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WHS2011 vs 2008 R2

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KrisseZ

As some of you may know, I am almost and completely unknown to the WHS series. So instead of reading all

the brochure crap, I would like to hear from you guys, who have actually used the products, why would

one want WHS2011 instead of 2008 R2 if we don't take the price into account?

 

Please! enlighten me.

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jmwills

Instead of doing a data dump, what do you need the server to do? I think your question can be better answered that way.

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KrisseZ

Hmm... about everything? :D

 

Tasks for my server:

Web access

Web sites

SFTP server

DLNA server

SMB / CIFS shares

AFP shares would be nice

Mumble server

remote torrent

Possible game server

Backups

Mail server for the RR 2680

 

Short list that came into mind.

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jmwills

Server 2008R2 can not perform clients or easily create a web portal for external access to internal resources, WHS can.

 

WHS has a limitation of 10 connected clients, no restrictions on Server 2008R2. No Domain capabilities in WHS.

 

File Sharing is pretty much the same and I can't remember if WHS can do DFS, but I think so. So in short, it really depends on what you need. WHS is an OOB solution, ready to go.

 

Tasks for my server:

Web access - yes for WHS

Web sites - yes for WHS

SFTP server - yes for both

DLNA server - add in released this week, see the podcast notes

SMB / CIFS shares - yes

AFP shares would be nice

Mumble server -?

remote torrent - yes for WHS

Possible game server - yes but why

Backups - yes for WHS

Mail server for the RR 2680 - if you mean alerts from the card then yes for both

 

I mean, you can do almost anything with enough registry hacks but how stable is the system. Sounds to me like you need to be running virtual servers to get the best of both worlds.

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KrisseZ

Well my original desire was an ESXi server with FreeNAS 8 for ZFS storage and iSCSI and 2008 R2 for everything else, but hardware that is able to do I/O pass trough in ESXi is a little scarce.

 

Hmm. It sounds like WHS might be a product to take a look at. Or maybe Server 8 home edition if one comes. Web Access is an important thing

for me and if it's hard to come by with 2008 R2 then I might have to reconsider my position.

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ikon

Remember, WHS2011 is based on Server 2008 R2; it just has more capabilities in some areas (and a few less in other areas).

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KrisseZ

That makes a fair argument and the pricing is WAY different. I think I saw an OEM WHS2011 with just 59€ which is a bargain.

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ikon

That makes a fair argument and the pricing is WAY different. I think I saw an OEM WHS2011 with just 59€ which is a bargain.

 

Also remember, 8GB RAM max, 1 CPU, and 10 client computers.

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coxhaus

I had not been running WHS long but I am tired of Domain management. I only now have a few users at home and the security and domain hurdles to set up small tasks are too much. WHS 2011 installs just the same as 2008 R2 and seems to support the same hardware. If you are looking for a one server solution without virtuals that will run on low resource hardware then WHS 2011 is it.

 

I am not sure about email as I run exchange on Server 2003. The future seems to be the cloud for email so I am phasing out my 10 year old email server and will turn it off soon.

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KrisseZ

Just as a point, you don't have to use 2008 R2 as a domain controller. It works just fine with normal workgroups.

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