Reviews and Problems with Microsoft Windows Home Server
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Worth Every Penny
Robert K., Newegg
2 October 2010
Summary: I'm the 'computer guy' for my friends & family, which means I've spent many a ruined weekend being a nice guy to people who foul up computers as a bodily function, and never, ever have the source media for a restore.
Pros: Everything about it is a 'pro' - simple installation, simple implementation, simple backups, simple network file sharing, and simple whole-box restores. Just find an old box, drop this onto it, and your life gets easier. Even if you don't take advantage of the network/remote acces features, event...
Cons: None, really, but the storage assimilation on the host box may throw people if they aren't prepared. Read the documentation and you'll get it.
Summary: Today my MB crashed on one of the PCs in my home server network. I replaced the MB and HD, but went from IDE to SATA. I restored the PC from a backup on the home server with no problems. Home server saves the day! Well worth the money.
Pros: Very easy to set up, and low maintenance. Does automatic backups, and reminder to update anit-virus defs. I access the server from work quite often.
Cons: I wish I had the actual hp home server. I built mine from spare parts after I purchased the software, but it works great. No cons.
Summary: After my last computer upgrade, my older machine was refitted into a WHS, just needed to slap a cheapy video card in for the OS install. It's backing up two computers nightly and feeding music and videos to my Sonos Zoneplayer and PS3, which is all I need for it to do.
Pros: Requires very little babysitting Easy to set up
Cons: Limited in what you can do out of the box, but there are plenty of add-ins available to get it to do what you want.
Summary: I love this thing and will never be without it! I built my own box and it works perfectly.
Pros: this thing backs up my 4 computers every night. I just sort of forget it. I lost a hard drive with 7 years of pictures of it...WHS restored a new hard drive and everthing worked absolutly perfect. Lost a hrd drive on my laptop and just restored onto a new HD and worked perfect.
Anyone with more than one computer should own this
Elizabeth U., Newegg
29 June 2010
Summary: I honestly believe this is one of the better purchases I've made. I didn't realize the full beauty of this until I purchased it. I mainly bought it so I could put up a home website that I could hit from various places and maybe stream some media around the house.
Pros: Media Streaming Storage Personal Website AUTOMATIC BACKUP OF YOUR COMPUTERS!!! Network monitoring for viruses or other potential problems
Cons: Many functions of Windows Server 2003 hidden
Summary: I hate to complain, because this is just a tweaked version of 2003 server for a much lower price. It's fine for average home user that just needs a file server or something like that. But, the remote console just feels gimmicky. In fact, I don't use any of the selling points for this OS.
Pros: Better than that dinosaur W2k your using now. Better price than a full copy of 2003 Server.
Summary: if microsoft would use this movement towards there other os's they might actually get me to buy another
Pros: I love home server and I'm not one to enjoy operating systems al that much.. but when it comes to having ALL of your systems backed up, ALL of your files in one location and the ability to share your tv recordings with the other systemks in the house,, of course I loved it
Summary: Overall I'm very pleased with WHS. It shares things in a logical manner, you can setup the basics quite easily, and Microsoft provides easy web access to files on the system. Newegg is the best.
Pros: Overall this is a very user-friendly system. Installed easily on an old HP with 2.6GHz P4/600MB RAM/620GB IDE storage (WHS sees 580GB). Using it as a the primary file storage body for entire home network (WinXP desktop, Win7 laptop, and data from friend/family computers). Also using it as print s...
Cons: Not much, but some high-tech people surely would want more room in configurations. For example, you can't choose to backup Computer 1 and Computer 2 between different times. Wake On LAN would be nice as a factory-installed option, but that's what add-ons are for. Not entirely convinced with Remot...
Pros: Great product with a lot of features for its price point. No RAID is a plus for the home server market given the implementation of folder duplication WHS uses.
Cons: Would like to see more improvements with remote access. It works well, but there could be more done to improve security. It would have been nice to buy this with Power Pack 3 included. WHS v2 (Vail) is now in beta. You may or may not consider this a pro/con. I still bought the WHS v1 as it provid...