Wow...we've had 20,000 sign-ups for evaluation of RC in less than a week! No doubt a lot of these were triggered by the many recent write ups we've seen in publications such as PC World, CNET and SmartHouse (an Australian magazine that calls Home Server "the next big thing.") I like CNET's comment: "Don't be scared, setting up Windows Home Server is simple."
With that many sign ups, do all the Bugs get heard? How many get fixed before RC2 or Final? I hope WHS gets out soon, but please release a quality product.
Wow! 20000 registrations! That's amazing! But we can also see that in our logfiles!!
Downloaded the RC1 and installed it. It looks good. I really like the idea a single driverless storage, and the features to avoid file duplication. I also like the fact that being a Windows Server, one can easily develop add-ins to WHS devices. I also like the fact the Microsoft finaly decided to look into this market, and I am sure the product will only get bewtter since its initial release. However, I have some reservations:
I could only evaluate the download-and-install version of WHS, and I must say that for me a NAS device that actually runs and boot from a Hard Drive is fundamentaly flawed. A NAS device for me must but from a FlashROM so it boot fast, run fast, has no danger of the OS (firmware) getting corrupted by viruses or accidental file deletes, and no chance of has no hard drive related problems (e.g.: HD failures).
As I understand WHS will be available as also embedded in OEM devices, this option sounds more promissing to me at least for a NAS device. But then, I assume (please corret me here) that being an embedded OS, upgrades, hotfixes and tweaks to the OS would work differently? Would it be different to add and modify features to the WHS operating system between the installable and the embedded versions?
Another thing is the footprint of the OS. There are excellent NAS devices around such as the Synology CS-407 and Netgear's ReadyNAS NV+ which needs as little as 128 MB or 256 MB to run, and those two devices are top amongst the top performers.