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Microsoft Windows Home Server
6.4 out of 10

Microsoft Windows Home Server

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Overall 8
8.0

Cheap but good

Nicholas L., Newegg
31 August 2010
  • Pros: Its a great price for a server OS. It does everythng i want it to do with ease
  • Cons: I found any online directions to be different from this version and thus having to figure everything out.
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Overall 8
8.0

Pretty Decent all around

Dwayne H., Newegg
30 April 2010
  • Summary: Should work with any Operating System that will backup to a NTFS-SMB network share. Apple computers require a little bit of finesse to get Time Machine to backup to SMB, but it works for me. ( 4 Windows PC's, a Apple PC, and a Linux based PC.)
  • Pros: Doesn't require RAID to keep data redundant. Easy to setup and easy to use. The key selling point for me was the data stays in NTFS so if the server was to go down I could still get to my data by popping the drive into any Windows PC as a secondary drive. Gives me the storage I needed without the...
  • Cons: Some of the paid WHS add-ins are just extensions of functionality that Microsoft could have added in the first place. No built-in functionality to backup a Apple computer (AppleTalk protocol is there since it is based on Server 2003, but I haven't fiddled with it).
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Overall 8
8.0

Great but missing 1 feature

Chris Y., Newegg
10 April 2010
  • Summary: Got RAID support to work by slipstreaming the Intel Storage Matrix drivers into the WHS DVD. No problems with Raid 1 at all.
  • Pros: Backs up all my computers as well as runs Utorrent & eMule.
  • Cons: No RAID support. Does NOT allow you to select individual tiems to backup different computers, settings are universal which is stupid as certain computers in my house are on at different times of the day.
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Overall 8
8.0

Installation Hiccups

Dennis M., Newegg
24 February 2010
  • Summary: I re-tasked on old P4 machine by adding an inexpensive SATA RAID card and it seems to work well. In considering my setup, I read several discussions about whether or not to use RAID and even the occasional person proclaiming that it couldn't be done.
  • Pros: It does what it is supposed to do and it is easy to use. So far, I am very happy with the addition of Windows Home Server to my household electronics arsenal.
  • Cons: Setup is not user friendly if something goes wrong. I was eventually able to get my Rosewill 4-port SATA RAID card to work and successfully setup a RAID 5 installation. However, it was not a smooth process and I ended up having to jump through hoops like installing the RAID drivers at 2 places in...
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Overall 8
8.0

Good but not latest

Anthony O., Newegg
22 February 2010
  • Pros: Home Server software... is that a pro? :)
  • Cons: Not the latest Power Pack. Doesn't take long to get the latest updates though.
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Overall 8
8.0

Super Server Software

Anonymous, Newegg
4 February 2010
  • Summary: Even though I poked a little fun at linux above, I really did like it as a server for the most part...but there where a few really nagging things about it that I didn't like. MS Windows Home Server was dead easy to setup and maintaince is just as simple.
  • Pros: Easy to setup, easy to maintain, easy to update, no archaic command lines needed (mount -t smbfs -o username=user,password=pass //WinClient/share /mnt/share)...
  • Cons: I haven't really found any yet.
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Overall 8
8.0

Most are media streamers out there that look at this

Mike R., Newegg
2 February 2010
  • Summary: Search your pc for streaming media extenders playing m2ts files, which is blue ray. You may find yourself with a whole home media center set up. The kids love it from their room and my wife and I can pick any movie or watch netflix through media center and see the latest movies and record them from...
  • Pros: I had an enteprise 64 bit R2 software on a 16 bay i7 server board,and it just will not feed extenders on the home theatre to all rooms, and did not adequately serve and backup dvds from other computors to all our tv's from and including out 65 home theatre living room. So I went to the Home serve...
  • Cons: Microsoft, will catch up with hp which collects media from any computor on the network, at any hour. Microsoft still has not caught on to the codecs and collection of media as HP has.
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Overall 8
8.0

Awesome

Theodore L., Newegg
24 January 2010
  • Summary: You don't really need backup drives for the server itself - just turn on folder duplication. Use your physically largest drive for your OS installation - its better for the Drive Extender.
  • Pros: Installed easily on server and other computers Can be configured for Remote Access and Remote *Web* Access
  • Cons: Wasn't free
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Overall 8
8.0

I was clumsy in my installation, but nice product

Gregory J., Newegg
18 January 2010
  • Summary: I had Frankensteined together a WHS unit out of old parts (AMD 939 Board w/ 4000 San Diego, 2 GB RAM, a bare bones PCI-E graphics card which I was going to use temporarily for the install but just left in b/c I don't need it elsewhere), Antec 430W PSU) and new parts (Samsung and WD HDs totalling...
  • Pros: Probably the easiest Microsoft product I've ever used. Nice, clean interface. Direct commands. Good price. Plays nice with a mix of XP, Vista 64 and W7-64.
  • Cons: I wish I could configure the backup schedule to not be every night---I was expecting to do this once a week. Not bad to overbackup, for sure, and the backups don't take too long. Not really a con, but make sure that the logon names you use for your installed users is identical to the system name ...
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Overall 8
8.0

Add ons

Alex H., Newegg
5 January 2010
  • Summary: Silverstone Sugo case - two WD green 1.5TB drives - Athlon XP 40watt processor - Jetway JNC81 Mobo - Corsair 2Gb 666 RAM - recycled 300w P/S from a d*ll - total rig running is about 75 watts (from my powerangel) - not too bad...
  • Pros: pretty automated setup - OEM install took a long time - and I didn't realize that it was on a DVD, so I had to find a different drive to install the machine from After setup and configuration it seems to work pretty much flawless in operation, but haven't had that long - had to manual configure m...
  • Cons: Would like to find more information on power saving options - such as shutting the machine down at night (I do my backups in the morning when everyone is at work/school) - the add on that I have tried just shuts the server down and you have to manually restart it - not very hands off there - alth...
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