Windows Home Server - Can It Be a SOHO Solution?

Although the name of Windows Home Server may make you inclined to believe that it is only for consumer households, it can also be very functional in a small office/home office setting. One article that was recently brought to our attention came from SMB PC Magazine (See page 7). The article provides an overview of…

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Secure online photo sharing with Windows Home Server and Community Add-Ins

Don’t you love to share your photos with your friends and family? Those great shots of your little kids wearing their strained carrots or a picture of your daughter’s first formal dance; it’s through images that we graphically share the high’s and low’s of our most personal lives.  With Windows Home Server you can easily create…

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Windows Home Server - Announcing Power Pack 2

We are pleased to announce Windows Home Server Power Pack 2.  Power Pack 2 fixes known issues and adds new features to improve the Windows Home Server experience.  Enhancements include: Improvements to remote access configuration, enhanced functionality for computers running Windows Media Center, and content streaming support for Windows Media Center Extenders.  Power Pack 2…

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Windows Home Server Product Demonstration: From the archives

You have to love it when you find something that you forgot even existed!  Like finding an extra $20 in the pocket of a jacket you have not worn in a while.  Well that’s what happened when I was rummaging through the digital archive on our team’s Windows Home Server.  I discovered two videos that…

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CES 2009: Windows Home Server Update - Channel 10 (On10.net) video

Nic Fillingham tracked me down at CES to take a look at some of the new hardware that is being powered by Windows Home Server.  Along with a quick overview of some of the new software features that will be coming with the updated HP MediaSmart Servers, and a Lagotek powered home automation solution that integrates…

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Home-based Businesses

  Windows Home Server was designed for consumers and home-based businesses.  In our recent customer satisfaction survey conducted in North America and Europe, we discovered that 25% of the early purchasers of Windows Home Server are running a business out of their home. This led me to do a little digging into the home-based business…

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More news on HP's new home servers ...

A few more reviews on HP’s new MediaSmart Servers that you might be interested in reading, the first two are from Windows Home Server MVPS, Alex Kuretz and Donavon West. MediaSmartServer.net Review:  HP MediaSmart Server EX487 http://www.mediasmartserver.net/2008/12/28/review-hp-mediasmart-server-ex48   HomeServerHacks.com Hewlett Packard Announces Two New MediaSmart Servers http://www.homeserverhacks.com/2008/12/hewlett-packard-announces-two-new.html   BusinessWeek HP’s MediaSmart Server: Second Time’s the…

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Free Home Server ...

CrunchGear did a great write-up on Windows Home Server and the HP MediaSmart Server and is giving away the home server to one lucky person that comments on the blog post.  As I write this blog post, there are over 450 comments added to their post, the number isn’t what amazes me … it is…

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Home Server Checklist

I sometimes get asked the question:  “What is the difference between a home server and a network attached storage (NAS) device?”   First off, Microsoft is focused on the development of a feature rich and powerful home server software solution, where most NAS vendors are primarily hardware companies that throw in some software.   Secondly, I figured…

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Full-Text Search and Automatic Indexing

One of the cool features of Windows Home Server is that it automatically indexes the contents of all of the documents that you or other members of your family or home-based business store in the Shared Folders on the home server.  As a user, you can quickly search for documents from within your home using Windows…

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