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The Complete Guide to Home Servers

windows home server logoServers have been used in large networks, like those created by companies, universities and government bodies, for years to provide services like file storage, communications and application hosting. Now with more and more homes installing several networked devices installed like games consoles, media centers, smartphones, PCs and laptops, there is a growing need for a centralized server in the home.

Many products exist to fill the niche, including Windows Home server from Microsoft, and a number of specialized Linux distributions.

This guide reviews some of the solutions available for a home server, shows you how to build you own home server, and provides tips on how to get the get the most out of your own home server environment.

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Why Does Moving Files Take So Long on Windows Home Server?

If your home network utilizes a Windows Home Server, swapping files between devices should be simple. So why does it suddenly take so long?...

Recommended Add-Ins for Windows Home Server

Add-ins for Windows Home Server can be anything from anti-virus software to media extensions for your video and music folders. This article gives you the best five add-ins you should...

How to Build a Green Home Server

Building a green home server requires careful consideration of the components being used. Home servers are often kept on and at idle for long periods of time, so lower power consumption...

Coordinating Data Between Desktops and Laptops

Coordinating data between desktops and laptops has become simpler every passing year. From the joke of 'sneaker net' to online services, coordinating files with two computers...

Most Popular Articles on Home Server
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    Recommended Add-Ins for Windows Home Server

    Add-ins for Windows Home Server can be anything from anti-virus software to media extensions for your video and music folders. This article gives you the best five add-ins you should try....

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    How to Build a Green Home Server

    Building a green home server requires careful consideration of the components being used. Home servers are often kept on and at idle for long periods of time, so lower power consumption is extremely important...

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    Why Does Moving Files Take So Long on Windows Home Server?

    If your home network utilizes a Windows Home Server, swapping files between devices should be simple. So why does it suddenly take so long?...

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    Coordinating Data Between Desktops and Laptops

    Coordinating data between desktops and laptops has become simpler every passing year. From the joke of 'sneaker net' to online services, coordinating files with two computers is now easy as pie...

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    Is it Possible to Dual Boot Windows Home Server?

    Though Windows Home Server (WHS) is capable of supporting several PCs, some people may want to have to dual boot Windows Home Server for any reason. This article examines any possible problems...

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