Thursday, 11 October 2007

widows_home_server_logo Windows Home Server, a way-cool implementation of the operating system that lets you easily create a flexible and remotely-accessible storage point, is now available for purchase on The price (as of the time of this posting) is $189.99, and it's worth every penny.

What is Windows Home Server? In a few short words... Backups, share and access files, easy setup (simpler than a VCR to use) and you just add drives to grow over time. Plus there's a bunch of cool add-on's already available. If you're a Windows geek, it's based on Windows 2003 server, so adapt away!

First of all, you should read a few of the reviews on the newegg page. They accurately and effectively describe the high points (and the remarkably few lower points) of the product. And here is a marketing description of the product that hits the basics:

Windows Home Server helps you pull together and protect all your family's files in a single, central location that makes sharing easy.

Protect the things you care about
Keep all those digital memories safe for future generations with features like automatic daily backups and full system restore.

Connect with your friends and family
Share your photos, music, movies, and other files from a single, central location that everyone in your home can get to. Friends and family can see and share any files you want, whether they're in another room or another country.

Organize everything all in one place
This smart hub helps your family organize all your shared files in one place. Windows Home Server cuts down on clutter and brings order to digital chaos.

Grow into the future
You can add more space easily whenever you need it, so no more hard choices about what to keep and what to delete. And new products and services will be added as Windows Home Server keeps growing and getting better.

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Thursday, 11 October 2007 06:20:19 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
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Thursday, 11 October 2007 07:12:43 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
Dude, it's $189.99 ;) Which makes a big difference.
Thursday, 11 October 2007 07:17:34 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
@max: Hahah, woah bad typo. Fixed, thanks. I hate my new laptop's keyboard. :)
Thursday, 11 October 2007 18:04:27 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
That 1899.99$ typo was AWESOME!

Friday, 12 October 2007 11:31:33 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
Does you happen to know if the Xbox 360 will see it and let me access .mpg movies?
Steve Sexton
Friday, 12 October 2007 11:32:47 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
Does you ignore the typo too :)
I too hate my laptop keyboard.
Steve Sexton
Friday, 12 October 2007 15:49:11 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
Here's the answer to the streaming video from WHS to Xbox 360:

You can use the Xbox 360 to stream it natively with Media Connect, but the DVD's would have to be Ripped (or converted) into anyone of the following formats:

* Windows Media Video (.wmv)
* Microsoft Recorded TV Show (.dvr-ms)
* Audio Video Interleaved (.avi)
* MPEG-1 (.mpeg, .mpg)
* MPEG-2 (.mp2, .mpeg, .mpg)

The Xbox 360 can also stream the following file types:
* Bitmap (.bmp)
* Graphics Interchange Format (.gif)
* Joint Photographic Experts Group (.jpeg, .jpg)
* Portable Network Graphics (.png)
* Tagged Image File Format (.tif, .tiff)

* Windows Media Audio (.wma)
* Advanced Systems Format (.asf)
* MP3 (.mp3)
* WAV (.wav)
* Windows Media Playlist (.wpl)
* MP3 Playlist (.m3u)

The old Xbox cannot stream.
Steve Sexton
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