Microsoft Home Server: Beta Released
Microsoft, for the most part, have kept the Beta Program for Home Server close to home. However, they've begun to take names from the public for those of you who are interested in testing Home Server!
What is Home Server?
Put simply, it is a storage server that sits on your home LAN and serves the other machines connected to your network, no matter where they are in the world. It also allows you to stream movies or photos from your XBOX and can even serve as a backup server for your home computers, providing either full PC backups or file version/rollback functionalities.
For me, the cool idea behind Home Server, and why I signed up to be a Beta-Tester myself (besides the fact that I like to break things), was that it gives you the capability of accessing your files from anywhere, inside or OUTSIDE of your home network. This can be done via a password protected web interface or a simple RDP client. I think that this is the greatest selling point of this technology.
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