Last weekend, one of my little projects was to get my trial edition of Windows Home Server up and running. I’ve had a 120-day trial sitting on the shelf for a long time, and I was just waiting to get a new hard drive so that I could use my old PC as a server. That happened about a month ago, so this weekend I got to the server install.
I have to say, I really like it. I have it running in the basement, and it performs backups of my main PC and my laptop every night. I nuked my laptop’s windows installation (installed Ubuntu) just for fun. Then I restored my Windows installation from the server backup. The only hitch I had was the boot loader, which Ubuntu overwrote during its install and which was pretty easy to fix.
Another nice feature is that it allows web access to the server—very cool. I can put files on the server and access them any time. Next, I need to find a reasonably inexpensive terabyte drive so that I can back up all my game installs (instead of just my Windows installation) and put all my music and video on the server.
I love the security of having it—I’m definitely a convert.