Windows Home Server
Windows Home Server was released to manufacturing on 16 July 2007 and officially released on 7 November 2007. Power Pack 1 for Windows Home Server was released 20 July 2008, Power Pack 2 was released 24 March 2009, and Power Pack 3 was released 24 November 2009 . The next version of Windows Home Server, Windows Home Server V2 is expected to be released sometime in 2010.
Windows Home Server is part of a long-term vision by Microsoft to create a new platform for the home. Windows Home Server helps families and home-based businesses with multiple computers to organize, share, and automatically back up photos, videos, music, and other important documents. With over 130,000 registered Microsoft Connect users, there is a stong and vibrant community of enthusiasts helping to improve Windows Home Server software.
Windows Home Server is built on the same codebase as Windows Server 2003 SP2. It includes almost all technologies found in Windows Server 2003 SP2 but has been modified in some areas to remove or limit features. It also includes some new capabilities not found in Windows Server 2003 SP2.
If you have multiple PCs with increasingly large amounts of digital photography, music, video, and documents, then protecting, organizing, and connecting this digital media can be a challenging task. Help with managing your digital dilemmas has arrived. Windows Home Server does more than Network Attached Storage (NAS) – take a look.
Windows Home Server solves three problems for home networks
Like many IT pros, I have attempted to set up a full-fledged Windows server to run my home network. Yes, I’ve even gone so far as creating my own Windows domain. But, like most of the techies I know, I’ve also eventually abandoned the thing and gone back to a Windows workgroup for simplicity sake, if not power-consumption and cost.
So now, here comes Windows Home Server, a workgroup server for a network of 10 computers or less. I’ve been beta testing it, reading what others are saying about it, and talking to colleagues who are working with it. The early returns are a lot better than I expected. Windows Home Server is trying to solve three problems:
- File sharing
- Remote access to files
In order to figure out just how well it accomplishes these tasks, I consulted my colleague Shawn Morton (right), the TechRepublic site manager, because Shawn is the most proficient consumer electronics dude that I know, and he has been testing Windows Home Server with live data. Shawn has a serious home network setup with a variety of PCs, an XP Media Center PC, an Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii, and a ton of other stuff that I won’t mention, otherwise you’ll end up drooling like me.
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