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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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OEM for $190?
By mindless1 on 10/12/2007 4:51:28 AM , Rating: 0
This is a joke, right?

I can reuse an aging WinXP box with 3rd party freeware to achieve all MY actual needs (sorry, I don't care about some MS shill's line-item bullshit marketing features) for

(get ready for it)

FREE!

A home server doesn't need some new OS, nor new hardware. Even on Gigabit ethernet the bottleneck is the ethernet unless your hard drives are ancient. This is just stupid in general, windows home server should be a $50 add-on applications for Win2k/XP/Vista users, like MS Office but a heck of a lot cheaper.

Ok MS shills, go ahead and post "but blahblahblah you NEED some crazy feature" (that I don't). Nor does anyone actually, if you look back even major corporations did fine without this product, the only problems ocurred when people chose not to make backups and guess what? Backup software tends to cost a lot less than $200 in most cases.

I'm not opposed to the product, but it's offensive what they want to charge for it when most PCs sold with a pre-licensed OS (meaning windows) already.

Oh, I didn't even mention that Linux can do the job better, but around here Linux is a nasty 5 letter word. Ironically today you can get the fileserving job done with distributed disks and run it off a mere 32MB flash thumbdrive and a Pentium II/400, but leave it to MS to make a simple and cheap thing as expensive and time consuming as possible.

To those who feel a home server is difficult enough to need this product, go ahead and disagree, but I've had one for quite a while, the only burden is replacing drives every 4-6 years or so.




RE: OEM for $190?
By TomZ on 10/12/2007 6:48:55 AM , Rating: 2
Well, all you have proved is that you are not in possession of the facts. You should read AnandTech's preview (linked in the article) if you want to know the real story about WHS - pros and cons. In the meantime, you can live in your little fantasy world of denial. Enjoy!


RE: OEM for $190?
By mindless1 on 10/13/2007 4:12:59 AM , Rating: 2
I'm not the one who thinks this is so hard that suddenly this new product matters.

Take the hint, either you know what you're doing and that makes this product years past due and of no use, or you don't and are thus unfit to judge.


RE: OEM for $190?
By TomZ on 10/13/2007 11:14:39 AM , Rating: 2
As I said to you in another post, I set up Server 2003 in order to accomplish what WHS does. In addition, WHS is going to be far easier to set up and maintain, and it gives a lot of capabilities that Server 2003 doesn't have.

Because of this, when I get around to it later this year, I'll probably set up a WHS to replace my Server 2003, at least for at home.


RE: OEM for $190?
By rsmech on 10/13/2007 11:45:52 AM , Rating: 2
You are the one needing the hint, this product is not for you. You have the knowledge. But that puts you in the minority. How many times have family or friends called you to fix something for them. It makes you feel good to help I understand, you have a better solution for them then this. But you cannot make it to everyones house who needs your help. This allows them to do it themselves. That is the point. You don't have to be as knowledgeable as yourself to implement this. People like yourself can do better, but before this others had nothing. So understand this product doesn't target your needs or anyone you help, it's everyone you cannot help this is for.


RE: OEM for $190?
By johnsonx on 10/14/2007 1:40:58 AM , Rating: 2
I do know what I'm doing, and have been doing so professionally for close to 20 years. I find this to be an interesting product for a home server. Certainly there are plenty of ways to get to a similar, or even better, result using a regular version of Windows, Linux, or even one of the smarter NAS boxes. But not everyone really wants to do it all piecemeal, even those of us who know precisely what we're doing. When it comes the computers at home, I've had enough headaches from dealing with customer computers all week that I just want things to work without much bother.

By the way, from reading dozens or perhaps hundreds of your posts, I can honestly say your nickname is quite accurate.


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