Had the server set up for around a year now and have tried sorting this every couple of months but get so frustrated and pissed off I end up leaving it for another couple of months before trying again. Because of the problems I am not getting the full use from the server.
N54L running WHS2011 with Stablebit Drivepool installed. Can not log in using remote desktop (to install Plex for example). Can not log in using the launchpad but can log in to the dashboard. Following advice posted on the web I created a new user/administrator but it still wont let me log in and is telling me to make sure I am using the same username and password that is managed in the dashboard. When I check the users list in the dashboard the new user/admin does not show up but if I try and create the user in the dashboard it tells me that the user already exists. If I access the server directly the user is there. Even trying to log in to the launchpad using the original admin account that does show in the dashboard doesn't work. The username and password is definitely correct because it allows me to log in to the dashboard.
Looking on the web this is a problem that quite a few people have experienced with difficulty logging in and stuff not always showing up in the dashboard. I have to commend Microsoft on the stability and usability of Win7 and Win8 but for me WHS2011 is coming across as the worse bit of kit since Windows Milenium. I have purchased a genuine copy of WHS2011 and paid for Stablebit Drivepool for WHS2011 so unless I have no choice I don't really want to go another route. Apart from the waste of money already spent there will be a steep learning curve which I haven't time for at the moment.
If no one here has a solution to the problem I think I will have to try a new install to see if that sorts it. Failing that what other windows based options do I have. For example could I run Win 8 successfully as a server or is server 2012 available as a bios mod or similar workaround. Already paid for WHS2011 so I certainly don't intend paying for another windows product to solve my problem. Don't want to ditch Drivepool and when I looked yesterday Drivepool was only available for WHS2011 but I see today that there is a new version that works with most other versions of Windows including Win8 and server 2008 and server 2012. (">