Right now, I think it is.
What I would like to do with WHS:
I have a small home based business. It would be nice to have a central spot to share the files that we work with on a regular basis. Files are not huge, usually 200k and less, some a few megs, and on some occasions, multimeg PSD files. Total volume for this is well under 200 gigs. These would be accessed from 3 or 4 workstations, and maybe up to 2 laptops. I plan to just map a network drive on the workstation to this share. Since these are mission critical for business, robust protection is a must. Remote access to these files would be nice, but not a deal breaker.
Does this fall under intended WHS use?
Since this is at home, that means we have the typical home users as well. This is basically 4 laptops and that's it. I would like to set these up to back up to WHS. Not the entire system, just user created files.
I know WHS is a decent platform for back ups such as this.
Being able to serve up music and movies to either the laptops or maybe an Apple TV or other media player is a priority. I have a significant amount of music and video that I would like to store on it.
Does WHS work as an iTunes server? If so, how does iTunes server work? Do I create one large library and set all local versions of iTunes to point to it? I am not at all familiar with iTunes and network usage.
My proposed set up:
I haven't done any detailed research yet, but have a general idea. A fairly typical Intel CPU, consumer mobo, ram, etc. For storage I am a bit more specific. I would like to put in a total of 3 drives, 2tb each, in a RAID 5 configuration, for approx. 4tb of protected storage. This should be plenty (yeah, we all say plenty, for now....) of storage for business use, personal back ups, and media as well. I plan to also to a regular backup of the business files and some others onto an external HDD and store it off site, in case of physical disaster; fire, quake, zombie attack, etc.
Does this sound like a prescription for WHS? I have used Server 2K for the same sort of business set up before, but really like the WHS take on things for making personal back ups as well as media streaming.
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