• Microsoft have finally released Microsoft server 2012 essentials, the spiritual heir to Windows Home Server, (WHS), according to http://redmondmag.com/articles/2012/10/09/essentials-released-to-manufacturers.aspx.

    I will be heading over to TechNet shortly to download my copy to evaluate on my HP N40L mini server.

    Although this is the direct replacement for WHS, it is likely that most WHS 2011 users won't move across, simply because of the associated cost of a server operating system. Previous versions of WHS, were hugely discounted because of the intended home market. However, this product is primarily intended for small and medium-sized businesses, although it does have most of the functionality of the previous WHS product, but unfortunately not the cost…There is little doubt it will succeed in its intended market, but whether the average home user will upgrade remains to be seen.

  • I’ve been a long term fan of the Windows Home Server, (WHS), environment and have run both WHS and WHS 2011 machines.

    I started with a physical machine for WHS, but then migrated this to a virtual machine, and then continued with the virtual route for WHS 2011. Virtualisation offered a simple answer to the ever increasing number of computers at home, so perhaps a topic for a future post? However, I wanted to write a quick post about Disk Extender, (DE), technology.

  • I have to admit right up front that I am a huge fan of Microsofts Windows Home Server.

    Much as it's name implies it's a server for the home - all clear? no? Let me explain!!

    Generally in an office environment there is a computer dedicated to providing services of one kind or another to any number of users at the same time within that networked environment. These services could be just to provide storage space so that users can store data of any kind in an area other than on their own machine - for backups of their machine for instance, or as a store for less frequently used files, so as not to clog up their own PC's hard disk with little used files. This computer is generally called a file server or just a server for short.

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