Ramblings of a Home Server User

March 4, 2007

The Pros and Cons (Part 2)

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tom @ 2:15 pm

Here is the second part of the two part series “The Pros and Cons of Windows Home Server Beta 2”.

After having some interaction with my WHS while I have been away from home I have to say the the experience has been a fairly good one.

1. Remote Access and Shared Folders – I have been using WHS remote access now all weekend to access PCs at home while I have been away. My first reaction upon seeing the WHS homepage was “I really hope that either MS changes that or we have the ability to change it.” Then I remembered that this is after all beta software and stuff can drastically change between now and RTM. Once you get logged in the interface is very easy to use and looks nice too. I was able to remotely access my computers with relative ease. There were a couple things that happened which I’ll get to in a second. I also used the remote shared folders and downloaded and uploaded files to my WHS extremely easily. Some issues I encountered were:

  • When connecting to a remote desktop and you use full screen mode, there is no minimize button at the top to get back to the physical desktop.
  • If you change your connection options they are not saved permanently, they are only saved for that session.
  • When downloading files from the WHS, a dialog saying “Please wait while we prepare your files for download” stays up through out the duration of the download. I think that the dialog should go away once the download is started.

The only con that I see currently is that it has too many advanced features available and should a non advanced user start messing with their home server and install something that could break the WHS they could be in a world of hurt if they don’t know what they are doing.

 Overall I think that WHS Beta 2 is great (minus the usual beta bugs) and after it is released I know that I will be buying and recommending the product to friends and family.


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