WHS for Business with less than 10 Computers RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hello,


    Our company currently uses Windows Server 2008, but we have less than 10 computers networked to this server.  We are thinking of switching to Windows Home Server SP3, and were wondering what important things we should consider before switching?


    1.        What additional business functions does WS2k8 provide that Windows Home Server does not?

    2.        We have the Windows Home Server software, but not a preconfigured system, will we be able to easily switch from 2k8?

    3.        The Operating Systems that are supported by WHS is regarding the desktop that WHS is installed on? Or all other networked computers?  For example, we have many computers that may be running earlier versions of Windows than Windows XP.

    4.       Will WHS allow us to give different permissions to different networked computers?


    We are mainly using WHS as a storage server, but we want to manage permissions on each networked computer.


    Thank you,


    Ray Fang

    Sunday, February 13, 2011 4:13 AM

All replies

  • Based on your requirements I think you should choose SBS 2011 Essentials. This is homeserver v2 (Aurora), geared to business needs. Concerning your questions:

    1. WHS v1 only has a limited number of server functions enabled. Essential parts for business such as DHCP server and Domain Controller are not enabled (can be done but would be violation of the WULA)

    2. Depends on the usage of you current server. If it's only data storage no problems. If it's also Domain Controller DHCP server, ..... it would be more difficult ( or even impossible if you want to maintain same functionality)

    3. Windows versions priot to WinXP will not be able to connect to the homeserver using the connector software. You will be able to connect to the shares.

    4. No

    Henk Panneman - http://www.homeserverweb.nl
    Sunday, February 13, 2011 8:16 PM