Reviews and Problems with Microsoft Windows Home Server
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Does not work with Win7
Michael F., Newegg
9 June 2010
Summary: They seem to be dropping support for this product as they are coming out with a new home server based on Server 2008. As mentioned, there is no real suggestions supplied to get around the 81% problem and no help on the support web site.
Pros: Is a good solution to backups and restores (see Cons) as it is easy to set up and use.
Cons: Does not seem to work with my installation of Win7 (32 bit) in the sense that it is impossible to open or view a backup. All I get (along with many other people) is an error message at 81% done, "Cannot Mount Backup" when I try and open a backup. This seems to be a common problem as there are man...
Summary: The problem stems from the way the WHS Home Computer Recovery CD (the boot disk for a bare metal disk load) uses DHCP and tries in vain to resolve the name and IP address of WHS. I won’t bore you with the details here, but suffice it to say that Microsoft has known about this since WHS was released...
Pros: Windows Home Server (WHS) has nice features. It connects well with other Microsoft products - XT, 7, and XBox. It handles vast amount of data very well. Its storage architecture is great - uses cheap disks very well. It would get 5 eggs but for the Con.
Cons: WHS has an infantile whole disk (bare metal) recovery approach. It is so bad that for many people it won’t work. I bought WHS for Backup and Restore. Restore is core functionality. I spent 2 vacation days working on test restortation. I couldn’t believe how hard it was and what I learned. I got i...
Summary: I love the idea, I hate the implementation. I watched the demonstration videos at Microsoft, and thought "what a great concept". I installed one, and have fought with it off and on right along. I am VERY TIRED of hunting through google searches looking for fixes for problems all the time.
Pros: Ease of connection, shared folders, remote access, mirrored storage