Evaluate Windows Home Server 2011 Online but don’t expect a trial download

The Windows Home Server Team blog has just announced an online evaluation of Windows Home Server 2011 in lieu of a trial download.  The “try before you buy” experience is at a temporary launch site here: http://online.holsystems.com/portals/sbs/whs/

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It’s not the flashiest of websites I’ve ever seen but they did note it’s temporary.  Some of the experiences you will be able to test are:

  • Adding a user
  • Using the client Launchpad
  • Managing PCs to ensure its health and security
  • Protecting the server and PC’s data
  • Adding server storage capacity
  • Using Remote Web Access

Make sure you use Internet Explorer as I first tried it with Firefox and came up empty.

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The link will open a security warning seen above.

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Yet another warning may pop up but once your past this the session will start.

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An evaluation guide will also pop up with the remote session.  Don’t close it!  You will need the password contained within in order to login to the server.

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You will have access to a client as well as the server.  It was a bit confusing at first since Belinda’s PC is what popped up on my screen first.

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Clicking Windows Home Server 2011 on the right brings up the server screen.

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What do you think?  Yeah, me too.  I want the trial download!  It is nice to be able to click around and not just see a bunch of static screens though.

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