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How to: Connect Windows 8 Consumer Preview to Windows Home Server 2011


The Windows 8 Consumer Preview has only been out a matter of hours, but WGS readers are busily putting it to the test. The first issue? Installing the Windows Home Server 2011 Connector on the brand new operating system fails without a little tweak. Here’s what you need to do…

This workaround is courtesy of Microsoft.

Windows 8 client Consumer Preview has been released, see following link for details:  

The following are known issues you might encounter during beta testing windows 8 client, with Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials, Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials and Windows Home Server 2011.

Note this is  preview version of Windows 8 client, some known issues are still under investigation, further resolution will be published with final Windows 8 client version.

Issue 1
You need to Enable .net 3.5 in windows 8 in order to join WHS 2011

When you tried to join a windows 8 client machine to WHS 2011, you will see an error.

You need to enable .Net Framework 3.5.

To enable .Net Framework 3.5 in Windows 8 32bit OS
1. Log on to the Widows 8 client machine.
2. Click Start, Type Control Panel, and then press Enter to open Control Panel.
3. Click Uninstall a program.
4. Click Turn Windows features on or off.
5. Check all .Net Framework 3.5 Items in pop-up Windows Features dialog.
6. Click OK to Search and download required files, and then complete .Net Framework 3.5 Components installation.

Not this issue only applies to WHS 2011.

Issue 2
Power setting of Client backup doesn’t work.

When configuration client backup for windows 8 client, if user chooses to allow auto wake up for client backup, the setting will not take effective.

Issue 3
The thumbnail of picture folder is not displayed properly in Remote Web Access page.

From the windows 8 client, open Remote web access site, navigate to picture page.
The  thumbnail  inside the the folder that should display the pictures can not be displayed.

Issue 4

When user tried to access the share folders from client computers that had joined home group, user still get prompts for credential.

Join the window 8 client machine to home group,
Log on to the client, try to access the shared folder of the server, it still prompt user for credentials.
Note this only applied to WHS 2011 and Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials.

Feel free to share your thoughts on Windows 8 here on the blog or over at WGS Forums.

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  • lamerz

    So I have WHS 2011 already.  Previously I ran Win7, and had a local accounts with the same name and pwd as accounts on the server to manage share access.  I installed Win8 CP yesterday and signed in using my Live account. 

    How do I connect my Live account with my shares on the WHS?  Do you know if there is a way to tie the Live account with a local account so that I get all my Live services, but also credentials on the WHS box?

    • Rich

      Would love to know this too!!

      • Kevin

        +1, although I’m using WHS v1. Seems that you can do one or the other but not both.

    • over the network, it seems to use your live accounts first name, and your live accounts password, to identify.

      in my case, my live account is davepermen@hotmail:disqus .com, but my name is David Spörri.

      i’m C:UsersDavid locally, and over the network.

      • I tried your suggestion, but it didn’t work. However, I think I see why. I installed W8CP over my Windows 7 installation. It’s left my original username in place C:Usersgcoupe, and created a new one C:Usersgco.000. I’ll bet that’s what I need to create on WHS.

      • OK, scrub my other message – I was confusing myself. That second gco.000 account is one I created because I need a second Windows Live ID for testing.

        For some reason, I need to run the Launchpad to deliver the new credentials to WHS. In Windows 7, I could run Home Server Status without the need to run Launchpad and get access to Shared Folders. Now I can’t. More research is needed…

      • Got it. For some reason the Network Credentials for the WHS 2011 got marked as valid for “logon session” only. I used the credentials manager in the W8 Control Panel to delete those credentials, and added a new one. This was marked as “Enterprise”, and survives reboots/logoffs…

  • bubbles15

    The really interesting bit is getting storage space into test. I had a play earlier on and it looked really interesting. A little more complex than drive extender but once you get your head around the diff. between parity, two and three disk what not you’re away.

    I’m still working out what the ‘virtual storage’ involves or how it would help, but I can see it being jolly funky. 

  • Richard Butler

    I tried this with Win8CP 64bit and get something like ‘This cannot be completed at this time, please try again later…if this continues contact your administrator.”

    Anyone on Win8CP64?  BTW, I named my WHS2011 server something other than default, so get prompted to perform the ‘manually identify server’ route.

  • TheHumanOracle

    Interestingly, WHS v1 and connector works flawlessly with Win 8 without any changes.

  • cdub

    I’m using SBS 2011 Standard, however it’s fairly similar.

    My issue (albeit not huge) with Win8 is that the console has no idea what’s going on with it. Everything is “Unknown” or “Not available”. It doesn’t seem to like talking to things like WSUS.

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