Ramblings of a Home Server User

November 23, 2007

Review – Diskeeper 2008 for Windows Home Server

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tom @ 3:18 pm

Product: Diskeeper 2008 for Windows Home Server

Price: $69.95

Where to buy: www.diskeeper.com

Rating: 5 out of 5

Performance is a major issue when you are serving lots of digital content all from one location. Fortunately, this is where products like Diskeeper from the Diskeeper Corporation, or PerfectDisk from Raxco come into play. Earlier this year I did a review of Raxco’s PerfectDisk, which you can find here.

Diskeeper is an excellent example of 3rd party integration with Windows Home Server. Unlike Perfectdisk, which does not have a console add-in, Diskeeper has an add-in that is very user friendly, and if you are new to Diskeeper it will help walk you through using the software. One of my favorite features is that, periodically throughout each day an automatic defragmentation job is run on all hard drives in your server. You can see statistical data about how many fragments have been removed, how disk read and write access times improve, and other historical information about your hard drives. After using Diskeeper for about 2 weeks, I am averaging a 32% performance increase for disk access and I’ve have definitely noticed performance increases in console load times, and server boot times.

If you own a Windows Home Server, I would definitely recommend that you purchase Diskeeper for Windows Home Server.



  1. Got to say I’ve had much better luck with Diskeeper than I did with Perfect Disk. Everytime I installed Perfect Disk, the database inconsistency error would manifest itself. Received a NFR WHS Diskeeper as a prize this week. It’s been up and running for a couple of days now. I did an off line defragment right after installation and then set it for auto with the VSS option. It’s been doing it’s thing in the background and getting things in order. For WHS, I much prefer the “continuous” idle process method than the “all at once” method of Perfect Disk. My client machines have Perfect Disk, but I most likely will move them to Diskeeper in the future. I’m very impressed with the Diskeeper defragment method vs. the Perfect Disk method. I’m sold.

    Comment by BullDawg — November 24, 2007 @ 8:59 am

  2. Great review – just checked my performance stats and am seeing a 29% increase on my WHS system!

    Comment by WindowsObserver — November 25, 2007 @ 7:41 pm

  3. Diskeeper is a great, easy to use, low-overhead defragger. It’s ideal for those who like software that works just fine with minimal supervision. Precisely for that reason, we use DK on the desktops at work, so I am not really surprised that the WHS version lives up to expectations.

    Comment by Eclipse — November 26, 2007 @ 6:12 am

  4. when i install a DK2008 WHS edition on my whs enebled PC i get such an answer^
    “Product: Diskeeper 2008 HomeServer — This edition of Diskeeper is not supported on this version of Windows. See the Table of Editions in the Diskeeper Readme.txt file for a list of supported operating systems. Setup will now exit.”

    Somebody help me !!!!
    i want this program to work – not to kill my time :((

    DK 2008 trailware on WHS
    Windows Home Server Console: 6.0.1500.6
    Windows Home Server Backup & Restore: 6.0.1500.6
    Windows Home Server Drive Extender: 6.0.1500.6
    Windows Home Server Remote Access: 6.0.1500.6
    Windows Home Server Storage Manager: 6.0.1500.6

    Comment by R_R_G — December 13, 2007 @ 12:50 pm

  5. Can’t seem to get this installed. Have the HP Mediasmart Server and keeps telling me that this is an unsupported version. I know I need the msi file for the WHS but it is in the setup file.. any ideas?


    Comment by Panson — December 14, 2007 @ 7:11 am

  6. I am facing same issue as last two posts. Just got new HP MediaSmart server EX475 and cannot install Diskeeper 2008 for WHS. Please help!!!

    Comment by Rich DeAugustinis — December 24, 2007 @ 8:13 pm

  7. To all that are experiencing issues with DK 2008,

    Is this just with the trialware or with the purchased product as well?

    How are you going about installing the software?

    Comment by Tom — December 24, 2007 @ 9:40 pm

  8. This happens with the trialware. I want to try it out before purchasing it so I’d like to get it installed, but the error message tells me that the version of windows I’m using is not supported by diskeeper home server.

    Comment by Brad — December 26, 2007 @ 12:16 pm

  9. I am copying the setup.exe and the license file to the shared software folder on the home server. Then I double click setup.exe and it starts to intall but then comes back with the error described in my last post.

    Comment by Brad — December 26, 2007 @ 12:19 pm

  10. PS-I access the setup.exe file by logging in remotely as you instruct to do, but it still won’t install.

    Comment by Brad — December 26, 2007 @ 12:20 pm

  11. I’m going to contact Diskeeper and make sure that they are aware of this issue.

    Comment by Tom — December 26, 2007 @ 10:33 pm

  12. Thank you Tom for any help you can give. By the way, I also am trying to install it on an HP Mediasmart Server. Is it possible that because HP altered the O.S. to include the Photo Webshare service that maybe this version of the O.S. is not recognized by Diskeeper. Perhaps it only wants to install on a clean original version of Home Server software.

    Comment by Brad — December 27, 2007 @ 11:54 pm

  13. This issue can be resolved by uninstall the “Internet Explorer Enhanced Security” component from the add/remove windows components (in Control Panel) when logged on to the Windows Home Server (as Administrator) via Remote Desktop Connection.

    As soon as this “Internet Explorer Enhanced Security” component is removed, you can install Diskeeper and any other regular .exe application on the server.

    Comment by Dion — December 28, 2007 @ 9:08 am

  14. Sorry Dion, I’m gonna need more instructions. I am using Vista and the Internet Explorer Enhanced Security component is not anywhere in the control panel. Also, how can I login to the server remotely and change the windows components in Home Server? There is no obvious way to do so. Further description would be much appreciated.

    Comment by Brad — December 28, 2007 @ 9:20 pm

  15. Finally I was able to install Diskeeper home server edition by first installing the program launcher add-in for windows home server. then I could go right into the actual server desktop and find my way to the program files folder on the server and install diskeeper from there. the link for the program launcher is;
    be sure to download the newest version 1.2
    good luck everyone!

    Comment by Brad — December 29, 2007 @ 12:18 am

  16. Sorry, I meant to say that you go to the software folder, not the program files folder. from there you can then install the diskeeper program.

    Comment by Brad — December 29, 2007 @ 12:20 am

  17. Internet Explorer Enhanced Security component is on the WHS not Vista, you can login to the WHS using Remote Desktop Connection from Vista or XP or you could install AutoExit 2008 for Windows Home Server (http://www.asoft.be/prod_autoexitwhs.html), It’s a great Add-in for WHS and also alows you to connect to your WHS via Remote Desktop Server option.

    Then, when logged into your server, just uninstall the Internet Explorer Enhanced Security component and you will be able to run any Windows 2003 Server compatible application on your WHS from any folder.

    Hope this helps.

    Comment by Dion — December 29, 2007 @ 6:19 pm

  18. Internet Explorer Enhanced Security component is located in the “Add/Remove Windows Components” section on the left menu of the “Add or Remove Programs” from the Control Panel on your Windows Home Server.

    Comment by Dion — December 29, 2007 @ 6:25 pm

  19. I just bough the Diskeeper 2008 HomeServer edition and I can’t install it on the server. I keep getting “this version of Diskeeper is not supported on this version of windows” when I try and install it on the server.

    I have tried everything, removing Internet Explorer Enhanced Security, launching the setup from the servers desktop and the Software folder, using remote desktop to launch it, using the add-in Program Launcher…

    I can’t think of anything else to try. Just to be clear, I am trying to install it on the server, not a client. I copied the setup files to the software share and then used my KVM (also tried remote desktop and that didn’t work either) to install it directly on the server with no luck.

    I have Windows Home Server OEM. Perhaps it only works on the retail version? Anyone else using the OEM version able to install this?


    Comment by Stress Machine — March 14, 2008 @ 8:39 am

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