Satisfying the real home server administrators RRS feed

  • Question

  • Obviously WHS is being geared toward absolute novices who rely heavily on out-of-the-box automation.  The problem is, I think your power/advanced user base is being ignored.

    SBS is not a viable solution for most of us, as it costs over $600-750 (and much more for Premium).  These are not people who want to exploit Microsoft's good will toward advanced users by using WHS as an enterprise or small business solution, these are enthusiasts who want to learn and experiment while providing data and life organization for their families.  I'm sure there are compromises that could be made to help prevent WHS from being used in those roles, limits to AD usage such as not allowing other servers to be added to the domain, a lighter Exchange, light ISA (maybe just for usage as a web proxy for parental control), Sharepoint + 1 extra website configurable in IIS, etc.

    Many of us have linux servers at home to handle some of these things, and that costs us nothing.  Microsoft can offer WHS at a low price and offer better Windows network integration in a truly native environment, which might convince some to make the switch, as long as they aren't treated like children or criminals.

    Sunday, March 11, 2007 9:56 PM

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  • Nicely stated. I agree.

    This is not a slam on MS because we all know the incredible intellectual effort required to bring a new product to market successfully but let make an obvious prediction. MS usually makes a product really nice by version 3.0. V1.0 is interesting and useful; V2.0 is Wow - isn't that nice; and V3.0 is Hey Now - this thing is Rockin.

    Sunday, March 11, 2007 10:35 PM
  • I was thinking of suggesting an option to create a "advanced user" account that could be used to do some of the things people were suggesting (domain name, RAID settings, power user stuff).

    I own Server 2003, but it would be nice to be able to use WHS on client's computers that do not need all of the really advanced buissness applications, but rather just a backup solution that doesn't require an admin to "ok" all of the changes.  (plus it should be less expensive)
    Monday, March 12, 2007 2:39 AM