I Like Windows Home Server

I took my computer into the place I bought it, so that I could get them to figure out why it won’t turn on.  I’m hoping it’s just the power supply that’s crapped out.  Turns out there’s a six day waiting list till they even get to it, but out of stubborn principle, I’ll wait.

<rant>there are just certain things I don’t want to do anymore, damn it.  I used to be a line cook (though a friend of mine is/was a chef, I never got that bug, which is probably a good thing, because being in the food industry, for most people, for the most part, largely sucks.  I have nothing but respect for the people who get up and work in front of 500 degree ovens on the line, often at two places, so 8-16 hours a day sometimes, day in and day out, week in and week out, in many cases immigrants making a better life for their kids.  They are fantastic people.  I just don’t want to do that sort of thing anymore), and amongst the many tedious jobs was peeling and deveining shrimp.  Brings down food cost to have manual labor do it.  But I’m an adult now and if it costs me an extra buck or two to buy it already stripped, I’m doing it damn it.  Same thing with computers.  I’ve opened waaaaayyyy too many computer cases in my time, and unless it is something like adding a video card, I don’t want to.  So if I have to a stupid $70 diagnostic fee and wait six days because I don’t want to replace a power supply, I know it is a waste of time and money, but damn it, I don’t care.  But I digress.</rant>

The likelihood that I will actually wait for six days without just buying a new computer and copying over any data not backed up is pretty close to nil (I’m guessing in about 4 hours I’ll surrender), so one of the things I’ve been doing is checking to see what exactly gets backed up automagically every night.

As it turns out, apparently just about everything.  It’s sweet.  I’m not sure how they do it either.  I keep Outlook open all the time, and normally that locks the .pst files.  Nope, backed up.  SQL Server data and log files?  They’re in the backup. 

Of course, I won’t know for sure what’s up till I attempt a restore, so I’m copying over my entire ‘My Documents’ folder to another machine to see if the mail files load, but it looks like, short of hibernation files and the like, it copies the entire damn hard drive.  Sweet.

Now, to try to resist dropping a grand on a new rig……..

posted on Tuesday, August 31, 2010 1:11 PM Print
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