Windows Home Server 2011 Now Available

by Paul Carvajal on May 18, 2011 · 14 comments

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The day has finally arrived!  Or “The Day of Reckoning” depending upon your point of view!

WHS 2011 is in stock at an online retailer and now available for order.

It was reported yesterday in Microsoft’s WHS 2011 forum, that the WHS 2011 System Builder software  is available for order at PC SuperStore for $106.56.  They are reporting that they have 80 in stock and ready for shipment.  Shipping is $8.00 for FedEx Ground up to $41.29 for FedEx Next Day AM delivery.  Also, Tranquil PC has begun taking orders for new servers with WHS 2011.

We should begin to see other retailers make this available shortly as well as other hardware manufacturers in the next few weeks.

Let us know if you find it anywhere else and the price.  Let the upgrades begin!

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Jeff May 18, 2011 at 5:36 pm

Sweet. Hopefully more users means more add-ins. I’ve been lonely in the WHS 2011 subforum.

Alex Kuretz May 19, 2011 at 9:41 am

What Add-Ins are you wanting to see for WHS 2011?

Geoff Coupe May 19, 2011 at 9:48 am

I’d like to see a WHS 2011 version of Tentacle Software’s Disk Management add-in…

Alex Kuretz May 19, 2011 at 9:54 am

Well a significant portion of it’s functionality revolved around it’s inside view into Drive Extender. Having a better into the drives would be nice, but I’m not sure what else the Add-In would show, what else would you want to see?

Geoff Coupe May 19, 2011 at 10:00 am

SMART data; realtime transfer rates; serial number; pie-chart of usage; oh, and the pretty little wireframe diagram…

Awake May 18, 2011 at 8:05 pm

The big question is “will any MAJOR hardware manufacturers offer a turnkey WHS system?”

Without any off the shelf extremely well promoted turnkey systems from nationally known brands, you can kiss WHS goodbye, because a few 1000 hobbyists installing WHS on home brew systems does not constitute a real market, and Microsoft will drop the product.

Actually, unless Microsoft HEAVILY advertises WHS as part of a integrated home system, this product will go nowhere, regardless of hardware availability. And since 99% of the population does not know how to rip and store a movie (o0ne of the main uses of WHS), it is going to be a really hard sale.

Geoff Coupe May 19, 2011 at 1:28 am

I reported in another thread on that forum on Tuesday that WHS 2011 (US English) is already available from ten resellers here in the Netherlands. See:

In fact, the US English version is more widely available here than the Dutch version at the moment. There are now 12 Resellers of the US version versus 6 Resellers of the Dutch version.

As usual for Microsoft, prices in Europe are higher than in the US. The cheapest from a Dutch Reseller is 90 euros, which translates to $128.

I’m expecting my OEM disc to be delivered this morning. For better or worse, I will migrate in the next few weeks, once LightsOut and MyMovies for WHS 2011 reach release versions.

GPKing May 19, 2011 at 8:07 am

That the product is availabe first internationally comes as no surprise. All but one (Acer) hardware manufacturers that have committed to WHS are not selling the products in the US (mainstream).
In the US it will be remain a niche product for enthousiasts (DIY builders) – and here it all boils down to DE replacement add-ins. I would not be surprised if down the road MS bundles the Data Core add-in with WHS to move system builder copies or find a hardware manufacturer that (maybe Dell since HP has the Drobo alliance now) builds a box.
The Acer offering is (at least as listed here and elsewhere in reviews) is not compelling and imo underpowered.

Mark S May 19, 2011 at 10:38 am

No 2.2tb plus support. 2 TB limit for backup by drive. This is not targeted at the home server market. I had plans to add 30tb and build a media backup center. Who wants to keep track of 15 plus drives. As bigger drives are released, who cares, we don’t support them or you, the home customer.
Well the bad part is the home audio/video enthusiests. I have been advising a lot of people to wait for this version. Now I am advising them to not buy it.

Cubanblood May 19, 2011 at 12:12 pm

I am not sure how much MS invested in developing WHS 2011 but i am sure they wont get it back. This a big failure.

Chook August 17, 2011 at 3:00 am

I’d like to see Media Center included within WHS 2011.
Since my HTPC (Win7) is constantly on with scheduled recording, phone answering machine, weather station, power monitoring etc..
It would make sense to have MC included. I would dump Win7 and be more than satisfied using a Home Server OS and still be able to use it for Media Center options.

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Mark S December 16, 2011 at 6:02 am

I’m not sure if you saw that Hitachi has a 4tb drive out now. Does server 2011 home support it…. no. I believe that says it all. Why would I stack 15 drives or more, when 5-6 would do it.

Paul Carvajal December 18, 2011 at 3:59 pm

It should work, however, I haven’t tried or heard from anyone who has.

Have you seen an internal one for sale yet? I found the 4TB external version for $400 on Newegg, which is pretty pricey when you consider just 6-9 months ago you could get a 2TB drive for about $70.

Hopefully when supply catches up with demand next year, we’ll see these in the $150 price range.

Other than price, if you use a 4TB drive, it becomes even more important how good your backups are in case of a failure.

While it’s nice to have only a few hard drives to manage, if one fails, you’re losing a ton of data. So if your average DVD rip is 5GB, a 4TB drive will hold 800 DVDs.

Not saying not to go with a 4TB drive, I probably will as some of my 2TB drives are approaching the 4 year old mark, but be sure to have a good set of backups to avoid a major headache!

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