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Hi everyone. I'm new here, and looking for some advice. I'm going to replace my current home server (i5 650 4GB HP Elite 8100 deskop running WHS2011) that I am using for basic file storage and run a few apps on (Minecraft server, Karen's replicator).

 

I have Windows Server 2012 Essentials or Standard available to me (Dreamspark Student) and have a couple of different machines I can use. I have a AMD FX 6300 and a Intel i7 920 available. Ram I have, drives I have. My question is power consumption and ease of use. I'm not afraid of going to Domain with Server 2012. It will be a learning curve but I'll get over that, as I feel it will be a better experience down the road. I'm just wondering what kind of suggestions anyone can make. I know the Intel is 130W processor, but that's under full load, and would probably be a more capable choice. This is a home setup, and will probably spend most of its 365 a year just idling.

 

Do I stay with WHSv2 or make the jump, and whats my best bet to run it on.

 

Thanks for any advice.

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Hi everyone. I'm new here, and looking for some advice. I'm going to replace my current home server (i5 650 4GB HP Elite 8100 deskop running WHS2011) that I am using for basic file storage and run a few apps on (Minecraft server, Karen's replicator).

 

I have Windows Server 2012 Essentials or Standard available to me (Dreamspark Student) and have a couple of different machines I can use. I have a AMD FX 6300 and a Intel i7 920 available. Ram I have, drives I have. My question is power consumption and ease of use. I'm not afraid of going to Domain with Server 2012. It will be a learning curve but I'll get over that, as I feel it will be a better experience down the road. I'm just wondering what kind of suggestions anyone can make. I know the Intel is 130W processor, but that's under full load, and would probably be a more capable choice. This is a home setup, and will probably spend most of its 365 a year just idling.

 

Do I stay with WHSv2 or make the jump, and whats my best bet to run it on.

 

Thanks for any advice.

 

Welcome to the Forums.  When you get a chance please introduce yourself http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/topic/344-welcome-to-homeservershowcom-forums-introduce-yourself-here/page-29#entry121430

 

A lot depends on your personal preferences and objectives.

 

I've chosen to stick with WHS2011 but have moved from the N54L to the i7-930 platform (see my Sig below).  With the RAM maxed out -- Moving to the i7-930 was almost a religious experience in the huge jump in responsiveness/performance for me.  With StableBit Drivepool & Scanner and Crashplan it has been very stable and has met my needs for now.  When possible I want to do the Full-FoShay.  http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=The%20Full%20Fo-Shay  I do experiment with WS2012R2 and WS2012R2E on different machines/platforms to teach myself about them but for now, for my production home server, I'm sticking to my WHS2011 on my i7-930.  Running a X58 with a 930 is a power hog compared to more modern boards and CPU's but the sunk costs in my x58 make it the better choice for now for me.  For production I tend to favor high reliability and ease of use (high WAF - Wife Acceptance Factor).

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I for one miss my 2011 setup when I have to do a BMR. on 2011 it was a 20-30 minute operation, with 2012r2 it takes like 6 hours (240 gig c: only and a SSD to boot)

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I for one miss my 2011 setup when I have to do a BMR. on 2011 it was a 20-30 minute operation, with 2012r2 it takes like 6 hours (240 gig c: only and a SSD to boot)

 

 

That's .... odd.  For me, restores have been quicker than WHS2011/SBS2011E. 

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