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Topic # 83706 20-May-2011 18:01
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Anyone seen this anywhere?  Apparently it out in lots of countries.  I have my empty array just waiting for the install, am sick of my now dodgy WHS install.

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  Reply # 471721 20-May-2011 20:04
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Interest is pretty low in it as they ditched the driver extender tech, not much advantage over a regular NAS now imo.

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  Reply # 471775 20-May-2011 22:20
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Ragnor: Interest is pretty low in it as they ditched the driver extender tech, not much advantage over a regular NAS now imo.



MS added a lot more features as well. DE never worked reliably anyway. Data was never copied across other drives in real time. If OEM's can come with a good RAID solution then consumers would not notice the removal of DE. As for geeks, WHS 2011 supports software RAID 5 as well if one does not have RAID card.  




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  Reply # 471801 21-May-2011 00:27
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billgates:

MS added a lot more features as well.


Such as....

A quick look doesn't reveal anything a cheaper Netgear, Synology etc NAS doesn't already also do. 

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  Reply # 471803 21-May-2011 00:43
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Ragnor:
billgates:

MS added a lot more features as well.


Such as....

A quick look doesn't reveal anything a cheaper Netgear, Synology etc NAS doesn't already also do. 



Can they do an automatic seamless backup of all the workstations in your house or business? Can they also restore from a backup seamlessly? Transcode media on the fly? They added 'move folder wizard' to move folders around if you do add new HDD's. You can install add in's for media center etc. WHS is more than just a NAS.  




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  Reply # 471826 21-May-2011 07:54
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I agree, its the 'whole package' thingy for me.  Its cheaper than a NAS if you have the box, it provides a hands off backup, I like the remote access system, and its built on 2008R", so likelt to be robust.  I have been bitten by the failed to restore bug on WHS1 and no longer trust it.

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  Reply # 473873 25-May-2011 12:30
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So has anyone been able to find this for sale in NZ yet?  Trying to get a copy to upgrade from old WHS.

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  Reply # 473901 25-May-2011 13:30
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It's out in the MSDN space :)

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  Reply # 473924 25-May-2011 13:57
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Last night I installed a wrong driver on my WHS so decided to reinstall it - but the original version, not Vail.

Reinstall was a breeze, all the data was there, and everything up in and running in a couple of hours.

With no DE I am not planning of moving out of WHS to Vail yet...





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  Reply # 476755 1-Jun-2011 17:14
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There are lots of places in Ausi with it, and I could have sworn I saw it on Amazon but now I cannot find it:

http://www.staticice.com.au/cgi-bin/search.cgi?q=windows+home+server

Personally I WILL be upgrading to WHS 2011 - my WHSv1 box is old and slow, and the disks have too many 'bad sector' errors for me to trust it too much.

To get around the lack of Drive Extender I am going hardware RAID, either a Dell PERC5 or PERC6 - they come up on Tradme quite often and with RAID 10 give great performance and good reliability.  I know I will loose 50% of my disk space, but I would rather that than loose any of my data.  Plus I backup all important data to Amazon's S3.

The server will be a new build, already have a case (2U rackmount) and will add a Quad Core AMD, 4GB RAM, and dual Gigabit Ethernet NIC's (bonded since my switch supports this).  Pretty cheap, excluding hard drives it will cost me < $500, which is way less than some top end NAS units.

Plus it means I can investigate building a home SAN:

http://www.smallnetbuilder.com/nas/nas-howto/31485-build-your-own-fibre-channel-san-for-less-than-1000-part-1

This is a REAL SAN, not a NAS, fibre controllers and all! W00t!  Not that I need it, but it is cool technology and I need to fill the space in my rack ;-)

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  Reply # 477930 5-Jun-2011 09:48
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Waiting to upgrade to WHS 2011. Drive Extender is not that big of a loss for me. The folder duplication in WHS v1 was slow and clunky. A NAS box cannot offer me transcoding to multiple media extenders, re encode blu ray's etc. Hard drives are cheap and a raid solution within WHS 2011 isn't going to be that big of a deal.




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  Reply # 483694 21-Jun-2011 15:08
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I see Ingram Micro have it listed on their site now but there's no stock yet (and none showing on order) and they have the price at 1c +gst!
Must mean it is coming but they have no ETA and no pricing yet.






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  Reply # 487574 29-Jun-2011 21:55
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Cool its here, I am picking up my copy from playtech tomorrow, am busily shifting crap off the server tonight!

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  Reply # 494957 18-Jul-2011 19:22
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Is this still only available in one store?

Would of thought it should be G/A by now.




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  Reply # 494971 18-Jul-2011 20:18
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Its massively cheaper overseas apparently as MS dropped the pricing, looking for a source now that will ship here but if anyone knows of one speak up :) ....

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