January 07, 2007

Bye bye Linux home server. Hello "Windows Home Server"

That's right. Microsoft is invading my house even more. I already replaced my gateway with a Small Business Server box running RWW, Exchange, Sharepoint and an internal web site. My attempt at getting MythTV working was replaced with a MediaCentre PC. My Playstation 2 is in my daughter's room now... since my XBOX is driving my HDTV.

And now... my Linux SAMBA server is going to be replaced with Windows Home Server... assuming I can get my hands on one. If you haven't heard the news, Bill Gates announced Windows Home Server today. Man am I excited. There is a great vlog post about it over at On10. There is also a blog post showing what it might look like. Sexy little thing isn't it?

Kudos to Microsoft. This is the exact sort of central storage device that I need. And one I could actually recommend for my in-laws. And that is saying a lot.

Now just to get my hands on one.

Posted by SilverStr at January 7, 2007 11:28 PM | TrackBack

Yeah, Windows Home Server is a real product, a complete package not just a "program" to share your files.
Maybe that's why you're switching?

Posted by: JNash at January 8, 2007 01:29 AM

I hear you. I had so many problems with Samba working properly (not) with large quantities of large files that I gave up on it long ago and share out my desktop PC to the rest of the house right from Windows XP Pro (or now, MCE). The advantage to using the desktop is that it ALSO runs a virtual machine for a Linux development project I have. Windows Home Server will bring a better interface to the 'normal' PC users, but will leave out functionality that true tech-heads will want to have. Possibly a good product for Microsoft, but not much application for people who eat, drink, breathe in binary.

Posted by: Rich Gautier at January 8, 2007 05:37 AM

Rich - what sort of large quantities of large files were you having issues with? I've been using a samba server to serve my media library (many mp3s, flac/ogg avi and ISOs) with no issues.

Posted by: Arcterex at January 8, 2007 08:45 AM

I agree that WHS looks awesome. One thing I haven't been able to determine is whether it will support folder redirection.

I think folder redirection is a much better solution than simply having a shared folder. With folder redirection, user date files (i.e. My Documents, Desktop, etc.) residing on the desktop are automatically and transparently stored on the server which is great (better than trying to backup desktops every day). Used with offline folders, the server can even go offline and desktops are not affected.

Folder redirection and offline folders are some of the best features of Windows Server (and SBS), that need to be in Windows Home Server.

Posted by: WantWHS at January 10, 2007 12:04 PM

RE: The issues I had with Samba were related to TCP/IP session issues where Samba would hang on large file transfers, ignoring TCP session streams that were still in progress, even though the Linux kernel was still receiving the packets. Some of my messages from that time period are still shown in this Google Groups search:


I loved how [experts?] people said: Why don't you post your logs? and then ignore the posted logs in response.

I gave up on it in disgust. There's only so much time in our lives.

Posted by: Rich Gautier at January 11, 2007 11:41 AM