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Windows Home Server and Squeezebox

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 24-Aug-2007 11:47

I have been running Windows Home Server for a while now, currently as a virtual machine, alongside other three virtual machines on the same desktop box I have here.

Now that Windows Home Server is available here in New Zealand and Australia (the rest of the world needs to wait!) and seeing it doesn't look like it will be making into MSDN subscriptions anytime soon, I decided to buy a copy now, and should have it here tomorrow morning.

The plan is to install Windows Home Server as the host OS, and keep running Windows Virtual Server on it, plus a couple of really cool plugins I found through wegotserved.co.uk.

This will reduce the number of virtual machines on this hardware by one, freeing up 1 GB RAM (out of a total 2.5 GB on this host), which will be enough to run the Windows Home Server as host. The host has an internal 160 GB SATA drive, plus two external drives for a total of 1.45 TB storage, so this should be enough.

I currently run Hamachi Premium on my Windows Home Server, which means I am always in my home LAN, regardless of where I am connected to the Internet.

As part of this master plan I am also getting a Logitech Squeezebox. I have tested the SlimServer software and it works really well under Windows Home Server, and the SoftSqueeze emulator played all my music content and radio, so adding the Squeezebox to the network is not going to be a problem.

Windows Home Server is a great home LAN solution, allowing you to automatically backup your PCs, and keep the content safe by automatically "balancing" the content between your drives. Adding or removing more disc space is easy, and all the "magic" mirroring happens behind the scenes.

Some of the plugins I have installed are the Add Website and Whiist.

If you haven't seen Windows Home Server yet, here are some screenshots:









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