Thank God for Windows Home Server!

This week was the first in my new job in Bouvet ASA in Oslo. On the first day I was handed a Lenovo ThinkPad W500 with Windows 7. I installed SharePoint 2007, Visual Studio 2008 and all the dozens of applications and utilities I can’t develop without. After a couple of days I was told it was very likely I would start on a SharePoint 2010 project. Cool! Since the machine only had 4 GB of RAM it was out of the question to run SharePoint 2010 in a virtual machine. I decided to make a VHD with Windows Server 2008 R2, SharePoint 2010 and Visual Studio 2010 and boot from it. At the end of the week I had two complete and separate development environments for both SharePoint versions on my machine. I had even started to prepare for the potential 2010 project by making a test project to investigate some ideas I had.

On Saturday I booted into Windows 7 and read news as usual while eating breakfast. After that I rebooted into Windows 2008 R2 and wanted to work some on my test-project. After the boot load screen I got an bluescreen. Booted into Safe Mode, but again got an bluescreen. Tried to boot into Windows 7 but that bluescreened as well! WTF happened?!?

I would normally boot with a bootable utility CD to be able to fix problem or rescue files, but I thought this was an excellent opportunity to test a restore from my Windows Home Server backup.Luckily I had installed the WHS client on the Windows 7 machine and a full backup, including the VHD, was done Friday night. After 30 minutes downloading and burning the Restore CD and put network drivers on a USB stick – and then 1,5 hour restore time my machine was in perfect state.

Thank God for Windows Home Server!