At the end of March 2011, Microsoft released their new home server software solution, Windows Home Server 2011. Formerly codenamed "Vail", this version of Windows Home Server follows on their earlier effort that was called just Windows Home Server.
Here at NAS-Pro, we've bought and built a lot of network attached storage devices over the years. Even though our current primary setup includes two Synology 1010+ NAS' s with two Synology DX510 disc expanders attached, and our current recommendation given all the tradeoffs between price and performance is a similar configuration of the successor to the 1010+, the 1511+ (along with the 5 bay DX 510 if you need more than 5 drives), my curiousity about the performance and features of Windows Home Server 2011, and the need to backup several windows computers we have is driving me to build a new server and test Windows Home Server 2011.
The overall plan is to buy a copy of Windows Home Server 2011 (already done) and install it using an old dual core pentium motherboard/CPU combo that I have in a full tower Lian Li case I also have. Since the software is 64 bit, I intend to put at least 4 or 8 gigabytes of RAM in the box since it can use as much RAM as I can throw at it.
Later, I want to use this same box to install a Supermicro Atom motherboard to compare the difference in performance and power usage.
So this is the first in a series of posts that will describe the build I will do. I'll post soon about the process and results.