Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 25th Apr 2007 22:09 UTC, submitted by stare
Windows Paul Thurrott reviews the latest CTP of Windows Home Server. "I remain excited about WHS and while one might easily come up with a number of features they'd like to see added to the product - a server-based version of Media Center comes to mind - know this: This is the initial version of WHS, Microsoft plans to keep improving it over time, and they're listening to your suggestions and ideas. As with the first version of Media Center, the technology is in a nascent stage but is already quite compelling. If this first version of WHS is so good, I can only imagine what the future holds."
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Why so excited
by vtolkov on Thu 26th Apr 2007 00:08 UTC
vtolkov
Member since:
2006-07-26

In fact, I do not understand, what is so exciting. This is just plain regular windows server with some software on top of it.

Most of scenarios do not work for me, and I guess, they will not work well for others. Linux and Mac computers are not supported, scheduled backup will not work with notebooks, because we used to shutdown them for a night. Don't you? Parental control - useless: I do not spy on my kids and kids are smart enough to be able to boot from linux CD. Central web administration is a kind of IT department at home - it is ridiculous. Windows Media streaming - I do not have any devices for it, all devices I have use other protocols. Remote access - I'm afraid to expose windows server. This is such a popular platform for attacks!

In fact, I have a small nice server on NSLU2 and it work just fine for me, including media streaming to networking DVD player. Entire thing costs less then $70, produces no sounds, and causes no troubles with licenses.

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RE: Why so excited
by flanque on Thu 26th Apr 2007 02:31 in reply to "Why so excited"
flanque Member since:
2005-12-15

In fact, I have a small nice server on NSLU2 and it work just fine for me, including media streaming to networking DVD player. Entire thing costs less then $70, produces no sounds, and causes no troubles with licenses.


Really? Can you how you set this up? Surely all the hardware isn't included in this cost?

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RE[2]: Why so excited
by vtolkov on Thu 26th Apr 2007 04:04 in reply to "RE: Why so excited"
vtolkov Member since:
2006-07-26

Really? Can you how you set this up? Surely all the hardware isn't included in this cost?

Yes, definitely you need networking hardware, like routers (as well as for WHS) and one or two external USB hard drives. You can install alternative firmware, and configure some additional packages. This takes some time and requires a bit of Linux experience. I did that as a small weekend project mostly for the purpose of refreshing my well forgotten Unix skills.

Edited 2007-04-26 04:06

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RE[2]: Why so excited
by Vendor on Thu 26th Apr 2007 05:14 in reply to "RE: Why so excited"
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2006-11-14

The NSLU2 is available in many countries across the world, and once you add a usb external HD, you have a crazy-cheap home server running (in my case) Debian. Fileserving, webserving, mail server, bittorrent. Silent, and I swear the damn thing uses so little power that you could run it on a lemon battery!

Microsoft cannot compete with this kind of solution as most users that want a "home server" are geeks, who value "cheap" and "cool" in a way that MS hasn't understand for MANY years.

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