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Microsoft Windows Home Server 32 Bit 1 Pack - OEM

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Use of this OEM System Builder Channel software is subject to the terms of the Microsoft OEM System Builder License. This software is intended for pre-installation on a new personal computer for resale. This OEM System Builder Channel software requires the assembler to provide end user support for the Windows software and cannot be transferred to another computer once it is installed. To acquire Windows software with support provided by Microsoft please see our full package "Retail" product offerings.
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Microsoft
Model
CCQ-00015

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Windows Home Server 32 Bit 1 Pack
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Operating System
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Standard
Operating Systems Supported
Windows
Packaging
OEM

Features

Features
Windows Home Server helps you pull together and protect all your family's files in a single, central location that makes sharing easy.

Protect the things you care about
Keep all those digital memories safe for future generations with features like automatic daily backups and full system restore.

Connect with your friends and family
Share your photos, music, movies, and other files from a single, central location that everyone in your home can get to. Friends and family can see and share any files you want, whether they're in another room or another country.

Organize everything all in one place
This smart hub helps your family organize all your shared files in one place. Windows Home Server cuts down on clutter and brings order to digital chaos.

Grow into the future
You can add more space easily whenever you need it, so no more hard choices about what to keep and what to delete. And new products and services will be added as Windows Home Server keeps growing and getting better.

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  • Michael C.
  • 12/11/2008 6:48:42 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat for the techie

Pros: super easy to setup and use, the system prompts you for a couple of things and just goes. Its made to run as a system that needs little or no care and feeding turn it on and forget about it (if you want - or do what I do and find all the free add-ins posted on the web and try them out!)

The system backs-up all of my computers every night, it already has proven useful on restoring a corrupt file. I also tested the hard drive crash restore - I put in a new disk into my laptop and "restored" the image - worked perfectly! I was amazed actually.

Cons: none that I can think of - sometimes a little slow copying files to it, but that is probably more of a hardware issue than software really.

Other Thoughts: Microsoft has done a wonderful job on the system and I highly reccomend it. It is a breeze to add new disk space to your server - pop in a new disk, the system detects it and asks if you want to add it to the storage area or use it as a backup disk. If you ad it to the storage area it automatically "absorbs" it into the virtual disk world and suddnely your "D:" drive grow - no worrying about partitioning or RAID stuff, it just works.

Now if they could only put this much effort into the next OS....

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  • John E.
  • 11/14/2008 3:33:44 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsGreat product, if you know it's failing points

Pros: Fantastic featureset that brings the power of Windows Server to the home at a very affordable price.

Cons: Don't expect all of the advertised features to work. One would think that you should take advantage of multiple disks in order to provide data protection, but stay as far away from it as you can at this time. WHS Disk Extender is a broken piece of code that will continually corrupt data and bluescreen your server if you actually use it as it is described. MS is now recommending that you not use server shares for network applications (only backups) if multiple disks are present.

Other Thoughts: While not supported, I needed redundancy and reliability, so I disabled WHS multi disk feature and setup the two disks as Dynamic mirrors using Windows software RAID. I haven't had any BSOD or file corruption since!

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  • Anonymous
  • 11/12/2008 3:50:04 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsVery happy with WHS

Pros: I have been very happy with my new WHS box that I built.

Cons: None

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  • Anonymous
  • 10/28/2008 9:29:47 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsA MUST HAVE - Protect your data. AAA++++

Pros: Load free WEB-GUIDE add-in and you can stream (using it right now, while at work) your music from server using WMP or Winamp (set default extension to wma in Winamp options). Easy user/server management interface. SP1 seems to have corrected issues when having multiple HD's in system. You can setup individual logins for family and friends and setup separate access/control for each person. Backs up networked computers and allows you to fully restore from backup if desktop/laptop HD completely fails.

Cons: Would be nice to have 64 Bit version to make use of dual core system. Webguide add-in takes some tweak time to understand how it thinks and displays albums online. You can only view by Album or Artist. I loaded a folder with 100's of individual mp3's and it made a confusing mess of the music view. You need to be sure to have consistent album or artist data or you'll have 100's of individual folders (viewing in webguide) with one song in each. Start by ripping all your CDS to enjoy system. Then experiment with individual songs you've collected here and there. Streaming movies online takes more cpu power, but there are several small resolutions to choose from. You get to watch the movie still and don't have to take DVD’s with you. I'd prefer to have group security option, but that’s not available in WHS interface. note: your forced to install OS on HD larger than 80 gigs, so forget about using an old spare for the OS and then the larger ones solely for data.

Other Thoughts: Used an extra case that was laying around. AMD LE CPU is fine for low power system and streaming music or viewing photos. Need more CPU power for streaming videos in higher resolution. I'll upgrade cpu later. This was a first trial with 180day Trail version and I'm very pleased. Its definitely worth the money. I’ve got the OS on an old SATA 120gb and two WD750GP SATA drives for movies (~240), music(140 CDs), and photos. I’m thinking of installing web cameras as added security and peace of mind while traveling. Will use server for initial video storage/review. If you have an x-box console, you can use it to connect to WHS and play music, movies and pictures from server. Eventually, every house will have a central server....plug in a new coffeemaker and your house with recognize it and ask if you want to setup a brew schedule now or later. Technology is cool. Techies rule....Athletes drool!! Not much brain power needed to run across a field or court.

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  • Mike A.
  • 10/13/2008 2:54:52 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsIt solved my problems

Pros: It works! Simple to use.

Cons: So simple to use I wasted money on a book hoping to find some secrets to making this work better.

Other Thoughts: Save your money on books. Just buy this software. No more nightmares about forgetting to back things up.

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  • Anonymous
  • 10/3/2008 1:33:39 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsJust buy it.......

Pros: i went back and forth on it and debated getting a NAS device. i was primarily interested in backup. i had an old P4 box i wasn't using so i decided to go this route. i am so glad i did. it installed flawlessly. i just had to get a lan driver. the backups work perfect. all features are very intutive and have simple (but powerful) choices. very powerful storage solution. drive extender works like raid for dummies. its not raid, but very similar. you can add any drives you want and it throws them all into the storage pool and creates redundancy where you want it. remote online access is a breeze (and its very cool). normally my isp blocks ports, but this just works. i don't know how because i didn't even log into my router to look at any port forwards. the server just set it up automatically. too many great features to list.

Cons: if you upgrade from the 180 day microsoft free trial, you have to do a full re-install. you can not just use the new serial you get with this product.

Other Thoughts: use the add-ins to enhance your server. there are so many good ones. and theres no reason to buy the power pack 1 version thats on newegg. buy this one while you can. its ten bucks cheaper and you get the power pack for free in windows update. my watt meter shows the server using 70-80 watts continuous. thats 6 dollars a month, so consider a low wattage processor if you are building a box to save a little coin in the long run. i had a few questions that held me back when i was looking at buying it so i did the trial version first (waste of time becasue its worth buying). if you have any questions i'd be happy to try and help. hit me up. latourbrian at hotmail dot com.

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  • Gift R.
  • 10/2/2008 3:12:19 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsSteady and worth it....

Pros: Easy to use... Smal learning curve. Auto incremental back ups of all windows machines. Recovery is easy. Has been very stable. Remote access to files or computers and some web functions.

Cons: the drive/ redundacy can be a bit wastfull of space vs RAID. 64b support was slow to arrive.

Other Thoughts: WHS has been very very good to me. I have used it twice to retore a failed or failing computer. Great for restoring a kids computer after they trash it. just save a fresh rebuild and always retore to that instead of fresh re-installs. You can also look through the back ups to find a missing, lost or deleted file.

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  • Brendan D.
  • 9/12/2008 5:05:27 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent server OS for home users

Pros: Fast (I transfer to/from the shares at about 70mbyte/sec), incredibly easy to use, just works, backs up multiple computers without any interaction on my end, has a wide amount of expandability with add-ins, has never crashed or frozen, just works.

Cons: Doesn't really integrate that well with Windows Media Center PCs, had a bit of a pain getting it installed using AHCI mode.

Other Thoughts: Ignore the linux fanboy below. I have never had a single problem with it being "too slow" or with it freezing when transferring files, and I'm running with 4.22tb of space and duplication turned on for most of the shares. Yes, you can setup something similar with Linux- but only if you're willing to drop down to the command line on occasion and spend hours and hours on configuration whenever the gui tools don't work.

WHS has always just worked for me, and considering I often don't have the time or the urge to spend hours fixing issues, this is a blessing for me. People reviewing this need to remember: it's not for power users. It's for everyday people that want a simple server solution with minimal fuss.

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  • Kyle P.
  • 9/12/2008 8:21:44 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

2 out of 5 eggsStay away!

Pros: Easy setup, online access, easy user account setup.

Cons: Thought I would give it a go for a solid month. This is what I experienced. It's slow, uses too much processing power for what it does. Locked up when copying large amount of data to it using robocopy. Not reliable as just a simple a file server. $$$

Other Thoughts: Go with Ubuntu server running samba. boot time is 15 seconds! serving 1TB of data. Has yet to crash or lockup! Running Samba, Pro FTP, and VMware server. Install time is 15-20 mins. Very secure. Best of all....its free! Hundreds of tutorials for setting samba up. Save money, give linux a try first.

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  • Thomas G.
  • 9/10/2008 10:46:40 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsSimple OS great for home intermediate users.

Pros: As a computer technician, i can see this software being useful to the average home user with moderate pc knowledge. Some pro's of this OS include.

-Web based file upload/download with the ability to zip or make an .exe of your multiple file downloads.
-Easy to use front end (manage your users/shares easily)
-Windows media connect with all your MCE machines.
-Automatic backups and OS recovery over the network.
-The ability to have 10 users accessing shares.
-Monitoring of windows firewall and antivirus status.

Cons: The two flaws that i see with this software after running it on a server with 11 drives is as follows.

1. Installation - the installation can be confusing to some novice users as it integrates some of the windows 2003 server installation files as well as some new setup for home server.

2. Driver support - For an operating system that launched after windows vista, its silly to not have a comparable driver database off the inital installation.

Other Thoughts: This software is NOT server 2003. If your looking for a server to store your files at home, easily manage shares and users with a simple web interface for remote needs, this software will work well. If you need a domain controller you'll need to look elsewhere(server 2003).

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