This is the first of a multiple part review of Microsoft’s Windows Home Server (WHS). A big thank you to my friend John Obeto from Absolutely Windows who provided the copy of WHS.
A quick intro before getting started:
I am an avowed LINUX server guy. I have multiple LINUX servers in the basement and use a LINUX-based NAS box. However, all of my desktop machines run Windows and so the opportunity to try WHS was compelling. In the review, I will compare WHS to LINUX alternatives including an integrated Netgear NAS box.
Before we get started, let me share my system configuration:
- Server: DL380 G3
- Dual Xeon 2.8GHz
- 4 GB RAM
- 6x36GB SCSI HD in a RAID 5 configuration
- Base OS: VMWare ESX 3.5
- WHS is based on Windows 2003 Server which is qualified with ESX. However, it does not appear that the WHS flavor of Win2003 has been qualified.