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Mick Mickle

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  1. Thanks for looking. I'll get back on this in a couple of weeks after a trip.
  2. Ok, thanks. I PMd the link to you.
  3. Actually, there's only one "Windows Server" service that's not running, and that's Windows Server Initialization Service. (This is a Hyper-V VM, if that makes a difference.) Unfortunately, I haven't found anything related in the Event Viewer. And, yes, the server has been restarted several times. The error message is a bit sporadic. For example, I may change one or several folders access level for a user without error. Or, I can change all of the folders (or one with lots of nested folders) for a user and have the error stop the action -- but the access level may have been effective for some or most of the folders before the error occurs. Thanks for the good information on the designed permission state after using WSS Troubleshooter.
  4. I'm not sure all of this is DrivePool related, but I'm having an issue with folder access for users. To resolve it, I ran the WSSTroubleshooter Reset NTSF Permissions on the Pool. That leaves user folder access in Dashboard in the "No access" state, yet the server shares are accessible by all users on the network. (I don't recall zero security being the default for WHS 2011 server folders, but maybe it was. I assume setting all the accesses in Dashboard will put things right, as instructions say.) However, when I try to set a user's folder access from "no access" to "Read/Write", I get a pop-up up error saying, "Cannot retrieve or change the user account information. If this problem persists, restart the server, and try again." (I was getting this error before WSSTroubleshooter, as well.) Has anyone seen this problem and know how to fix it?
  5. Jeff, Also, Scanner on the host will do more than you would expect on the offline, pass-through disks: It will perform a surface scan on all of them (but can't check the file systems on offline disks). That's why it's recommended to turn off "Start / stop automatically" since the guest will be already doing that job. However, if you check "Never scan surface automatically" and "Never scan file system automatically" in the settings for the individual offline disks (the second option is probably unnecessary because it wouldn't find the file system of an offline disk anyway), then you can turn on "Start / stop automatically" and that will apply only to the disks that are online for the host.
  6. Jeff, I've been using Scanner on both a WS2008R2 host and Hyper-V guest WHS2011 since last Fall with good performance. (You can probably still get a bargain discount for an additional Scanner license.) However, Scanner would have to work on your host, and Drashna indicated it might not on Hyper-V Server 2012. You should be able to test it yourself in trial mode on the Hyper-V core. On the host, Scanner reads temperature and SMART data from all the drives, even the ones that are offline and being passed through to the VM. Here's what Alex told me in a support contact on coordinating Scanner use in both the host and a guest last October, which I've been doing: "If you don't have SMART data (such as when using Hyper-V), the Scanner can only warn you at the first sign of data loss, in order to prevent further data loss. If you have SMART data, then Scanner will monitor the various counts of sector reassignment and will let you know of any potential developing issues. But this is not possible when using Hyper-V as I will explain later. "Hyper-V virtualizes the disk controller. In other words, all commands that get sent to the drive have to go through this virtual controller. When I last tested it, the virtual controller refused to forward any kind of SMART commands to the drive. Because of this there is really nothing that Scanner can do to get SMART through these virtual controllers. Microsoft has to implement SMART support, there is really no other way. "If you want to run Scanner on both the Host and Guest, in order to take advantage of file evacuation, I would suggest you do it like this: Turn off Start / stop automatically on the Host. This will prevent surface scans from starting, while still monitoring SMART. Install Scanner 2.2 and DrivePool 1.2 on the guests with the default settings. The default settings will perform surface scans and will evacuate files when damage is detected. The only thing that you won't be able to get working is file evacuation on SMART warnings. But this is not enabled by default, so I don't think this is a big loss."
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