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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 mindless1 on 10/12/2007 4:55:25 AM , Rating: 2
Ok, but instead of playing devil's advocate, how about giving users responsiblity for their decisions?

Fact is, RAID has done a great job of keeping my data intact for many years. I do make periodic backups to (formerly other offline HDDs before DVDRW came along, then DVDRW for critical stuff and still removed HDDs for the rest).

This is where permissions come in, you don't give everyone full permission to a filestore.


RE: Whats the difference.
By TomZ on 10/12/2007 6:20:17 AM , Rating: 2
That's just stupid. Were you thinking at all when you wrote that post?

So basically you are saying that backups deprive users of their freedom/right to lose files due to mistakes, LOL!

Also, I don't see how permissions help solve the problem, unless you, for example, make document areas write-only. This would mean that a user could only create new files, and each time they save, they would have to save it as a new file. Is that what you're suggesting?

Think before you post!


RE: Whats the difference.
By mindless1 on 10/13/2007 4:06:33 AM , Rating: 2
YOu need to read again, and note I have lost no data.

Basically I'm saying (thanks for trying to imply otherwise, but if you had a valid argument you wouldn't have to try to put words in my mouth!) that if you make a stupid mistake and you admin the store, don't go crying to someone that there's some other fault. I'm saying that if you give anything more than read privledge to someone who shouldn't have it, that also falls under stupid mistake, as this should have another redundant backup if the user does need write privledge.

Does it dawn on your now that I didn't write "write-only" privledge, it was read-only. Write privledge is not to the central filestore, that is to a removed per-user area.


RE: Whats the difference.
By glennpratt on 10/12/2007 1:53:47 PM , Rating: 2
RAID and backups solve too distinct problems. RAID prevents downtime, backups prevent data loss.

Let's make a ridiculous analogy. Say your car is your hard drive and your data is your ability to travel. Backups are like insurance and RAID is like buying too cars. Insurance takes longer and you might have to get a rental, but in theory it's always there. Two cars can still easily be simultaneously stolen, burned or driven into a wall and leave you with nothing.


RE: Whats the difference.
By glennpratt on 10/12/2007 1:55:35 PM , Rating: 2
Um, too should be two. Twice...


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