WHS 2011 installed to and run from USB flash ?
I am posting this question on two forums : Hexus and AVForums.
I did some research on the web but so far I have not come across the definitive answer.
Similar questions have been asked before here and there but the answers varied.
Most respondents claimed that for "some reason" (unspecified) it cannot be done ("no Windows OS can be installed in that way").
Following valuable advice from Hexus community I bought popular HP Microserver N40L.
I am considering installing either FreeNAS or WHS 2011 as OS.
There are pros and cons for both.
As you are probably well aware, the unit has 4 HDD dedicated bays, one slot for optical drive and one internal USB port so there are various HDD / OS configurations possible without attaching anything to any external ports.
It is confirmed that FreeNAS can be installed to and then run from the internal USB flash port.
That leaves all 4 bays available for HDDs that I would aim to configure into some sort of RAID 10 (or two RAID 1).
I have a spare optical drive that I could slot into an empty dedicated bay – nice to have.
However somehow I am more inclined to install WHS2011.
The trouble is that if it has to go onto the HDD then the nice configuration described above is no longer feasible.
With some effort and after some gymnastics I could, potentially, build something like that :
- replace BIOS to enable 5th internal SATA port for HDD
- install WHS2011 onto 5th (existing 250GB) HDD that could be installed (with some brackets ?) into an empty space normally reserved for the optical drive
- as planned add 4 new HDD into 4 standard bays
While this can be done then :
- I loose option for the optical drive (not essential but could be useful)
- the setup is not quick and dirty by any means
Therefore before I decide what to do I would really like to know if WHS 2011 cannot be installed onto the USB flash stick.
If it can be do (i.e. it has been done) then, please, direct me to some instructions how it could be done.