New X:\Files Editions

So yes, I’ve decided to do a new version for X:\Files Edition. Namely. an update for WHS2011, and Server 2012 (and R2) Essentials.

There are some challenges though. I want to be headless as possible, and to interfere with processes as little as possible as well. And I don’t want to learn coding, just to add some more customization to the install. Call me lazy if you wish, but I’m not doing this for me (entirely).


I’m also going to do a separate (and yet not) build for the Restore disks. And these will be included in the Install images of the Server Install disks, so you can use the “Create USB drive for Restore” option and get these disks as well.

Author: Drashna Jael're

Drashna Jael're

10 thoughts on “New X:\Files Editions”

  1. This sounds intriguing. I used your WHS v1 X:\Files and I’m using WS2012R2 Std/Datactr w/Essentials Experience role in VM (as you know from Stablebit support). So I may be too far along to actually benefit from such a custom installation build – not to mention the licensing aspects. Is it going include your recommended Madsonic? You’re about to make a convert out of me from the 2012R2 media streaming buggy debacle. I’ve got that working now but it flat out sucks. It takes forever to display anything available to stream and then wants to reset the Remote Access when you start to play something. Anyway, good luck on this project.

  2. Yeah, I was going to include madsonic, and the reverse proxy setup as well.

    As well as few other tidbits, and some customization’s if I can figure them out.

  3. Drashna, I’m having issues finding my server (whs2011) to do a bare metal restore. The netbook is a Lenovo S205 (Win7 Home, 64-bit) with a Realtek PCIe FE(?) NIC. The server’s restore drivers (when using the USB option) wouldn’t load and while I’m able to load what appears to be the correct NIC drivers when using either a CD or bootable USB, once it gets to searching for the server, the wizard can’t find it. I’ve verified both the server and client are present and seen on the network, but with X_FIles or the WHS USB, I always get stuck at locating the server (with teh WHS USB, I can even try plugging in the numerical address, but no go). Any advice?

    1. Could you find the “device ID” of the NIC in question?
      If you have access to the actual drivers for the netbook in question, could you link them to me or email them to me?

      1. Thank you for the rapid response. If by device ID you mean the hardware IDs from the control panel/device manager. I find:
        a) PCI\VEN_10EC&DEV_8136&SUBSYS_3971B1AA&REV_05,
        b) PCI\VEN_10EC&DEV_8136&SUBSYS_3971B1AA,
        c) PCI\VEN_10EC&DEV_8136&CC_020000,
        d) PCI\VEN_10EC&DEV_8136&CC_0200.

        If you mean matching device ID, I find pci\ven_10ec&dev_8136&rev05.

        Please let me know if neither of these are the device ID you’re asking about. As for the drivers, I’m happy to email those which I plucked from the server (“Drivers for Full System Restore), though as before, when I try and use these, the Restore Wizard first complains it can’t find the network drivers, then when I search for them on the USB key, I usually get a stack overflow BSOD.

        Apologies: I’m having difficulty finding your email address. Can you please let me know how to send these? Alternatively, here’s a link to the Lenovo site which contains the executable to update the drivers (IN3ETN48WW5.exe):

    1. Specifically, all this requires is dism and using the /add-drivers option to integrate the drivers into the image.

      While that sounds simple… it can be complicated if you’ve never used DISM before. Which is why I’m building an image for you (takes like 10 minutes once you know what you’re doing).

  4. Are there any updates on the new versions? I am having issues restoring my laptop from my 2012 R2 Essentials backup, and it seems your boot discs might be the fix for it.

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