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July 19, 2011 3:00:22 PM

I just ordered WHS 2011 at newegg for $49 (great promo discount). I have a "retired" machine that still runs and need your comments/suggestions/ criticism and if you must you laughs. It will be primarily a file server for docs, data, photos etc. My 2 rigs below will access it along with my wife's Sony Vaio laptop (dual core with Win 7-64) and possibly 2 other win 7-64 machines. All clients have gigabit access via CAT 5-e

I have comcast high speed internet (16/40 with a D-Link 655 router (4- gigabit ports) plus a netgear 5 port gigabit switch.

The "retired" machine specs are"
MB Asus A8N5X ( has gigabit built in NIC 939 socket)
CPU AMD X2-4800 (939 Toledo core)
RAM 2 gigs DDR-3200
HD WD Green 1 TB
PSU CoolerMaster 460
Vid 8500GT

Fire away with your thoughts/criticism/laghs etc.

Is this sufficient to even run WHS 2011?

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July 19, 2011 3:57:01 PM

I'd say that's plenty fine. You meet the minimum specs for WHS 2011 and if it's just serving data and not transcoding I doubt you need much in the way of power. if you need a sanity check, have a look at any WHS boxes running WHS 2011 and compare their specs to your own.
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July 19, 2011 7:54:33 PM

Thank you for the response.
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July 20, 2011 6:40:46 AM

Decided to use another rig -MSI 880gm-P45 with an AthlonII x4-640, 4 gigs DDR3, integrated video, 2-320g WD Blue 7200s + WD Green 1 TB.
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July 20, 2011 10:21:22 PM

Waiting for the WHS 2011 software. Apparently that deal from Newegg was rare.
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July 21, 2011 10:30:48 AM

There's a similar deal on Amazon.co.uk right now. I was tempted to upgrade to WHS 2011, as I'm on the original WHS right now. If I'm being honest, I don't need anything more as I just use it as a fileserver for my media PC and it's working well so far. I've actually just changed the spec of mine...I had an Athlon 64 3000+ with 1.5GB of RAM. It was a complete mix-and-match from old stuff I had around. I'm now on an Intel E2140 with 2GB of RAM, and more importantly a motherboard that has 8 SATA ports onboard. My case has room for 10 drives so I'll eventually get a PCIe expansion card to make up the difference. Should do me for a good deal of time, I hope.
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July 27, 2011 7:05:39 PM

diellur said:
There's a similar deal on Amazon.co.uk right now. I was tempted to upgrade to WHS 2011, as I'm on the original WHS right now. If I'm being honest, I don't need anything more as I just use it as a fileserver for my media PC and it's working well so far. I've actually just changed the spec of mine...I had an Athlon 64 3000+ with 1.5GB of RAM. It was a complete mix-and-match from old stuff I had around. I'm now on an Intel E2140 with 2GB of RAM, and more importantly a motherboard that has 8 SATA ports onboard. My case has room for 10 drives so I'll eventually get a PCIe expansion card to make up the difference. Should do me for a good deal of time, I hope.

Your system sounds great!
I got the WHS 2011 software and install went great. I used the MSI 785GM-P45 mb with the Athlon II X4-640 (Zalman 9700hs) plus 4 g of DDR3 ram. I installed the OS on the WD Blue 320 g HD, bought a 2 TB WD Green at bestbuy on a great sale and use it along with the WD Green 1 tb as HDs for data. Since the 2 TB is the fastest (tested using my AIDA 64 software) I used it for the WHS 2011 default data folders (Documents, Movies, Recorded TV, Pictures, etc) I moved the client backup folder to the 1 TB green drive. I also got a 500g Toshiba USB external drive for server backup. So far so good.
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July 27, 2011 8:23:27 PM

dang, how did I miss that deal....$49. Wow.
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July 27, 2011 8:53:01 PM

guskline said:
Your system sounds great!
I got the WHS 2011 software and install went great. I used the MSI 785GM-P45 mb with the Athlon II X4-640 (Zalman 9700hs) plus 4 g of DDR3 ram. I installed the OS on the WD Blue 320 g HD, bought a 2 TB WD Green at bestbuy on a great sale and use it along with the WD Green 1 tb as HDs for data. Since the 2 TB is the fastest (tested using my AIDA 64 software) I used it for the WHS 2011 default data folders (Documents, Movies, Recorded TV, Pictures, etc) I moved the client backup folder to the 1 TB green drive. I also got a 500g Toshiba USB external drive for server backup. So far so good.


Sounds spot on...if it works, it works and you don't need to look back. I was tempted with WHS 2011, but the version I have fits all my needs and I do like Drive Extender. Not sure if I'd be so keen on WHS without it, to be honest, but I expect I'll find out sooner or later! I tend to keep my server shutdown, as it's mainly for media uses. I've written a batch file that used WoL to turn it on when the media PC boots into Windows. It's overkill, but I plan to get SSDs for both...the media PC doesn't need much space, and if the WHS has one too then both will boot up very quickly and I can get to my movies faster!
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July 30, 2011 12:49:33 AM

So far it's been great. Now to get the family to use the remote connection.
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August 9, 2011 1:41:00 AM

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