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The configuration interface was designed to be user-friendly enough that it could be set up without prior knowledge of server administration. The configuration interface, called the Home Server Console, was delivered as a Remote Desktop Protocol application to remote PCs while the application ran on the server itself, the GUI was rendered on the remote system. The Home Server Console client application could be accessed from any Windows PC. The server itself required no video card or peripherals; it was designed to require only an Ethernet card and at least one Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7 computer.

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Users (specifically those who configure a family's home server) dealt with storage at two levels: Shared Folders and Disks. The only concepts relevant regarding disks was whether they had been "added" to the home server's storage pool or not and whether the disk appeared healthy to the system or not. This was in contrast with Windows' Logical Disk Manager which requires a greater degree of technical understanding in order to correctly configure a RAID array.

If duplication was on for a Shared Folder (which was the default on multi-disk Home Server systems and not applicable to single disk systems) then the files in that Shared Folder were duplicated and the effective storage capacity was halved. However, in situations where a user may not have wanted data duplicated (e.g. TV shows that had been archived to a Windows Home Server from a system running Windows Media Center), Drive Extender provided the capability to not duplicate such files if the server was short on capacity or manually mark a complete content store as not for duplication.[22]

Windows Home Server Computer Backup automatically backs up all of the computers in a home to the server using an image-based system that ensures point-in-time-based restoration of either entire PCs or specific files and folders.[24] Complete bare-metal restores are initiated through a restore bootable CD, file based restores are initiated through the WHS client software which allows the users to open a backup and "drag and drop" files from it. This technology uses Volume Shadow Services (VSS) technology on the client computer to take an image based backup of a running computer. Because the backup operates on data at the cluster level, single instancing can be performed to minimize the amount of data that travels over the network and that will ultimately be stored on the home server. This single instancing gives the server the ability to store only one instance of data, no matter if the data originated from another computer, another file, or even data within the same file.

Computer backup images are not duplicated on the server, so if a server hard drive fails, backups could be lost. The "Server Backup" feature added in Power Pack 1 does not include duplication of backup images.

The system also supports Terminal Services Gateway, allowing remote control of the desktop of any Windows computer on the home network.[19][25] Currently supported systems are those which would normally support Remote Desktop: Windows XP Professional, Tablet and Media Center editions, Windows Vista Business, Enterprise and Ultimate editions and Windows 7 Professional, Enterprise and Ultimate editions. The web interface also supports embedding the Remote Desktop ActiveX control, to provide remote access to home computers from within the web interface directly. Remote sessions can also connect to the Home Server console to configure the server over the internet.[19]

Windows Home Server features integration with Windows XP (SP2 or newer), Windows Vista, and Windows 7 (after the release of Power Pack 3) through a software installation, either from a client CD or via a network share.[27] The connector software may also be installed by accessing yourserver:55000 through a web browser, where a link is provided to download the connector software and to install troubleshooting tools. Files stored on Windows Home Server are also available through a Windows share, opening compatibility to a wide variety of operating systems. Also, the Administration console is available via Remote Desktop, allowing administration from unsupported platforms.

Integration of the file sharing service as a location for Mac OS X's Time Machine was apparently being considered,[30] but upon Mac OS X Leopard's release, Apple had removed the ability to use the SMB file sharing protocol for Time Machine backups.[31] One WHS provider, HP, provides their own plug-in with their home server line capable of Time Machine backup to a home server.[32]

Dedicated devices will have the operating system pre-installed and may be supplied with a server recovery disk which reloads the OS over a network connection. This is utilized on the HP MediaSmart Server,[33] and the Fujitsu Siemens Scaleo Home Server.

The first release of Windows Home Server, RTM (release to manufacturing), suffered from a file corruption flaw whereby files saved directly to or edited on shares on a WHS device could become corrupted.[34] Only the files that had NTFS Alternate Data Streams were susceptible to the flaw.[35] The flaw led to data corruption only when the server was under heavy load at the time when the file (with ADS) was being saved onto a share.[36]

Windows Home Server RTM did not include a mechanism for backing up the server. Power Pack 1 added the ability to back up files stored on the Shared Folders, to an external drive.[8] Users can also subscribe to 3rd-party online services, for a fee. However, there remains no way to back up the installed server operating system. Backing-up of the client backup database is available either manually using the instructions provided by Microsoft on page 24 of this document or can be done using the WHS BDBB add-in written by Alex Kuretz and available from this website.

Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials, Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials, and Windows Home Server 2011 do not support client backup on Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI)-based computers that contain a GUID partition table (GPT)-formatted disk.The client hotfix package adds backup support for UEFI-based computers that contain a GPT-formatted disk. The client hotfix package is part of the server update. When a client computer logs on to the server, the client is automatically updated.

2781274 A hotfix is available to add backup support for UEFI-based computers to backup to servers that are running Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials2781270 A hotfix is available to add backup support for UEFI-based computers to backup to servers that are running Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials2781272 A hotfix is available to add backup support for UEFI-based computers to backup to servers that are running Windows Home Server 2011

They no longer mention it but I think that was correct. (worst case you'll get "not applicable") -us/topic/windows-7-sp1-and-windows-server-2008-r2-sp1-update-history-720c2590-fd58-26ba-16cc-6d8f3b547599

Windows Home Server was always something of an odd fish, and it led a short and trouble-filled life. The idea was that you would have a server hidden away in a closet or under a desk somewhere, and it would provide a central place for storing backups, sharing media files, and remotely accessing your network.

Microsoft never gave up on the Drive Extender-type technology. In fact, the company has now got it working, and it's an integrated part of both Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012: it's called storage spaces. We don't need a dedicated home server to have expandable redundant storage made of whatever disks are convenient; a Windows 8 desktop will do the job just fine.

Those Storage spaces make pretty good destinations for backups, too. Windows 8 has a new backup tool that provides periodic snapshots of your data, similar to Apple's Time Machine system. Now, I don't like everything about this new backup system, because Microsoft has used it as an opportunity to discard one of Windows' best little-known features, Shadow Copies, which also provided periodic snapshots, but overall it's a great solution for home networks. Point all your computers at a network location, and they'll automatically back themselves up, and they'll automatically keep those backups up-to-date.

Windows Home Server (codenamed Quattro) is a home server solution developed by Microsoft, based on Windows Small Business Server 2003, itself a spin-off of Windows Server 2003. It was formally announced by Bill Gates, then-CEO of Microsoft, on 8 January 2007 during the 2007 Consumer Electronics Show at the Las Vegas Convention Center.[1][2] It was first released to manufacturing on 16 July 2007 and was made generally available on 4 November 2007.[3] Along with the launch of Windows Home Server, a children's book titled Mommy, Why is There a Server in the House? was released to promote the then-new operating system.[4]

Are you looking for a central place to store all your pictures and movies? Or do you want a place to learn new IT skills? And what about your smart home? A home server can be used in many different scenarios and can be a great addition to your home network.

When we talk about a home server most people are concerned about the power consumption, or noise that it makes. But that is really no need for that. These days you can build your own home server for around $500 that consumes only 10 watts when running idle.

When we talk about a home server we are not necessarily talking about a big enterprise-grade server that you use at home. A home server can be any computing device that is used for central (cloud) storage, backups, serving media files, surveillance, etc in a home environment.

Files are getting bigger and bigger, and we all want to keep our photos, videos, and other files as long as possible. When you have a server at home then it makes perfect sense to centrally store your data on the server. 041b061a72


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