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6 Ways You Can Maximize Windows Home Server

Part of the Windows Home Server For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Windows Home Server rates as more than an operating system, it's a platform (according to Microsoft). To get the most out of Windows Home Server, be sure to

  • Stick a second hard drive on your server. Windows Home Server needs two or more hard drives on the server in order to perform all the backups you paid for. The second hard drive needn't be fancy.

  • Turn on duplication for your server's shared folders. At first glance, the Folder Duplication feature mirrors the data in a folder on two (or sometimes more) hard drives. By maintaining mirror images, any single drive can turn belly-up, and Windows Home Server will still be able to reconstitute all the files in the folder.

  • Enable the Guest account. The Guest account does more than you think. For example, it can help your Xbox 360 pull music and videos off the server.

  • Set up Remote Access. If you ever need to log on to your home network from Patong or low Earth orbit, you'll be glad you have it.

  • Turn off other backup programs on Vista and XP machines. With Windows Home Server in place, you won't need NTBackup or Vista's Automatic Backup programs.

  • Get offsite storage. Windows Home Server can't protect your data if your house burns down or your server decides to eat all its disks. Offsite backup isn't automatic, but it can be free.

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