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Windows Home Server
Released to OEMs
RTM (Discontinued)
GUI, Multi-tasking
Summary News Requirements Compatibility Interface Installation Variants
Versions Downloads Links Publisher Support Alternatives Secrets Pricing
Summary Home server is designed to make it easy to connect up to 10 PCs in a home, with a central repository for data (documents, music, video, photos, etc.). Once set up, it can be managed from any PC on the network, and no monitor, keyboard or mouse is required on the server. It also provide remote access to your files from both local network PCs and via the internet. It also includes automatic backup for all networked PCs. Home server is based on Windows 2003 and Home Server 2011 is based on Windows 2008 R2.
News 8-Jan-2007 Press Announcement of Windows Home Server
Product Windows Home Server
Processor Pentium 4 1 GHz or better
RAM 512 MB (1 GB recommended)
Drive space 10 GB
Drives Runs from hard disk
Video none needed - can be remotely administered
File systems NTFS
Compatibility Windows 32-bit programs, although not normally installed on Server
Interface Windows Home Server provides a GUI interface that resembles Windows 2003. Once set up, it can be controlled by any PC on the network and does not require a monitor, keyboard or mouse.
Installation Installation will automatically format all partitions (with good warnings). If drives are partitioning in advance, WHS will leave the partitioning in place, although change the volume names. Must be installed in its own primary partition on the first drive. It is intended to ship pre-installed on a PC and will be available only to OEMs.
Variants None
Versions Windows release timeline
Mar-2007 Beta 2
Aug-2007 RTM Build 3270
Aug-2010 WHS 2011 Beta
Feb-2011 WHS 2011 Release Candidate
Apr-2011 RTM
Downloads None
Links Microsoft
Microsoft Forums
Books Books on Windows 2003 Server   
Publisher Microsoft Corporation
One Microsoft Way
Redmond, WA 98052 USA

Phone 1-206-635-7000 (support)
Support Users are referred back to the computer manufacturer for support as it will only be provided to OEMs.
Alternatives Windows Server 2012 R2, FreeBSD, Linux
Secrets none
Pricing Available to OEMs only
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