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What are the advantages of WHS 2011 over Windows 7 for a fileserver? I have a copy of Windows 7 from MSDN so I'm hesitant to spend $60 on WHS 2011.

Will software like VLC install on WHS? And does WHS work well with HTPC software?
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I was trying to decide this recently as well. The advantage of having a 100% functional OS and not having to worry about hacks and workarounds to get certain apps working. I love it and it works great. I use flexraid to protect my data.

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WHS 2011 will do automated backups, a native headless interface, and connector software to allow easy access.
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Yea, WHS is much easier to set up as a home server than Windows 7. The can both do a lot of the same things, but using server software on a server is just easier.

What all are your plans for the server?
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post #5 of 6
If you want a server that will accept only a dozen or so connections at once, and has no enterprise features like remote management and auto backups, then base win7 will do it fine.
If you plan on running a 100 space teamspeak server, then the server versions will do much better.
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Haven't had time to get back to this thread until now.. so sorry for late response.

I will be using it for file sharing and for streaming Blurays. I plan on using Acronis to do backups on my comp and store them onto the WHS 2011 fileserver with the HDDs.

I picked up WHS for $45 on sale at SuperBiz... shouldn't be too bad.
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