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WHS OEM - Can the PC be both a server and a 'workstation'? RRS feed

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    I have a fairly robust PC that would be perfect for WHS.  The concept of networking my house, and allowing for easy back up's of important data is great.  However, this PC also needs to function as a standard workstation.  So, can basic applications (media player, Word, Excel, etc.) be used on this machine while it's acting as the server?

     

    Thanks

    Thursday, January 24, 2008 9:09 PM

Answers

  • Yes, you can run applications on the desktop of the WHS. However, this is not recommended (and probably not supported) by Microsoft.

     

    There's quite a bit of CPU/disk activity on WHS when it's load-balancing disks, and that will probably have a big impact on performance to user on the desktop. Also, MS recommends that you only saved data to WHS shares, not directly to the disk - this may cause problems with some applications.

    Thursday, January 24, 2008 9:43 PM
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  • In addition to what Sam has said, some of things you might want to use or do will probably break the server as well.

     

    Also, you might want to take a look at the EULA as to what you can and cant do (assuming you want to follow it).

     

    Andrew

     

    Thursday, January 24, 2008 9:57 PM
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All replies

  • Yes, you can run applications on the desktop of the WHS. However, this is not recommended (and probably not supported) by Microsoft.

     

    There's quite a bit of CPU/disk activity on WHS when it's load-balancing disks, and that will probably have a big impact on performance to user on the desktop. Also, MS recommends that you only saved data to WHS shares, not directly to the disk - this may cause problems with some applications.

    Thursday, January 24, 2008 9:43 PM
    Moderator
  • In addition to what Sam has said, some of things you might want to use or do will probably break the server as well.

     

    Also, you might want to take a look at the EULA as to what you can and cant do (assuming you want to follow it).

     

    Andrew

     

    Thursday, January 24, 2008 9:57 PM
    Moderator
  • Thanks.  Your response certainly makes sense.

     

     

     

    Thursday, January 24, 2008 10:38 PM
  • Thanks for the additional info.

     

    Thursday, January 24, 2008 10:39 PM