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Help With Home Server

  1. #1


    Posts : 3
    Windows 8 Pro

    Help With Home Server


    hi guys new to these forums but not new to windows Operating Systems


    I am writing this after coming from a Linux OS Forum and been dissapointed with the lack of help and the level of arrogance coming from there

    I am looking to setup another home server my current one is running WHS 2011 but as i am rebuilding it to make it more low powered and effecient i wanted to upgrade or change the OS to something else

    at first after all the posts i found recommending Linux i spent some time looking at several however i found that simple tasks that can be achieved in a windows OS with a few mouse clicks take about half an hour of typing commands and editing config files in linux

    so i simply posted on a site funnily enough called "AskUbuntu" about which linux version would be best for me as a beginner and all i got back was rude and unhelpful replies

    so i did a bit more searching and came across some articles about setting up Windows 8 as a Home server this was interesting to me because as much as i like the Windows Server OS's they are more expensive and also have way too much stuff that i wouldn't probably use for a simple home sharing network

    i basically will be setting the server up to perform two main functions serving my files to my other pc's and doing backups which i usually schedule for 3 times per week (Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays)

    so i wanted to get some thoughts on people who may have considered or already started using Windows 8 Pro as a Home server and what their experiences have been

    one benefit i see is because it is a desktop OS most of the Anti-virus software will work on it so i could install something like Avast Free Edition on there and it should keep it safe whereas Windows Server i would need a Server-Grade Antivirus which i do not know of any currently

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  2. #2


    Sydney Australia
    Posts : 2,941
    Windows 10 Pro 64bit


    Welcome to Eight Forum protocol177, Windows 8 will run a home server as good as Whs2011.
    Google storage spaces window8 and you will find that you can set your drives up much the same as Whs2011.
    I set up windows 8 as a server and found that
    Easier to setup than a server Os
    drives can be organized better
    All windows software works with it
    As you mentioned all the AV products work
    Common GUI with your other desktops
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  3. #3


    Posts : 3
    Windows 8 Pro


    thanks for the reply Kodi (and from a fellow Aussie too ) finally found a friendly forum

    glad to see it will work well for my purposes one final question though how do you find it in terms of reliability as the machine will be running essentially 24/7 i need it to have as much uptime as possible i am gonna have to reboot it occasionally for Windows Updates (i wish these could be applied on the fly without restarting but anyway)

    but overall have you had it running smoothly for an extended period of time without issues

    also how does Power Consumption factor in as it is a desktop OS it will be running a lot of processes that may not necessarily be needed i might have to look for something online to make it a little more lightweight or slim-lined if possible
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  4. #4


    Sydney Australia
    Posts : 2,941
    Windows 10 Pro 64bit


    I did not keep the machine on 24/7 as I had no need for that instead I closed it down at night, it ran very smoothly with no problems.
    You can strip all the unnecessary software and windows programs manually
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  5. #5


    Posts : 3
    Windows 8 Pro


    thanks for the info i was however aware of removing programs and services manually but i am gonna look at see if there is some software to help automate it a little bit as it takes a little time manually

    anyways haven't installed it yet so once i do i will look into it

    thanks again for the help

    cheers
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  6. #6


    Sydney Australia
    Posts : 2,941
    Windows 10 Pro 64bit


    No worries if you have any more Questions don't forget to come back to us.
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  7. #7


    If the Op wants any type of selective per machine sharing or network security then I have a method for this. A common workgroup is not very secure at all.

    I don't think I'd mess with the Windows services, it always leads to something not working as you would expect.
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  8. #8


    There really aren't any fundamental differences between a server and desktop OS. Windows 8 and Server 2012 use the same codebase. What is different is that a desktop OS is optimized for running applications while a server is optimized for sharing files on a network. A server OS can also run server application such as the full version of IIS webserver. None of these things should be a significant factor for a home server.

    Since a server and desktop run the same code there should be no significant difference in reliability.

    It is generally best to avoid disabling services. The problem is that there is no publicly available description of what each service does. The descriptions that are available will be incomplete, and in many cases inaccurate. Many an expert has got himself into trouble by disabling a service that was thought to be unneeded, but was. Unless your system is seriously underpowered or desperately short on RAM the difference in performance will be insignificant.
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