Let me see a show of hands: How many people are aware that Microsoft released a new operating system since Vista already? Now, let me see another show of hands: How many of you all actually raised your hands?
Ha, so seriously, yes, you guess it, Microsoft released a cousin to its stable Server 2003/XP release called Windows Home Server. I like it – no version number, no corny letters, just the OS name. Now, it is almost identical to Windows Server 2003, however with that being said it is not anything to be scared of. Most home users would not put “Server OS” and “User-friendy” in the same sentence, or they would at least expect a steep learning curve, but this my friends is actually a concern you can put to rest. Windows Home Server might technically be based on Server 2003, but it includes a completely new administration console and makes server management and knowledge almost irrelevant. Now, to be fair, yes I am a computer geek, so you might say of course I would know how to set it up, but that is just my point – there is no “setting it up” to do. All the normal steps that IT Administrators have to do behind the scenes in the OS to get basic sharing and website functionality up and running, is all done for you. You click a few radio buttons, and type in your desired usernames and passwords, and voila! You are up and running.
So, what makes Windows Home Server so unique and fresh, but at the same time the most user-friendly server OS in existence? Well, let’s go over some of the features in a nutshell, and I will even include pretty pictures!
[UNFINISHED] – Sorry, I lost all the screenshots and stuff I took along the way when I lost one of my backup drives on my laptop, and just did not have the strength/energy to redo it all. Bummer!