Home Server: The best kept secret ...

Windows Home Server was a secret for a long time. We had over 1,000 internal testers at Microsoft prior to announcing the product at CES 2007, some of these people used the product for over a year without leaking anything about it. I remember the early days when employees asked us - "What do I tell my family? How do I explain this to them without divulging Microsoft confidential information?"

Today and tomorrow, the Windows Home Server team has a booth at the internal Microsoft company fair. Like our booth at CES, we are busy. The benefits are easy to understand, the simplicity is refreshing and the interest in un-ending. It is amazing how many people within Microsoft know so little about Windows Home Server. Yet, once they understand the product, its value, and see a demo, they are sold with the obvious next set of questions .... how much will it cost and when is it available?

The product is winding its way through the manufacturing process and will soon hit the store shelves. It is a better product due to the 1,000 Microsoft employees that gave us feedback for over a year prior to our public unveiling. And it is even better due to the feedback from the 100,000+ beta testers!!

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I like the idea of Windows Home Sever... Being able to back up all the computers would save my a** from having to restore everything by hand. Remote Desktop also sounds cool. I have the RC but I couldn't play with it because I wanted to test it on VMware. Ahh... I'll just wait 'till it comes out, and buy one

I still don't understand all the hype from this.
There are free Linux and FreeBSD distros that have been doing this for a long time.
I've used a FreeNAS box, 400mhx Celeron, 128mb sdram with 240gb of RAID for over a year 100% reliably.

Did I mention Free OS and spare parts?

That's nice, but the average customer would rather pick something up that functions out of the box without tweaking and modifying a lot of settings. That includes buying a small WHS box if they have to.

^ Same with me. I got into the beta, but I am not willing to reformat my ONE hard drive and lose all my data just to test it. I had a spare 20GB that I tried to install onto, but it sayed that the minimum hard drive size was like 40GB and wouldn't install

WHS partitions the boot drive into two...first is just over 10GB for installing the OS. The other, will become the backup space. So 20GB wouldn't cut it.

If you take into consideration the amount of data a typical family is going to want to back up.... WHS computers should start off with at least 500GB.

aldrlandon said,
^ Same with me. I got into the beta, but I am not willing to reformat my ONE hard drive and lose all my data just to test it. I had a spare 20GB that I tried to install onto, but it sayed that the minimum hard drive size was like 40GB and wouldn't install :(

You can get a 500GB HDD for $100...

Well, I was invited but couldn't have the pleasure of using it not only because of the big download, but because I can't reformat both hard drives I have

"Windows" + "Home" + "server".

who knew this three words will one day belong for same product.... they sure know how to crap their way around and rename addons into products.

kyro said,
"Windows" + "Home" + "server".

who knew this three words will one day belong for same product.... they sure know how to crap their way around and rename addons into products.

And HOW is Windows Home Server an add-on, and to what?

This is Windows 2003 Server reworked for a home. How is this an add-on? You need a box dedicated to this. The workstations (home clients) just an add-on, yes, but that communicates to the master home server.

I have been using the RC version for the last few weeks and I must say, I am very impressed. If they make it available as an OEM ourchace and set a good price point it could sell really well