Reviews and Problems with Microsoft Windows Home Server
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Microsoft Windows Home Server
5 October 2007
Conclusion: Windows Home Server is a respectable first attempt at a software-based, home-oriented network-attached-storage environment. From a full-fledged home server perspective, however, the company missed the boat on features such as parental controls and auditing. It's also aimed squarely at the OEM market. Those who want to construct their own WHS appliance can do so at their own risk.
Pros: Good NAS features, image-based backup with file-by-file recovery, and bare metal restoration. Good remote access feature. Robust SDK gives rise to plug-in development culture.
Cons: Disk-driver support is critical to building your own. Remote access requires UPnP home router or skill at reconfiguring your firewall (or both). Lacks parental controls. Lacks Windows SP and security-update download caching.
Conclusion: If this beta release is any indication, Microsoft Home Server will give users with little tech knowledge the ability to easily network their home computing environment and make their data available from anywhere—on the network or off.
Pros: Simple to set up, run. Minimal hardware requirements. Makes home networking a breeze. Allows remote data access. Automatic backups.