Windows 7 and the WHS Connector
I am one of the MASSES who suffer from the WHS backup issue where WHS Connector puts my laptop back to sleep (which is probably caused by not getting an IP quick enough via wireless.) This means that when I turn on my laptop in the morning it goes RIGHT BACK INTO STANDBY until I power it off.
Now with Windows 7, problem solved? Oh wait, yeah it’s not backing up! Actually, it’s not even trying! Turns out it’s a Win7 power feature. To fix it, go find your advanced power settings, and to Sleep > Allow wake timers here you need to enable this. I found it quite convenient to enable it only when plugged in and disable on battery. SWEET! Now if I forget to plug in my laptop I won’t worry about the backup dying.
Now to see if it works…
On another note, opening an existing backup (i.e. my hdd before I put a clean Win7 install on it) works from my XP machines but not from Win7. It stalls at 81% – just like the WHS Connector bug affecting all Windows versions that was supposedly fixed on Feb. 24th, but umm, it isn’t on my Win7 box. What’s worse is that sometimes it does get past the 81%, but then tells me my Z: drive needs to be formatted! (I choose no!)
Update: power management thing works. Z: drive/format? message should be fixed in Windows 7 RC, and we’ll have to see about the 81% thing – I *was* using the beta 7000 build after all!