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Building your own Homeserver III

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Gira has a made beautifull Homeserver and FacilityServer. Unfortunatelly it’s quite expensive (about €2400,- for their Homeserver3 and the Facilityserver is even more). Is this device made of gold ?

The opposite is true, the Homeserver 3 exists of:

The Homeserver Hardware

  • A cheap Mini-ITX VIA Epia ML6000EAG Mainboard with onboard 667Mhz CPU (or similiar, buy here)
  • 128MB DDR 266Mhz RAM (or 512MB for the Facility Server)
  • 64MB Flash (or 256MB for the Facility Server)
  • A Linux Kernel 2.4.3 (ELinOS with Busybox, however the Gira software itself will run on any Centos or Redhat 2.6.x, even x64 releases!)
  • A ISDN adapter (We don’t use that anymore in 2009, everybody is calling VOIP;) )
  • Some Gira proprietary Software (hs_trans and hs_main executables)

The drive layout
After some research I also found the following:
A Flash drive is connected as a Master on the second IDE ATA controller (which means it is /dev/hdc) and exists of 4 partitions:

  • /dev/hdc1 (2MB) – Boot partition with vmlinux (kernel) and loadlin
  • /dev/hdc2 (20MB) – Linux/Operating System, mountpoint: /
  • /dev/hdc3 (21MB) – (used to store the project?)
  • /dev/hdc4 (21MB) – (for upgrades?)


The boot process and hs_trans and hs_main programs
When starting the homeserver, the vmlinuz from the Boot partition is loaded (via loadlin / DOS) and it boots the system into a Linux kernel, then a /etc/inittab startup script calls the /hs/bin/start/start.sh script.
The start.sh script does actually two things:
– It starts the hs_trans (Gira propriatary software) which automatically ends after a few seconds.
– Then it starts the hs_main (also Gira propriatary software) which is the main program.

Q. Why does is starts (and ends) the hs_trans program ?
A. This is to load the initial project on the Homeserver via a Serial Connection. When you buy a Homeserver or when you screwed up things, you need to connect it via a Serial connection to load a project. In a project you set the IP address and admin username/password, this information is needed to load later projects via the Network. Projects are configured (made) and loaded via the “Gira Expert” software.

After the first (serial) reload, it will end the hs_trans program and (as set by the start.sh script) load the hs_main program which is the ‘HomeServer software’.

Building your own Homeserver
So yes,.. in theory it would be possible to build your own Homeserver when you buy an Via Epia board with onboard processor (see above), two flash modules (I suggest 2048MB) and at least 256MB RAM or even make a Virtual Machine (VM) in VMware or XenServer of it.
Offcourse you are not allowed to run the propriatary hs_main and hs_trans executables or to use the Gira Expert software! I do not encourage or support illegal things, this is just for educational purposes. The following steps are just Theory (draft). You need a license or approval from Gira to do this stuff in practice.

10 Steps to build a home-made Home server

  1. Install your favorite Linux (this can be in a VM as well).
  2. Add a 2GB disk and connect it to the third IDE controller (or in VMWare/Xenserver choose the ‘third’ disk position’, this way it will be hdc or xvdc (in XenServer)
  3. Partition the 2GB disk as below, using ‘fdisk /dev/hdc’ (Or /dev/xvdc for XenServer)
    Create 4 new Primary partitions (using the ‘n’ key)
    – The first (size): +2048K
    – The second (size): +xxxxM (whatever you want, but at least 22MB smaller then the total disk space!)
    – The third (size): +10240K (if all works, you can experiment making this larger)
    – The fourth (size): +10240K (if all works, you can experiment making this larger)Then set the correct Type for the partitions (using the ‘t’ key)
    – The first, type: 1 (FAT12)
    – The second, type: 83 (ext3) (or make it any other type, as long as you can install your prefered Linux on it)
    – The third, type: 4 (FAT16 <32MB)
    – The fourth, type: 4 (FAT16 <32MB)

    Now press the ‘w’ key to write the partition table.

  4. Download and install the Gira Expert Software. After installing it on a Windows PC you will see a file named: FIRMWARE.DAT in the directory: C:\Program Files\Gira\HS+FS\exp232\EN\firmware. Unzip that file (it is a zip file with a .DAT extension).
  5. Copy the HSERVER2.TGZ file to your newly installed Linux server (using WinSCP or another tool) and untar it to /root/ using:
    tar xvzf HSERVER2.TGZCopy the extracted “hs” directory to /
    cp -r hs /
  6. Set firewalling and SELINUX off:
    chkconfig --level 12345 iptables off
    vi /etc/selinux/config AND SET SELINUX=disabled
  7. Because this would be your Home server and you want some flexibility, install the following system tools, libraries and compile tools (using yum or any other tool):
    yum install lrzsz.i386 setserial.i386 unzip.i386 zip.i386 joe.i386 nc.i386 telnet.i386 busybox.i386 mlocate setuptoolyum install libjpeg.i386 libpng.i386 libpng-devel.i386 giflib.i386 giflib-devel.i386

    yum install make.i386 gcc gcc-c++ kernel-xen-devel.i686 perl

  8. If you are on XenServer (which means the devicename of the 2GB drive is /dev/xvdc) or the devicename of the 2GB harddisk is not /dev/hdc, then edit the following file:
    vi /etc/rc.local
    and put the following lines at the end:
    (Make symlinks to fake the hdc device. Link it to your XenServer xvdc device or if you have another device, link it to the proper name)

    /bin/ln -s /dev/xvdc /dev/hdc
    /bin/ln -s /dev/xvdc1 /dev/hdc1
    /bin/ln -s /dev/xvdc2 /dev/hdc2
    /bin/ln -s /dev/xvdc3 /dev/hdc3
    /bin/ln -s /dev/xvdc4 /dev/hdc4
  9. The Gira license is based on the MAC address of the Network Adapter. All MAC addresses/ranges of all Homeservers are hard-coded in the firmware. I noticed this because new homeservers would not allow to load old Firmware (because their MAC address is not yet coded in the firmware). When you have a virtual server it is not a problem to fake a MAC address, however on physical servers it could be harder.
    The real thing is that the Homeserver does not read the MAC address from the hardware, but from the ‘ifconfig’ tool. So if you make a fake ‘ifconfig’ tool/file, it will just continue:
    mv /sbin/ifconfig /sbin/ifconfig_original (Rename the ifconfig file in case we need it later)
    vi /sbin/ifconfig

    and insert the following lines to it:
    echo "eth0 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr XX:XX:XX:XX:XX:XX "
    echo "inet addr:192.168.X.X Bcast: Mask:"
    echo "inet6 addr: fe80::3c1b:d9ff:fe30:c59c/64 Scope:Link"
    echo "RX packets:41502 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0"
    echo "TX packets:33355 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0"
    echo "collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000 "
    echo "RX bytes:0 (0.0 b) TX bytes:0 (0.0 b)"
    echo ""
    echo "loLink encap:Local Loopback "
    echo "inet addr: Mask:"
    echo "inet6 addr: ::1/128 Scope:Host"
    echo "UP LOOPBACK RUNNING MTU:16436 Metric:1"
    echo "RX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0"
    echo "TX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0"
    echo "collisions:0 txqueuelen:0 "
    echo "RX bytes:0 (0.0 b) TX bytes:0 (0.0 b)"
    Replace XX:XX:XX:XX:XX:XX with a licensed MAC address. It’s not hard to get a Gira Homeserver MAC address when you know Gira is using Via mainboards and VIA claimed some “00:40:xx” MAC range. (Search query: +Gira +Homeserver +00:40:).
    Replace the 192.168.X.X with the IP address of your Homeserver.
    Try if it will load the hs_main program:
    Unfortunatelly there is no easy way to quit the hs_main program. You can login using a new SSH session and type “killall hs_main” or just hard-reboot the server.
    If it does load, you can automatically load the program when booting:

    vi /etc/rc.local
    and add the line: "/hs/bin/hs_main" to the end of the file.
  10. The following is only needed for virtual machines since they do not have a serial port (ttyS1). A serial port is needed for the hs_trans program to load the initial project.
    In VMWare you can add a serial port, however in XenServer that is not possible. You have three options:VMWare (only works with VMWare Workstation, not VMWare Player)
    – Add two serial ports in to your Linux VM. Since it don’t works to map those ports to your local Windows PC, you have to create a new WindowsXP VM and also add one serial port to that VM.
    Then you could connect the serial port of the Linux VM to the serial port of the Windows VM.
    These two screenshots are the settings of the Linux VM
    VMWare setting of Linux VM - Serial Port 1 (screenshot)VMWare setting of Linux VM - Serial Port 2 (screenshot)
    Below are the settings of the WindowsXP VM
    VMWare setting of WindowsXP VM - Serial Port (screenshot)
    Now boot both the VMs, install the Expert software on the Windows VM and load the initial project via Serial Port 1 (while running the hs_trans on the Linux VM).

    XenServer (options are limited)
    – Use a virtual COM port driver on your Homeserver (Linux) and connect it via the network to your Windows virtual COM port (you need a Windows virtual COM port driver here). I didn’t tested this and don’t have any clue which software to use.

    – When you buy a Console switch you can connect the Homeserver to a port on the console switch (virtual drivers are mosly included). You can then connect (hard-wire) your Windows PC to that same port on the Console switch. I have a Aten SN0116 Console Switch and use this technique quite often. It should work with other console switches too, but please check if they have Virtual COM port drivers for Linux!
    If none of the above is working, this is your option
    – The easiest: Copy the 3rd and 4th partition (hdc3 and hdc4) from someone else. The initial project which you normally load via a Serial cable is hold on these partitions, so if you copy that.. you skip the serial part. Use ‘dd’ or Acronis or Ghost tools to do the job.

Note: Create a new -empty- project in the Gira Expert software and only configure the following settings: IP information, admin password and EIB&iETS (ip) settings. Make sure to disable the interface/QuadClient under interface uncheck “Use QuadClient”.
Now you have a very small ‘initial’ project to load over the unstable Serial interface. Large projects will get many CRC errors and timeouts and finally the Expert software will tell you a weird error about ‘Project too Large’.
After you loaded the inital project, you can load all further projects via IP.

If you did all the above steps, in theory, it should be possible to create your own Homeserver.

Update 14-november-2009:In the ‘old’ 10 steps, I suggested to install Linux on the /dev/hdc drive. That brings several problems because the hs_main program seems to rewrite the partition table of the /dev/hdc which also corrupts your second partition on which you installed Linux (even when removing “sfdisk”). This behaviour happens when loading via the network, not when loading via Serial.
So I changed the previous steps because it’s much easier to install Linux on a separate drive and ‘add’ a /dev/hdc drive so the software still uses the /dev/hdc to store projects in it’s own format and it can do with the partition table of the /dev/hdc drive what it wants, without corrupting the your Linux installation (which is on /dev/hda or another drive).

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  1. Eric 24 November 2017 at 12:13

    Someone got the latest version running on ESX and is willing to upload ?

  2. AGuY 10 October 2017 at 21:55

    I have downloaded the Version 4.5 Gira Expert. In this Version and in the Version 4.3 (the only other I could find on the Gira Website) their is no dir like “C:\Program Files\Gira\HS+FS\exp232\EN\firmware”. I could find a file “firmeware” but the internal structur of that zip was changes. In their was no HSERVER2.TGZ or HSERVER3.TGZ or HSERVER4.TGZ file.
    The content is:

    If have tried to open VMLINUZ like a .zip or .tar.gz, but it didn’t work.
    If I start the LOADLIN2.EXE it comes an 16-Bit Error.
    The BAT just starts the LOADLIN2.EXE with a couple of params.

    Does anyone has a solution.


  3. Mischa 9 August 2017 at 23:09


    can anyone confirm if it’s still possible (in theory) to use the latest Gira Expert software on different hardware than a genuine HomeServer?

    Best regards

  4. Mischa 2 May 2017 at 21:54

    Does this still work for the latest HomeServer 4/FacilityServer – Software Version 4.5.0?

  5. Klayman 4 February 2017 at 17:34

    Hi, I’m getting “Falscher Startparameter” when running HS on a XenServer VM. Could it be that my 3rd hdd is/dev/sda instead of hda?


  6. testi 22 January 2017 at 19:45

    GIRA_-_Experte_-_Setup_-_v4.111.0.zip could someone reupload ?Thx

  7. Tobi7 7 December 2016 at 16:39

    Would be great to get a new link to the VM download.
    Thanks in advance.

  8. Me 17 November 2016 at 06:59

    The official release 4.5 is out, but its not the same as the beta version. Its missing the ip logic stuff and is still running in old environment.

  9. Me 14 November 2016 at 17:25

    Sorry, but i have no windows Hyper-V server and no clue how to create an image for that system.

  10. Roel 14 November 2016 at 15:29

    Final release should be Today (14-11-2016) and otherwise this week (WEEK 46).

    An update to the Gira iOS APP 4.2.2 will also be there today or this week, however, the RGB colorwheel function is probably not fixed..;)

    @Me. Will you upload a new Hyper-V image?

  11. Me 14 November 2016 at 15:11

    Thx for the upload, i have the 4.5 beta running with VMWare ESXi without problems (needs a new builded actual matching kernel though).

    I cannot find much about the new ip logic feature yet, but on the debug page:

    S/WQ/RQ/WS/RS 0/0/0/0/0
    Total 0
    Active 0
    Error 0
    keys 0
    count 0
    max_conn_per_key 0
    IP Anz. Send Last Send Anz. Recv Last Recv ID State

    Authentication failed
    IP Timestamp Count Username

    Seems to be something about the new feature, but i cannot find it documented in the help, will have to wait for the final release coming soon..

  12. Eric 12 November 2016 at 11:57

    Here you go, i’m very interested in the new feature (IP from logic).
    Hope someone gets it working in VM.


  13. unknown_user 29 October 2016 at 17:37

    ^^ Leak and Upload it either talking ;) I do things like that too ;)

  14. Eric 28 October 2016 at 10:47

    @Roel, it seems only accessible for a group of beta-users. I have no idea why i have been selected.
    The new version should support direct TCP/IP from the logic. But i don’t get it installed on my VM.

  15. itarch 6 September 2016 at 11:56

    @panduit: was genau bekommst Du da nicht hin.

    mir ist aufgefallen, dass das fertige HS Image eben eine vorkonfigurierte IP Adresse hat. Da man nach dem Start auf diese sofort zugreifen kann, habe ich auch versucht diese auf OS eben zu ändern.
    Dabei ist mir aufgefallen, dass nach erfolgreicher Umstellung der IP Adresse (/etc/networks/interfaces) und fortfolgender reboot der VM, die frisch eingestellt ip adresse durch die in HS vorinstallierte erneut verändert wurde.

    Was ich dann gemacht habe ist, die VM (im offline zustand) netzwerkseitig auf host only network umzustellen. Danach den entsprechenden VMNET Adapter (1 oder 8) fest auf das Subnetz der (vom HS) voreingestellten IP adresse zu konfigurieren. Danach VM starten, im Expert an der entsprechender Stelle die IP setzen, die man braucht, die Konfig übertragen, die VM rebootet und kommt mit der gewünschten IP hoch. Damit die VM aber erreichbar ist, habe ich die VM erneut runtergefahren und wie oben beschrieben, jetzt von host-only auf bridged umkonfiguriert. (Der Vollständigkeit, sollte man den host-only VMNET Adapter wieder auf DHCP umstellen). Danach VM starten und die/der VM/HS hängt im gleichen Subnetz wie der/das KNXIP-Router/-Interface und der eigene PC auf dem die Expert Software läuft.

  16. Roel 5 September 2016 at 14:17

    @Eric, Were did you downloaded the (new) beta 4.5? Is it only Experte 4.5 or also a new Firmware 4.5? (link?)

  17. Eric 3 September 2016 at 09:32


    has anyone tried upgrading to the new 4.5 betaversion ?
    It supports direct TCP/IP from logik and full Python, if i am correct…

  18. panduit 16 August 2016 at 21:37

    hallo versuche schon seit tagen den hs als vm ans laufen zu kriegen bekomme einfach die netzwerk einstellungen in vmware nicht hin

    kann mir wer helfen danke in vorraus

  19. Sergio 25 July 2016 at 13:55

    This image V4.4 https://cloud.mail.ru/public/rni5/ZxenjPXPX based on post http://www.roelbroersma.nl/2009/11/07/building-your-own-gira-homeserver#75059

    Programm WinRar
    This image is updated from version 4.2 to version 4.4 in the following instructions: http://www.roelbroersma.nl/forums/topic/hs4-update-4-4/#post-1765

    update method the same like (4.3) http://www.roelbroersma.nl/forums/topic/hs-update-4-3/#post-1741

    upload firmware.dat to HS eg /home/temp directory

    a) rename firmware.dat file to firmware.zip
    b) extract INITRD file from firmware.zip (eg unzip)
    c) rename INITRD to INITRD.gz
    d) gzip -d INITRD.gz
    e) cpio -i < ./INITRD
    f) copy listed directories (/hs /lib /usr) to /
    g) restart HS, upload new project
    Version 4.4

    cp -r -f /tmp/hs/* /hs
    cp -r -f /tmp/lib/* /lib
    cp -r -f /tmp/usr/* /usr

  20. Goofy 29 June 2016 at 22:19

    i there a way to get an original image of an HS4 server ?
    I have a original HS4 Server but my hdd have an error and do not boot :(
    So i bought a 128MB DOM disk and i want to install the HS4 on it.
    But i don’t know how.
    I think an alternativ is the version with the freeDOS to boot and the DOM for the hdc / data partition.
    But i think a original is better ;)

    Thank you

  21. Micha79 27 May 2016 at 21:16


    ich brauche etwas Hilfe.

    Ich probiere seid Tagen mit den Igel TC´s rum.
    Habe den UD 5 und nun hier den M310C. Bei beiden ist beim
    Ausführen von EEPROM folgende Meldung :
    ” Wrong Adapter Number ! ”
    was mache ich falsch. Ich habe schon alle mögliche Versuche gestartet.
    Alles andere lief perfekt, nur halt die MAC änderung nicht.

    #vielen Dank

  22. steff 27 May 2016 at 08:11

    Can I use the push function with the VM Version of the HS4?

  23. strupp 21 April 2016 at 15:28

    Hi guys,
    just wanted to report: 4.4 on ESXi 5.5 running fine after updating the Firmware as described here:
    Updating via Experte ended in the VM rebooting all the time.
    Make a Backup prior to updating!!!

    A few remarks:
    I couldn’t unrar the second INITRD using winrar, it kept giving me an error. Copied it to my macbook and used the tool “The Unarchiever” to extract and it worked. Then used SCP to copy the Files to the HS via SSH.
    In my case, only the file eibusb had the permissions set to 105:nogroup, the other files mentioned had root:root set. Therefor I only changed the Permissions for eibusb.
    I accidentialy copied the INITRD file to the wrong location at first try, but the VM booted anyway, so not sure if it really is necessary. Put it in the right location afterwards anyway, just to make sure.

  24. nils 6 April 2016 at 18:41

    Hello guys,
    i builded many hs on native hardware, but now the fujitsu D3003-S1 is no longer aviable. I have ordered a newer one the D3313-S1, but the image won´t start. loadlin tell me, it were not an image file.

    Someone an Idea?


  25. Kevin 9 February 2016 at 15:54

    I´m searching for an update from 4.2 to 4.4 for VM Ware Player.

    A Firmware Update with the Experte 4.4 is not running on a 4.2 VM Ware Image.

  26. Kevin 3 February 2016 at 16:50

    Is there a 4.4 VMWare image?

  27. matthiass 1 February 2016 at 21:11

    maybe someone can upload sonos plugins and other and we hack them….

  28. timo 31 January 2016 at 16:24

    gibt es evtl auch den sonos-baustein mit lizenz für eine der hs4-mac-adressen?

  29. matthiass 28 January 2016 at 23:25

    Does somebody has tried to rebuild the gira tks ip gateway ?
    f.e. with a raspberry pi ?

  30. matthiass 28 January 2016 at 23:25

    Does somebody has tried to rebuild the gira tks ip gateway ?

  31. mare 10 January 2016 at 17:44


    I’m using the Hyper-V Image with HS 4.2 from the download thread, post #1436. Thanks to wolfman!!!
    It uses the MAC/Serial 000AB30229F8.
    I can change the dmidecode skript for example to 000AB30229F9.
    But if I use other MAC addresses that should work, for example 004063CA2E70 or 004063F916B3, it says “keine Berechtigung”, so it doesn’t accept those.
    I have to change the serial because of some plugins.
    Does anybody know why I can’t use those MACs?
    I really appreciate your help.

  32. oldschool 30 December 2015 at 22:22

    hi there,

    i tried to install fw4.2 with hs3 to a ubuntu 14.04 x64.

    Still struggling with a problem named in post #1983 by rickcn:
    “ImportError: The _imaging C module is not installed”

    I have already amended the PYTHONPATH in starths.sh to represent the python2.7 environment, unfortunately without success.

    any ideas? someons got it running on ubuntu 14.04/x64?

  33. pessletz 26 December 2015 at 15:13

    i can run the 4.2 image on hyperv its nice
    is it possible to change the mac/serialnumber to give him an original serialnumber

    thank you

  34. Roel 13 December 2015 at 20:14

    I’m very sorry! WordPress updated to 4.4 and probably introduced a new setting to break comments into pages and enable that setting :(

    I see there is a new Home Server 4.4 update.

    Hope Gira is comming with an iPhone APP update. Furthermore, let’s see what the LightBuilding will bring us. I there is anyone with tickets or wants a Meet, mail me!

  35. matthiass 13 December 2015 at 08:16

    Old posts are missing…gladly i saved that site :D

    For those who didnt…
    btw…the gira hs isnt that big thing anymore… Gira is just talking and don’t bring out that stuff what they are talking about…look at the hs updates with rgb and the tks updates…btw.


  36. Chris 11 December 2015 at 12:37


    Is there a 4.3 VMWare image?


  37. oldschool 9 December 2015 at 21:56

    All the old posts are missing – why?

  38. hansinr1 29 November 2015 at 21:39

    Benötigt jemand HS3 voll Funktions- und Updatefähig?
    Inkl. Netzteil und allen Kabeln.
    Link zu den Bildern:



  39. Sebastian 22 November 2015 at 00:15

    Ok i overlooked the 1656 post. TKS works great with this hint!

  40. Sebastian 21 November 2015 at 14:03

    Does the own homeserver also works with the tks-ip gateway with the 50050 port?

    For me it is not possible to estabilish a connection with the hs and the tks-ip. Iam using the vmware hs4.2 image. All other stuff seems to work only the tks-ip does not.

    What are yours experiences?

  41. Hans 8 November 2015 at 13:13

    #2060 is broken

  42. TimTom 24 October 2015 at 21:04


    i try to update from 4.1 to 4.3 like here: http://www.roelbroersma.nl/forums/topic/anleitung-update-hs-4-1-auf-4-2

    at number 14 i should remove the file INITRD which should be located in /hs/. But i dont have a file /hs/INITRD.

    So only three files will be copied from the firmware.dat to the virtual server eibusb, hs_main and hstk?

    Maybe someone can confirm the update.
    Maybe some of you can confirm

  43. Jarek 18 October 2015 at 11:56

    Hi, Where I can buy only software not software + device ?

  44. Nils 30 September 2015 at 18:45

    Hello guys, hope you´re fine…
    Sorry, wasn´t here for a long time. What´s happend here, what´s´about these idiots who shares spam on this great site?

    i have a simple question. Can somoene tell me about the right partition sizes on the hs4? He is already running on real hardware, but i only want to know about the right sizes…


  45. sinner 21 September 2015 at 13:24

    Winrar cannot open the second INITRD, but 7-zip can.
    Just updated HS 4.2 to 4.3, no problems at all…

  46. Ronny1 19 September 2015 at 17:40


    Thank you very much for your reply.

    I Unzip/unrar the firmware.dat and the then first INITRD.
    But i couldn unrar/unzip the second INITRD. So i didnt get a hs_main file out.

    Tryed also via Expert.

    By updating via the Expert Prog. the HS VM restarts again and again.

  47. Daniel 16 September 2015 at 21:56

    Hi, i updated the image 4.2 to 4.3.
    You cant use the Gira Expert, user this tutorial to update


  48. Ronny GUDDEN 14 September 2015 at 13:31


    Is it possible to update my running VM 4.2 to 4.3?

    Thank you very much in advance.


  49. Jürgen 3 September 2015 at 21:15

    just saw that Update 4.3 is available

  50. Jürgen 3 September 2015 at 20:56

    Updated VM image would be fine.
    I tried to update but without success, don’t know how to do.

  51. Jan 1 September 2015 at 11:00

    Gira Update 4.2.1 is available…
    Someone will Update the VM Image ?

  52. pessletz 22 August 2015 at 15:25

    hs42 image läuft auf Hyperv
    kann man dort die SNR wechseln auf eine originale ?

  53. luu 12 July 2015 at 11:30

    hallo.ich hab momentan den HS auf einem Igel Thin Client laufen.
    Gibt es irgendeine Hardware, die in Sachen Performance wie der originale hs4 ist?

  54. koen 8 July 2015 at 13:44


    Handleiding waarvoor?

  55. billiboy 13 June 2015 at 22:04

    Boot-Konstrukt original Gira Homeserver
    – DOS-Boot von 1. Partition
    — anlegen einer RAMDISK
    — Checken ob Firmware geladen werden soll (COM1)
    — — JA: Firmware auf RAMDISK laden (zmodem)
    — — Firmware von RAMDISK auf 2. Partition kopieren
    — — NEIN: Weiter
    — Linux (Firmware) von 2. Partition starten
    – Linux von 2. Partition
    — Treiber laden
    — Checken ob Projekt geladen werden soll (COM1)
    — — JA: Projekt laden (xmodem)
    — — NEIN: Weiter
    — BEEP BEEP BEEP (Fertig)

  56. dapi115 26 March 2015 at 17:48

    Nachtrag zu meinem Eintrag: Remanentspeicher funktioniert! Wußte nur nicht, dass der Zusatnd nur ca. alle 15 min gespeichert wird.
    Dazu jetzt eine neue Frage: Kann man eventuell manuell über ein KO oder eine Logik ein vorzeitiges speichern des aktuellen Zustandes auslösen? Nicht auf einen FTP Server sondern in den Remanentspeicher des Gerätes. Ich meine zum Beispiel wenn gerade ein wichtiger Meldungsspeichereintrag gemacht wurde oder ein Alarmbaustein aktiviert wurde, damit nach einem kurz darauf folgenden Stromausfall der Zustand mit Sicherheit wieder hergestellt werden kann. Ansonsten ist es eben nur garantiert wenn vor dem Stromausfall so ein Systemspeicherzyklus stattfand.
    Weiß irgendwer Rat oder eine Lösung??

  57. dapi115 24 March 2015 at 08:51

    Hallo liebe Kollegen
    Ich habe mich auch gespielt und den HS 4.2 auf einem ALIX 2 Board mit einer Anleitung aus dem Forum zum Laufen gebracht.
    Wenn ich aber den Stecker vom Board ziehe, befindet sich nicht der aktuelle Zustand im Remanentspeicher. Soalad ich aber über den Experten einen Neustart des HS mache, passt der Remanentspeicher.
    Gleiches passiert in der VM am PC. OS mit STRG-ALT-ENTF neu starten – Remanentspeicher funktioniert.
    Shutdown des VM-Players und Neustart des Images, wie es z.B. bei einem Stromausfall vorkommt – Remanentspeicher nicht aktuell.
    Weiß irgendwer einen Rat??????

  58. Alex 10 March 2015 at 20:26

    I have not IP2KNX adapter. Want to try HS4.2 on Hyper-V. Does this version works with usb2KNX adapter or I need to make IP2KNX?
    Also I can try to take from frend’s work original gira Facility Server v.2. Is it possible to upgrade to version 4.2? This FS newer was used.

  59. Peter 21 February 2015 at 13:59

    Seltsam, mein HS4 4.2 Vmware Image von weiter oben läuft nicht mehr rund unter ESXi 5.5. Nach ca. einem Tag verliert der HS4 die Verbindung zur USB Schnittstelle. Da. heißt die Gira App bekommt weiterhin Verbindung zum HS4, aber Signale komen nicht mehr vom Bus an und werden nicht mehr an den Bus gesendet. Dies ist der Fall mit neu aufgespieltem Image als auch mit allen Debian updates. Nach einem Neustart des HS4 ist alles wieder ok – für ca. einen Tag.

    Jemand ne Idee, woran das liegen könnte? Anfangs funktioniere alles wunderbar und das System lief ohne Problem durch.

    ESXi Problem? Hardware Problem?

  60. Honkie 15 February 2015 at 18:40

    ich habe mir das Image mal in VirtualBox gelegt und auch gestartet bekommen, doch irgendwie bekomme ich den virtuellen HS nicht im Netzwerk zu sehen, habe die iP der FritzBox auf angepasst und auch den Rechner angepasst, aber trotzdem bekomme ich keinen Zugriff auf den virtuellen HS. Teilnetzmaske ist auch, oder??

  61. GeorgeBaf 5 February 2015 at 02:55

    Hi ! Waar kan ik de handleiding vinden ?

  62. billiboy 22 January 2015 at 13:46

    kurzes Feedback..
    rennt super das Teil.. ;-)
    Danke für Deine Forschung..

  63. billiboy 7 January 2015 at 20:00

    könnst mir das mal bitte kurzfristig uppen, dann muss ich mir das nicht krampfhaft aus der vm rauskratzen bzw hab ich was zum vergleichen dann. wenn den link hier nicht reinstellen magst, kann ich auch ne mail hier benennen.

  64. Me 7 January 2015 at 15:44

    Das hatte ich mir damals als Sicherung von meinem selbst erstellten Image von der 4G Platte gezogen.

  65. billiboy 6 January 2015 at 22:18

    Super, rechnen kann ich noch.;-)
    Ist es das vmware Image vom HS4 von weiter oben oder eines direkt von der 4GB Platte?

  66. Me 6 January 2015 at 12:32

    Ich habe doch noch ein Image gefunden:

    Model: ATA TS4GMSA500 (scsi)
    Disk /dev/sda: 7732368s
    Sector size (logical/physical): 512B/512B
    Partition Table: msdos

    Number Start End Size Type File system Flags
    1 2048s 67583s 65536s primary fat16 boot
    2 67584s 329727s 262144s primary fat16
    3 329728s 3401727s 3072000s primary
    4 3401728s 7732367s 4330640s primary

    Ausrechnen kannst du ja selbst ;)

  67. billiboy 5 January 2015 at 20:22

    @Me Gut, dann versuch ich mal mich durchzufummeln. Danke

  68. Me 5 January 2015 at 11:46

    @billiboy: Gute Frage, hab das nicht mehr im Kopf da ewig nicht mehr gemacht und ich auch die Hardware nicht mehr habe…

    Im Prinzip habe ich die Aufteilung gemacht wie von Roel beschrieben nur die Größe der Partitionen angepasst (vergrößert).

    Erste Partition Boot Partition mit Freedos von der aus der Homeserver auf Partition 2 (Linux gebootet wird). Dritte und vierte Partition für Projekt und Updates.

  69. Sebastian 5 January 2015 at 09:37

    Nach einer Nachtschicht habe ich nun auch den HS4 zum laufen gebracht :) Man sollte Debian 6.0 (Squeeze) benutzten und nicht Wheezy.

    Leider habe ich nun wieder das Problem, dass ich mich nicht mit dem HS verbinden kann …

    Bevor ich ihn mit dem StartScript starte hat die VM die IP und ich erreiche sie auch via ping (ebenfalls aus der VM ping google.de)

    Wenn ich den HS dann aber starte, ändert sich die IP auf die des Projektes (aus dem hs-image) ( und ich kann die VM nicht mehr via ping erreichen (auch kein google mehr innheralb der VM)

    Wenn ich gar kein Projekt geladen habe, löscht er mir den eth0 einfach raus (steht dann nicht mehr in ifconfig drin)

    Kann mir irgendjemand vielleicht helfen, ich bin nun mit meinem Latein wirklich am Ende und komme einfach nicht auf das Problem :/

  70. Sebastian 5 January 2015 at 01:28

    Gut die Verbindung habe ich nun doch irgendwie geschafft, allerdings zwecks Experte 4.2 versucht auf die aktuellste Firmware zu aktualisieren. Das ist nun in einem Reboot Loop geendet.

    Was mich dann doch zu der Frage bringt wie kann ich das Ganze selbst aufsetzen. In der aktuellen Firmware.dat gibt es ja nur noch die INITRD Datei. Aus der habe ich das Verzeichnis “hs” extrahiert und auf meine VM in “/” gepackt. Wenn ich dort allerdings /hs/bin/hs_main aufrufe kommen eben wie bereits beschrieben lediglich verschieden Python Fehler.
    Zunächst hat das Modul numpy gefehlt, das habe ich mit apt-get python-numpy installiert und dann trat in genau diesem Modul wieder ein Import Error “No Module named _weakref” auf. Bei Google habe ich dazu leider nichts nützliches gefunden. Hat hier vielleicht jemand einen Tipp ?

  71. Sebastian 5 January 2015 at 00:41

    Ich habe mir jetzt dann bald so ziemlich alle Kommentare durchgelesen, aber so richtig funktionieren will es nicht :/

    Habe mir eine VM mit Debian installiert da kam allerdings ein Python Fehler nach dem anderen …

    Jetzt habe ich das VM Ware Image aus Post #1903 genommen und den Port weitergeleitet und alle möglichen Konfigurationen probiert, aber ich kann mich einfach nicht verbinden …

    Kann mir da vielleicht jemand von euch weiterhelfen ?

    (Habe Bridged Network aktiviert, dann müsste er doch wenn ich in meinem Browser http://localhost/hs eingebe eine Antwort auswerfen, macht er aber nicht :/ auch wenn ich NAT einstelle und irgendeinen Port meiner Host Maschine an die VM auf 80 forwarde gibt er mir nichts zurück :( )

  72. billiboy 4 January 2015 at 20:39

    @me Danke, hatte schon gegooglt aber nix gefunden

    hast du schon was wegen der Partitionsaufteilung gefunden gehabt, hoffe habs nicht überlesen

  73. Me 31 December 2014 at 17:26

    @billiboy: na beim Hersteller des Boards natürlich ;)


  74. pessletz 31 December 2014 at 13:35

    habe nun den HS42 am HyperV am laufen IP:Port passt Miniprojekt ist geladen.
    wie bekomme ich nun meine Original SNR in den virtuellen HS
    oder geht das mit einer SNR vom 2.0 Net nicht ?

  75. billiboy 28 December 2014 at 01:29

    Du schreibst: Hat man die falsche Serial oder einen Fehler gemacht, muss man das BIOS komplett neu flashen und die System Serial ist wieder leer und beschreibbar. Nach erneutem BIOS Update ist die System Serial dann wieder weg….

    Wo bekomme ich das Bios File für das Fujitsu DS3003-S1denn her?

  76. mart 28 November 2014 at 01:01


    how can i change the SN number from the Server

  77. Bert 26 November 2014 at 10:00


    I’m sorry to get back on this, but after installing the experte 4.2 (I also tried the 4.1.1 and 4.1), I cannot find the hserver2.tgz file.
    I have 6 files in the HS4/firmware.dat, but not a tgz file…

    anyone knows were I can find that file, or did something change?

    Thanks a lot!

  78. HP 26 November 2014 at 05:48

    @wolfman4.0: Thanks for your answer. I have already installed the legacy network adapter. Nevertheless, I have no eth0 network interface. I have the same settings as in the version 4.1.1. It is working properly.

  79. wolfman4.0 24 November 2014 at 12:53

    @HP: you need to install the “legacy network adapter” in the VM settings. There are no hyper-V tools installed, therefore the hyper-v virtual network card is not recognised.

  80. HP 23 November 2014 at 16:16

    @ Post 2008
    In Hyper-V images, there is no network card eth0. only a Loopback Adapter. Is there a solution?
    Thank you

  81. wolfman4.0 14 November 2014 at 11:24

    Vortex86EX LAN controller?
    Does someone know if the LAN controller of the Vortex86EX is compatible with HS3 network driver?
    That would be a super sexy small and low power hardware for €45

  82. pat 13 November 2014 at 21:25

    ^^ No way i think. Just make a HDD Copy of your existing hs…

    Does someone of you already saw the Theben theServa S110 ???


    What kind of board is working in there ? Maybe someone can get some pics/uploads ?

  83. Sonic 10 November 2014 at 13:03

    Hi guys… I’ve lost my origina .hs3 file where all my settings are configured.

    Is it possible to recover these settings another way or am I screwed? Do I need to manually setup every single setting again?

    I still have the ETS settings (database/project) but I don’t want to do everything again from scratch :-(

  84. Me 22 October 2014 at 20:31

    Not possible, because there is no ssh server running on original home server.

  85. Adriaan 21 October 2014 at 17:54

    Is it possible to get into a licensed Gira Home Server with a prorgram like Putty?
    I tried SSH but it failed.
    Can you open the HS to let putty get access somehow?

    THnx in advance,

  86. Andy 12 October 2014 at 21:04

    Hi zusammen,
    hab jetzt folgendes Problem und bin schier am verzweifeln:
    Ich hab den HS4.1 am laufen und nach ca. 2Wochen frieren alle Zustände ein und die QS-Oberfläche wird nicht mehr aktualisiert.
    Die Temperaturen im Diagramm bleiben auf dem Wert stehen und zeigen nur noch eine gerade Linie. Nach dem Neustart der VM funktioniert alles wieder wie gewohnt. Ach ja, der connect zum HS geht noch, also die Linux Kiste steht nicht. Nur die Abfrage der Werte geht nicht mehr.
    Hoffe mir kann da jemand weiter helfen.



  87. MK 7 October 2014 at 16:03

    @ME I was not able to find oem toll for D3001: could you help me ?


  88. Fisi 3 October 2014 at 13:01

    I need Help with Gira Homeserver 3. I somehow screw the homeserver 3. I can’t install the new firmware. i have done it from network, now the server its not starting at all. i have tried to install it from rs232 but a have the errorlevel 1. I have tried to change also the rs232 cable but its not working. So please can install or fix.

  89. wolfman4.0 26 September 2014 at 18:55

    It looks like that becomes a fulltime job – deleting spam every day.

  90. Roel 23 September 2014 at 15:39

    Almost.. ;) I had to delete some SPAM comments..

  91. wolfman4.0 22 September 2014 at 23:57

    2014 – post of the year ;-)

  92. wolfman4.0 22 September 2014 at 23:56

    Hey there,

    port of HS4.2 to MS Hyper-V for Win8.1 & WinSrv2012R2 users is here:


    Linux: root/passwd
    Experte: admin/admin
    Default Gateway:
    infofile included: how to change IP-adress
    use Legacy Network Adapter in Hyper-V!

    thanxx to HeWo and hsaxel
    have fun!


  93. sandy65 19 September 2014 at 07:47

    hatte das selbe problem einmal mit dem “echten” hs. bei mir war das projekt zu groß, bzw. der speicher zu klein (ram!!!)
    versuche es mal den vm speicher zu erhöhen.

  94. michi4146 14 September 2014 at 14:44

    My Epia board in HS2 is unfortunately defective after a few years. Therefore, I have now loaded a VM with the VM Player.
    I can ping the server in the Vm and restart the software via the HS-expert.
    I can not transfer projects.
    The following messages
    1. Log in
    2. Second data is packaged
    3. connection open and 4013 Kb can be transferred and the bar stops moving
    4. Closed with red colour and connection closed and data could not be transferred

    Whats the problem?

  95. michi4146 13 September 2014 at 17:40

    Mein Epia-Board im HS2 ist nach einigen Jahren leider defekt. Daher habe ich jetzt eine VM mit dem VM-Player geladen.
    Ich kann den Homerserver in der Vm anpingen und über die HS-Experte Software neustarten.
    Ich schaffe es aber nicht Projekte zu übertragen.
    Folgende Meldungen
    1. Anmelden
    2. Daten werden gepackt
    3. Verbindung offen und 4013 Kb werden übertragen und der Balken bleibt stehen
    4. Danach Rotes Fenster und Verbindung gschlossen
    5. Daten konnten nicht übertragen werden.

  96. Tom Tom 8 September 2014 at 13:05

    Will sell an Alix1D … currently running fine with a HS4
    In cause of Copyrights it`s without OS. ;)
    beregg [at] freenet [dot] de

  97. coolbox 3 September 2014 at 21:57


    can somebody help with the problem that my HS4.2 homeserver cannot connect to my installation. I uploaded a project etc, but when pushing buttons within the interface, the server gives errors. I made a screen grab available at https://www.dropbox.com/s/89q14w3n2moac92/Screengrab.jpg?dl=0
    Best regards

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