Microsoft Windows Home Server 2011 64 Bit OEM CCQ-00128 £36.86 @ CCL
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Microsoft Windows Home Server 2011 64 Bit OEM CCQ-00128 £36.86 @ CCL

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Found 7th Aug 2011
It has been posted over a month ago but has gone down from £37.74. So I thought I would re-post as it a great OS and running it on my HP Proliant Microserver now.

Overview

Designed specifically for families with digital lifestyles, the affordable and easy-to-use Windows® Home Server 2011 provides a familiar, simple, and reliable way to store, stream, share, and automatically back up your photos, videos, music and other important documents.

Top 10 Reasons to buy Windows Home Server 2011:

1. Scheduled automatic backups. Get full automatic backups of the actual server and all the PCs connected to it every night. And with disaster recover tools, it's easy to recover individual files and folders, or even restore your entire hard drive in case of a crash.

2. Simplified remote access to your data and computers. Easily connect and access your digital files or take control of your home-based computers with Windows Home Server 2011 from virtually anywhere with a personalized Internet address.

3. More storage for your needs. Windows Home Server 2011 comes with built-in options that make adding storage effortless. And with support for industry-standard RAID and data protection, you'll get more options to expand and increase your storage as you need.

4. Network health monitoring. Easily monitor the status and health of your Windows and Mac computers on the network from a single view and ensure computers are being backed up on a regular basis.

5. Whole-house entertainment. Use Windows Home Server 2011 as an entertainment hub for your entire house by streaming music, videos, recorded TV, and more straight to your Xbox 360, and other DLNA Certified™ devices.

6. Easily share your files. No matter where you are, you can always access your files and folders. And because you can access your media files through a secure, personalized web page, you can let friends and family view and enjoy them too.

7. Remote media streaming. Are you at work but want to listen to a playlist from home? Want to show a friend a movie you just made or your latest photo collection? No matter where you are, you can stream media to your home network over the web using the SilverlightTM browser plug-in.

8. HomeGroup integration. The HomeGroup feature in Windows 7 is a way to create ad-hoc networks with other PCs running Windows 7. You can connect Windows Home Server 2011 to a HomeGroup too, which makes it a snap to find that one particular file-no matter which PC it's on.

9. A 64-bit operating system. You'll get all the power of a system that incorporates best-of-breed 64-bit technologies, so you get a server environment that's ideal for the high media demands of a home environment.

10. Remote access to files and folders. Away from home and need to access a PC on your home network? Now, you can access your entire PC-including all your applications, files, and settings-virtually anywhere by using Remote Web Access.

75 Comments

nice deal

dt_matthews

nice deal



Good price but i prefer deals on retail packages.

There is no retail pack of Windows Home Server

ukez

Good price but i prefer deals on retail packages.



I can sell you a box for 35 quid if u like?

Original Poster

hero2zer0

I can sell you a box for 35 quid if u like?



lol

I believe you can "convert" this in to Windows 7 Home Premium.

Reasons not to buy Windows Home Server 2011:

1. No more automatically expanding storage
Edited by: "rwgs" 7th Aug 2011

qwerta369

I believe you can "convert" this in to Windows 7 Home Premium.



I was just wondering what you miss out on with thIs compared to windows 7.....

A question for the OP if I may please. Like you, we have the HP Microserver. It is currently running FreeNAS but the transfer speeds over our network involving FreeNAS are about 40% of the speed between the various Win7 boxes on it. Can I please ask how you are finding the speeds with WHS2011 on the HP? We have WHS2011 here so could install it on the server. I'm interested to know of the experiences of others before we start again or install the WHS licence on something else. Thanks muchly

qwerta369

I believe you can "convert" this in to Windows 7 Home Premium.



That would be very clever and I'd like to see this, as WHS2011 is a tweaked version of Windows Server 2008 R2 which is over £500

rwgs

Reasons not to buy Windows Home Server 2011: 1. No more automatically … Reasons not to buy Windows Home Server 2011: 1. No more automatically expanding storage



buy a good size hard drive and don't just try and make a server from a load of old warn out tiny drives that you've been using for years in a different pc... the old whs was a pile of crap compared to whs 2011, its rock solid and based on server 2008r2. so that means drivers work in it too.... unlike old whs which was covered in bugs and is no longer even supported by microsoft.

You can buy 2TB drives for change on £50 if you shop around, get one of those, bin of your pile of 160GB, 300GB and other tiny drives and get something that will be faster and replace them all.

Bottom line, if you want to use the newer better OS, then you might need to upgrade some hardware. (it really does run a lot better with 4GB of RAM than with 2GB btw)

Thanks OP. This will be going straight onto my HP MicroServer.

Is it like a stripped down version of Windows 7? Windows Server releases usually lack appearance customisability

mrBrian

buy a good size hard drive and don't just try and make a server from a … buy a good size hard drive and don't just try and make a server from a load of old warn out tiny drives that you've been using for years in a different pc... the old whs was a pile of crap compared to whs 2011, its rock solid and based on server 2008r2. so that means drivers work in it too.... unlike old whs which was covered in bugs and is no longer even supported by microsoft.You can buy 2TB drives for change on £50 if you shop around, get one of those, bin of your pile of 160GB, 300GB and other tiny drives and get something that will be faster and replace them all.Bottom line, if you want to use the newer better OS, then you might need to upgrade some hardware. (it really does run a lot better with 4GB of RAM than with 2GB btw)



im tempted but is it really any better than the old whs - i presume my hp mediasmart 490 will cope - it has 2gb ram
alot of rubbish has been spouted abut DE but im not that bothered just a little inconvenient and i use 2 2tb drives anyway

generally i found whs 1 to be a pile of overrarted cack - didnt backup everything you reauested - was difficult to audit what it had backed up - the picture/video collector was toilet - to the point i gave up on my mediasmart

Edited by: "royals" 7th Aug 2011

I'm disappointed with ver 1 now that i've updated snow leopard to lion and its now no speaking to the hp ex490 to do time machine backups.. ;-(

Great price for the new OS but am damned if i can be bothered trying to install it on the HP media smart server.....

does anyone know where i can get a cheap copy of xp home, i can't find it anywhere for under £75 which is the same price as win7.

i'm trying to re-purpose an old machine that's run linux for years. which i doubt will handle win7.

i just assumed xp would be knocking around for about £30 by now! i don't trust ebay, i expect they sell the cd and keep the serial/activation.
Edited by: "sej7278" 7th Aug 2011

sly200sx

I'm disappointed with ver 1 now that i've updated snow leopard to lion … I'm disappointed with ver 1 now that i've updated snow leopard to lion and its now no speaking to the hp ex490 to do time machine backups.


So you’ve updated a Mac and blaming Windows because the Mac can no longer see the Windows server! Did I understand you correctly?

ukez

Good price but i prefer deals on retail packages.


Oscar Wilde has just soiled his casket.

sej7278

does anyone know where i can get a cheap copy of xp home, i can't find it … does anyone know where i can get a cheap copy of xp home, i can't find it anywhere for under £75 which is the same price as win7.i just assumed xp would be knocking around for about £30 by now! i don't trust ebay, i expect they sell the cd and keep the serial/activation.


I have a copy of XP Pro with a retail serial number and original CD; send me a PM if you are interested.

sej7278

does anyone know where i can get a cheap copy of xp home, i can't find it … does anyone know where i can get a cheap copy of xp home, i can't find it anywhere for under £75 which is the same price as win7.i'm trying to re-purpose an old machine that's run linux for years. which i doubt will handle win7.i just assumed xp would be knocking around for about £30 by now! i don't trust ebay, i expect they sell the cd and keep the serial/activation.



if your pc can run xp then it should run win7, however alot of pc's struggle with Vista which was awful (so bad i never upgraded any of my pc's to it, went straight from xp to win7). We have an old pc, amd 3200 64 based chip running 2 gb ram and it runs win 7 32 bit faster than xp

sly200sx

I'm disappointed with ver 1 now that i've updated snow leopard to lion … I'm disappointed with ver 1 now that i've updated snow leopard to lion and its now no speaking to the hp ex490 to do time machine backups.

ukez

Good price but i prefer deals on retail packages.




agree re: blaming microsoft and not apple is just applt user stupidity/arrogance- actually id blame apple as their record of connectivity to anything non-apple is dreadful and deliberate
Edited by: "royals" 7th Aug 2011

sly200sx

I'm disappointed with ver 1 now that i've updated snow leopard to lion … I'm disappointed with ver 1 now that i've updated snow leopard to lion and its now no speaking to the hp ex490 to do time machine backups.

ukez

Good price but i prefer deals on retail packages.



I'm blaming HP who have by all accounts abandoned the Mediasmart project and have no plans to update the the software on the server (last update was feb 2010). **** poor for a £400+ server..You understand that? ;-)

TomatoBoy

A question for the OP if I may please. Like you, we have the HP … A question for the OP if I may please. Like you, we have the HP Microserver. It is currently running FreeNAS but the transfer speeds over our network involving FreeNAS are about 40% of the speed between the various Win7 boxes on it. Can I please ask how you are finding the speeds with WHS2011 on the HP? We have WHS2011 here so could install it on the server. I'm interested to know of the experiences of others before we start again or install the WHS licence on something else. Thanks muchly



I had a similar problem - Win 7 transfer speeds to the media smart server was poor. I disabled IPv6 and the speeds are maxed out now.

royals

agree re: blaming microsoft and not apple is just applt user … agree re: blaming microsoft and not apple is just applt user stupidity/arrogance- actually id blame apple as their record of connectivity to anything non-apple is dreadful and deliberate



I blame HP, jeez calm down mate..

sly200sx

I'm blaming HP who have by all accounts abandoned the Mediasmart project … I'm blaming HP who have by all accounts abandoned the Mediasmart project and have no plans to update the the software on the server (last update was feb 2010). **** poor for a £400+ server..You understand that? ;-)



is a joke, id think twice about buying another hp device again - their support was useless anyway

OP, are you running RAID?

royals

is a joke, id think twice about buying another hp device again - their … is a joke, id think twice about buying another hp device again - their support was useless anyway


I'd agree with you on that one, i did speak to a tech and he was in USA, said they were aware of the prob but no further info. The mac still sees all the shares etc but can't see it as a time machine anymore due to some voodoo magic steve jobs has ensured is bestowed upon Lion.
The tech said my options were install WHS 2011 on the HP box (said was a right pain to do) or go back to snow leopard...am still swithering.....
Edited by: "sly200sx" 7th Aug 2011

criminalben

I had a similar problem - Win 7 transfer speeds to the media smart server … I had a similar problem - Win 7 transfer speeds to the media smart server was poor. I disabled IPv6 and the speeds are maxed out now.



Are you saying that disabling IPv6 on a WHS2011 has maxed out transfer speeds or the old server ?
Thanks

Good deal. I have this running on my HP Microserver and so far it's been sweet.

I'm really very impressed with WHS2011. The web based interface is great - I can steam my music when I'm in the office at work, and also give logins to my folks so they can view my pictures remotely.

For a legit, easy to use MS product, it's a steal at £37.

I agree, I have this. Was a bit hesitant at first, but now I've got most stuff running on my HP microserver, it's a nice maintenance free setup - RAID 1 array of 2tb disks, sharing the media I want , lights out plug in, Mezzmo media server, remote access if I want to (RDP from android is simple), decent copy speeds, inbuilt backup etc, streaming to wife's iphone with air video server, sabnzbd, all pretty simple to set up.

Ok, it's not free but for the price, it is saving me a lot of time I would otherwise have spent tweaking a linux set up to do all I wanted it to do.

very important to note that the install for whs server wants to format a drive to install. so make sure you have cleared out a drive or have a new one ready. it won't touch any other drives so if you are doing it as an upgrade from another server o/s (i went from a trial of 2008r2 to whs 2011 and didn't loose any data on any other drives at all)

people keep saying about converting to windows 7. you can't do that, its a server o/s, it doesn't play like windows 7 would. its a good solid o/s though, download a trial and give it a go, you can use it with the trial extender (same as windows 7 used, just google it, its legit to do) so trial it for 120 days without having to enter a serial number. i would really recomend giving the machine you are using it on to have 4GB of ram though, makes a hell of a difference to the overall performance. especially if you share to multiple machines. its been confirmed that mac time machine support is coming apparently.

Has anyone got any recomendations for media servers applications? i'm using tversity to stream to my ps3 but it doesn't like some file formats and it moans if i stream to more than one machine at once.

Laura Palmer

Are you saying that disabling IPv6 on a WHS2011 has maxed out transfer … Are you saying that disabling IPv6 on a WHS2011 has maxed out transfer speeds or the old server ?Thanks



Yes, I was wondering similarly. We have no IPv6 set-up in the FreeNAS on the server or our Win7 machines. Please could you clarify what you did criminalben? Many thanks.

TomatoBoy

A question for the OP if I may please. Like you, we have the HP … A question for the OP if I may please. Like you, we have the HP Microserver. It is currently running FreeNAS but the transfer speeds over our network involving FreeNAS are about 40% of the speed between the various Win7 boxes on it. Can I please ask how you are finding the speeds with WHS2011 on the HP? We have WHS2011 here so could install it on the server. I'm interested to know of the experiences of others before we start again or install the WHS licence on something else. Thanks muchly

TomatoBoy

Yes, I was wondering similarly. We have no IPv6 set-up in the FreeNAS on … Yes, I was wondering similarly. We have no IPv6 set-up in the FreeNAS on the server or our Win7 machines. Please could you clarify what you did criminalben? Many thanks.

I think one of the biggest advantages between Windows Home Server v1 (Windows Server 2003) and Windows Home Server 2011 (Windows Server 2008 R2) is Server Message Block (SMB) 2.1.

Does FreeNAS support it? AFAIK Windows will revert to using SMB v1.0 with other OS's.

That could be why the transfers between Windows 7 machines are quicker?

TomatoBoy

A question for the OP if I may please. Like you, we have the HP … A question for the OP if I may please. Like you, we have the HP Microserver. It is currently running FreeNAS but the transfer speeds over our network involving FreeNAS are about 40% of the speed between the various Win7 boxes on it. Can I please ask how you are finding the speeds with WHS2011 on the HP? We have WHS2011 here so could install it on the server. I'm interested to know of the experiences of others before we start again or install the WHS licence on something else. Thanks muchly

TomatoBoy

Yes, I was wondering similarly. We have no IPv6 set-up in the FreeNAS on … Yes, I was wondering similarly. We have no IPv6 set-up in the FreeNAS on the server or our Win7 machines. Please could you clarify what you did criminalben? Many thanks.



I'm not sure whether FreeNAS supports SMB v2.1, or utilises an older version. I have been struggling for documentation.
Edited by: "TomatoBoy" 8th Aug 2011

any links to a good small, low powered PC or bare bones etc?

leedale30

any links to a good small, low powered PC or bare bones etc?


Just have a look on here for the HP Microserver - after cashback approx £135. You will need to expand memory and get more drives but you can't beat it for the price

Where I am working (cutting edge IT service) there are a few of us who have purchased these for use T home. I personally got two

hero2zer0

I can sell you a box for 35 quid if u like?



LMAO,

Yeah I'll take two.....

I didn't say you could get a retail version smarty pants, i said I prefer retail packages; its all in the wording LOL'z X)

In order to use Linux as a server, would you not need to have the know-how?

In my experience, Linux is not as user friendly as MS operating system. Unless of course, things have changed in the last few years.

From the user friendly angle, I would choose MS over Linux.

sunama

In order to use Linux as a server, would you not need to have the … In order to use Linux as a server, would you not need to have the know-how?In my experience, Linux is not as user friendly as MS operating system. Unless of course, things have changed in the last few years.From the user friendly angle, I would choose MS over Linux.



linux has improved a fair bit, ubuntu, pclinuxos, pardus 2011 and linux mint are pretty good.link
Edited by: "ukez" 8th Aug 2011

Thanks for the link.
To be fair, the last time I used Linux was a few years back and I always felt that it was more for hardcore programmers, who like a user unfriendly system.

I happen to be a programmer, but after what I used Linux at University, I didn't bother installing it on my home computer (I only used it at Uni).

Seeing that video shows that Linux has definitely moved forward.

Unfortunately, all my programming is done in .NET, which means that I need a MS operating system. Linux can handle .NET, however, I believe that Linux uses something called MONO, which ports .NET and is not as reliable/stable or as up-to-date as the latest .NET release by MS.

If I was not a .NET programmer though, I would certainly look into trying out a Linux OS.

Edited by: "sunama" 8th Aug 2011
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