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  • I understand that third party applications that aren't add-ins don't really work in WHS.  Is there a way, to leverage the centrallized nature of the WHS to install an IP surveillance system that is networked and utilizes the storage capabilities of WHS?

    Can I install a thin client on the WHS, but reside the IP surveillance SW on the WHS?

    IP surveillance systems are Windows Server 2003 compatible.  Is there any to install it on the WHS (HP Mediasmart)?

    Thanks,  -F

    Tuesday, May 5, 2009 6:11 PM

Answers

  • Windows Home Server isn't designed to be used as "Windows Server 2003 Lite", so there are design decisions that may cramp some applications. For the most part, however, it's possible, but unsupported, to do just about anything that you could do on a standard Windows Server 2003 platform.

    You will want to be careful about how storage is used on your server, but if your surveillance software is just using the server shares as network storage, I don't see any problems. You could probably install the software on your server, but I would recommend extensive testing, including testing of recovery scenarios, before I would deploy in a production environment.

    Installing on the HP MediaSmart (or any other OEM) server is a separate question. You may find that the server is underpowered for the application, for example, given that it's a consumer device, and designed to meet consumer requirements. But you can certainly try. :)

    I would recommend experimenting with it, to see what you can do. Best would be to experiment with hardware that you can (at least temporarily) devote to being a lab machine.

    I'm not on the WHS team, I just post a lot. :)
    Tuesday, May 5, 2009 7:09 PM
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  • Windows Home Server isn't designed to be used as "Windows Server 2003 Lite", so there are design decisions that may cramp some applications. For the most part, however, it's possible, but unsupported, to do just about anything that you could do on a standard Windows Server 2003 platform.

    You will want to be careful about how storage is used on your server, but if your surveillance software is just using the server shares as network storage, I don't see any problems. You could probably install the software on your server, but I would recommend extensive testing, including testing of recovery scenarios, before I would deploy in a production environment.

    Installing on the HP MediaSmart (or any other OEM) server is a separate question. You may find that the server is underpowered for the application, for example, given that it's a consumer device, and designed to meet consumer requirements. But you can certainly try. :)

    I would recommend experimenting with it, to see what you can do. Best would be to experiment with hardware that you can (at least temporarily) devote to being a lab machine.

    I'm not on the WHS team, I just post a lot. :)
    Tuesday, May 5, 2009 7:09 PM
    Moderator
  • Thank you Ken.  I will explore it.  -F
    Wednesday, May 6, 2009 1:45 AM