Summer Project – Windows Home Sever
One of the highlights of the summer was moving into our new, and first house! Once we were settled I was able to start a few projects I have wanted to get done, but was sidetracked by things like….well….moving. The first project I tackled was setting up a Windows Home Server box. I setup WHS test box a month or so before, mainly to check it out and see if it was worth the effort of building a full setup. Well it was.
The best part was that it was fairly inexpensive. I keep a box full of spare and extra parts from PC upgrades, so I essentially had enough to build a decent PC to install WHS on. The only thing I purchased was a new case which was much smaller than the one I was originally using.
Installations and setup of Windows Home Server was pretty smooth, the only issue was getting the network drivers working, but that was a minor issue, and before I knew it, the server was up and running. I spent the next day configuring it and adding some cool add-ins. My favorite so far is Lights Out, which is basically a power management plug-in which can be used to put the server in hibernation or shut down during hours it will not be used.
Overall, I’m very happy with the setup. I did upgrade to a new 1TB hard drive, and I’m looking for a more energy-efficient power supply. Having automatic backups, and shared folders I can access from virtually anywhere is worth the time invested in this project.