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gazdude67 
20/8/08 9:18:19 AM
Serf
Hi All,

Just wanted to hear how people out there are using WHS and there home/SOHO network.

I currently have WHS with all my data Video's Music etc on it, accessed by XBox1 in 4 rooms running XBMC.
The whole thing runs a treat.

Let's hear how others have done it

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smadge1 
20/8/08 12:40:13 PM
Immortal

I'm more keen than most. Being a bit of a server/network geek, I have two WHS boxes on my network, either can be configured to do remote access.

My router hands out IP addresses using DHCP reservations, every device has it's own "static" IP. WHS takes care of it's own port forwarding using UPnP, which can be configured to forward other ports as necessary.

My main box has over 2TB of storage over 7 drives (the 8th drive isn't in the storage pool) I store all my "stuff" on there, videos, music, photos, documents, crap, etc. It also backs up my PCs if they're on overnight.

My test box has 2x 160GB drives. I also use it to encode video using DivX.

Apart from streaming music and movies to my main PC and my housemate's PC, I haven't really got into the fun type media add-ins.

I only have a 34cm TV, so my main entertainment source is my PC.

I'd love to get an XBox 360, just to muck around with the Media Extender.

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Rion 
20/8/08 5:21:16 PM
Champion

Mine has simply been setup as a server with a lot of space in the storage pool to hold everything I have that I do not consider critical but like to have (3.5TB) although I am using folder duplication. I administer it remotely and also am currently using Orb to serve out videos onto the internet when I go away for work. Everything else just streams off shares I have created to the Home Server across my local network including an Xbox with XMBC. I would have liked to have used UPnP but my router just won't play nicely with it.


Edited by Rion: 20/8/2008 5:21:36 PM

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aliali 
20/8/08 11:23:18 PM
SuperHero
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I have it installed on a notebook purely for the fact I can run Windows Server Update Service on it.
Makes it a lot quicker updating new installs and old installs that have not been updated in ages.
Plus being portable I can cart it to customers places to update their computers in situ.
That's all I use it for.

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gazdude67 
21/8/08 6:32:09 AM
Serf
Sounds good,

I was a little scepticial at first about WHS, all the crap that people had been talking about regarding DRM, Storage bug etc, but when my copy arrived from Microsoft and I built my server machine, loaded it up and configured it I have not looked back.

The only part that I can't get to work is the Port Fowarding, to allow me outside "dial in" access to the box. Still working on that one, I have purchased a new ADSL + Router Modem (Netgear DG834) to see if that will fix the problem.

Other than that the box sits in our closet and serves out all our Music and DivX files out the network.

Eventually I want to hook our Security system up to the server and do a little home automation with curtains and louvers with it as well, but the latter may be a little out of my league.

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aliali 
21/8/08 8:32:54 AM
SuperHero
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Quote by gazdude67

The only part that I can't get to work is the Port Fowarding, to allow me outside "dial in" access to the box. Still working on that one, I have purchased a new ADSL + Router Modem (Netgear DG834) to see if that will fix the problem.

That will require you to open and forward the relevant port(s) on the router.

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gazdude67 
22/8/08 7:14:38 AM
Serf
Thanks for the reply aliali,

Have tried to do this but the ports don't seem to want to open, have config' via the web page of the router. I'm thinking that it is a combination of the telstra modem and the netgear router, so that's why I'm going to give a all-in-one modem and router a shot.

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auditri 
22/8/08 9:54:08 AM
Champion

Just curious - Where did everyone get their copies? And for how much?

Thanks!
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EDIT: I have seen it on Ebay, from US for about $200 (inc delivery..)


Edited by auditri: 22/8/2008 10:15:22 AM

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smadge1 
22/8/08 10:07:37 AM
Immortal

I paid a little over $200 at megabuy.com.au with postage and insurance (and CC surcharge) They didn't require me to purchase it with appropriate hardware.

There are other places too.

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I have a bag of salty nuts.

[ .. The WHS Guy .. ]

http://geocline.net/
17938

aliali 
23/8/08 4:32:17 PM
SuperHero
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Got mine from the wholesaler when I was purchasing some other stuff.

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gazdude67 
24/8/08 8:00:44 PM
Serf
My original copy came from M$ in the US. Postage was $22.00 AUD, a little steep but that's the way it is. They are now sending copies out for free, yes free medium and free postage, must have a truckload to get rid of.

The copy I am using now I brought from a guy in Brisbane CBD, last week. It says on the cover that it has been purchased from the Microsoft store? not sure what that means but it loaded up and runs fine, I like the way that it reloaded over it's self but kept all my files in tact, this meant that in about an hour and 1/2 I was back to where I had been before the evaluation copy timed out.

Thinking about loading Windows Server 2003 onto our Work server now, That cost us a bomb, has 20 work stations licenses attached to it.

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