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Microsoft Windows Home Server 2011 OEM - 64-bit (10 CALs) [Old Version]

by Microsoft
Windows
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (133 customer reviews) 17 answered questions


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Product Features

  • System Requirements: Processor: 1.4 GHz (x86-64 processor); Memory: 2 GB RAM; Hard Disk Space: 160 GB
  • Quickly set up networks, user accounts, devices, and storage
  • Add any computer to your network: Windows 7, Vista, XP, Mac, or Linux
  • Efficiently share folders, files, and digital media
  • Remotely access your content from any Internet-connected computer safely and securely

System Requirements

  • Platform:   Windows
  • Media: Software
  • Item Quantity: 1


Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 7 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 ounces
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • ASIN: B0050TVAWS
  • Item model number: CCQ-00128
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: May 14, 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (133 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #303 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)

Product Description

From the Manufacturer

Windows Home Server 2011

Protect and Maintain

Help keep your files safe and all your devices running smoothly with Windows Home Server 2011, you can:

  • Perform daily backups of every computer on your network, including the server.
  • Restore everything from individual lost files to entire PCs.
  • Easily restore your entire server in the event of a critical disaster.
  • Have your files and devices sit behind your firewall with strong password controls.
  • Share what you want and keep the rest private.
  • Monitor the condition and performance of each computer in your home.
  • Keep antivirus and other protection software up to date.

Organize and Access

Get your files in order and access them with ease:

  • Store all your photos, movies, and other files in a central location.
  • Get to all these files from any computer on your home network.
  • Stream shared photos, music, and videos on network devices.
  • Enjoy a common music collection with your family.
  • Watch smoothly streaming video, digitally recorded TV shows, and Silverlight-powered slide shows, both in and outside your home.
  • Watch digitally recorded shows and movies on your TV via an Xbox 360 or other supported digital media receiver.
  • Get to your home network remotely.

Product Features

  • Automatic, daily backups of all of your families PCs
  • Streaming of media files across your network
  • Remote, online access to files and home-based PCs
  • Extendable with add-ins and third-party apps

Product Description

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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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
147 of 152 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Near perfect for the home user July 5, 2011
Format:Software|Verified Purchase
I got this mainly for central storage of all my files. More and more I find myself staying in the living room with my family and just using my laptop then going off into the spare bedroom to use my desktop which held all my files. But I do work from both, so getting files between them is a pain.

A simple NAS could have fixed that problem, but while shopping for them I saw some that had some interesting features like being able to access files remotely through a web address. They were extremely limited in this functionality though and lots of people complained that it didn't work well. One company even charges you a yearly fee for this feature. This eventually led me to the HP boxes which worked well and had good reviews, but their price tag scared me. I learned they just ran WHS which I didn't even know existed, so I looked into building my own. This was about the time they announced the WHS 2011 beta so I decided to wait for that to be released so I could have the most current version.

I took an unused computer with a dual core AMD Athlon II processor and 8 GB of RAM, put in a 320 GB hard drive, two 1 TB hard drives, and a 750 GB hard drive.

Installation was effortless and really not much different than installing regular windows. I always build my own computers so I was familiar with the process.

It broke the 320 GB drive up into two drives, one at about 80 GB for the operating system and the other at about 200 GB for storage (the other three drives I connected after installation).

I was able to set up the two 1 TB drives in a mirroring configuration for redundancy by going into the disk manager, you are not able to do this from the main Dashboard application.
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44 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally, WHS 2011! June 7, 2011
By Brett
Format:Software|Verified Purchase
Several years ago, I bought an HP EX485 that served as my backup solution until recently. The EX485 had Windows Home Server 2007 as its OS and I loved it. It simplified backup and recovery for all of the computers in my household. The ability to recover a single file or backup and restore complete images (similar to Symantec Ghost) was exactly what I needed. I rarely used any of the additional features or add-ins. Fast forward to today, I recently built a new entry level server specifically for Windows Home Server 2011. The updated user interface for WHS 2011 is refreshingly simple and less clunky than its predecessor. Administration is simple and straightforward, even for the novice. Besides computer backups, I use WHS 2011 as a centralized repository for music and movies, where I can stream them to other TVs in my home.

There is at least one drawback I've found with WHS 2011. The drive extender has been removed. With drive extender, you simply plugged in a new hard drive and the OS would automatically add it to the usable storage. With WHS 2011, I opted to use a motherboard with on-board RAID. I mirrored 2x 2TB drives. Since WHS 2011 is built on Windows Server 2008 R2, I simply chose a motherboard that supported that operating system. In other words, drivers that work in Server 2008 R2 should work in WHS 2011.

Another quirky feature is the Remote Web Access feature. This essentially lets you access files on your server remotely and securely. While the wizard effortlessly guides you through the configuration, it provides little flexibility. I wanted to use my current domain registrar to enable use of my domain name with WHS 2011 and bind an SSL certificate for secure communications.
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51 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for me - not for everyone May 28, 2011
Format:Software
Installed WHS 11 on a HP Microserver (8gb RAM, 3 x 2TB Drives). Had to install DVD drive, HD's and RAM on Microserver before install. WHS11 install took about an hour total. It was painless and easy. The new client connector software installs fast and easy also. Configuration is a breeze. Remote access requires a web address so I just went with Microsoft's "yourname.homeserver.com" url.

Had an existing Ver 1 HP EX 470 so I just copied pasted the data over. I didn't transfer the PC backups from the old server. Couldn't tell you how to.

I have a Windows Phone 7 and it works like a charm via the web based client. Can search and download files with ease. Xbox 360 works perfectly also.

Drive Extender issue wasn't big for me. I have about 2 TB's worth of data and have the other two 2 TB drives back it up. If I double my data I can add a forth and final drive and have one of the other two backup drives back it up.

If you have torrent and ripped DVD's in the tens of TB range WHS11 is probably not for you.

WHS11 only runs on 64 bit CPU's and it runs fast on my dual core 1.3 GHZ AMD system. HD video requires a much faster CPU such as a i5, i7 or some other quad core CPU. I don't use my WHS11 for video but if you do want to stream HD you have to get a faster power hungry CPU.

I am glad I did the upgrade from ver 1 WHS.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A review from a Linux guy July 22, 2011
Format:Software|Verified Purchase
I have sold my soul and forsaken Freenas and purchased WHS 2011.

Why?

It. Just. Works.

Literally, pop in the disk, wait 15 minutes for the installer to finish, install any missing drivers. Within 2 minutes after that, you will have your server on the internet hosting your files and giving you remote access to your network any where in the world. Even a novice user could get this thing to work.

I love Freenas, I love the affordability and the possibilities. But, I just don't have time to tinker to perfection anymore. I need something that does the job outta the box. Way to go Microsoft. This one just works.

Get it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A great deal
Using in my small business. Backs up the PCs but have not tried the Mac. Remote access is working OK. I am using various UPS hard drives as backups and storing off site. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Bob
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Home Server Product
This has been working out perfectly. I do have one knock against it. I believe that the "launch pad software" that runs on the client machine has a memory leak. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Michael J. Johnson
4.0 out of 5 stars Our life in a small box!
I have been a Windows Home Server user since version 1. I had a HP EX home server to start with and when 2011 came out I decided to build my own. Read more
Published 26 days ago by Anthony P. Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy setup and forget about it
I set this up on a rebuilt PC, after my original Home Server died (it was a 10 year old computer). It was simple to set up and connect our home computers for auto-backup. Read more
Published 29 days ago by Chuck
4.0 out of 5 stars good deal for the money
I have a lot of misgivings about MS products though I have been a user for many years. I have worked with a variety of their servers and operating systems. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Charles Cardwell
5.0 out of 5 stars A good choice for me. Maybe it is for you too.
WHS 2011 in combination with a drive pool management software like Drive Bender has been an effective solution for managing my home office storage solution. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Trace
1.0 out of 5 stars Could not authenticate this
the software itself was good, but I had 2 different orders of this from Amazon and neither would be confirmed or authorized by Microsoft. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Joe Charmella
4.0 out of 5 stars Did as I expected
Installed quickly enough via DVD. It required a number of updates and most were the win2008 server updates which was nice. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mark Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars Be careful, readers, about some of the reviews, here.
I'm in IT, as a pro, for pushing 40 years, now; so I've installed every kind of server software there is. I humbly request, then, that the reader trust what I'm here writing. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Gregg L. DesElms
5.0 out of 5 stars Microsoft had to kill it because it was worth more than they were...
I have several PCs at home. Managing each one individually was turning into an incredible headache. I recently bought WHS2011 to see if that would improve management, and boy... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Joshua Hendrickson
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