- by David_W @Jul 06, 2011
Everybody needs Windows Home Server
Windows Home Server 2011 is now available!
Your life has gone digital - it is time to simplify your life so you can easily access your files, photos, videos, and music from any PC or TV in your home, or even while away from home. Windows Home Server was designed for households and home-based businesses that have more than one personal computer.
Windows Home Server at a glance - much more than NAS
If you have multiple PCs with increasingly large amounts of digital photography, music, video, and documents, then protecting, organizing, and connecting this digital media can be a challenging task. Help with managing your digital dilemmas has arrived. Windows Home Server does more than Network Attached Storage (NAS) - take a look.
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Not sure why Microsoft would ever phase out the WHS market. Guess there isn't enough of a demand / sales. Having run a WHS V1 server for 3+ years, it was time to move away from V1 and go to WHS2011. By comparison WHS2011 runs smoother and faster on the same hardware. Note, Microsoft dropped Drive Extender (data duplication) but Stablebit Drivepool is a very robust Add-In (small fee) that will turn WHS2011 into a server with not only data duplication, including PC backups. For those who want to upgrade from WHS V1, WHS2011 is the way to go.
WHS2011 is much easier to use than previous versions and is awesome for local and remote filesharing and backups. It "requires" a 160GB+ drive, but with a custom .cfg file can be installed on smaller drives IE: 120GB SSD.
i am using it on a old laptop. so far the install went fine. whish they would have provided an option to register to download an iso copy of it(like office 2010 offers) as trying to make a usb intall drive is trouble some if using basic flash drive that lacks the more expensive controller chipset. havent dont much to it yet aside from loading WSUS onto it which works well aside from client versions of windows like xp home, vista home premium not having a easier method of connecting up to the WSUS server. hope to make use of the other features it provides. at the price its being sold at its worth the price. if it costed more i wouldnt have bought it
Got this for $50 to use in a small home server build which is a pretty good value. Easy to use and has some nice features like web access and automatic backups of all computers on the network. No more drive extender support out of the box (there are addons though). Supports RAID. Cannot be installed on drives smaller than 160GB but there are a few simple workarounds.
Been using this for a few weeks now. I actually like it better than version 1. Ya Drive Extender is gone, but there are some add-ins like Drive Bender you can buy that brings some of that functionality back. It works really great with the MyMovies add-in so that your movies and TV get the proper folder covers etc.
At just under $60, this software is a steal. Put it on a zotac zbox nano, made a fantastic mini server. Comes in handy for remote storage as well as keeping music and pictures safe. Runs on some of Microsoft's newest server technologies....highly recomended
Got this copy of WHS for my home server build. It's a very capable OS with lots of built in features. The automatic network backups and remote management capabilities are great. Microsoft provides a complimentary SERVERNAME.homeserver.com domain for you to use the webUI and it doesn't require a static IP! The learning curve is pretty steep if you want to do anything fancy and, for me, required a lot of online forum reading etcetera to figure it all out. There are lots of 'add-ins' made by the public that can expand on the flexibility of the system as well. If you are building a small home server and want some capable software that pretty much works out of the box I highly suggest WHS 2011.
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