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Microsoft Windows Home Server 2011
8.7 out of 10

Microsoft Windows Home Server 2011

Great Deal: $68.98

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Overall 6
6.0

is really nice

leslie v., Newegg
26 February 2015
  • Pros: really good it donsent have the AC/AD but simple to for some one that has no experience
  • Cons: really good it donsent have the AC/AD but simple to for some one that has no experience
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Overall 10
10

Windows Home Server

I I., Newegg
27 July 2014
  • Pros: Smooth Running But No Pooling Had To Get Hard Drive Pooling Software...
  • Cons: No Hard Drive Pooling
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Overall 8
8.0

Home Server hosted as a VM

Gregg W., Newegg
5 February 2014
  • Summary: The best way to use this version of home server is to actually build a Linux box with ZFS pools for your disks. Then, install home server as a virtual machine. I like to use VirtualBox since it runs in so many different places and I can take VMs between machines that way to run it where ever I need...
  • Pros: The pros are that this works and seems to be very reliable based on the many times I've used it to move a "computer" from one piece of hardware to another for HW upgrades, restore from broken hard drive etc. There are plenty of new ways to do backups using the same services of the OS that Home se...
  • Cons: If only Microsoft actually understood the consumer marketplace, but clearly they don't have any expertise or drive there any longer.
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Overall 8
8.0

Usefull yet imited

Matthew K., Newegg
5 February 2014
  • Pros: Purchased this from Newegg and have been using this server software since it came out in 2011. Works well for basic backup needs. Yet it is limited to 8GB of RAM. I just migrated to a new Intel Haswell setup with SATA 6Gbps and new Western Digital 3TB drives to match for video streaming. A nice l...
  • Cons: Limited to 8GB of memory. A bit slow in some circumstances. Not a full blown server. Make sure server is fully updated via Windows Update prior to backing up clients. For clients that utilize Unified BIOS you need to apply a patch then you can backup the clients.
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Overall 10
10

Good for simple home server

Roger H., Newegg
29 January 2014
  • Summary: If you are looking for an inexpensive home server software and you dont want to spend a lot then I recommend WHS 2011.
  • Pros: I finally decided to upgrade over the original WHS software. Installed easily. I did install the OS on a 120 vs the recommended minimum 160 drive. Google how to there are plenty of sites to show you how. very easily done. I know that Essentials 2012 is replacing this and WHS 2011 MS isnt continui...
  • Cons: Only con so far was migrating 3tb of data from the old WHS to the new. It is a PITA, as it is manual. MS doesnt provide an easy migration path or software to do so. Copy files/folder from one drive to another. You cant do on the same machine either. WHS2011 no longer supports 'drive extender' or ...
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Overall 10
10

Easy to Moderate to USE

Christopher E., Newegg
23 January 2014
  • Summary: I have just began to intergrate Windows 8 and I hope it works just fine.
  • Pros: I purchase an additional copy, because I lost me orginally copy and wanted to redo my orginal home server and add other one for deployement, I have not ventured much into the program other then storage access and update, but I am gonna try and do deployments to be able to refresh my PC every so o...
  • Cons: Only license for one server. Would be nice if you could by a volume license of 5.
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Overall 2
2.0

Not worth the time...

Clifford D., Newegg
16 January 2014
  • Summary: forget the server edition. you don't need it to serve media at the house.
  • Pros: Microsoft product for under $100...
  • Cons: Lack of drivers. Not compatible with raid configs.
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Overall 10
10

What it Should be...

Steven C., Newegg
13 January 2014
  • Summary: ASUS MOBO with integrated graphics, 4GB of Ram and 5 TB's
  • Pros: Relatively inexpensive, It just works, Faster than old WHS 32Bit, easier to install, the remote or client dashboard is much easier to use than old WHS. Overall interface on the server or the client "Dashboards" are much more intuitive, understand that this is a 64Bit OS, does not upgrade! Too bad...
  • Cons: License Key is on package is so smal you need a magnifying glass, (seriously), too bad there is not a Migrate old server to new function easy button. REQUIRES 4GB of Ram not a con but be aware, addding drives a little quirky, no way to make one "BIG DRIVE" seriously do you really need a Raid for ...
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Overall 10
10

NOT EOL!!!

David Y., Newegg
11 January 2014
  • Summary: I mainly wrote this to clear up the misperception I see on here repeatedly: Support is NOT ending!! It still has until May, 2016 for mainstream support. ALL operating systems are technically EOL as soon as they come out, since MS already knows when they will end support.
  • Pros: Automatic client backups; Server backups; easily streams movies (MyMovies) is PERFECT for this, and integrates seamlessly; low system hardware requirements; integrates with almost all OS for the clients. Also very easy to move files to and from the server (e.g. downloaded games, program executabl...
  • Cons: None, other than with Windows 8.1 clients, when you configure backups, uncheck the box for the client's recovery partition in C.
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Overall 8
8.0

Server for dummies!

Charles R., Newegg
7 January 2014
  • Summary: I have major experience with MS server products (I got my MS certs b4 my college instructors did). If you can't install and configure this, give up and pay someone - seriously. It's the most basic o/s I've ever seen MS release.
  • Pros: The very most dumbed down (easy to use) operating system I've ever seen. So cheap, considering we're talking Micro$oft.
  • Cons: Many server features are missing vs other server products.
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