The install of WHS 2011 went pretty smoothly.
Biggest issue was a little static electricity that froze the system during the install. Had to start over, but was not far in, so not a big loss. No hardware lost either (silver lining!).
The install automatically partitions the main drive, with no option to change. Other than the feeling of losing control, I can understand this decision.
The install DOES require a network connection to perform. Not sure why during… Afterwards when needing to do all the updates (and there are a good number) sure… But during?
I was worried that the Shuttle BIOS would not like the lack of a monitor / keyboard / mouse connected post-install, but it did not complain a bit. Win!
I did disable “Shadow Copies” on my drives. Primarily to reduce space usage since I cannot just add more drives to increase space (and got the biggest 2.5″ drives I could find). We’ve never had a need for this feature, so its not a big loss.
The client connector installs were very time consuming. The wizard says it could take 30 mins or more… Try well over 1 hour with little feedback that things are even working. At least this time, patience worked.
One Issue / Resolution: I did hit a small snag when installing the client connector software. I believe it may have been a conflict with the old client connector software, which I had already removed as a first step. However, it kept saying that it could not install because of another software install was happening (or something like that). So I restarted and that solved the problem. I guess there was something still hanging around from the uninstall.