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    Just wondering, anyone out there using Windows Home Server? If so, how does it integrate into your daily life (What are you using it for)? I have 2011 running in a VM, and it looks pretty cool. What hardware are you running it on?

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    I have been running the original WHS for many years now and can't live without it. I have a test box running WHS 11 for a few months now and think I will switch over my main box to WHS 11 (using hardware in the test box).

    For my original I'm using an Athlon64 X2, Foxconn mobo, 4GB DDR2. For my WHS 2011 box it's a Core 2 Duo E6850, Gigabyte mobo, 8GB DDR2. Just running a 320GB boot drive, and combination of drives to give me RAID 5 640GB just for testing on the WHS11 box. Otherwise my WHS box currently has 7 2TB WD Caviar Green drives + 1TB 7200RPM boot drive.

    I'll be moving my 7 2TB WD Green drives over from original WHS plus have two more 2TB so I can have a 5x2TB RAID 5 (8TB useable) and 4x2TB RAID 5 (6TB Useable). I have a 1TB 7200RPM as my boot drive. Using six on board SATA ports for my first RAID array and a plug-in PCI card for my second one. I was hoping 4TB drives would start to come out and once below $150 I would update everything to just 4TB drives, but with the recent floods, etc guess I'll have to stick with my 2TB for another couple of years.

    I use mine for daily system backups, file storage, and streaming media. Works great for that.
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    I bought a Windows Server 2008 license when i was still in school so i could tinker at home instead of messing up with the actual server i had in the classroom.

    Its kinda overkill for me now but since Terraria is Windows only (XNA Framework) i cant migrate to CentOS. D;
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    Server and Home Server are two entirely different beasts though. Well WHS is based on Server 2003, and WHS 2011 is based on Server 2008 R2. But the control panel and ease of integration with other PC's makes WHS an excellent home based backup system, file storage, and media streaming.

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    I know.

    If i had the cash and space i would ditch both the current Atom server and my turtle speed Western Digital Sharespace NAS.
    A good mainboard coupled with a low power Intel i3 would be perfect for the task.
    Windows Home Server is probably cheaper than a Server 2008 R2 too.

    But i wont start something big until i totally redesign the home network or something.
    Right now it looks more like a hack job done by MacGyver.
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    I figured you knew, just throwing it out there for others I guess (or me just blabbering as usual). WHS worked well with hack jobs with Drive Extender which is now gone from WHS11 I know there's some mods for a Drive Extender but I'm a little leary using something third party for something as critical as managing my drives with something like Drive Extender.

    It's too bad hard drives are so darn expensive right now though. I really wanted to start moving over to 4TB drives.

    Yeah a lower power i3 would be great for a server. I'm using existing components I already have, so Core 2 Duo it is. Not the most power efficient, but it will work nevertheless. My current WHS setup consumes only about 50W idle, so not too bad. I'll be adding a few more hard drives and using a Core 2 Duo, so that will probably spike to 70W or so. But price of having more storage and more powerful CPU. My AMD setup is going to my sister's house. She's gonna buy a few 2TB drives and we'll share storage for critical things like photos.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DEagleson View Post
    Windows Home Server is probably cheaper than a Server 2008 R2 too.
    The low price of the WHS surprises me, even the cheap Web Server version cost ten times more.
    Not saying they're similar, my point is that WHS is very inexpensive for being a MS OS.

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    Yes it is inexpensive. It's only $53 Newegg.com - Microsoft Windows Home Server 2011 64-bit OEM System Builder - Server Software

    It is limited in scope, but what it does do it does very well.

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    I've been using the original WHS for awhile essentially as a NAS and backup solution. I have been waiting for a mature Drive Extender replacement for WHS2011 before upgrading. However with the Windows 8 Storage Spaces revelation recently I may just wait until Windows 8 (or at least the Beta) comes out to replace the NAS functionality, then build a small WHS2011 box for backups (or come up with another backup solution as I am not sure the 2TB backup limit will work for my home network).

    Overall though I have been please with WHS and I have at least one friend who managed to recover from a machine failure by restoring from a WHS backup.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JTOverath View Post
    I have been waiting for a mature Drive Extender replacement for WHS2011 before upgrading.
    Why do you want to upgrade? What are the drawbacks with the original WHS?

 

 
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