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Thursday, February 10, 2011

Windows Home Server 2011: One Step Forward, Two Steps Back?

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Articles & Resources" @ 05:00 PM

http://www.mediasmartserver.net/201...iendly-storage/

"This leaves Windows Home Server 2011 sorely lacking when it comes to fitting the needs of the average home consumer, the target market that was envisioned for the original Windows Home Server. While WHS 2011 is a polished improvement of Windows Home Server, storage management has become more complicated, storage growth is more complicated, and storage protection will either depend on what is likely to be complicated RAID from the OEMs or else Server Backup with its limitations."

Image via Engadget

Whoa boy. This has sure turned into an ugly situation! If I'm understanding what I'm reading correctly, when you add a hard drive to Windows Home Server 2011, it shows up as a distinct drive rather than a pool of storage - this is what the loss of the Drive Extender technology means. Further, libraries are locked to a single drive without any duplication of folders like we had before. Any duplication of the data will come via whatever hardware-based RAID solution an OEM wants to integrate into their product. This also means that the only way to back up the server itself is to an external hard drive.

I don't know about you, but I'm seeing a whole lot of ugliness here. I'll be keeping my current WHS running as long as I can, thank you very much.


Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Gigaom Asks: Will Microsoft’s Living-Room Quest Finally Pay Off?

Posted by Andy Dixon in "Digital Home Talk" @ 05:00 AM

http://gigaom.com/2010/12/03/will-m...inally-pay-off/

"Most of the digerati remain skeptical about Microsoft's long journey to becoming a key player in the digital home. I can't really blame them, given that the sheer number of swings and misses the company has undergone over the past decade may only be second to that of its hometown baseball team. But recently the company has been swinging a hot bat, not only with its Xbox 360, which has been picking up momentum, but also with a legitimate holiday hit in the Kinect. A few months of resurgence doesn't excuse a decade of lost opportunity. But the Kinect, the Xbox 360 and Xbox Live do illustrate that, while Apple and Google are often seen as much more innovative and nimble when it comes to the digital home, Microsoft actually does offer compelling innovations that, every once in a while, it actually executes on. And execution, of course, is key when it comes to staying relevant."

An interesting article was posted on Gigaom discussing Microsofts position in the digital home and how they have succeed or failed with various products such as Media Center, Windows Home Server, and Xbox. The Kinect is proving to be a massive hit I wonder if Microsoft will focus on this the Xbox, and start to push this as the core of the Digital Home, possibly integrating those earlier technologies such as Media Center, and Web TV. However, as we have seen with Microsoft, so often, they get a good idea but never seem to realise the full potential of it


Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Fractal Design Release A Cool Mini ITX WHS Case

Posted by Andy Dixon in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 02:00 PM

http://www.wegotserved.com/2010/04/...i-itx-nas-case/

"How cool is this home server chassis, self-builders? Coming out of Sweden, the home of groovy design, comes the Fractal Design Array Mini ITX NAS Case, a small footprint, achingly cool chassis packing six 3.5" hard drive bays and room for an extra SSD (for your system drive, I'm sure)."

I've been on the lookout for a replacement case for my custom built home server for a while, and I think I may just have found it. My current home server is a mismatch of components, a little noisy, not particularly aesthetic, and probably not very energy friendly. We Got Served have a news post up today with details of this very nice, small mini itx case that holds six 3.5" drives which is sufficient for my needs in the near future, and the price at $193/£126 is quite reasonable. I will certainly be looking to purchase this case very soon in order to replace the current setup with something that will not look out of place in the living room if it needs to live there.


Thursday, March 11, 2010

HP MediaSmart Home Servers Gets TiVo Add-in

Posted by Andy Dixon in "Digital Home Software" @ 06:00 PM

http://www.hp.com/united-states/cam...#/TivoExpander/

"For those enjoying media bliss thanks to a little MediaSmart box humming away somewhere in the corner, life just got a even more lovely. HP has announced a partnership with TiVo that allows MediaSmart users to install a Windows Home Server add-in, enabling the two devices to talk sweet nothings to each other. From within the WHS console you'll be able to suck recorded content from the TiVo onto the MediaSmart's expansive storage array and, from there, play it on any of your compatible devices (PC, Mac, Xbox, PS3, etc.). Or, when you start to miss those happy TiVo sounds, you can send that content back over to DVR to view from there. The WHS extension is available right now to MediaSmart owners, so get on with the downloading already."

HP have released a Windows Home Server add-in for their MediaSmart servers, that allows you to link your TiVo to your HP Windows Home Server and enables you to store and then playback your recorded content. This is another good example of just how flexible Windows Home Server is and how features can be added via the add-in functionality. So if you have TiVo and an HP WHS, check it out and let us know whether it's any good. I'd be interested to know if the add-in works on other servers and not just the HP ones.

Tags: software, tivo, whs

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Is Windows Home Server Doomed?

Posted by Tim Williamson in "Digital Home News" @ 02:00 PM

http://www.ehomeupgrade.com/2008/03...-server-doomed/

"Gizmodo asked the question after Iomega announced that it was no longer going to pursue its plan of releasing a Windows Home Server product like HP’s MediaSmart Server (MSRP $749). Do you buy the explanation from Iomega that such a device is “prohibitively unprofitable” due to its cost being comparable to buying a new PC? My 2-cents: Price might be part of the reason (though other consumer-based NAS servers run about the same price for comparable amounts of storage), but I think the lack of consumer confidence in regards to stability and reports of file corruption has put a black-eye on the platform from the get-go. I don’t think WHS will get much traction in the general consumer market until OEMs get close to Apple Time Capsule’s price point of $299 for 500GB ($499 for 1TB) of storage and have all the bugs worked out."

With Iomega bailing out of their own Windows Home Server (WHS) offering, and with HP's WHS costing $749, along with the recent reports of stability and file corruption issues (problems that even our own Jason Dunn reported recently), Alexander Grundner from eHomeUpgrade asks the question, "Is Windows Home Server Doomed?"

It's essential that Microsoft fixes the stability and file corruption issues, but I like Alexander's idea to have a "lite" and "premium" version of WHS (although, I might call them "Windows Home Backup" and "Windows Home Media" respectively). Everyone should agree that it's extremely important to backup all important digital files (yet this always seems to be overlooked until it's too late), so if Microsoft could offer a version of WHS that makes it easy for non-techies to setup backups (and is down to the right price-point) I think it might be the jump-start that Microsoft is looking for in the WHS market!

Is anyone currently using a Windows home Server? If not, what's keeping you from making the purchase?


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