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Buffalo WS-WV4.0TL/R1 Windows Server 2012 R2 / 2016 help
« on: January 17, 2020, 12:05:13 pm »
Buffalo WS-WV4.0TL/R1 Windows Server 2012 R2 / 2016 help

I am curious if there is a way to fix the issues I'm seeing with both Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows Sever 2016 using a Buffalo WS-WWVL/R1 device.  See attached screenshots. 
A clean install gives no errors, but I lose the preinstalled buffalo management software too.

Apparently- neither OS Windows Server 2012 R2 or Windows Server 2016 supports the Buffalo pre-installed iSCSI software that came with it.

Even uninstalling the pre-installed iSCSI target software- doesn't get rid of this error problem.

Thoughts on how to remedy this issue? 

http://s70.photobucket.com/user/blackhawksfan/media/Windows%20Server%202012%20R2%20setup%20warning%201%20web.jpg.html

http://s70.photobucket.com/user/blackhawksfan/media/Windows%20Server%202012%20R2%20setup%20warning%202%20web.jpg.html

http://s70.photobucket.com/user/blackhawksfan/media/Windows%20Server%202012%20R2%20errors%20after%20login%20web.jpg.html

https://s70.photobucket.com/user/blackhawksfan/media/Windows%20Server%202016%20red%20services%20after%20login%20web.jpg.html

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backstory:
This is a WS-WV4.0TL/R1 device.
Buffalo's stock OS for this series is Windows Storage Server 2008 R2, which as of January 14 2020 this year- is no longer supported.
To my knowledge Buffalo no longer supports these devices as in- OS or any software updates.
The idea is to try to upgrade the OS and still use it, even if it is just offline storage.

Buffalo never gave us installer packages for these units, just a Windows OS WIM image bootable USB rescue disk.
I contacted support, they would not offer any installers, and wanted $20 for a replacement WSS 2008 R2 WIM rescue usb disk, which I already have.
I don't think reinstalling the software would help anyway, it seems more an OS compatibility problem.

I have managed to upgrade it to Windows Server 2012 R2 and then to Windows Server 2016 (it does work, and only in that order!) 
And it kept the pre-installed Buffalo software in doing so.


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Re: Buffalo WS-WV4.0TL/R1 Windows Server 2012 R2 / 2016 help
« Reply #1 on: January 17, 2020, 01:48:29 pm »
I don't have any advice regarding windows but have had a lot of luck with this generation of device in general.

One option is that you can install Buffalo's Linux-based firmware. I created a guide you can use to create a recovery disk to use for that process:
https://buffalonas.miraheze.org/wiki/Create_Recovery_Disk_for_Intel-based_Terastation

You can also modern Debian Linux. I've created a custom installer image which handles the configuration of the hot-swap bays, temperature sensors, LCD, etc:
https://github.com/1000001101000/Debian_on_Intel_Terastations

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Re: Buffalo WS-WV4.0TL/R1 Windows Server 2012 R2 / 2016 help
« Reply #2 on: January 17, 2020, 04:51:31 pm »
I figured Windows is somewhat of a longshot, if it can be done.  I wonder what software from their WIM- is even needed to manage the unit in windows.

As for linux, that does sound interesting.  Although, I'm not super adept w/linux.
After getting your firmware installed:
I'm wondering if it is possible to load buffalo's gui firmware and linux based os using your method.  I'm familiar with their admin console for the 3400 and 5400.

What model firmware or boot files are compatible with the WS-WV series?  I'll need to download it.  Their windows wim doesn't have the files you listed on your site.  It doesn't use them as it boots windows pe.
This machine has an intel atom d510 1.66 ghz cpu w/2gb ram.
The mainboard bios shows TS-(W/Q/6/8/R)VL BIOS 3.01 12/28/2010

And I don't have the os you mentioned.  Can your steps be done in a bunsenlabs debian session?  I can spin that up, or i've got a systemrescuecd that boots into linux- don't know what linux version their iso uses...

Thanks.

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Re: Buffalo WS-WV4.0TL/R1 Windows Server 2012 R2 / 2016 help
« Reply #3 on: January 17, 2020, 05:42:23 pm »
You can get the linux-based firmware for that model here:
http://buffalo.jp/support_ap/support/products/ts_wvhl_r1.html

It works basically the same as the TS3000/TS5000 that you’re used to.

I developed that process on a debian system so I would expect it would work great from a debian live environment as you described.

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Re: Buffalo WS-WV4.0TL/R1 Windows Server 2012 R2 / 2016 help
« Reply #4 on: January 17, 2020, 11:32:26 pm »
Thanks, I downloaded the firmware.  And I managed to get the grub.cfg made and the *.buffalo files extracted.

Aside that, I'm having a lot of difficulty with this.
I can get the iso made, but all it does is boot to a GNU GRUB version 2.02 window and grub> prompt.  Plus, the *.buffalo files and grub.cfg aren't getting put in the ts-recovery.iso either

before the iso is made, those files are in
/disk/initrd-atom_d510.buffalo
/disk/vmlinuz-atom_d510.buffalo
/disk/boot/grub/grub.cfg

I notice most of paths don't have a / in front of them.  I'm assuming those are the correct paths.

I don't understand what or where mkdir -p disk/boot/grub/  is doing.  I can't find the path.

So I have been doing mkdir -p /disk/boot/grub/ and put the files within those paths

I cd to /disk
then type in grub-mkrescue -o /disk/ts-recovery.iso disk
The iso gets made at /disk/ts-recovery.iso

but none of the files from the /disk folder get put in the iso

What am I doing wrong?

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Re: Buffalo WS-WV4.0TL/R1 Windows Server 2012 R2 / 2016 help
« Reply #5 on: Today at 04:55:48 am »
I know you are trying to switch that one over to Linux now, however as you initially managed to update the Windows Server OS, is there a specific reason you need Buffalos iSCSI target software? This is Windows Server, you can use pretty much any iSCSI target you want on it
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