Friday, November 02, 2007

Paul Thurrott's SuperSite for Windows: Windows Home Server Review

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Windows Home Server is the ultimate stealth product: You almost certainly need it but don't realize it yet. While most of the feature set of this product is available elsewhere, I'm not aware of any single products out there that offer all of this functionality in a single place, and at such a reasonable cost. The PC backup and restore functionality is an extension of work that went into the Vista Backup and Restore Center and Windows Live OneCare, but it's automatic and network-based, and doesn't require any expert set-up. Sharing documents, files, and digital media content from a Windows-based file share is hardly new, but getting it onto a dedicated server, and potentially replicated across two physical drives, is a huge advantage. One-stop PC and network health monitoring is priceless, as you're likely the in-home "network administrator" just as I am in my own house. And while I'm currently paying $100 a year for a remote access solution that works with only one PC or server, WHS gives you this for free, plus throws in access to all of your PCs as well as the server, and adds a custom domain on top of that for Web-based sharing. The whole of WHS truly exceeds the sum of its parts.

BTW WHS boxes will apparently be available for sale next week.

Paul Thurrott's SuperSite for Windows: Windows Home Server Review

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