Moving WHS 2011 Client Computer Backups

Had a major disaster with multiple BSODs this week that won’t record any data to debug – time to replace a hard drive and test Windows Home Server 2011 for real.

However, I’m using a small SSD as the OS drive for low power/noise and decent performance, so backing up my workstation to that drive wasn’t going to work. The default Client Computer Backups folder is on the C: drive, but due to the fact that I’ve got a bunch of drives using Drive Bender to mimic the Drive Extender functionality of WHS v1 I couldn’t move this folder… plenty of unknown errors.

So the next best thing to using a UI is obviously a registry hack – there are three locations in the registry which need to be updated with the location of your Client Computer Backups folder:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindows ServerBackupServerName

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindows ServerMedia StreamingFolders{Guid}

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindows ServerStorageServiceClientBackupsPath

By default, values in all the above will be C:ServerFoldersClient Computer Backups – I switched these to Z: (my Drive Bender pool) and rebooted – worked a treat!

I believe this should work with networked drives too but a full DR strategy has not been tested..

As always, do at your own risk, your mileage may vary etc. etc.… this is unsupported but “it works” and I’m not hosting mission critical data so happy to take the risk!

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