How to Build a Kick-Ass Windows Home Server

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isamu49

I wasn't commenting on the fact that this was something that this particular product did well to the exclusion of a linux solution, just the fact that you're commenting on the quality of a solution by basing it on what appear to be generalizations you've formed as opposed to having had first hand experience with this particular platform.  Yes, I get that Linux is great in the enterprise and that the same sort of thing can be accomplished with a variety of tools, but again the focus is specifically for home users (Windows based home users in particular) and keeping the level of complexity to a minimum.  It might make sense that for some people your solution will work best, but making blanket statements essentially advising that no one should be using any Windows server products under any circumstances is pretty silly.

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lien_meat

I never said that nobody should ever use any windows server products under any circumstances.  I have used them in some circumstances myself.  What I did say, is that I tend to avoid windows server if I can.
And I quote myself: "Windows certainly has it's place, but I try to avoid it whenever the word server is involved."
If you are threatened into thinking that I don't believe windows server is usefull, then you are just assuming I hate windows, and am advising that nobody use it.  That isn't what I said at all.  I merely was stating the fact that any decent linux distro can offer the same functionality, and that I prefer that solution over windows server solutions.  WHS probably is easier for people used to windows.  Thats a given...but it does cost money.  Some people don't realize that they have other options.  I was only pointing that out...I wasn't trying to start a flame war about windows vs linux.  We all know they each have their benefits.  Now get off my lawn.
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roninnder

Do you have to do anything at all with your "any linux distro" from the CLI?  Because as soon as you do, you've gone far beyond the target audience for WHS.

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lien_meat

like the other replyer to you post said, it does completely depend on what distro you intend to use.  But if you decide to use a distro with a desktop-environment installed by default, then no, almost for sure not.
I've run server funtionality on MANY of my ubuntu installs at one time or another, and I don't NEED to drop to the CLI if I don't want to.  Do I want to though?  For many tasks, yes, as its sometimes orders of magnitude faster than clicking through a GUI.

Also, webmin that I mentioned, gives a nice, intuitive, web interface that you can use to administer anything you could imagine.  So, there you go, 3 good options for management/administration really:
Desktop, terminal, webpage.
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Deanjo

Depends on the distro used.  Many of the specialized server distros don't need cli at all to be setup or distros like opensuse that have gui tools like YaST that don't require dropping to cli especially when your talking about a small server like a media server.

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Deanjo

Save yourself a bit of money and get that "getting something accomplished" feeling and use one of the many feature laden linux distro's for the ultimate in a home server.

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badfrog

how picky is WHS OEM on re-installs and hardware upgrades?

is it like XP ?  or is going to be a nut buster and not let me if I change my MoBo  in a year...

 

I have an older tower  with a AMD64 3000 chip in it that I want to use for while I save for a custom build like the one you outlined, and I dont want to have to buy another copy of WHS.

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willsmith

I'm not even sure Home Server is activated. I don't recall seeing activation on the one I'm running.

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xRadeon

It wouldn't be a bad idea to throw on VMWare ESXi so you can have a couple different servers. Like if you got a few NICs you could route your internet though smooth wall or make your own domain with server 2003 or 2008. You could host your own internal website with a Linux server. Ect, ect. The best part is ESXi 4.0 is free and isn't to hard to understand. Though its a pain to get it going because of pretty harsh hardware requirements. You could just get the free Vmware server and run it on top of Windows home server, though you get horrid performance that way.

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seanscott

I run two servers at home, an ESXi server for running all of my regular Linux and Windows Server OS and a separate Windows Home Server for my home server needs.

If you run WHS on a VM in ESXi you lose the benefits of being able to add hard drives and swap drives as easily as a physical box. 

To check out some pics and the specs of my server check here: http://connectedcommuter.com/news/our-new-webserver/ (The upper server is my WHS box and lower is my ESXi server.)

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