Windows Home Server goes on Sale in the US

Windows Home Server is finally available in the US! You can pick it up at Newegg.com for $190.

This fall, families will have a new way to organize, share and protect photos, videos, music and so much more. For families with multiple PCs, now it's easy to protect, connect, and organize the way you keep and share your family's most important memories—all in one central place.

Windows Home Server features at a glance

  • Organize your most important information in one central place
  • Automatic daily backups of your home PCs
  • Restore lost files or an entire PC
  • Access all your stuff on your Windows Home Server from your networked PCs
  • Share photos and home videos through a personalized web address
  • Easy and quick setup
  • Expandable storage space for future use
  • Innovative third-party applications

Protect
Windows Home Server provides automatic daily backup for your home PCs, so your files and PCs can be easily restored. Plus, PC health monitoring lets you see the exact condition of Windows Vista–enabled PCs in your home.

Connect

Every member of the family can access what they need on the home server from your networked PCs. You can even share information with faraway friends and family, or access your own data when you're away from home.*

Organize
Your family photos, videos, music, and other important documents stay together in one central place. Folders by subject or topic keep the whole family organized and up-to-date.

Grow
As your storage needs increase, you can simply connect a new hard drive to Windows Home Server. And with developers working on innovative add-ins for home automation, home web cameras, and security feature solutions, Windows Home Server will be part of the family today—and tomorrow.

Windows Home Server is simple to set up, easy to use, and provides a reliable, familiar way for families to stay connected, whether they're in the next room or across the country.

News source: In-house | Thanks NateB1
Link: Windows Home Server Web Site

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According to Microsoft "Share photos and home videos through a personalized web address"...
Does this mean there is IIS in there too? or some cut down version..
If it has IIS i'll be digging out my wallet...

CabiMan said,
According to Microsoft "Share photos and home videos through a personalized web address"...
Does this mean there is IIS in there too? or some cut down version..
If it has IIS i'll be digging out my wallet...

Yes it has IIS 7 Buildin the soft

I hope this gets released here in Australia, that said if it was it will probally cost close to AUSD$1k Still what is the advantage of this over say, using Norton Ghost and a portable HDD? (which is how I keep my home computers backed up and it works great)

This is an awesome addition to the Windows family. I've been more or less tweaking 2003 to do similar things but this does it on a much simpler scale. I have 6 computers in my house and to be able to manage all the data easily is a must.

I wonder if this will be made available to MSDN subscribers... If not, Server 2008 will be released soon and then I'll have a new toy.

yess linux is better but have you used whs, i found so simple to use, and i havent seen anything on the linux sites to make me think of using linux home server. i think m$ has made a top notch software here. i will be buying a copy this time around.

wonder how long it will take for it to be Pirated since its now for sale..
Umm I say 3 days or less..

but then again who wants to Pirate Windows Home server when Linux server software is way better..

Linux is "way better"?

I think Linux can do exactly the same job as Windows Home Server. And, it can do it cheaper. But I don't know how you would measure "better". I don't think you can, either. Perhaps a slight advantage for updates not needing as many reboots on Linux (minus the occasional kernel, if you wanted to update that). But that does not make it way better.

Then, can you point me to a Linux system set up to back up Windows systems like this, plus monitor the Vista-specific "health" (whatever that entails)? Finally, if you can dig up a few of these that are pre-configured for easy installation by typical Windows users, tell me which ones are sold pre-installed on PCs? Because that is what Microsoft will be doing very soon.

Be a little realistic, please.

At home I use a Windows Server 2003 system configured as a workstation – complete with 8800 GTS video card and 5.1 HD sound. Sometimes I forget that this isn't an XP Box. Until I need the server functions, that is!

Talk about the best of both worlds!

phantasmorph said,
Congrats on completely and totally missing the intended purpose of an entire product line. Damn impressive. Go. You.

Boy, didn't I know that was coming!

Except that I am also using my server as a workstation, you don't have the foggiest notion as to how I'm using it, or what I do or do not know.

The "intended purpose" of a hand gun is to kill people; if I want to use mine for target practice instead, who the hell are you or anyone else to tell me that I'm misusing my property.

And so it is with how I use my OS: it is also exclusively my business, and I really don't give a rat's ass about whether or not I'm conforming to someone else's purposes.

Octol said,

Boy, didn't I know that was coming!

Except that I am also using my server as a workstation, you don't have the foggiest notion as to how I'm using it, or what I do or do not know.

The "intended purpose" of a hand gun is to kill people; if I want to use mine for target practice instead, who the hell are you or anyone else to tell me that I'm misusing my property.

And so it is with how I use my OS: it is also exclusively my business, and I really don't give a rat's ass about whether or not I'm conforming to someone else's purposes.

I could care less if you take your Windows Server 2003 install disc and use it as a rather large keychain, doesn't change the fact that you are (for whatever reason) using an OS designed and intended by Microsoft to perform a function which you are not adhering to. Hey, go nuts. That's all you. But it doesn't change the fact that Microsoft put out a ~$190 Home server product intended for home users, and you want to chime in about what you are doing with a $600+ operating system that you're using to essentially perform the same function...sometimes.

Don't get me wrong, I could care less what you use Win2k3 for...I just wish you had a valid, pertinent point to make in relation to the topic at hand, instead of lamely attempting to brag about your OS.

phantasmorph said,
Don't get me wrong, I could care less what you use Win2k3 for...I just wish you had a valid, pertinent point to make in relation to the topic at hand, instead of lamely attempting to brag about your OS. :rolleyes:

What's not valid about using my Windows Server at home?

Obviously, Microsoft thinks that a server OS in the home is now necessary or they wouldn't be marketing a Home Server. Duuhhh.....

And since I already own Server 2003 operating systems and can add workstation functions thereto, why exactly should I not do so? Should I go out and spend even more money on a home server that I don't need to satisfy your (not Microsoft's) idea of what constitutes a valid use of a server operating system?

If you want to dispute this, explain to me why Microsoft has configured server-specific versions of its Media Player, or why it supports full hardware acceleration, HD audio, themes, folder tasks, and a plethora of other workstation-specific functions? If Microsoft didn't intend for people to use these functions in its server operating systems, why include and support them in the first place?

You say that I had no pertinent point to make; that I was lamely attempting to brag about my OS. I say that my point was indeed valid to the topic at hand and that you were simply making an even lamer attempt to show your disdain and superiority for someone you think of as a lesser person for doing something that you claim Microsoft doesn't approve of – even though Microsoft's own actions put the lie to that assertion.

Well, you can take your disdain and stick it where the sun don't shine. If you're going to dis someone for their actions, make sure you know what you're talking about before going off half-cocked.

And by the way, genius: it's "I couldn't care less".

I ordered this Monday and I should have it today by 3:00 pm is what fedex said! I over nighted it haha partly because i got tired of messing with AD in windows server 2008 and could not figure it out! So figured id buy a license of this till I learn windows server!

ill let yall know how it goes

-Mo

DrIndianaJones said,
eWiz.com also has it for sale...for a cheaper price:
http://www.ewiz.com/detail.php?name=MSCCQ00015

I'll be getting my full copy to replace my beta RC1. Gives me the perfect excuse to get that 500GB HDD I've been wanting for a while now.

They've pulled it apparently. That link gives an "item not found" error and I didn't see it on the site.

kravex said,
Just what the environment needs, a server running 24/7 in everybody’s home. :confused:
You do realize that most of the Home Servers that are being offered are "headless" PCs that run on minimal power and "green" specs. Same can't be said for homebrew systems, but I (for one) built mine with my energy bill in mind.

DrIndianaJones said,
You do realize that most of the Home Servers that are being offered are "headless" PCs that run on minimal power and "green" specs. Same can't be said for homebrew systems, but I (for one) built mine with my energy bill in mind.

Indeed. Anyone running a WHS with 8800 Ultras in SLI should be slapped with a wet trout...

DrIndianaJones said,
You do realize that most of the Home Servers that are being offered are "headless" PCs that run on minimal power and "green" specs. Same can't be said for homebrew systems, but I (for one) built mine with my energy bill in mind.

I have a similar concern about servers. Is a server in the home really necessary anyway?

PureLegend said,

I have a similar concern about servers. Is a server in the home really necessary anyway?

If you've got more than one PC, and you've ever been unfortunate enough to be hit by massive data loss, I think you'll find the answer is yes.

PureLegend said,

I have a similar concern about servers. Is a server in the home really necessary anyway?

It saved my butt when my HD crashed the other day. I was up and running in hour from restoring from WSH

MioTheGreat said,

If you've got more than one PC, and you've ever been unfortunate enough to be hit by massive data loss, I think you'll find the answer is yes.


Hmm, I still don't really get it... Why would you need a server to take more or less regular backups? Just decide that Computer X can act as a store for your family documents, photos and music, and then back up that one every now and then? And let that computer double as a regular computer and "server". I mean, how many hosts in a home are we talking of here? 5? 10? It's rare to have more than around three where I live at least, and then the backup "issue" isn't much of an issue at all. Sure, making a dedicated file server out of performance reasons is one thing, but modern hardware isn't bad enough to not handle the "load" (if it can even be called server load) from a household.

Besides this, everything under at least the "Protect" and "Organize" headings above can also be done with Windows XP/Vista Home, and those are also aimed in features and user interface for home use. Actually, family members could first access family photos, music, and documents from a centralized location in Windows starting with Windows For Workgroups 3.11, and I bet Microsoft ran the exact same advertisement then about the revolution in your household. :-S

Well this can take the backups as often as you like, so basically nightly. Even frequent backups won't give you the same level of "roll back ability" as having incremental backups to a server. Add to that that it's an incremental backup so each backup is alot shorter and duesnt either require getting additional external HD's or even worse, half a dozen DVD's.

The backup isn't just family documents like pics and videos, it can be crucial data where you'd prefer a nightly backup as opposed to a weekly (or worse) one.

As for serve and share...yes any pc can do it but think of this as a central repository. As already mentioned you'd assume your server would be using a very low power pull. The same cannot be said about your gaming PC ect. If energy is a concern then surely your better of having the gaming PC off if all it's on for is to stream a video. Stream it from a lower power system. Besides not all PC's will act as a Media Extender which is an extra bit of media functionality I believe this incorporates which is useful for say 360 owners and the like.

Jugalator said,

Hmm, I still don't really get it... Why would you need a server to take more or less regular backups? Just decide that Computer X can act as a store for your family documents, photos and music, and then back up that one every now and then? And let that computer double as a regular computer and "server". I mean, how many hosts in a home are we talking of here? 5? 10? It's rare to have more than around three where I live at least, and then the backup "issue" isn't much of an issue at all. Sure, making a dedicated file server out of performance reasons is one thing, but modern hardware isn't bad enough to not handle the "load" (if it can even be called server load) from a household.

Besides this, everything under at least the "Protect" and "Organize" headings above can also be done with Windows XP/Vista Home, and those are also aimed in features and user interface for home use. Actually, family members could first access family photos, music, and documents from a centralized location in Windows starting with Windows For Workgroups 3.11, and I bet Microsoft ran the exact same advertisement then about the revolution in your household. :-S


I think you are forgetting that most PC users have no clue how to set that up and keep it running hassle-free...that is the point of WHS, it is a hassle free (config and forget) server. Once you have it setup the way you want it, it runs in the background and the only time you interact with it is when a) you want to tinker with it and b) if it is having a problem that it needs your feedback on.
I am quite capable of setting up the type of file sharing system you say, but it is tough to do on XP or Vista Home...WHS works seemlessly.
Simply put, this is by far the best home product MS has released in years. I was very skeptical myself until I tried it out and discovered everything that it could do with very little administration on my end.

All my power comes from a hydroelectric plant...so no guilt here. Either way, I use Vista Premium as my MCE OS and it does everything I want in a home server.

I wish it would go on sale in the UK for that price... Would be awesome and so many people would buy it. I would for sure, after beta testing it i'm very impressed.