Microsoft is finally ready to roll with its Windows Home
Server software platform. The Redmond, Washington-based software company pushed
out a release
candidate version of the software in June and released it to
manufacturing in mid-July.
Microsoft Windows Home Server (32-bit) is now available to
purchase by anyone looking to turn an old PC into a multi-functional
storage/media/backup/remote access hub. Newegg lists the OEM version of the
software on its website for $189.99.
Windows Home Server doesn't feature outlandish system
requirements and will likely run just fine on a machine that is four or five
years old. The bare minimum requirements are a 1GHz Pentium III processor and
512MB of RAM and many users have found much success with similar hardware.
For those that would prefer to buy a pre-built Windows Home
Server system, there are plenty of solutions on the way. HP has a $599, 500GB
EX470 server and a $799, 1TB EX475 server while competing
solutions from Velocity Micro are also in the works.
Other companies who will produce Windows Home Server systems
include Fujitsu-Siemens, Gateway, Iomega LaCie and Medion.
For more information on Windows Home Server and all of its
features, be sure to check out AnandTech's preview.