Customers are given the option of anonymously sharing some data with Microsoft during the initial configuration of their home servers as one of the few questions ("The 7 Simple Steps") that are asked during setup.
The Customer Experience Improvement Program data is used to gather metrics about how customers are using the product and helps influence future product decisions. The home server software is instrumented to collect only a few data points and all of the data is anonymously reported to Microsoft. I thought I would share charts from 2 of those data points, so you can get an idea of how the early adopters of Windows Home Server are configuring their machines.
A big thanks to all of the customers that have agreed to share their configuration data to help the home server team understand how you are using the product. Real data from real customers is a lot better as a data collection methodology than any quantitative web-based survey.
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