As such I will be focusing on the effort and results, and see if all this was worthwhile.
I was pleasently surprised that the new WHS 2011 took just under 35 minutes start to finish--and this is on an HP EX495 system!
UPDATE 4/28: When you install, you will have a yellow exclamation mark in Device Manager for a "Mass Storage Controller." You will need the 64-bit drivers for the Silicon Image 3531 Port Multiplier Chipset available here.
As long as you maintain your user accounts and passwords, I was able to get things working immediately after copying things back. What was not pleasant however was using the new WHS Connector software installing on my systems.
It installed fine on my HTPC Windows 7 Ultimate x64, but it's now been two unsuccessful days on my Laptop's Windows 7 Ultimate x86.
The original Windows Home Server installation was a big patchwork where it involved constant reboots and lots of infomration.