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Windows 7: What do you suggest: Windows Home Server 2011 vs. Windows Server 2008


24 Feb 2012   #1

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What do you suggest: Windows Home Server 2011 vs. Windows Server 2008

I have a file server at home with a Quad core, 4gb ram, and a 3tb of storage. It is running Ubuntu Desktop and sharing video files primarily. From my school I have access to a free copy of Windows Server 2008 R2. Other than the server I have 2 Windows 7 desktops, 1 Windows 7 laptop and 1 Windows Vista laptop.

I am interested in moving to a Windows setup as I am done with the “Ubuntu” experiment. WHS looks like what I need, but I have a free copy of WS 2008 and I would miss the $50 for WHS. My goals can be described best as:

Need to Haves:
• File/media server (local network)
• Dedicated game server for various games for friends.
• Print server

Nice to Haves:
• Music/Video Streaming over the internet
• Automatic backup server
• File server over the internet
• Ability to manager other PC’s from the server

My ability as an admin:
• No experience
• Willing to learn and put forth initial effort to get setup
• Don’t have time to really spend more than 1 day moving from Ubuntu to the new setup.
• Don’t want to be stuck constantly screwing with things to get it right or keep it running.

What is going to be best option for my situation?


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