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Goodbye to Windows 10 as a Homeserver


Al_Borges
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Well,  I've stopped using Windows 10 Home as my home server

 

been using W8/W10  as a replacement for WHS2.0  for several years now

 

but the constant upgrade cycle seems to break something every couple of weeks or so.

 

The "windows as  service"  model is kinda broken -  to make things worse you get nagged to change default apps  with every major update. 

 

at this point in my home computing infrastructure -   I want an appliance -  not a hobby. 

 

prior to last years anniversary update, I only had to login to administer the darn thing every month or so. 

 

I think you have more options for configuring a  Windows 10 Pro install so that may still be viable option for many.

 

 

Replaced it with a QNAP TS451 and so far very happy with it. 

 

Went with QNAP based on the comments in this forum and checking it out at several Homeserver show meetups over the last few years 

So it pays to read the occasional post on various topics -  you may end up needing the info at some future date. 

 

What I will miss is Drivepool/DriveScanner -       Stablebits  -  please come out with a FreeNas/Unraid/Open media vault   version of your software !!!

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could have done that,  even considered upgrading to w10 pro

 

but i wanted to redirect the time and expense of this change  towards a different direction

 

was able to give the old machine to an elderly nieghbor, who wad still running a XP core2 dell box

 

so win win all around

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cool. I think the seesaw of nas vs home server may be tilting somewhat toward nas around here anyway.

having said that I am happy with my new t20 based server 2016 box :)
but I listen carefully every time someone talks about what they were able to do with their NAS

enjoy!

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I migrated off WHS2011, Storage is on a Drobo 5N and VM's are on a HP ML110G6 running HyperV. Splitting up storage and VM's has cut down my admin/support time.

With no affordable replacement for WHS2011, it is difficult to justify the cost of Server 2016 for home use. Linux variants continue to evolve, ClearOS looks interesting. 

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whs2011 still has a reasonable lifetime left, and less cranky than 2012r2.

however I find 2016 essentials to be nicely refined and reliable. 

(courtesy of dreamspark)

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whs2011 still has a reasonable lifetime left, and less cranky than 2012r2.

however I find 2016 essentials to be nicely refined and reliable. 

(courtesy of dreamspark)

Dreamspark, now called Microsoft Imagine, is for students and educators to have access to software and tools for training and development, not for production use.

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I am constantly training myself. production is for companies. although much of my training can be done with the 90 or 180 day eval disks, sometimes you need something stable underneath. some of the older technet images won't update themselves without activation, and I have been known to spin up 3 different vms in a day for various activities and I prefer they use up-to-date os.

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