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  (Source: AnandTech)
Newegg lists Windows Home Sever OEM for $190

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.



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RE: Whats the difference.
By omnicronx on 10/11/2007 3:33:49 PM , Rating: 2
Don't confuse raid with what WHS has, it's not raid, it just acts like raid 0(somewhat). By that i mean if you have a 200GB drive and a 300GB drive, WHS will combine both drives to act like one 500GB drive (you will just have 1 big c: drive), with no duplication or splitting of data across drives. When i was testing the beta i was using 3 150GB drives because thats all i had hanging around. Pretty cool if you ask me, so many people have extra hardware like HD's just waiting to be used and don't want to be hassled by the headaches and extra costs of a raid setup.


RE: Whats the difference.
By ninjit on 10/11/2007 3:50:25 PM , Rating: 3
It's called JBOD
"Just a bunch of disks"


RE: Whats the difference.
By TomZ on 10/12/2007 6:52:16 AM , Rating: 2
No, calling it JBOD means you misunderstand how it works. Instead, think of a higher software layer that automatically manages placement of files/folders onto physical drives and has the capability to mirror certain folders onto 2 different drives. In addition, it gives you the ability to roll back to previous versions of a particular file. That's quite a bit more that JBOD.


RE: Whats the difference.
By ninjit on 10/13/2007 1:56:27 AM , Rating: 2
No, you didn't read what I was responding to.

omnicrox wrote:
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WHS will combine both drives to act like one 500GB drive (you will just have 1 big c: drive), with no duplication or splitting of data across drives.


That is EXACTLY JBOD.

He maybe wrong and Windows Home Server does actually do mirroring, backup, etc. I don't know I haven't used WHS myself.

But the functionality he describes as "like RAID 0" is JBOD, he just didn't appear to know that term, and I was informing him of such.


RE: Whats the difference.
By mcnabney on 10/11/2007 4:04:51 PM , Rating: 2
You are actually wrong. It will control multiple disks and span files across them, but you can mark files/folders for extra backup protection. So you can mark your family pictures so that they are copied onto 2 or more drives to protect against drive failure, but the DVD images are just stored anywhere since if they are lost you can just re-image the disk. It certainly isn't RAID 0 since it is not striping, it isn't RAID 1 since everything isn't backed up, but it does provide some backup ability that JBOD doesn't.


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