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    I came across an item describing the server capabilities built into Windows 8. It sounded like nearly any hardware configuration would support the server function. Has anyone on the board explored using a small, low power Win8 box as a home server?
    Mike____________________________________________________________ __________________
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  • #2
    I'm curious about running HS3 on a Microsoft Surface Pro. Low power and decent i5 horsepower but have the same sort of questions about Windows 8.

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    • #3
      Interesting, I actually came to ask this exactly. I have Homeseer running on windows home server 2011 right now, but am thinking of putting it on to an ssd on windows 8 when hs3 releases since I will more or less need to do a fresh build anyway.

      Very interested in seeing feedback from anyone running on win 8.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Uncle Michael View Post
        I came across an item describing the server capabilities built into Windows 8. It sounded like nearly any hardware configuration would support the server function. Has anyone on the board explored using a small, low power Win8 box as a home server?
        Can you share what you were looking at?

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        • #5
          Originally posted by heatvent View Post
          Can you share what you were looking at?
          Sorry, I should have put some links in my original post.

          Two articles in PCWorld:
          http://www.pcworld.com/article/20266...me-server.html
          http://www.pcworld.com/article/20128...windows-8.html
          Mike____________________________________________________________ __________________
          HS3 Pro Edition 3.0.0.548

          HW: Stargate | NX8e | CAV6.6 | Squeezebox | PCS | WGL 800RF, Rain8Net+ | RFXCOM | QSE100D | Vantage Pro | Green-Eye | X10: XTB-232, -IIR | Edgeport/8 | Way2Call | Ecobee3

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          • #6
            So for what its worth, I have played with Storage Spaces quite a bit and they really are very slick. Most of the other features listed in those articles are actually in Win 7 to some degree, and I have been using Win 7 as both an HTPC and file server for some time. The biggest issue with using a desktop OS as a heavy use file server is simply that the OS is not tuned for it, so there are some tweaks that you may have to use to keep it from running out of memory due to file sharing issues. These are minor tweaks, and once you put them in they work fine.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by chewie View Post
              Interesting, I actually came to ask this exactly. I have Homeseer running on windows home server 2011 right now, but am thinking of putting it on to an ssd on windows 8 when hs3 releases since I will more or less need to do a fresh build anyway.

              Very interested in seeing feedback from anyone running on win 8.
              Chewie...
              are you still running it on whs 2011? i am thinking of starting this up tonight for myself!!!!!
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              • #8
                No, my WHS server died in a storm so I rebuilt it on Win 7. The reason that I did WHS was I was trying to use it as my HS box and NAS, but WHS sucked for that so I built a FreeNAS box and put HS back on just a dedicated Win 7 machine.

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                • #9
                  i was running hs2 on whs2011 and moved to win8.

                  whs2011 had too many driver problems for me and hs2.
                  HS3 Pro on Windows 8 64bit
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