Who actually uses home server? what a crock.
Many Windows Home Server customers have been unable to access Microsoft's Windows Live Custom Domains service since the weekend. Some punters are complaining about the problem on the company’s support forum. Reg reader Mark told us about the cockup, which he believes was caused by upgrades Microsoft made to the service. “ …
Actually I do, and normally it's great.
I'm not a dumb end user, my background is in desktop and server support. WHS is good for those who want an 'out of the box' solution, and it does it very well.
Yes I could go down the route of Ubuntu and various apps, but frankly I have better things to do with my time.
I'm affected by this issue, but as I don't really use the external access features I only knew about it through trying it in response to this article.
Have the plank's saying Whs is a crock actually used it ?.
I have and I know a lot of others who have including a great grandmother in her seventy's (I build and install oem systems ) For the price it's great , Cheaper than an xp pro with auto backup .it's small bis server 2003with ten cal's .
This allows granny to share family photos & videos around the world without messing with email etc.
Don't even think of mentioning the bird OS with it's su ,etc crap it just makes an easy job a pita.
my background is sun solaris, and intel/win server and support, so i hope you'll understand if i consider myself a little more technical than your average Joe Public.
i use windows home server, and have been very pleased with it. does an out of the box job very well.
except i've not been effected by this issue, no problems here.
so, no "crock", and no "microsoft fail lolz" i'm afraid.
So spending 30 seconds to write a comment is comparible with spending several hours learning how to set up a server and media streaming solution?
If you say so...
Whilst I'm not saying there aren't other ways to achieve the same or better results than WHS, the fact that I can spend about an hour installing a product that is very similar to other products I already know how to use is enough justification for me to use it.
It's not just MS who make mistakes. I always find it hilarious when all these (predictable) people all dive out and scream 'z0mg M$ 5uxx0rzz!'.
Look, you put your data on any cloud service and you're asking for it. It's that simple. No service is going to work 100% of the time and no provider can really be trusted with any data you should ever consider private.
WHS isn't too bad for what it does, generally. Yes, it's not the dream-OS we'd all like, but none of them are, despite whatever fanboi-ism rears it's ugly head. It also has some weaknesses and downright annoying limitations.
Linux distros and variants tend to mean work and effort from alot of peoples' perspectives, including many of us geechies who do actually know our stuff, including how to install Linux distros and variants and have done it many, many times.
WHS is simple and straightforward and relatively painless, and a short-term fault is hardly the reason to scream like children. Let's face it, people wanted to sue MS over XBox downtime last year (or was it the year before...or is it every year) - it's just silly.
And that will do automatic full and incremental backups too? Folder duplication and drive redundancy out of the box as well? Will it allow me to RDP into all my home computers from a single external IP?
All my current apps will work on that too? Oh no, hang on. Maybe not. Well certainly not within an hour or so that WHS takes to set up from scratch.
I'm in no way anti linux, I just haven't got the time to invest when at home that setting it up would require.
Just because there are alternatives does not make a product rubbish. WHS is convenient, and that matters.
People keep throwing 'cloud' around - this is a dynamic DNS - nothing more. My WHS works as well today as any other day - it's just the easy-to-remember hostname isn't mapped to my IP - my IP works as well as ever, and accessing my server remotely is fine and dandy.
However, obviously WTF OMFG M$ IZ T3H SUX5. Did I get that right?