Windows Home Server

Posted: June 8, 2007 by jgrantmarshall in Uncategorized

Here is a link to a good write up on Home Server by Steve Wiseman… Oh, man, I want it!  Microsoft, I would be sooooo happy to beta this software!

I found hardware specs (looks like hardware can be leftovers from around the house or easily picked up at a Garage Sale):

The recommended settings for Windows Home Server are:CPU: 1GHz Pentium 3 or better
RAM: 512MB minimum
Hard Drive:1 Hard Drive 80GB internal (IDE, ATA, SATA, or SCSI)
DVD drive that is bootable
Monitor for the installation
QWERTY Keyboard and mouse or a compatible pointing device.  Also installation only.
Network Interface Card (NIC) 100Mbps Ethernet
MotherBoard must be ACPI compliant

Must have Windows Server 2003 driver support.

I would recommend using 2 or more hard drives if you can.  This will allow Windows Home Server to make duplications if you turn file duplication on.  With 3 hard drives or more, this moves information off the hard drive that has Windows Home Server installed on.  If you only have 1 or 2 hard drives for now, you can always easily add more later on by simply plugging a USB hard drive in or installing one internally and adding it to your storage.

In other words, my recommended setup would be the following or better:

CPU: 2GHz
RAM: 1GB
Hard Drives: One 80GB hard drive for Windows Home Server and two 80GB drives (or larger) for the storage.
DVD drive that is bootable
Monitor for the installation
QWERTY Keyboard and mouse or a compatible pointing device.  Also installation only.
Network Interface Card (NIC) 1Gbps Ethernet
MotherBoard must be ACPI compliant

Please note: Laptops are not supported per the Release Documentation.


Windows Home Server Team
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