I have had a Windows Home Server running at my house for more than 3 years now. I bought v1 and v2 of the HP media smart boxes – which were quite solid and reliable. The first run ran on my home network for nearly 2.5 years and the recent one has run reliably for the past 6 months. During that time I began the transition to the new WHS system.
My first attempt was a virtual server (running off Windows Server 2008R2 Hyper-V and a virtual machine for WHS). It worked ok, but wasn’t really up to what I wanted in terms of replacing more of my home network with the home server.
So I turned an old box I had into the server and turned my WHS V2 Media Smart box off.
That was ok but the box was older and only had three USB slots that were working (a couple were dead due to loving use). So I bought a cheap box with 8 gigs of ram and 6 USB slots to build as my new home server.
- Remote access is much faster with 8 gigs of RAM
- The 64 bit OS does a better job with the whole backup process
- I am dying for some of the yet-to-be released add ons
So far so good, had the box up and installed in less than an hour. Between that box as my remote access host (easy to manage that) and my two Windows 2008 boxes, I now have a private cloud at home.
The beauty is I have room to grow, adding both SATA and USB drives. I can back up the essential systems in the house, and provide remote access to the other’s.
I remain a huge windows server fan!!!