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I am looking for some advice, opinions about Windows Home Server 2011 for file sharing, backing up other Win 7 PC and media streaming.

Here is my situation; I am currently using an old PC to stream my movies.
Specs:
AMD Athlon 64 2800+ 1.8Ghz
Soltek K8AN2E-GR
http://ncix.com/products/?sku=12450
2 GB DDR
It is running Windows 7 Pro 32bit (but is 64bit capable) and I’m using Tversity to stream directly to my TV. I’m mostly streaming 1080p mkv... I do not think that I am transcoding since my CPU is not powerful enough to do it and for example, my TV can read my mkv file from a USB key without any problems.
I am looking to migrate to WHS because my drives are becoming full and the drive pooling option (DrivePool / Driver Bender) looks very interesting. Looking at the specs on Microsoft page, I seem to meet the requirements.

I would like to know if I would be able to run WHS 2011 with tversity (or other streaming programs) and still stream my movie fine.
What are your experience with WHS and similar situation?
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Hey mate, about tversity I don't know, never used. About the drive pools, WHS 2011 doesn't quite support it... It is complicated, but let's say it doesn't work the same way it did on WHS v1 when all drive were a big pool of storage and each folder/share could take any size as long as it fit the overall pool size. Afaik in WHS 2011 a folder can only be as big as the physical HDD it's on, dunno it you took that into account. WHS does have a feature similar to software RAID that can mirror one HDD onto another, but that's about as far as it goes.

I found this article and seems pretty detailed: click

Otherwise about the performance aspect I think the 2800+ should be good enough. I have a friend that manages to serve two 1080p streams from an Atom server, your rig should be more than adequate
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