I ordered a trial version of this software to check it out, there were a few things I liked when I read about it, such as the backup system and file sharing, printer sharing etc. I was going to install SBS 2003 here at the house but that is a little overkill for a home setup.
I installed this home server on an old pc that is running the following specs.
Pent D 3.20GHZ
2-500GB Sata Drives
The first think I noticed is that it has it's own version of data protection, it looks at your configuration on install and sets up the total amount of the drives as your usable space. You can add a drive to this at any time and it will just re-configure the system to the correct settings as well. It's not RAID, but some other version that duplicates the data between drives without needing duplicate space. (Maybe someone else will explain it better lol)
After getting it setup, you then go to each pc and install the remote setup file, this configures each pc to connect to the server and also configures a backup for each one as well.
One reason for me using tversity was to be able to convert and stream any type of video file to my directv recievers. It seems there is no conversion with this streaming that is built in, but you can run tversity on this home server as well. (my next step.
You can also setup remote access to this server from anywhere, I have configured that as well and tested and for simple file sharing it works great. There is an option to also use rpd (remote desktop) with this server, although you will need to have Vista Ultimate, Vista Business, or XP Pro in order to connect to any pc in the network remotely.
It's running one of the backup's now and I will report back how they are working and such. I think I read it will only update changed files each night and not the complete system. You can configure each pc to exclude any files, drives or folders as well if needed.
There are a lot of advanced features you can add on or install to this as well, it's based on sbs 2003/server 2003. There are some add in's and also some other tweaks you can do as well. The simple install is pretty easy though, so don't be afraid of it.
This software package was designed to be an embedded version on HP and a few other smart media home servers although right now you can buy the software for 94.00 from newegg and a few others and just install it on an old pc.
You can also run a torrent program and a few other needed things as well, like a fax server, print server, and more.
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