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Microsoft Windows Home Server 2011 64-Bit, OEM Amazon £36.80 Free P&P

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Not as cheap as the other deal posted before but seems the cheapest at the moment but im sure that will change.
If you do find it cheaper please post.

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    landwomble
    adamsharif1
    landwomble
    Awesome product. Server 2008 r2 plus auto baremetal backup of 10 PCs in the house plus server itself to VHDs, dnla server, remote web access, remote monitoring all wrapped up with a nice easy dashboard terminal served app to administer.
    now discontinued as most features are in Server 2012 essentials. Which is 400 quid.
    support for 10 years after last service pack as per all our products.
    you can also use it as a workstation.

    pair up with a headless microserver for home network goodness.

    I'm pretty active on our internal MS homeserver user DLs (as is our CTO, Norm Judah!) and this is a great, albeit virtually unknown, product.


    Finally! A useful comment from someone who knows what they're talking about - tempting deal, might get this!

    I work in IT and I too steer well clear from Linux / Unix - and no, not working with these platforms doesn't make you any less of an IT professional.


    It's really good. I mean, I'm biased as I work for MS but I also use Linux, Android, Mac etc.
    It's a nifty package is WHS - a strange mix of enterprise grade stuff in a consumer product. E.g. the backup is DPM technology, the remote web access is SharePoint technology, the alerting of attached PCs is bits of System Center Ops Manager, etc.
    It's designed so that an average home user with maybe a little bit of geek in them can setup a box themselves, set up user permissions and shares, have those users synched to existing user accounts on Windows laptops and desktops etc.

    The backup feature is brilliant - I genuinely can't think of another easy way of achieving this. All clients joined to the WHS homegroup (NOT a domain, but similar) can be automatically woken from sleep and do a full backup and then subsequent incrementals over the network to the WHS. Should you want to restore a file then you can simply do this from the client side using the dashboard app - which is served up as a terminal services app to the client. You can browse file history and versions and restore. Should you whole client PC go tits up then you can boot it off the WHS recovery CD, point it at the network share, and do a bare-metal restore over the LAN.
    The server itself will back itself up to an external drive as well. The backups are all VHD images, that you can open or mount on another system via VMware or Hyper-V really easily.

    Via remote web access you can access your data from any browser anywhere in the world. You can either stream media (it'll transcode for you) or you can upload/download via a sharepoint style interface.

    It also comes with a free and automatic domain name registration - so you can access your box from yourname.homeserver.com.

    WHS can add roles just like Server 2008. I think from the licence you're not meant to add the domain controller role, but I think you can if you want.

    Summary: for full on geeks, it's Server 2008 R2. For the mildly geeky you can use the (great) dashboard app to set everything up and running in half an hour or so.

    Only limitation I can think of is total server backup has to be less than 2TB (VHD limitation) and Media Center isn't included.

    As I say, it's now recently discontinued but Server 2012 Essentials covers much of the same ground but adds Storage Spaces etc. However, that's a £400 licence.
    WHS2011 will be supported for 10 years post last service pack so it's going to be around for a good while yet. In terms of OS patches you get the same ones that 2008R2 gets...

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    chugerblug
    Just be aware this is now discontinued by Microsoft. It's still a good deal though..
    moosery2
    What's it for?
    I cant think of much use for a "home server" running windows?
    I guess if you're a linux numpty, but still..if you're a linux numpty you're probably also not going to need a "home server"...?
    I presume it's command line only?
    ah_heng
    moosery2
    What's it for?
    I cant think of much use for a "home server" running windows?
    I guess if you're a linux numpty, but still..if you're a linux numpty you're probably also not going to need a "home server"...?
    I presume it's command line only?


    oohhh... Command line?? hahahahhahahahaa
    jjintheuk
    ah_heng
    moosery2
    What's it for?
    I cant think of much use for a "home server" running windows?
    I guess if you're a linux numpty, but still..if you're a linux numpty you're probably also not going to need a "home server"...?
    I presume it's command line only?


    oohhh... Command line?? hahahahhahahahaa

    Two very useful comments there. And no, it's not command line only.

    May be useful to some people as it's a good price, but as you've said, if for some reason you wan to run a home server then Linux does have it covered and for free. But each to their own.

    EDIT: Just took a quick look - I suppose this would get used by home businesses, or for personal use by people who consume A LOT of media on multiple devices and want to manage some sort of backup to one location. I have no idea how good it is at the job, but people trust the name.

    Edited By: jjintheuk on Jul 19, 2012 16:41: additional info
    chuf
    moosery2
    What's it for?
    I cant think of much use for a "home server" running windows?
    I guess if you're a linux numpty, but still..if you're a linux numpty you're probably also not going to need a "home server"...?
    I presume it's command line only?

    Perhaps if you google it you will get your answers
    ourdave
    I've been in IT for 20 years, and something about Linux hurts my head.
    This is a great deal for something I've been umming and ahhing about for years....ta very much.
    I've currently got a readynas and always wanted to make the jump to a microserver but need it easy enough to set up streaming, remote access, home backups - all that stuff. This fits the bill just fine.
    Boogie83e
    chugerblug
    Just be aware this is now discontinued by Microsoft.


    Q: How long will customers be able to purchase Windows Home Server 2011?

    A: Windows Home Server 2011 will remain available as an OEM embedded product until December 31, 2025, and will remain available in all other current channels until December 31, 2013.

    http://www.wegotserved.com/2012/07/05/microsoft-draws-windows-home-server-era-close/

    :|

    Edited By: Boogie83e on Jul 19, 2012 16:37
    ah_heng
    jjintheuk
    ah_heng
    moosery2
    What's it for?
    I cant think of much use for a "home server" running windows?
    I guess if you're a linux numpty, but still..if you're a linux numpty you're probably also not going to need a "home server"...?
    I presume it's command line only?


    oohhh... Command line?? hahahahhahahahaa

    Two very useful comments there. And no, it's not command line only.

    May be useful to some people as it's a good price, but as you've said, if for some reason you wan to run a home server then Linux does have it covered and for free. But each to their own.


    Sorry.. I forgot to add #Sarcasm ;)

    I'm using this now on my N40L and loving it!
    arj154
    honestly i prefer fedora 14 + amahi. Amahi makes things a hell of a lot simpler.
    skinny1974
    Linux is for real It people. Windows is for amatures.
    JayDubya
    Boogie83e
    chugerblug
    Just be aware this is now discontinued by Microsoft.


    Q: How long will customers be able to purchase Windows Home Server 2011?

    A: Windows Home Server 2011 will remain available as an OEM embedded product until December 31, 2025, and will remain available in all other current channels until December 31, 2013.

    http://www.wegotserved.com/2012/07/05/microsoft-draws-windows-home-server-era-close/

    :|


    What does that mean? Some lucky soul in 2025 will be paying for 15 year old software?!

    I thought support was going to dry up for this quite quickly?
    jjintheuk
    JayDubya
    Boogie83e
    chugerblug
    Just be aware this is now discontinued by Microsoft.


    Q: How long will customers be able to purchase Windows Home Server 2011?

    A: Windows Home Server 2011 will remain available as an OEM embedded product until December 31, 2025, and will remain available in all other current channels until December 31, 2013.

    http://www.wegotserved.com/2012/07/05/microsoft-draws-windows-home-server-era-close/

    :|


    What does that mean? Some lucky soul in 2025 will be paying for 15 year old software?!

    I thought support was going to dry up for this quite quickly?


    Windows XP was released in 2001 and will be recognised / supported until 2014. That's around 13 years lifespan. I think that quote is just saying that it will be recognised / supported by MS until 2025, that's a 14 year lifespan. I could be very wrong though, as that's a very long time (e.g. 13 years was long and XP dominated the market as a big step forward, where as HS 2011 is being updated to HS 2012 and isn't AS popular. I could be wrong though, I don't know how long a normal support cycle is for home servers and how far people run them into the ground. At work we seem to be running "server" type systems up to 5 or 6 years old before they are replaced)


    Edited By: jjintheuk on Jul 19, 2012 16:56: s
    ricksketchy
    skinny1974
    Linux is for real It people. Windows is for amatures.


    Ditto! Makes me laugh how someone can call themselves an 'IT Expert' when they have only ever worked on Windows. Poor misguided fools.

    unix-based operating systems all the way! Windows is just a sloppy mess and always has been.
    ah_heng
    linelink
    ah_heng
    [quote=moosery2] What's it for?
    I cant think of much use for a "home server" running windows?
    I guess if you're a linux numpty, but still..if you're a linux numpty you're probably also not going to need a "home server"...?
    I presume it's command line only?


    I don't normally reply to comments on here, until I see something stupid. Congratulations - I've responded to you.



    Congrats to you too. :)
    bushedmills
    How would one go about installing this on a Proliant ml110?
    linelink
    ah_heng
    linelink
    ah_heng
    [quote=moosery2] What's it for?
    I cant think of much use for a "home server" running windows?
    I guess if you're a linux numpty, but still..if you're a linux numpty you're probably also not going to need a "home server"...?
    I presume it's command line only?


    I don't normally reply to comments on here, until I see something stupid. Congratulations - I've responded to you.



    Congrats to you too. :)



    Sorry that wasn't meant for you. I corrected my error
    phatbhoy
    Ok I am not an IT expert - I did run Ubuntu on an Acer revo with XBMC for a year - but would like to investigate the potential for a Linux server - any recommended idiot guides out there?
    andymagic
    I spend most of my working day working with Solaris 9/10, last thing I want to do when at home is continue bashing away on a command line (pun intended)

    I've got WHS2011 on a media server and love it, it takes care of backups, acts as my download donkey and serves media around the house (and streams it to family members elsewhere)

    I've been there with Linux servers, found the limitations of the then current ZFS implementations and wore out the T shirt.

    Linux is more flexible, there's no doubt, but I really can't be bothered to spend lots of time fiddling to get stuff working, when WHS2011 does it all with relatively no pain.
    Dr Zoidberg
    ricksketchy
    skinny1974
    Linux is for real It people. Windows is for amatures.


    Ditto! Makes me laugh how someone can call themselves an 'IT Expert' when they have only ever worked on Windows. Poor misguided fools.

    unix-based operating systems all the way! Windows is just a sloppy mess and always has been.


    Linux no doubt has some advantages over windows, but when you consider the installed user base and the subsequent IT job opportunities then having strong Microsoft skills does put you in a very good position.

    Learning Linux (and especially making it play nicely with Windows clients) can only help, just as having MS skills plus networking experience is a good idea.

    Anyway, back to the deal in question, Home Server is a decent enough way for someone to set up a media server in their own home if they are already familiar with the way W7 behaves, and this is a very reasonable price for it.
    moosery2
    chuf
    moosery2
    What's it for?
    I cant think of much use for a "home server" running windows?
    I guess if you're a linux numpty, but still..if you're a linux numpty you're probably also not going to need a "home server"...?
    I presume it's command line only?

    Perhaps if you google it you will get your answers


    perhaps I would, but that would not be a discussion worth having would it? Enough of your "google it" **** contest replies. Far too often does googling it retrieve a whole stack of forum posts with people telling each other to "google it". :p

    ubuntu server is command line only btw, which is what led me to wonder this.
    After all, windows plain old version can do all the sharing you need, in a fashion, so something must distinguish this from that...
    Seems to fall into a gap between a hardware NAS [which you can almost buy for this price..well..almost] and linux.
    A hardware NAS in my opinion will almost always be better than a PC running some sharing OS. And greener too.

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