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Microsoft moves one step closer to the RTM for Windows Home Server

Microsoft's Windows Home Server is progressing nicely and has achieved Release Candidate stage. Microsoft states that the new build will be available to over 100,000 beta testers along with people who wish to sign up now and test the software.

For those not familiar with Windows Home Server, it is a software application that can be installed on any PC in a home network to allow other networked computers access to files. Users can also have secure web access to files from anywhere in the world with a secure Internet connection.

There will also be hardware products branded as "Powered by Windows Home Server" that simply plug into your home router to provide access to files. Microsoft likes to tout that new internal or external devices added to a Windows Home Server device won't be treated as F:, G:, H:, etc. Instead, total available space will be increased by the size of the hard drive added and divisions between physical hard drives will be transparent to the user.

The first question to spring to many potential users mind is how a Windows Home Server is different from a Network Attached Storage (NAS) device. Microsoft responds with:

More than just storage, Windows Home Server uniquely provides pre-defined shared folders, such as "Music" or "Photos" making it easier to organize and find your files. Windows Home Server also features simple storage extensibility, and built-in search capabilities... Also, in a Windows Home Server device with two or more hard drives, you can elect to duplicate folders. This prevents you from losing any photos, music, or other files stored in a folder that has "duplication" enabled, if a hard drive fails.

Pricing for Windows Home Server devices will be set by OEMs and will be available in the second half of 2007.

You can head over to the Paul Thurrott's Supersite for Windows to get an overview of Windows Home Server.





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The potential add-ons
By SUOrangeman on 6/13/2007 10:48:51 PM , Rating: 2
There are plenty of crafty coders out there who will turn the WHS base into something tremendous. Since WHS is already based on Server 2K3, it should be quite easy to add widgets for SharePoint (WSS3) and, for the true geeks, Update Services (WSUS3).

Whit a little more leg work, a headless MCE server is also possible. I tried to start with WHS for my current home server build, but IIS+SQL became just a little too cumbersome for my needs/desires (i.e., streaming audio via Jinzora and MyTunesRSS; HDTV via MediaPortal/TVEngine/HDHomeRun). I'm not too concerned with backups, which is one of the key selling points for WHS. Maybe they'll do me a favor and offer WHS as an add-on to a base Server 2K3 install, possible in an x64 flavor, just because!

-SUO




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