Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 29th Apr 2007 10:50 UTC, submitted by danwarne
Windows "At APC we've been running the Beta 2 edition of Windows Home Server for the past two months and it's acquitted itself surprisingly well - no doubt a reflection on the time this 'server for the rest of us' spent in the Redmond skunkworks. There's still some 'fit and finish' to appear before it hits the Release Candidate milestone around Q3, prior to the platform's debut towards the end of this year - but from what we've seen so far, we'd rate Windows Home Server as one of Microsoft's most polished and most impressive 1.0 releases to date. Here's a walkthrough gallery of screenshots from the Beta 2 build of Windows Home Server." There's also a screenshot gallery for Longhorn Server Beta 3.
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RE[3]: Home Server - Non-Starter
by Luminair on Mon 30th Apr 2007 01:41 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Home Server - Non-Starter"
Luminair
Member since:
2007-03-30

Let me try to quell your concerns.

WHS stores your movies and music. It backs up your computers so you can recover if they break.

People use web mail. They don't want an Exchange server. They don't even know what an Exchange server is.

Single-digit megabytes of patches per year is not a bandwidth problem. If you are concerned about 14.4kbps modem users, have no fear -- they can turn automatic updates off.

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segedunum Member since:
2005-07-06

Let me try to quell your concerns.

I'm not particularly concerned about WHS, because it doesn't do anything as far as I can see.

WHS stores your movies and music.

I don't see any way of sharing those films and music out in a useful jukebox kind of way, it doesn't do what Myth does and it doesn't do what something like a SlimServer does in streaming your music.

That's probably because they don't want it to be a threat to Windows Media Centre or something ;-).

It backs up your computers so you can recover if they break.

People can buy software, cheap external hard drives, USB sticks and even full blown easy to use RAID backup boxes today to do that - and they do.

People use web mail.

WHS is supposed to have remote access, right?

They don't want an Exchange server. They don't even know what an Exchange server is.

I didn't say they should run Exchange. I'm just saying that for WHS to be even moderately useful to them then it should really provide some way to keep easy access of their mails, back them up and give them something more personal and useful to them that web mail can't provide. It's just a suggestion for WHS to be moderately useful to someone, because at the moment, it isn't.

Single-digit megabytes of patches per year is not a bandwidth problem.

Windows updates are not by no means in single digits, and you'd be surprised how bandwidth sapping occurs (the backup would do this as well). WHS just needs to handle this differently than a normal Windows (or even Linux) server and look at the practical issues.

If you are concerned about 14.4kbps modem users, have no fear -- they can turn automatic updates off.

This is a fully automated headless server for the home we're talking about here that should need no set up (or at least a simple step-by-step guide set up).

Edited 2007-04-30 17:44

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