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Microsoft Windows Home Server 2011 64-bit - OEM

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Your life has gone digital - it is time to simplify your life so you can easily access your files, photos, videos, and music from any PC or TV in your home, or even while away from home. Windows Home Server was designed for households and home-based businesses that have more than one personal computer.

If you have multiple PCs with increasingly large amounts of digital photography, music, video, and documents, then protecting, organizing, and connecting this digital media can be a challenging task. Help with managing your digital dilemmas has arrived. Windows Home Server does more than Network Attached Storage (NAS) - take a look.

  • newegg Store and Share Digital Files With Windows Home Server as your media server, store all your photos, movies, and more in a central location that can be accessed from any computer on your home network. And Windows Home Server uses a familiar interface that integrates with all your family's home PCs, making it even easier to find digital media.
  • newegg Back up and Restore Files and PCs Windows Home Server helps keep your family's important files safe by automatically making an image-based daily backup of every computer on your network. Your files and folders are duplicated across multiple hard drives, so even if one hard drive fails, you can still recover all your data.
  • newegg Access Your Data Anywhere Windows Home Server enables you to easily and more securely access your files and personal computers from inside and outside of your home. Using a personalized website address you can download and upload files to the shared folders on your home server.
  • newegg Increase Your Storage Capacity Easily increase your data storage, by adding additional internal or external hard drives of any size, and install innovative add-ins to make the most of your home network.

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Disclaimer
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.
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Microsoft
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CCQ-00128

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Windows Home Server 2011 64-bit - OEM
Type
Operating System
Operating Systems Supported
Windows 7 operating system (all editions)

Windows Vista operating system with Service Pack 2 (SP2) (including all 32-bit and 64-bit editions)

Windows XP operating system with Service Pack 3 (SP3) (including Tablet PC and Media Center editions)

In addition, home computers running earlier versions of Microsoft Windows, and computers running Apple MacOS 10.4 and higher, can easily connect to a home server over your home network to access files and media stored in the shared folders on the home server.
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OEM

Features

Features
Back up and restore files and PCs
Windows Home Server completes an image-based back up of every home computer every day, so you can restore a single file or an entire computer.

Access your data anywhere
You and your family can now access the home network-at home, in the office, or even on the road.

Store and share digital files
Organize your digital media in a central location, making it easier to share photos, music, videos, and more.

Add-Ins
Easily increase the functionality of your Windows Home Server with an add-ins.

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  • Darrell V.
  • 7/27/2014 2:18:52 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWindows Home Server

Pros: Smooth Running But No Pooling Had To Get Hard Drive Pooling Software...

Cons: No Hard Drive Pooling

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  • Gregg W.
  • 2/5/2014 9:37:55 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsHome Server hosted as a VM

Pros: The pros are that this works and seems to be very reliable based on the many times I've used it to move a "computer" from one piece of hardware to another for HW upgrades, restore from broken hard drive etc.

There are plenty of new ways to do backups using the same services of the OS that Home server uses. The real benefit is that it "just happens" so that your household or small office can have backups without having to worry.

Cons: If only Microsoft actually understood the consumer marketplace, but clearly they don't have any expertise or drive there any longer.

Other Thoughts: The best way to use this version of home server is to actually build a Linux box with ZFS pools for your disks. Then, install home server as a virtual machine. I like to use VirtualBox since it runs in so many different places and I can take VMs between machines that way to run it where ever I need to. With ZFS, you get zfs-scrub to maintain the integrity of your disks, as well as the ability to add more space as new "virtual drives" of what ever size you have available, instead of having to grow with the required increments of physical raid systems.

I use mirrored drives on ZFS for my critical data, and then raidz2 it its just big stuff that I really like to not have to recreate.

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  • Matthew K.
  • 2/5/2014 8:05:08 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsUsefull yet imited

Pros: Purchased this from Newegg and have been using this server software since it came out in 2011. Works well for basic backup needs. Yet it is limited to 8GB of RAM. I just migrated to a new Intel Haswell setup with SATA 6Gbps and new Western Digital 3TB drives to match for video streaming. A nice low power setup using the Corsair CX500M power supply. Used to have an old Pentium D computer that was a power hog.

Cons: Limited to 8GB of memory. A bit slow in some circumstances. Not a full blown server. Make sure server is fully updated via Windows Update prior to backing up clients. For clients that utilize Unified BIOS you need to apply a patch then you can backup the clients.

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  • Roger H.
  • 1/29/2014 5:02:57 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGood for simple home server

Pros: I finally decided to upgrade over the original WHS software. Installed easily. I did install the OS on a 120 vs the recommended minimum 160 drive. Google how to there are plenty of sites to show you how. very easily done.

I know that Essentials 2012 is replacing this and WHS 2011 MS isnt continuing with the home server software, but I couldnt justify spending $400 on server software when 50 does what I need.

If still available purchase it.

Cons: Only con so far was migrating 3tb of data from the old WHS to the new. It is a PITA, as it is manual. MS doesnt provide an easy migration path or software to do so. Copy files/folder from one drive to another. You cant do on the same machine either.

WHS2011 no longer supports 'drive extender' or what ever it was called, so you will need to look into a pooling software if you arent going to run RAID. There are 2 very good products out there for this an they are very affordable.

Other Thoughts: If you are looking for an inexpensive home server software and you dont want to spend a lot then I recommend WHS 2011.

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  • Christopher E.
  • 1/23/2014 2:59:46 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsEasy to Moderate to USE

Pros: I purchase an additional copy, because I lost me orginally copy and wanted to redo my orginal home server and add other one for deployement, I have not ventured much into the program other then storage access and update, but I am gonna try and do deployments to be able to refresh my PC every so often.

Cons: Only license for one server. Would be nice if you could by a volume license of 5.

Other Thoughts: I have just began to intergrate Windows 8 and I hope it works just fine.

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  • Cliff D.
  • 1/16/2014 6:55:15 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsNot worth the time...

Pros: Microsoft product for under $100...

Cons: Lack of drivers. Not compatible with raid configs.

Other Thoughts: forget the server edition. you don't need it to serve media at the house.

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  • Steven C.
  • 1/13/2014 7:17:10 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWhat it Should be...

Pros: Relatively inexpensive, It just works, Faster than old WHS 32Bit, easier to install, the remote or client dashboard is much easier to use than old WHS. Overall interface on the server or the client "Dashboards" are much more intuitive, understand that this is a 64Bit OS, does not upgrade! Too bad there isn’t some built in way to migrate old files and shares seamlessly from 32Bit to 64Bit. I installed Mymovies on it, an ASUS BluRay/DVD burner and again it just, “Works” rips my DVD’s with ZERO input from me, open drive put in disc, when you see tray open again, next,,etc…WHS 2011 and MYmovies, perfect combo!

Cons: License Key is on package is so smal you need a magnifying glass, (seriously), too bad there is not a Migrate old server to new function easy button. REQUIRES 4GB of Ram not a con but be aware, addding drives a little quirky, no way to make one "BIG DRIVE" seriously do you really need a Raid for home?

Other Thoughts: ASUS MOBO with integrated graphics, 4GB of Ram and 5 TB's

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  • David Y.
  • 1/11/2014 6:47:29 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsNOT EOL!!!

Pros: Automatic client backups; Server backups; easily streams movies (MyMovies) is PERFECT for this, and integrates seamlessly; low system hardware requirements; integrates with almost all OS for the clients. Also very easy to move files to and from the server (e.g. downloaded games, program executables, etc) for long term storage. They are then available for all clients in household.

Cons: None, other than with Windows 8.1 clients, when you configure backups, uncheck the box for the client's recovery partition in C.

Other Thoughts: I mainly wrote this to clear up the misperception I see on here repeatedly: Support is NOT ending!! It still has until May, 2016 for mainstream support. ALL operating systems are technically EOL as soon as they come out, since MS already knows when they will end support.

The difference here is that MS public relations botched this whole thing badly. What MS decided to do was not make a NEW home server line, and said that WHS2011 would be the LAST one. But the way the news organizations understood it, and what MS failed to correct was that WHS2011 was ending. Of course it is....at it's PRE-determined time, just like all operating systems.

This is STILL a valid, easy to use, well-done server operating system that still has mainstream support until mid 2016, and several years of security patches afterward, just like all operating systems. So buy it, use it, enjoy it! You will not be disappointed.

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  • Charles R.
  • 1/7/2014 9:35:51 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsServer for dummies!

Pros: The very most dumbed down (easy to use) operating system I've ever seen.
So cheap, considering we're talking Micro$oft.

Cons: Many server features are missing vs other server products.

Other Thoughts: I have major experience with MS server products (I got my MS certs b4 my college instructors did). If you can't install and configure this, give up and pay someone - seriously. It's the most basic o/s I've ever seen MS release.

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  • Mark B.
  • 1/1/2014 10:47:57 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsWorks great, if you stick to MS restrictions

Pros: "All in one" solution for home computer backup, localized storage, with a nice web interface, and DLNA support. Unfortunately there's little else out there that "does it all", and this barely does.
Fairly easy to set up if you stick with the WHS 2011 restrictions (2TB drive size for backups, 120GB min main drive, sticky support for Win 8/8.1, etc).
Works well with weaker/older hardware. Set up mine with i3-3xxx series CPU and 8GB DDR3 1600 RAM. Streams video and audio without issue. Also is used as a Minecraft and Teamspeak server and handles it all just fine. Set one up for my sister with Core 2 Quad and 4GB DDR2 800 and works great as just a file server, but I wouldn't test it with serving much more than that.
Add-ins available for additional supported features, but by third parties.

Cons: Eliminated WHS v1 "Drive Extender"
MS ditches support for this Server OS within a year after it's released.
A bit problematic with UEFI and Win 8.1 but there are fixes/workarounds
Limited to 8GB system RAM
Maximum drive/partition size limited to 2TB for server backups, although backup drive can be at least 4TB (max size I've used so far).
DLNA support, but no configuration, it doesn't alphabetize the titles, it leaves it up to the DLNA device (TV, Blu-ray, etc) and many only list by date.
Number of add-ins are sparse, at least anything worth a darn.

Other Thoughts: Use GPT partitions to make your life easier with large drives. If you use Windows 8.0 and have issues look for the WHS 2011 UEFI hotfix.
With Windows 8.1 disable backup of the Windows created "recovery" partition otherwise backup will fail.
It's a good home server solution, just could have been so much better.

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