windows home server

  • Windows Home Server Is Dead, Long Live Windows Home Server?

    Windows Home Server is easily one of the best products to ever come out of Redmond. It brings most of the functionality of a full-fledged server without any of the hassle. OEMs like HP and Acer quickly jumped on the platform a few years ago and outed fantastic products lines centered around WHS that allowed nearly any consumer to set up a comprehensive back-up solution, media vault, and… Read More

  • Windows Home Server Is Dead, Long Live Windows Home Server?

    Windows Home Server is easily one of the best products to ever come out of Redmond. It brings most of the functionality of a full-fledged server without any of the hassle. OEMs like HP and Acer quickly jumped on the platform a few years ago and outed fantastic products lines centered around WHS that allowed nearly any consumer to set up a comprehensive back-up solution, media vault, and… Read More

  • The HP StorageWorks X310 LED easter egg

    Oh you’re so silly, HP. Why would you hide a clever function for the front-panel LEDs on the HP StorageWorks X310 Windows Home Server? I mean, who wouldn’t want their status LEDs to chase like KITT’s grill lights or strobe Christmas lights-style? This should be a standard option, not hidden by a keyboard command. Anyway, click through for a quick video demo and instructions… Read More

  • Help Key: Install iTunes 9 on Windows Home Server

    It wasn’t the LP albums or redesigned look that got me excited when Apple announced iTunes 9. Nope, it was the function called Home Sharing that touted the ability to share and copy media over a LAN easily. Sure, you could always drop all your music files into a centralized network share and rock out that way, but while that method works, it’s not elegant or easy for others to… Read More

  • 13 reasons why you should have a Windows Home Server

    I will continue to preach the benefits of Windows Home Server until everyone is using it. I promise. With that said, The Windows Home Server Blog has an excellent top 10 reasons why you should use WHS. The list is simple, to the point, but not totally complete. I would like to add a few of my own if that’s okay. Read More

  • Review: Acer easyStore H340

    Windows Home Servers are dropping in price and the Acer easyStore H340 is leading the charge; I like that. This server doesn’t offer a lot of extras like the HP MediaSmart line, but it’s amazingly low price outweighs everything else. Read More

  • CrunchDeals: HP LX195 for $375 with a free 1TB external HDD

    The only beef I have with the HP LX195 is the price for the amount of storage. Newegg must have heard my cries as the retailer is now throwing in an Western Digital My Book Essential 1TB USB external hard drive. That means, you can get 1.67 TB of storage in a Windows Home Server for only $375. Now that’s a deal, but you better hurry as it ends on 6/25/09. Don’t forget that we… Read More

  • Review and Giveaway: HP LX195 MediaSmart Home Server

    Short Version: The LX195 is great back-up solution for both PCs and Macs. It’s a tad overpriced and lacks expandability, but is still a solid Windows Home Server. Oh, and there’s a contest. Read More

  • Windows Home Server + Humidor = Home Servidor

    Who doesn’t want a working cigar humidor that also has a Windows Home Server with 2TB of storage? No one. Mainly because everyone’s smoking room also doubles as their server room. After all, cigar smoke and computers are meant to hang in the same crowd. Read More

  • First look: Acer easyStore H340

    We just took delivery of Acer’s first Windows Home Server, the Acer easyStore H340. So far, so good. The machine is heavy and well made. It feels just as good as HP’s EX series. I am thinking that HP’s might have better cooling with a Mac Pro-type front, but we’ll run some tests and see if temperature is even an issue with the Acer. Hopefully this machine preforms as… Read More

  • Acer enters the Windows Home Server market, HP should notice

    HP had the Windows Home Server market all to itself until recently. First it was CyberPower, now Acer has entered the market with a small footprint WHS. The Acer Aspire easyStore AH340-UA230N might be the best deal out of all of them though. Read More

  • How to install PlayOn (and WMP11) on Windows Home Server

    PlayOn is good piece of software but it also requires Windows Media Player 11 to install. This is a problem on Windows Home Server as I just discovered while reviewing a Moxi HD DVR review. However, it can be installed as one intrepid commenter pointed out. Side note: See, this is what I’m ranting about. I get a Moxi HD DVR, but to use it properly, I need to follow a wiki entry step-by-step. Read More

  • DIY: Convert a NAS into a Windows Home Server

    Windows Home Servers are great. Really, they are. I have been running a box that I built myself out of an old AMD Athlon XP 1900+ for almost a year and half now with zero complaints. It seems a guy on Microsoft’s forum site has managed to convert his Thecus N5200 NAS into a WHS. This hack isn’t super easy, but if you have a NAS laying around and don’t want to drop the cake on… Read More

  • Microsoft pushing out Power Pack 2 for Windows Home Server tomorrow

    Microsoft is getting set to release Power Pack 2 for Windows Home Server tomorrow and it looks to be a pretty decent update. Some of the improvements coming with PP2 include beefed up functionality for Windows Media Center, improved remote access configuration, and streaming support for Windows Media Center Extenders. Read More

  • CyberPower gets into the Windows Home Server game

    Windows Home Server is a solid piece of software and it’s great seeing more companies embrace the operating system. CyberPower is the latest to get into the market with the Windows Home Server 100. An Intel Atom 330 1.6Ghz is at the core running on a MB with video out (something the HP MediaSmart does not have and is handy to have), 2GB of RAM, and Gigabit Ethernet. Sadly, there is only… Read More

  • HP's new MediaSmart NAS lets Apple in on the party

    We just reviewed and gave away one of these things, and now they’re dropping a new one! Well, that’s the business we’re in. The new HP MediaSmart server works with both Windows and OS X, so if you’re on a mac and don’t want to pay a premium for a brushed-aluminum NAS, this may be your lucky day. Read More

  • CrunchDeals: HP MediaSmart home server for $299

    Waiting to pull the trigger on a home server? OfficeMax has the HP MediaSmart for $299, which is a pretty enticing deal. The machine itself is outfitted with a 64-bit AMD Sempron CPU, 512MB of RAM, 500GB 7200rpm hard drive (with three available expansion drive bays for adding extra hard drives), and the Windows Home Server operating system. This deal is available online only and lasts… Read More

  • PSA: Power Pack 1 now available for Windows Home Server, should resolve data corruption snafu


    Hip hip hooray! Power Pack 1 is ready for download and the most notable feature is support for Windows machines running Vista x64. Otherwise, the service pack should resolve all data corruption issues that WHS was plagued with at launch. Download it here. Read More

  • HP MediaSmart Server available for pre-order

    Ah Windows Home Server. I’m interested to see how it fares. I am of the opinion that marketing a $500+ home networking storage device to casual consumers is an odd choice. I could be wrong, though. I guess we’ll soon find out. HP’s MediaSmart Server is now available for pre-order on major retailing websites like Amazon.com, BestBuy.com, CompUSA.com, and the like. There’s… Read More

  • Windows Home Server Starts Shipping September 15th?

    Hewlett Packard’s MediaSmart Home Server, pictured here, made a brief blip on the internet radar recently when it showed up and quickly disappeared from various online stores (it’s still up on Amazon, however). It’ll apparently be available to ship on September 15th and there will be two models available, a 500GB version for $599 and a 1TB version for $749. Each will have an… Read More