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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.
Remote Desktop won't work. Not sure about shared network drives. However, remote download/upload will work since they are web-based.
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WHS is nice in theory but in practice I have read in a lot of places that it has many issues with corruption. If it is mainly for distributing files, keeping backups etc then you really don't want those files getting corrupt. Having corrupt backups is as bad as having no backups at all. I have not confirmed this as all of my windows servers run 2003. I would check it out for yourself before buying because what people say can rarely be trusted (as highlighted by all of the XP users that tell me that Vista is bad and all of the 32 bit users that tell me that 64 bit is not stable)

For remote desktop you can always set up a VNC server or use a proper terminal services server on the network (but if you were going to do that you may as well just get server 2008)
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WHS is nice in theory but in practice I have read in a lot of places that it has many issues with corruption. If it is mainly for distributing files, keeping backups etc then you really don't want those files getting corrupt. Having corrupt backups is as bad as having no backups at all. I have not confirmed this as all of my windows servers run 2003. I would check it out for yourself before buying because what people say can rarely be trusted (as highlighted by all of the XP users that tell me that Vista is bad and all of the 32 bit users that tell me that 64 bit is not stable)

For remote desktop you can always set up a VNC server or use a proper terminal services server on the network (but if you were going to do that you may as well just get server 2008)
i was one of the ones that constantly had corrupt files causing it to crash. hopefully you have better luck with it. but you can get a free 120 day demo from MS.
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i was one of the ones that constantly had corrupt files causing it to crash. hopefully you have better luck with it. but you can get a free 120 day demo from MS.
Power Pack 1 should fix this issue. It will add 64-bit OS support and a whole bunch of new features as well. It's due in the next few months.
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post #15 of 22
I'd play it safe and build a linux based home server. Sure, you don't get all the one click installs and out of the box configured apps, but a linux system is much more flexible given that you have time to mess around with it. Also, linux folds like crazy.

EDIT: CIFS/SMB shares from Samba are fully compatible with all OS's also.
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Power Pack 1 should fix this issue. It will add 64-bit OS support and a whole bunch of new features as well. It's due in the next few months.
i will have to keep an eye on that, i might try it out again when that comes out.
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I would say WHS is a good server OS. I've had it for several months now and its worked perfectly for me. I use it remotely through Vista 32 and XP on my other machine. There have been a lot of fixes released since launch which has made it very stable. I run backups also from all my pcs and have never faulted although I know of people who havn't hadte same luck, but on the whole I would recommend it. It's still based on the windows NT OS for networing same as XP/2000 and vista. So its very compatable for most OS'.
post #18 of 22
New news about WHS. Seems a fix is on the way.

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The Windows Home Server team has been heads down working on the data corruption issue since we first posted the Knowledge Base (KB) article in late December 2007. An update to the KB article was posted today that provides more information regarding symptoms, cause, status and guidance. You can read the KB at http://support.microsoft.com/kb/946676/en-us.



One question that is getting asked is, “Will I be affected� We are aware of only a very small percentage of users with confirmed instances of this issue, and we believe that most people are unlikely to be affected. In the KB article we offer up some precautionary measures that people can take. Some of the instances that were initially attributed to this issue ended up being something else, such as a faulty network card/driver, old routers with outdated firmware, or people incorrectly testing the limits of their home servers.



From the outside looking in, some people would say “Why is this taking so long?†Fixing this issue is the Windows Home Server team’s top priority and the team is making good progress on the fix. We understand the issue really well at this point - it is at an extremely low level of the operating system and it requires thorough testing to ensure that the fix addresses the issue. We have coded a part of the fix which is currently being tested internally. Internal testing is expected to continue for at least several more weeks.



Once the patch has passed internal quality bars, external participants will be asked to help test the fix. Our current plan is to release beta test versions of a fix over the next few months, with a final version currently estimated for June 2008, although that date could change as testing progresses. Thorough testing of the fix is critical and will take time.



If you believe you have evidence that you are experiencing the issue, please send a detailed email of your circumstances to whsforum@microsoft.com, so we can attempt to validate the cause and provide specific guidance. Thanks for your continued support.



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post #19 of 22
The WHS team has been very communicative about their work. Definitely a good thing. They explained why WHS doesn't support 64-bit OS a few months ago and their explanation was reasonable. (Vista pulled features last minute)
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From what I have heard and read Windows Home Server is something that Microsoft actually did very well and have kept people in the light about for once.
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