Microsoft Wraps Up Development of Windows Home Server 2011

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Bustout

What are they implementing for redundancy?

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hades_2100

Two reasons I love WHS.

1) Backup

2) Drive Extender.

 

Remove either, and I'm not upgrading. Period.

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skirge01

WHS has essentially been turned into a backup program with this "update".  I got WHS v1 because it covered most of my needs.  Now, I may as well install Windows 7 on the server and use free programs for backups, DE replacements, etc.  I have no intentions of buying WHS 2011 so that I can ALSO buy add-ons to make it do what I need it to, especially when there are free alternatives out there already for Windows 7.

Sorry, MS, you lost this WHS advocate big time.

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ajuhawk

which free programs are you thinking about as I'm currently weighing my options?

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skirge01

I assume you're primarily talking about backups and a DE alternative, so for the former, MPC actually mentioned Macrium Reflect here:

http://www.maximumpc.com/article/features/[missing word below*]_guide_power_computing_31_ways_save_money_without_sacrificing_performance

Then, for DE, there's FlexRAID (currently in beta, but looking very good), FreeNAS, or unRAID.  FlexRAID can run under Windows 7 (among others), while the other two would need a separate box or a virtual machine, since they run Linux.

*Apparently "ch3apskates" is a bad word on here, so I needed to remove it.  Kinda funny, actually.

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axiomatic

I own 2 Windows Home Servers and honestly have to agree with others here. (And yes I am running the Vail RC's) Without DE Vail is severly gimped. I know DE was broken in the begining but its run stable and error free for me for a long time. Baffled at the obviously marketing driven decision. Speaking as a SW developer myself I loathe marketing having anything to do with the development process. I will watch the DE alternative plug ins with great interest.

Can I build and use a better backup solution.... YES. Can my wife and son comprehend any backup solution other than the very simple WHS system.... NO.

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SleepyCatChris

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Zharin

Without the drive extender, this is a useless upgrade. Can't see why anyone would want this over the previous version.

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SleepyCatChris

Drive Extender is indeed awesome, and I'd hate to give it up, but I'm definitely going to wait to try out the entire product before declaring it a "useless upgrade". Have you been running the RC?

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ajuhawk

 

There are 2 or 3 alternatives to the Drive Extender currently in beta.  I've messed around with two of them and, while they're not finished yet and still waiting for a few features to be implemented, it looks like they should fill the gap nicely.  It's definitely worth taking a look at for some of the other features/improvements.

 

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