Replacement for Windows Home Server

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Replacement for Windows Home Server

Postby Charles L. Cotton » Tue Jan 17, 2017 2:36 pm

I have been running Windows Home Server SP2 for several years. It's running on an old HP Pentium 2.4 GHz desktop computer. It's my understanding that Microsoft no longer offers Home Server and I want to plan for the day when my current system is no longer workable. It's currently used to backup all of our computers and to host some larger common files such as images. However, I also have a DropBox account that has even more files than the Home Server.

What is the standard for this application in a home environment, now that Home Server isn't available? I'm going to load Ubuntu onto an old HP laptop that is currently unusable and it will be used solely to run Skype for podcast interviews. I know Ubuntu also has server software, but since I don't know squat about Linux, I'm very reluctant to go that route.

Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated.
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Re: Replacement for Windows Home Server

Postby mojo84 » Tue Jan 17, 2017 2:44 pm

A lot off people are going to a NAS system. I think that is what I am about to do for my home and business data storage needs.

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Re: Replacement for Windows Home Server

Postby bblhd672 » Tue Jan 17, 2017 2:52 pm

Windows 10 Enterprise with NAS storage system attached.
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Re: Replacement for Windows Home Server

Postby TexasJohnBoy » Tue Jan 17, 2017 2:54 pm

I use a Western Digital MyCloud at home. There are software packages out there that can turn an old computer into a NAS though, like FreeNAS. But thy may require a bit of technical expertise. I haven't used FreeNAS in some time, but it was good when I did use it.
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Re: Replacement for Windows Home Server

Postby canvasbck » Tue Jan 17, 2017 2:56 pm

OK, I'll be the first to say it.....

Contact Hillary, she's an expert at home servers. :biggrinjester:
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Re: Replacement for Windows Home Server

Postby Jose_in_Dallas » Tue Jan 17, 2017 3:04 pm

TexasJohnBoy wrote:I use a Western Digital MyCloud at home. There are software packages out there that can turn an old computer into a NAS though, like FreeNAS. But thy may require a bit of technical expertise. I haven't used FreeNAS in some time, but it was good when I did use it.


I use the WD MyCloud as well but though about going with the FreeNAS route initially, but since I didn't have a computer to spare at the time I went with the MyCloud even though it was a higher cost. Just built a new computer and I'll be playing around with FreeNas on the old one.

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Re: Replacement for Windows Home Server

Postby Pawpaw » Tue Jan 17, 2017 4:19 pm

canvasbck wrote:OK, I'll be the first to say it.....

Contact Hillary, she's an expert at home servers. :biggrinjester:

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Re: Replacement for Windows Home Server

Postby zmcgooga » Tue Jan 17, 2017 4:42 pm

Are you just looking to store files/data or were there other functions you were looking for?

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Re: Replacement for Windows Home Server

Postby Lynyrd » Tue Jan 17, 2017 4:45 pm

If you have files that you want backed up, and don't want them out there in public on somebody else's server (AKA "The Cloud"), one option you should look at is an NAS (Network Attached Storage) device. Check out a company called QNAP. I've been running one for years as an offsite backup for business files. You can't run software on it, just big cheap storage.
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Re: Replacement for Windows Home Server

Postby bmwrdr » Tue Jan 17, 2017 4:52 pm

canvasbck wrote:OK, I'll be the first to say it.....

Contact Hillary, she's an expert at home servers. :biggrinjester:


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Re: Replacement for Windows Home Server

Postby RHenriksen » Tue Jan 17, 2017 6:30 pm

QNAP & Synology are the two largest NAS vendors. I use QNAP extensively for work; be aware that one typically buys the inclosure, sans drives, and then pick the make/model/size drives you like and add those. Don't cheap out and buy desktop hard drives! They need to be at least 'NAS' grade drives, but preferably enterprise if you can stomach the higher price tag.
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Re: Replacement for Windows Home Server

Postby uthornsfan » Tue Jan 17, 2017 6:53 pm

Whats your budget?

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Re: Replacement for Windows Home Server

Postby G.A. Heath » Tue Jan 17, 2017 7:59 pm

Depending on what your budget and needs are anything is possible. Do you want to simply provide a file storage/backup solution? If that is the case you can use a properly configured windows 10 machine for the task, or any one of several linux/BSD/MacOS systems. You can use a purely hardware solution as well.

Ubuntu's best aspect is it's ease of use, but depending on what you really want other solutions might be better.
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Re: Replacement for Windows Home Server

Postby Charles L. Cotton » Tue Jan 17, 2017 8:38 pm

It appears a NAS will be work fine.

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Re: Replacement for Windows Home Server

Postby Turboblaster » Tue Jan 17, 2017 10:05 pm

RHenriksen wrote:QNAP & Synology are the two largest NAS vendors. I use QNAP extensively for work; be aware that one typically buys the inclosure, sans drives, and then pick the make/model/size drives you like and add those. Don't cheap out and buy desktop hard drives! They need to be at least 'NAS' grade drives, but preferably enterprise if you can stomach the higher price tag.


+1 on the Synology Diskstation NAS solution, they work very good and have interface apps for Dropbox/Google Drive etc, Cloud backup. Just amazing!


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