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Windows 7: Server Software

04 Jul 2013   #1

win 7 X64 Ultimate SP1
 
 
Server Software

If I was going to build me a home server, what MS server software would I want to use?


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05 Jul 2013   #2

Win7 Pro 32-bit, Win8 Pro 32-bit
 
 

Since MS has killed off Windows Home Server, you should read through the linked article to see what to buy now: Windows Server 2012 Essentials: The Home Server Replacement | Windows Server content from Paul Thurrott's SuperSite for Windows
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05 Jul 2013   #3

win 7 X64 Ultimate SP1
 
 
Okey Doke

I'm downloading a copy now.
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06 Jul 2013   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

For a home server, often even the client editions will do perfectly fine, XP or 7 can serve well in a home environment. Windows Home Server is a good dedicated option. A dedicated Windows 2008/2012 seems too much for me, but of course it's possible and a nice way to learn it.
What task will that server have?
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06 Jul 2013   #5

win 7 X64 Ultimate SP1
 
 
Usage

Pretty simple. Just a Hub for my home computers.
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06 Jul 2013   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I see, then to begin with, I would just go for Windows 7 if things are simple, I don't think that a home can make much use of any extra features of the server-exclusive features (and better alternatives are free anyway). If it proves insufficient you can always upgrade latter.
I would go with at least the professional edition, only to have Terminal Server available so you can manage it remotely from the other computers, but if that's not necessary, even the home editions can work ok.
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06 Jul 2013   #7

win 7 X64 Ultimate SP1
 
 
Agree

I am tending to agree.
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07 Jul 2013   #8

 

I've just replaced my old home server, as I only use it for sharing etc I opted for Windows 8 on a homegroup rather than WHS2011 or Server essentials and it turned out to be a great move and did everything I needed for a fraction of the cost.
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07 Jul 2013   #9

win 7 X64 Ultimate SP1
 
 
Overkill

You people have convinced me a server for my use is overkill.

Thank You
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07 Jul 2013   #10

Win 7 Pro 64-bit 7601
 
 

Well, there are plenty of guides to turn oldish PCs into decent home servers running some kind of linux. (In case you don't want to pay a cent)

This for example is a simple NAS and a media streamer to other devices in the house.

This is another.
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