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The migration to running Windows Home Server as a Virtual Machine is nearly complete. This is turning out to be a nearly ideal setup, as I have all the benefits of Windows Home Server, but am still able to use the same machine as a test lab without the need for multiple computers.

In my configuration I am using Windows Server 2008 as the host system, and configuring the WHS drives as pass-through disks to give fully to WHS. In doing this configuration, I found the first major flaw of running Windows Home Server as a Virtual Machine though.

WHS has some great features for keeping track of S.M.A.R.T. features and tempeature. However, as Virtual disks (even in pass-through mode), Windows Home Server is unable to access the Drive Temperature feature. I had really liked the ability to quickly glance at the WHS Console and see status updates. Now I have to go the old fashion way and manually check, or… what’s more likely, just go on faith and hope everything is ok until it’s not.

While this is not a deal-breaker, it is annoying. I guess that’s the price I pay for consolidation.

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