Last weekend I built my first Windows Home Server. Right now I am not using it to it’s fullest extent because I am only on the 120-day evaluation license. I am a little reluctant to fully commit to the current version or WHS because a new version may be released soon. It was easy to install and set up but it did take a while. The complete install took about 3 hours to completely install the OD and all of the updates. I only have one computer connected to the server right now, my HP tx2051 tablet running Vista Ultimate. Here’s what I used for the build.
Old ATX case and DVD drive
Biostar MCP6P M2+ motherboard
AMD LE-1640 processor
Antec Earthwatts 380W power supply
2Gb PC6400 OCZ memory
Samsung Spinpoint 200Gb hard drive
Right now the server has very little storage. I plan on adding a 3x4 SATA hot swap enclosure so I can add and easily upgrade 4 drives. The added storage will allow me to back up my 2 laptops and store all of my music and photos with duplication. So far I have only used the server to stream videos to my Xbox 360 but I am looking forward to taking advantage of more if it’s capabilities soon.