The “Death” of Windows Home Server

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42 Responses

  1. gcoupe says:

    Why do people think that having MSDN or TechNet subscriptions gives them the right to use the software in production environments? Microsoft are quite clear on this – it's for testing and development use only.

    • Gunk says:

      Define production. As an IT-pro I consider using TechNet at home as testing. No SLA with wife and kids…

    • homeservershow says:

      MS is taking steps to keep TechNet from being abused but the inevitable fact remains that people will use it this way as long as they can get away with it. We don't advocate the use of TechNet in that manner. Granted, we did in the past. I'll be the first to admit that.
      I have TechNet and am expected to test the product and I will. That's what I wrote. It will not be painful for me to find out if I like it or not. That's it.

    • John Wills says:

      Production could have a multitude of meanings. As long as I do not sell the product keys I have or use them to install at a for profit location, I consider myself to within the spirit of the EULA.
      The four remote servers I support only go to enhance the trouble-shooting and bug fixing aspect of the equation.

    • Yeah you're right gcoupe

  2. Steve says:

    Use linux! I work in Windows support and know Windows much better than Linux, but for me a Ubuntu based home server works perfectly. It's only an Atom based mobo with 2GB ram but it does all sorts (CCTV, Asterisk phone system, Time Machine server, headphones, sickbeard, Couchpotatoe…….). Plus it's running Linux software RAID 5 so nice and safe………

  3. John Wills says:

    Microsoft has done exactly what we asked them to do. Simplify the SKU's, it just happened to be with our little darling.

  4. Joe Miner says:

    While a specific product line may be "dead" I don't see the future of a "Home Server" being dead — not by a long shot. As our digital "memories" (i.e. digital photo's, family videos, etc.) grow I see the need only growing to protect those digital memories and important family information. Some people, like me, will be unwilling to trust the "cloud" with confidential papers and/or tax information or little Tommy's first walk video.

    So we may be looking at "Essentials" but I'm seeing more mainstream potential to enhancing Win8Pro to give it Home Server functionality via add-in, apps, applications, what-ever.

    Additionally, hard drive manufactures would love to see growth in the Home Server/Home Storage market so there could be some interesting solutions out of that segment.

    Oh well, those are my thoughts………….

  5. Sevla says:

    Are we going to receive a thank you for Windows Media Center as well? Have a look at Microsoft MediaRoom and see what direction is Media Center taking. Dont take me wrong as i love Windows 7 and Windows Home Server 2011 but at the end we are nothing more then guinea pigs for Microsoft.

    Just my little rant…

  6. JamrD says:

    I think there will always be a need for a centralized home storage point as long as there are desktops. Some people will never trust the cloud to store all of there digital items.
    The need for centralized storage will change when we move to a centralized home computer controlling our homes and small clients and mobile devices as UI's.
    Windows already has something like this with their Multipoint server. Too bad it doesnt do Mediacenter or I would be all over that.

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  8. Darkside34 says:

    Time to switch to linux! Wait, I never used windows in my home….nevermind….

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