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Seems to have slipped through the cracks, but the screen shots of Vail keep saying "Windows Server" NOT "Windows Home Server". It seemed logical to drop the "Home" to appeal to a broader market (and make the product sound more 'professional').

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Paul Turtle
(Sydney, Australia)

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I am a big Small Business Server advocate and user. I see where Redmond is going with this especially since they dropped the high end Essentials Business Server a few weeks back. This could now lend itself for a SOHO unit, but you would still be lacking the Exchange and Share Point Features.

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I guess you could do it all individually but as with WHS, SBS creates the Dashboard (where have we heard that??) publishes the site and creates a remote access application as it does with Exchange.

I still think there is a way to have more than one WHS site inside your home. If my thinking is correct, you would leave Box #1 alone, turn it off while you configure Box #2. Set it up like you only had one box.

Manually configure port forwarding on the router and create a reservation for box #2. There is where it gets tricky. You will need to enter IIS and alter the port for the second site to use a secondary internal IP Address.

Example: Box #1 192.168.1.10 http://myhomeserver.homeserver.com (business as usual)
Box #2 192.168.1.20 http://myvailserver.homeserver.com:8080

You would port forward the 8080 port to internal IP Address of x.x.x.20 A change in the IIS settings may not be necessary...I am in a situation (Iraq) where I just cannot test this to be sure.

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I have been able to get my 2 servers running with the connector software installed for each (WHS V1 and Vail).

Timothy Daleo from UWHS and myself are looking into running both Remote Access sessions at the same time. I'll be mentioning this on a future podcast. So if any one here has some input, please let me know of your experience and I'll share it on the podcast or Tim can make a video.

Simple is always nice. I'm thinking along the lines as jmwills. http://myserver.homeserver.com for your main server and http://myserver.homeserver.com:8080 for the secondary then manually do the port fowarding on the router and set static IP address for each server.

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If anyone can pull it off you can. Be looking forward to the upcoming posts.

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Good to know my reasoning is somewhat sound. I think the concept is solid; maybe a pain in the rear but doable.

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Diehard, are you saying you installed the connector software for both serviers on one client. Thus you are backing it up to both servers?

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