Windows Home Server: system requirements and SDK
Part 7 of GALLERY: Windows Home Server beta 2
It's probably worth pointing out here that even though our tests have been done on a system that's running close to Microsoft's base spec for Windows Home Server, our experience has been excellent.
Microsoft cites the minimum hardware requirements for Windows Home Server as a 1GHz Pentium III (although a Pentium 4, AMD x64 or newer CPU is recommended) with 512MB of RAM. It's not an overly optimistic spec: even on our meagre machine (a 1.2GHz Pentium III with 512MB of RAM and a Seagate 160GB hard drive) Windows Home Server was surprisingly responsive and stable. After all, home servers don't carry much of a load if they're just sharing files and printers.
Of course storage is critical for a server, but it's both easy and affordable to boost any system from the stated minimum spec of an 80GB primary disk to hard drives as large and as numerous as your system (and wallet) can handle.
Just as we put the finishing touches on this article a copy of the Community Technology Preview (CTP) update to Beta 2 lobbed onto our desk. There are two stand-outs in this revision, which also sports a slightly tweaked UI in some areas.
By the by, those who're interested in interfaces should check out the blog of Windows Home Server UI designer Kynan Antos, where Antos is posting images of various prototypes of the Windows Home Server Console and mapping their evolution into the finished product.
|Consolation prize: two of the early prototypes (shown above and below) of the Windows Home Server Console software through which administrators manage the server
As we detailed earlier this month, Microsoft has released an SDK for Windows Home Server which will allow developers to create software to add features and functionality to the server. The CTP release introduces an Add-ins panel on the Settings screen through which users can browse and install these third-party plug-ins.