Today’s PSA: Rebuild your brand new Thecus

On July 23, 2017, in news, by susan

So here at home where I noticed that my old Home server wasn’t backing up my workstations consistently, and taking the advice of the Blog site (more about that later), I decided to find a Thecus Storage server model.  For home, my budget doesn’t include a $800 windows server license, on top of server hardware.  I haven’t seen any vendor selling an Essentials 2016 sku included on hardware so I decided to find a supply of the older 2012 r2 Thecus model.

However, I have learned the hard way that it’s pretty clear that the Thecus stock has pretty dried up and it appears that the only thing left are the original units that Thecus built that had the faulty image.  If when you turn on any Thecus Windows storage server Essentials server you buy from an online source, see if it has an Orcsweb icon on the desktop.  If it doesn’t download the image from the Thecus website and reinstall it.  In fact you may wish to download the image and store it somewhere if you have sold these units in the past.

If you attempt to use the image that came with these faulty units, they won’t load up the restore code needed to reinstall the client workstations.

Now as to the SBS blog site – I will slightly disagree with their opinion that “This means that Microsoft will no longer issue security updates for the Home Server-specific components that make up Windows Home Server 2011”.  The Windows lifecycle is very clear that Microsoft will provide patches for security for 10 years after the release of the product.  What they won’t provide is fix up patches when the unit is in extended support mode.  So for example — https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/3216737/office-365-integration-fails-in-windows-server-2012-essentials  Take that KB as an example of what happens in extended support mode:

The operating system will continue to get patches for security.  But clearly Microsoft has shut the door on fixing up non security issues “To work around this issue, upgrade to Windows Server 2012 R2 or Windows Server 2016.”

So here at home, I have a rebuilt Thecus that is now behaving as it should.  AFTER I reinstalled the operating system.

 

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