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When we first saw the Windows Home Server (WHS) at CES, I was thinking: this is exactly what a mobile computer user needs. My fear was that it might be too cumbersome for the average home user, but from what I’ve seen so far, simplicity seems […]

WhswebfoldersWhen we first saw the Windows Home Server (WHS) at CES, I was thinking: this is exactly what a mobile computer user needs. My fear was that it might be too cumbersome for the average home user, but from what I’ve seen so far, simplicity seems to be the common element. I got into the WHS beta a week ago, but I’m slowed down by yet another cold; luckily Colin Walker has gobs of screenshots and initial observations while I’m on the mend.

Setup and configuration appears to be a no-brainer right out of the box: "Part of the brilliance of the WHS idea is that, not only can you access your data from any PC within your home, but also that you can access your data AND home computers from over the web. IIS is already configured on install with the WHS web interface available on port 80."

WHS promises remote desktop control, access to all of your home documents, pictures and videos, plus automatic backups of the PCs on your network. Sounds good to me!

  1. Tablet PC User Monday, February 26, 2007

    I’m beta testing now myself! Once it is running, it is VERY easy to use and very stable! I’m seeing that this could be simple enough for even my mum to use!

    Home Server blog is at:

    http://blogs.technet.com/homeserver/

  2. Yes there are some niggles, but this is such a good and fully featured product at such an early stage in the beta cycle. I’m very impressed so far.

    Just posted some more on using backups.

  3. I’m also doing a Beta test, and despite using some pretty ancient hardware, the whole thing was easy to install and does “exactly what it says on the tin”. Very stable and pretty quick even on my setup.

    This is shaping up to be a really useful piece of software, assuming Microsoft can resist the temptation to overprice it.

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