Do you need more than 10 computers in WHS?

by Alex Kuretz on September 18, 2008 · 6 comments

in Windows Home Server

Todd on the WHS Team Blog is asking for input on possibly offering two versions of WHS in a future release, one for a “basic” household and one for an “advanced” household that would allow more computers and users to access the system.

I’ve heard of at least one user on the forums with more than 11 PC’s in his household that he wants to back up. Give your input here and let Microsoft know what you’re thinking.

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I'm Alex Kuretz, and I'm the founder of I was the Lead Test and Integration Engineer at HP for the MediaSmart Server until April 2008 when I moved on to other opportunities outside HP. I've kept active in the Windows Home Server community, creating several add-ins and helping users make the most of their Home Servers.


John November 26, 2010 at 9:27 am

Its not only computers that I will attach to my MediaSmart WHS Homeserver. I have a TV Portal HD box with a network facility (and possibly a second to come), 2 x isp cameras (intended), 2 x laptops, 2 x PC, 2 x Archos 7″ tablets – that is a potential of 10 connected devices, with a prospect of more isp cameras and network-enabled HD boxes… 10 seems a bare minimum these days!

Alex Kuretz November 26, 2010 at 9:38 am

John, more than 10 network devices can access the Home Server, but only 10 client PCs can be joined to the server for backups and administration, that is an important distinction to make.

Renier January 28, 2013 at 10:22 am

Hi Alex, i’m currently running home server 2011, and want about 20 users to access the server on the network and remotely, yet thet dont need backups or admin rights, how can i do that?

Alex Kuretz January 28, 2013 at 10:57 am

Use a shared account for users to log in.

Renier January 28, 2013 at 11:41 am

can you please clarify i on how i can do that

Alex Kuretz January 28, 2013 at 11:57 am

Use the same username and password on multiple computers to access the network shares.

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