Windows Home Server or Windows Server (2008 or 2003)..?

Discussion in 'Home Networking' started by Simon Coupland, Nov 12, 2007.

  1. I have been running a Win2003 server at home, using Active Directory and
    roaming profiles to manage approx 6 PCs. Mainly it's for fun, but it does a
    good job of allowing the family to log on to any PC and get their files etc.

    I now want to increase the functionality to server media files to a PS3 and
    soon a Media Centre PC.

    I've been looking at Microsoft's Windows Home Server and wondered if it
    be a better solution than the W2k3 server I'm using. I know that WHS is
    based on W2K3 server, but it seems to have a load of ease of use features
    and disk load balancing capabilities which look good.

    I've just ordered 2 x 500GB disks for my server and want to know what is the
    better OS to load. I have copies of the various OS, so it's not a cost
    issue, just functionality/ease of use.

    Any input/thoughts gratefully received.


    Simon Coupland, Nov 12, 2007
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    Dave Wade Guest

    I would alwyas prefer hatrdware RAID/Striping.
    Why not download the EVAL and try it on Virtual PC...
    Dave Wade, Nov 13, 2007
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  3. Dave,

    I've got the WHS media now, so will try it. I think I need to define my
    requirements better first, then I can evaluate the OS issues against the

    I was hoping for some insight from other enthusiasts who had a home network,
    for multi PC and media serving.


    Simon Coupland, Nov 14, 2007
  4. I looked and there isn't anything that I really want to do with this,
    I always use hardware RAID on my W2k3 server here at home. If you are
    used to AD and roming profiles, I think you may be disappointed with
    WHS, though I haven't used this.

    Andrew Hodgson, Nov 17, 2007
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