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post #1 of 22
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I have been thinking about building a home server for sharing my media on my home network and so I have access to it from anywhere I can gain access to the internet.

I was also wondering if I could set up an email client so all my email goes to the server and I can just check the email through other computers so Im not restricted to one computer?

I want to be able to access all my music, movies, pictures and email because I plan on buying a MacBook and buying windows home server seems like a good solution right?
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post #2 of 22
I have WHS and its pretty nifty. Really easy to share media and great for backing up computers on a network. I'm not sure about the email part though. I would recommend it.
post #3 of 22
Get a shared NAS instead lol.. Doesn't do e-mail, but you can share all your files out.
post #4 of 22
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getting a shared NAS would mean I have to be on my home network to access the hard drive. When like I said I want to be able to access it outside of my network as well.
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post #5 of 22
Does anybody know if It is now possible to access/(remote run) a win home server based PC from Vista x64 ?

[EDIT]
I can get Server 2003 for free over MSDNAA but I like the general easy principals of WHS - setup, start, run - you know....
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post #6 of 22
WHS was built mainly for Vista and XP... bear that in mind to the above guy and the OP.
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post #7 of 22
If I didnt already have a domain controller on my home network I would have WHS. Every review that I read (at least ones that matter to me) gave WHS the highest ratings. NAS storage doesnt even compare to the speed and capability of WHS.
    
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i had a demo of WHS and while I had some problems with it, it worked great when it worked. i had problems with it freezing but i could never figure out if it was software or hardware related. even with the problems i had, i would highly recommend it. i just use xp on my server now but i really miss a lot of the functions of WHS
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post #9 of 22
SeanEE89, I already answered most of your questions in PM. FYI, I do not believe that the WHS supports Mac backups.

Here's a list of some addins: http://www.wegotserved.co.uk/windows...erver-add-ins/
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post #10 of 22
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I won't need the WHS to do back ups for the Mac. I do however hope that my mac will be able to function with and use the information that I have stored on my WHS.
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