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Hi, I got this working up to a point. I have my Windows 10 laptop showing up in the WHS Console, but it's greyed out. But the connector on the toolbar shows red. Cannot connect to Windows Home Server. Please help.

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Just superb stuff. Thank you. After months of trying myself unsuccessfully and reading/trying every possible blog/suggestion, your instructions worked perfectly and allowed me to again use WHS v1 to backup my Windows 10 machine, which stopped working with WHS v1 after an OS reinstall. I fortunately had an old donor machine whose backup I didn't care about and was able to use this to complete the steps.

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Thanks for this terrific information. In case anyone is still playing with this, I have a couple of additional points:

1) I believe that a donor machine can be used multiple times. Once I updated the registry key on the WHS with the new Windows 10/11 Machine name and got the client working on the new machine I uninstalled the WHS client from the donor (I made sure that the original WHS registry key including the original client GUID and the client certificate were gone) and reinstalled it. WHS happily created a new certificate for the donor machine and that machine now appears in the WHS console along with the Windows 10/11 Machine that was connected using the previous certificate and GUID.

2) This also works if you export a donor certificate from the store on the server (the certificate ID is a leading “C” followed by the GUID for the donor machine with the hyphens removed (from HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows Home Server\Transport\Clients\). So you don't need a donor machine if you happen to have kept backups on your server from machines you no longer have. As long as you have one working client that can provide a template for the registry keys, you can export the related certificate from the server and update the related registry key templates with the GUID from the server.


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