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post #31 of 42
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Originally Posted by adam1991 View Post

yeah, your server has lots of storage--and recording TV and storing ripped movies requires lots of storage. You'd think there's an easy way to make the two concepts come together, but not always and/or not without some convoluted efforts.

One idea that came to mind is getting a small low power PCM with windows and media center and running that 24/7 with a USB connection to my server however I am not sure how the new box would work with my flexraid configuration.
post #32 of 42
I just finished running a test earlier in recording WMC live tv direct to the server and it was a success. In my case my server is running Server 2008 R2 with the Ceton tuner installed and I used iSCSI to create a target for my bedroom HTPC to connect to. It wasn't tough and took me about 10 minutes to set up (just need a good network setup).

On my HTPC I open iSCSI Initiator under Administrative Tools in the Control Panel and was able to connect to the target. Once all was said and done I had a new virtual hard drive on the client which WMC now can see as a local drive, and therefore can record direct to the server.
Edited by AVTechMan - 8/19/13 at 1:14am
post #33 of 42
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Originally Posted by AVTechMan View Post

I just finished running a test earlier in recording WMC live tv direct to the server and it was a success. In my case my server is running Server 2008 R2 with the Ceton tuner installed and I used iSCSI to create a target for my bedroom HTPC to connect to. It wasn't tough and took me about 10 minutes to set up (just need a good network setup).

On my HTPC I open iSCSI Initiator under Administrative Tools in the Control Panel and was able to connect to the target. Once all was said and done I had a new virtual hard drive on the client which WMC now can see as a local drive, and therefore can record direct to the server.

Could you try the following and see if it works?
Code:
1. Share the network drive
2. Make a New Folder on the Network Drive called Recorded TV
3. In WMC go to Tasks Settings, then TV, then Recorder, then Media Libraries, and finally "Add Folders to the Library", and complete the addition
3. Add a share folder to WMC \\share\XXX\Recorded TV
4. Copy the content of your Recorded TV folder to \\share\XXX\Recorded TV
5. Delete the original c:\drive\public\Recorded TV folder or whatever folder you originally setup WMC to record to
post #34 of 42
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Originally Posted by amarshonarbangla View Post

Could you try the following and see if it works?
Code:
1. Share the network drive
2. Make a New Folder on the Network Drive called Recorded TV
3. In WMC go to Tasks Settings, then TV, then Recorder, then Media Libraries, and finally "Add Folders to the Library", and complete the addition
3. Add a share folder to WMC \\share\XXX\Recorded TV
4. Copy the content of your Recorded TV folder to \\share\XXX\Recorded TV
5. Delete the original c:\drive\public\Recorded TV folder or whatever folder you originally setup WMC to record to

Ok, if I understood these instructions correctly I did as follows:

I created a new folder on the network drive on the server (drive already shared) called Recorded TV

Added that shared location to WMC by typing in the UNC path

Copied the test file to that shared location folder

Deleted the original file from the original location.

I was able to delete the WMC's default recording location, and the new test share I created on the server does show the video file under 'Recorded TV' in WMC, however WMC still insists in having a local drive for the live TV buffer and recording location, which is on the iSCSI target that was made. The Recorded TV share will not appear in the Recorder Storage section where the recording drive is selected.

Hope that answers the questions. Otherwise i'll have another crack at it later, bedtime for me. But at least for the OP's original question it is possible to record directly to the server with this method (and as others have suggested).
post #35 of 42
DVBlink (dvblogic.com) is ideal for server based DVR. It supports many more types of tuners than WMC does and it will allow you to centralize reception and recording to the server while presenting virtual tuners to WMC just as if they were locally installed.

There are some limitations to the support for NA standards but I do believe it supports ATSC tuners.

It is easily the most brilliant piece of TV software out there and seamlessly integrated with Media Center.
post #36 of 42
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Originally Posted by AVTechMan View Post

I just finished running a test earlier in recording WMC live tv direct to the server and it was a success. In my case my server is running Server 2008 R2 with the Ceton tuner installed and I used iSCSI to create a target for my bedroom HTPC to connect to. It wasn't tough and took me about 10 minutes to set up (just need a good network setup).

On my HTPC I open iSCSI Initiator under Administrative Tools in the Control Panel and was able to connect to the target. Once all was said and done I had a new virtual hard drive on the client which WMC now can see as a local drive, and therefore can record direct to the server.

I am intersted in trying this out. If this can work and is reliable then this would solve my problem. How do you have usernames/passwords configured? How do you create a iSCSI targe on WHS 2011?
post #37 of 42
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Originally Posted by stepmback View Post

I am intersted in trying this out. If this can work and is reliable then this would solve my problem. How do you have usernames/passwords configured? How do you create a iSCSI targe on WHS 2011?

The iSCSI method I know does work as it has been recommended by other users and other forums. I do not have WHS 2011 to test with iSCSI though but I have read that it can work with it.

Doing a little searching I found what looks like an iSCSI add-in that is compatible with WHS 2011: iSCSI Target Storage Add-In

WHS 2011 is based on Server 2008 R2, this YT video explains the process of creating the target for the server: Setting up an iSCSI Target

Once all is done, the client (your HTPC) will connect with the target via the iSCSI Initiator, which depending on what version of Windows you have to set up.
post #38 of 42
iSCSI works well. We don't have fancy servers, but iSCSI on the $60 Iomega XL works.
post #39 of 42
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Thanks guys. I am going to give this a shot tonight and see if it works well for me. One question that came to mind is server reboots. Any special sequence when rebooting to have the iSCSI target service started? What if I bounce server, do I also need to bounce the HTPC?
post #40 of 42
I use iSCSI on a Synology DS1813+ with 32TB. The HTPC is an Intel NUC so there's no storage for recorded TV. The tuner is a Ceton InfiniTV6 ETH and two Ceton Echo extenders. There is a lot of network traffic, but gigabit is still not saturated. Your challenge will be latency and packets loss. Putting all the HTPC related devices on a separate network helps avoid these problems.
post #41 of 42
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Originally Posted by stepmback View Post

Thanks guys. I am going to give this a shot tonight and see if it works well for me. One question that came to mind is server reboots. Any special sequence when rebooting to have the iSCSI target service started? What if I bounce server, do I also need to bounce the HTPC?

I did not have to reboot my server after I had created the target; it started right away. There is no special rebooting sequence at all, the client should reconnect to the target if the server is rebooted for some reason. I don't know if you would have to do that with WHS 2011, but I know I didn't have to reboot on my server.
post #42 of 42
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Trying to install the iSCSC target on my WHS 2011 box and I am getting a message saying that not compatible with my Operating System. I looked around on the web and a couple places where people had altered the MSI file and gotten it to work. Anyone have a resolution to this?
Edited by stepmback - 8/20/13 at 3:11am
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