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Windows Server 2016 Essentials

Windows Server 2016 Essentials

Postby shreader » Sat Mar 02, 2019 4:23 am

Last week I bought a license for Windows Server 2016 Essentials (WSE2016) & built a new server machine for it this week.

Motherboard: ASUS Prime Z390-P LGA
Processer: Intel Core i7-8700 Coffee Lake 3.2 GHz LGA 1151 Boxed CPU
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaw V 16GB 2 x 8GB DDR4-3600 Memory kit
Case: Thermaltake Versa J24 w/o any external drive bays
Power supply: 650 watt Antec, recycled from older PC case

Since my only experience w/ a Server OS was WHS2011 this is a new experience for me.
After 3 installs & 2 FAILS I think I figured out that this server OS does not like any tweaking including a measly Windows Photo Viewer registry mod. Re: that I suppose I'm stuck w/ MS Paint for viewing .jpg images.

My main reason for stepping up to this version of server was that WHS2011 is past expiry & I need a backup machine for the 3 desktops here, maybe backup a few laptops too, haven't decided yet.

I use a KVM switch to utilize the same monitor, mouse & keyboard on all desktops.
This is a bit of a PITA too, getting them to all work together, especially since the 3 desktops have a VGA port for connecting & the new server (MB) has HDMI & Display ports only.

Just thought I'd share what I have been doing here in HB these past few weeks.
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Re: Windows Server 2016 Essentials

Postby shreader » Sat Mar 02, 2019 5:19 am

I used a WSE2016 installation guide book to try & get the install working the easiest way.

A warning I didn't recognize was that the computer/partition may lose all the data & it needs to be preserved if that PC will be continued to be used. It will be backed-up but that didn't fly for me as I want to keep using the OS w/ the existing data, etc.
It turned out in my case the Server OS took over that partition & moved all my desktop, photos, documents, etc to another 'User' folder.
I found a restore point I made around a week before & my life was better.

So now I have created a special Windows 10 partition specifically for backing up each PC's partitions & (storage) HDDs.
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Re: Windows Server 2016 Essentials

Postby shreader » Fri Mar 08, 2019 7:18 pm

The data Dedupe works very well in this Server OS.

Main rig 1st backup shrunk the data 33%
Test rig 1st backup after above backup shrunk the data 78%

*I'd say that is impressive.

More on data deduplication
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Data_deduplication
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