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The larger the firm (or data), the more is needed to support the SQL environment. I am not a server certified person but something tells me I would be cautious using a Home server in my business environment.
Having said that in the install instructions above, there is no requirement to install the SQL Express and Management tools on a workstation. SQL Express is the database engine that runs SQL. The workstation is just accessing the SQL database.
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However, from the online specs, the HP unit has a max of one Intel Pentium processor and a max of 2 GB RAM, even though it can go to huge storage capacity. For the future, I am concerned with investing now in older technology - it also only supports Windows Vista and XP pro, but Windows 7 is just around the corner. Finally, the HP unit cannot do any RAID capability, it will only do file duplication. The HP seems to be an advanced form of NAS rather than a server per se. It is a viable alternative, but I would like to look at something more robust that I will not have to upgrade in a year or so.
I just had to chime in on this one as I have used Windows Home Server (WHS) since before its public release including building my own server for home use. While Nick is right about Windows XP Home he misses by a mile when lumps Windows Home Server (WHS) into the same category.
Windows Home Server is Windows Server. Sure some of the bells and whistles are missing but an office with 10 or fewer users really does not need Active Directory. Also you gain much more. For example:
· Centralized Backup - Allows backup of up to 10 PCs, using Single Instance Store technology to avoid multiple copies of the same file, even if that file exists on multiple PCs.
· Health Monitoring - Can centrally track the health of all PCs on the network, including antivirus and firewall status.
· File Sharing - Offers network shares for computers to store the files remotely, acting as a network-attached storage device. Separate categories are provided for common file types like Documents, Music, Pictures and Videos. The files are indexed for fast searching.
· Printer Sharing - Allows a centralized print server to handle print jobs for all users.
· Headless Operation - No monitor or keyboard is required to manage the device. Remote administration is performed by using the Windows Home Server Console client software provided in the bundle. Also supports Remote Desktop connections to the server while connected to the same LAN.
· Remote Access Gateway - Allows secure (SSL) remote access to any connected PC on the network over the Internet. Also provides easy web access to files stored on the server
· Data Redundancy - Guards against a single drive failure by duplicating selected data across multiple drives.
· Expandable Storage - Provides a unified single and easily expandable storage space, removing the need for drive letters.
· Server Backup - Backs up files which are stored within shared folders on the server to an external hard drive.
· Web Server – IIS is included so you have a web server to set up an office intranet as well as hosting internet sites.
All of this out-of-the box, with no extra cost. Because it is Windows Server 2003, however, applications designed for that environment also run under WHS. On my home machine I have installed SharePoint server, Windows Virtual Server and SQL Server and use Smartermail email server and webmail access. All were free to install. While I had to pay for my antivirus and disk defragmentation software, I was able to buy WHS licenses that cover the server and the clients, paying little more than the cost of a single license.
There is quite a debate going on over which is better, RAID or the drive extender technology included with WHS. (Drive extender gives you multi-disk redundancy so that if any given disk fails, data is not lost. Also you can add any type of hard disk drive (Serial ATA, USB, FireWire etc.) to the storage pool without having to worry about drive letters, as to the user its all the same drive. ) But it really does not matter. While RAID is not supported it is being used on WHS without problems. But better yet do I what I do. My WHS syncs all my important stuff to an external hard drive every five minutes. If my server goes down for any reason I can simply disconnect the drive from the server and plug it into any computer and have access to all my files.
For those who think the MediaSmart server used by Richard is insufficient there is an easy solution. For around $100.00 you can buy the WHS software and install it on any machine you want to. The requirement to run WHS and TM10 are such that you could easily turn your old desktop into a server and get a new machine for yourself. Not good enough then buy a “real” server and simply install the software. Or be creative. Because servers run 24/7 I wanted one that used less energy so I bought a Shuttle barebones with a convection cooling system the uses less energy and is quiet! I added a low voltage AMD processer and two WD green hard drives. I now have and have a clean mean server machine with Gigabit Ethernet, and which can support up to 4 SATA drives (2 internal & 2external eSATA) as well as the ability to add more storage using the 6 USB ports and two firewire ports. It also has RAID but I don’t use it.
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We might have to disagree on this point as I believe WHS does fall pretty close to XP Home.
I also never stated that it was not a server.
I am aware of most of the abilities of WHS as well as the limitations.
The main points I was trying to make are....
1. As of yet TimeMatters is not supported on WHS
2. In my opinion they would be happier with SBS
3. Getting a professional to set it all up can provide equipment discounts and ensure that your equipment is best for you and configured correctly.
And just to clarify on a few things
While DriveExtender does give you multi-disk redundancy so if a drive fails data is not lost. Raid does the same thing.
In addition to Timematters, RAID and SQL server are not supported on WHS.
All said and done I think point 3 rings the loudest.
Going to someone who is a professional to help figure out what options are best for your specific situation will save you time, money and headaches.