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    Cool Hardware for a home server?

    Am looking to setup a home server probably using Windows Home Server software. Would like about 2 TB min for a start but be able to expand easily as required. It appears that HP has dropped out of this market. Any suggestions?
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    Default Re: Hardware for a home server?

    My "Home Built" WHS - oh hell have a look at the attached Pic (via the remote desktop) and that hums along quite happy, never stalled it yet, and it gets a hammering.

    Simply build your Own, and buy the software.

    As for expanding the storage. You simply turn it off, attach another drive(s) even USB external - and add to the "pool".
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    Default Re: Hardware for a home server?

    I'm running Server 2008 on a P4 3.6GHz and Intel PERC board, 3GB of RAM.

    Storage:
    1 x 80GB = OS and Apps
    4 x 500GB for all my media

    All PC's have access to the shares via wired or wireless connections.

    I've had it running for about 2 years now, I originally had Server 2003 on there but then upgraded to 2008 to make things a little Windows 7 friendly which is what we are all running at home.

    You don't need an overly grunty machine. Anything under 3-4 years should be sweet and will do the job unless you're going to be running streaming over your network.

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    Default Re: Hardware for a home server?

    I used to run a server. Then I pwned off my networking hardware to buy newer PC stuff since the PC users in my family are so tech limited it wasn't worth it.

    No someone has got an iTouch and the blasted little rotten apple refuses to work unless I take wireless N back to 150mb/s. Wrecks havoc on HD media streaming.

    Anyway, wired or wireless? Wired it should be fine with a 100mbps NIC however for that added headroom (and if all/most of the other connected devices support it) you could get a Gigabit card.

    With wireless get a N compatible Router and NIC for nice smooth HD video streaming and fast file sharing however if its just file sharing 54mbps over the common G mode should be fine.

    Space is an easy solution should you need to expand.

    Processor does not have to be ultra quick. generally anything over 3GHz will suit most home user applications
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    Default Re: Hardware for a home server?

    Hey you guys great stuff but you troops are techos (and good on ya) but would like to get something off the shelf if could!
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    Default Re: Hardware for a home server?

    I'd hold off for a little bit, the next version of WHS is due out in the first 6 months of this year.

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    Default Re: Hardware for a home server?

    Quote Originally Posted by Alex B View Post
    I'd hold off for a little bit, the next version of WHS is due out in the first 6 months of this year.
    The only problem with that is it's going to be worse than the current version, because Microsoft has decided to remove drive extender from it. This means you can no longer just add another hard drive and extend the storage (see here http://www.zdnet.com/blog/hardware/m...-product/10543).

    So since the OP said this was something they wanted to do, I would suggest the current version is better.

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    Default Re: Hardware for a home server?

    I use an old Dell PC with nLited Windows XP Professional on it as my server

    256MB RAM, 1.something GHz, 750GB HDD attached to a PCI SATA controller.
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    Default Re: Hardware for a home server?

    I use an old pentium4 computer with XP home, no monitor controlled via teamviewer. I just setup a drive for backups and another for media and everything else talks to it when I need to access files, was going to install some server software but for home use decided it wasn't worth the cost since the old computer cost me nothing. I just reinstalled XP when I got it

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    Default Re: Hardware for a home server?

    I've just rebuilt my 5.5 TB WHS server as a W2k8 server with Hyper-V. I did it because of the WHSv2 (Vail) loosing the Drive extender and as when I built my system I put in 8GB of ram and an AMD 5000 Dual core CPU. But this is because I intended to virtualise a few machines.

    So with the rebuilt system I have WHSv1 as a VM with physical control of a 2x2tb drive and a 1.5. The W2k8 has a 1Tb drive for VMs - of which it also runs a Windows 7 a Windows 2003 server and a linux machine.

    I don't have desktop any more, just the virtualised Windows 7 which I access via a work laptop.
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