the Ethernet port (en0) to properly create the sparsebundle file. (NOTE: Even if you are using a wireless connection to backup, you MUST use the MAC address of the Ethernet port.) To do so, in the same Terminal window, type ifconfig and press Enter. Look for the line starting with en0, and then look just below that for the line starting with ether and make note of the address on that line.
- Now we will create the sparsebundle file that Time Machine will use. In the same Terminal window, type the following command and press Enter. (NOTE: For the hard drive size, it needs to be the size of your hard drive. If you have a 160GB hard drive, then it will be ‘-size 160G’.)
- hdiutil create –size <Hard Drive size>G –fs HFS+J –volname “<computername> Backup” <computername>_<MACAddress>.sparsebundle
- Replace <Hard drive size> with the size of your hard drive
- Replace <computername> with the name of your computer (Can be found in System Preferences –> Sharing) (Note: You may want to change the name to make it something short and simple.)
- Replace <MACAddress> with the MAC Address you made note of in the previous step, leave out the colons in the address
Step 3: Copy Sparsebundle to server and enable Time Machine
- Close Terminal, then go to the Go menu and click Connect to Server, and type in smb://<ip address or name of server>, then press Enter. Choose the Shared Folder you created and click OK.
- Browse to the location that the sparsebundle file was created in. This will most likely be the root of your user folder. (/users/<your username/)
- Drag this sparsebundle file to the shared folder on the server
- After the file finishes copying, open System Preferences, and then click Time Machine
- Click Select Disk and select the shared folder on your server
- When prompted, enter the user name and password you wish to use and click Connect.
- A countdown of 120 seconds should begin, and then once that countdown finishes, your backup should commence.
Congratulations! You’ve just configured Time Machine with Windows Home Server 2011.