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Building a Windows 8 Home Server - Step by Step by [Walsh, Terry]
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  • File Size: 19450 KB
  • Print Length: 377 pages
  • Publisher: We Got Served (October 14, 2012)
  • Publication Date: October 14, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009QRX3KW
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I haven't finished the book yet, but so far, mostly satisfied with the purchase. I agree with a previous reviewer . . . too much time spent on the hardware side of things for my taste, but the promise of the book title would be incomplete without it.

Skipping reviewing the hardware sections, since I already had a machine built, I moved right to the OS chapters. Overall, quite pleased so far with the level of detail provided. Written in clear, easy to understand language, and plenty of screenshots throughout to illustrate points.

My biggest complaint thus far -- no table of contents! Checked on both my Kindle and the Cloud Reader -- there is no table of contents for this book. Quite distressing, especially if you want to skip the sections that don't apply to you . . . like the hardware chapters.

This seems to be a big oversight to me, so I've knocked two stars off my rating for that.

Content = so far, so good. Navigation and ease of use = buyer beware.
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Background
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I love my old WHSv1 box. I use it for 4 functions:

1. File Server - it hold very important files (photos, home videos, etc) and media files (DVD rips)

2. Backup - Great backup for both clients and server (at least the files on the server)

3. VM Server - I use VMWare Server to host VM that provide other services (ex OpenVPN server).

4. Media Server - shares media via Windows Shares, DLNA, Plex, etc

WHSv1 is approaching EOL. It is 32-bit, so it cannot host 64-bit VMs. It can only access 4GB of RAM. WHS2011 doesn't provide SS or DE. Win8 with SS seemed like a good replacement.

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This Book
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This book seemed to be just what I was looking for.

I'm very interested in using Windows 8 to replace my WHSv1. I'm interested in using Storage Spaces (SS) to replace Drive Extender (DE). I'm interested in Backup. I'm interested in running WHS 2011 as a VM to utilize its great backup.

This book covers the right high level topics, but spends more time on screenshots than depth of any topic.

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Here is what I was looking for:
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1. Is SS a good replacement for DE?

Does SS handle growing the storage pool over time like DE? It appears parity based SS don't grow very well because the pools are not rebalanced. How about mirrored SS? There is no discussion of that. How well do SS handle drive failures? I would love to see a walk through of a drive replacement.
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First, I want to say that I am a long time (from its initial release) WHS v1 user and have found WGS to be an invaluable source of information for the home and small business user. As with most things tech related, my upgrade to a new Windows 8.1 based homeserver, which I also use for my small 3 person practice, was in response to a disaster. The first thing I did was purchase this book.

Let me say that it is a good, fairly comprehensive and basic walk through for building and configuring a new home server using Windows 8 as the OS and I wholeheartedly recommend it. I particularly appreciated the section on hardware and BIOS configuration. The caveat here is that each situation is different and each person should make their own assessment as to their server needs and expectations and do a fair amount of research. Also, if starting from scratch it is likely that the OS will be Windows 8.1 and the book could use an update to reflect this.

One of the reasons I stuck with WHS v1 rather than upgrade to 2011 was for its Drive Extender features. I have had several hard drive failures and DE has always enabled me to recover quickly. The ability to pull one of the other drives out and temporarily install it in my desktop Win 7 computer, configure sharing and have my office - 3 users - up and running in less than 2 hours without loss of data is critical. I was initially attracted to Storage Spaces in Win 8 and the discussion in the book is great. But, it is similar to a RAID array and from what I can tell the loss of a system drive might not result in loss of data but the data is not accessible until the OS is restored. So, I used a third party application to create a storage drive: Stablebit’s Drivepool. A discussion of third party alternatives, in general, might be useful.
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Haven't got trough the whole book, but the chapters advertised on the website as exclusive only to the book were not too comprehensive.
There seems to be a lot of info left to discuss and a lot of assumption are taken that could cause people to get lost. I also had trouble following with the text and example images provided.
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By sol49 on December 4, 2012
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Too much devoted to computer build, not enough to server side of Windows 8, but informative enough to warrant buying.
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