Why Windows Home Server Will Be a Hit

by Preston Gralla

Microsoft's upcoming Windows Home Server will most likely be a runaway success -- it solves a problem that tens of milllions of households have. Statistics Microsoft cites on the Home Server blog back that up --- and the numbers are even bigger than I imagined.

5 Comments

Jeremy Jones
2007-02-07 09:50:41
When I read the subject of this post, I thought, "Surely you're not serious. And if you are serious, I'm certain I'll disagree." But I found neither to be the case. You're serious. And I don't disagree. As I started reading, I began thinking, "why would anyone setup a Windows Home Server for backup when they could just setup a Linux box and install Bacula (which has a Windows client, BTW)." Then I thought about my mom, dad, wife, sister, and neighbor and tried to imagine them setting up Bacula. It made me agree that Windows Home Server is going to be a better alternative for most users. And if MS does push its backup capabilities, then it may well be a hit.
Graeme Williams
2007-02-09 12:52:58
Well, I'd buy a Windows server in a heart-beat, as long as it's not tied to a specific vendor's hardware. A succession of bad experiences with HP customer service has left me unable to stomach another HP box.


My experience trying to get my iMac and my PC to play together, particularly with printer sharing, is that although it might be technical possible, and I might be able to do it, it's not worth the bother.


I'm pretty sure I have all my digital photos backed up, so I don't actually need a backup solution, but I'd like to have a home server just as a file store (and I may end up buying an NAS appliance anyway).


What would make my heart swoon is if the home server also supported a VPN for remote access.

Don
2007-03-22 09:51:34
Just another couple hundred bucks to spend on something that is so simple. Why not just spend the over inflated price, that you know Home Server will be, on an external backup drive (That includes all the software you need,err maybe). Anyway I fell that Home will be another thing attackers will start targeting and Microsoft will then issue some wonderous servise pack that causes more problems that fixes. Granted I have not read much on the Home Server just going by past results from The Mic.
Ott
2007-09-09 14:04:51
Everything... absolutely everything MS has even written has been hacked so... what backs up Home Server for the time when (not if) the system is compromised?


From what I've seen with all the other Windows products, this will be one more expensive control-alternate-delete offering from a company that appears to specialize in damage control... sadly, only their own...

Ott
2007-09-09 14:04:55
Everything... absolutely everything MS has even written has been hacked so... what backs up Home Server for the time when (not if) the system is compromised?


From what I've seen with all the other Windows products, this will be one more expensive control-alternate-delete offering from a company that appears to specialize in damage control... sadly, only their own...