December 2008 - Posts

Mommy, Why is there a server in the house? Helping your child understand the stay-at-home server
19 December 08 12:04 AM | Christian | with no comments

Watch the video and read the book in the genuis marketing campaign for Windows Home Server: http://www.stayathomeserver.com/MommySite/default.aspx

It did make me grin but I'd already bought it recently from the Microsoft Company Store on a whim.  I've installed it on an old Media Center PC and it sits quietly on my desk drawers backing up our family PCs in the early hours of the morning to an external USB drive.  I've been very impressed with its simplicity and while I've yet to test it in a "disaster recovery" scenario I'm confident it'll do what it says on the tin.

Its worth a look if the idea of a home backup/file server gets your attention.  If only so you don't have to worry about losing the family photo collection or your other half's music collection.  Yes, I've been there.  Apparently, there's an expectation if you work in IT that you're backing up everyone's PC in the house.  If you didn't know that then buy Windows Home Server before you get caught out! ;)

Christian Bolton  - MCA: Database, MCM: SQL Server, MVP
Database Architect
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