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Hello All,

 

I'm kind of curious to see which Server OS the Home Server Community prefers :) Im running both WHS2011 and a Server2008 Machine (running HyperV) in my home. I originally was only running Server2008 as both file server/hyperv/media streaming box and finally took the plunge with an additional WHS2011 box a few months back.

 

I must say I'm a little disappointed with WHS2011 compared to WHS v1, not so much because of Drive Extender but due to a lot of little things like the lovely Launchpad popup. (Yes, I know that there is a way to disable it with a script but really it should be a WHS Connector setting not a script). But ranting aside I am wondering what everyone prefers to run in their own homes for their own production servers. Im in the processes of moving back to a dedicated Server2008 Machine on its own but wanted to hear everyone else's thoughts as to which they really perfer or depend on.

 

On a side note I do run a mixed network (Windows Mac and Linux all playing nicely together) which is in a way influencing me to go back to Server2008 as I've had some odd issues with access from my linux and Mac machines to my WHS2011 Box.

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Probably the biggest disappointment in WHS2011 relates to backup. It appears that WHS2011 will only backup 2 TB of data from all your clients, not 2 TB from each client. If you have more than a couple of clients this could be a major headache (somebody please correct me if this is incorrect).

 

For that reason, pcdoc and others are investigating the use of Acronis to do backups instead of the WHS2011 backup. If one uses Acronis, or some other backup utility, to do clients backups, then it begs the question "why use WHS2011 at all, why not simply go with Server 2008R2 and Acronis?".

 

Some people will say the streaming features still make it worth using WHS2011. I don't do streaming over the internet from my WHS2011 so this isn't a factor for me. Some may point out other features but I'm having trouble thinking of any at the moment.

 

About the only other 'plus' feature I can think of for WHS2011 is the price; $50 or so is a great price. Again, I don't need that because I use TechNet but it is about the cheapest price for a Windows Server that I can think of.

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Some people will say the streaming features still make it worth using WHS2011. I don't do streaming over the internet from my WHS2011 so this isn't a factor for me. Some may point out other features but I'm having trouble thinking of any at the moment.

 

I've been doing some testing with Tveristy on my Server2008 box which seems to handle DLNA quiet well compared to the built in DLNA of WHS2011. I'm also looking into Plex which, at least for Android devices, can handle local and away from the home streaming with a pretty decent media palyer for each device.

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One of the few advantages WHS/SBS gives you over Server 2008 is the Web Front End access. Unless, you feel like setting up all of that by yourself. I've recently built a new server with 2008R2 and I'm not sold on how to finish it. Right now the Hyper V role is installed which hosts a 2008 DC, 2008 Share Point Server, SBS Essentials, and a Win 7 Client.

 

My new ISP blocks Port 25 traffic so I will likely be staying with SBSE and using the Office 365 Add-In. Losing Port 25 really sucks.

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Due to the limited features of 2011 and the bugs, I have stayed away from it. I am using v1 and s2008r2.

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One of the few advantages WHS/SBS gives you over Server 2008 is the Web Front End access. Unless, you feel like setting up all of that by yourself. I've recently built a new server with 2008R2 and I'm not sold on how to finish it. Right now the Hyper V role is installed which hosts a 2008 DC, 2008 Share Point Server, SBS Essentials, and a Win 7 Client.

 

My new ISP blocks Port 25 traffic so I will likely be staying with SBSE and using the Office 365 Add-In. Losing Port 25 really sucks.

 

I never used the Web Access with v1 and I'm not with 2011 either. Like diehard I just RDP into my WHS boxes.

 

My ISP blocks outgoing port 25, but they offer an alternate (685 I think, I'd have to check to be sure). It allows me to use their server as an email forwarder.

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