Windows Home Server

Windows Home Server
Version of Microsoft Windows
OS familyWindows NT
Release date2007-11-04
Support end2013-01-08
Based on
Windows Small Business Server 2003
Replaced by
Windows Home Server 2011

Windows Home Server (codenamed Quattro) is a home server solution developed by Microsoft, based on Windows Small Business Server 2003, itself a spin-off of Windows Server 2003. It was formally announced by Bill Gates, then-CEO of Microsoft, on 8 January 2007 during the 2007 Consumer Electronics Show at the Las Vegas Convention Center.[1][2] It was first released to manufacturing on 16 July 2007 and was made generally available on 4 November 2007.[3] Along with the launch of Windows Home Server, a children's book titled Mommy, Why is There a Server in the House? was released to promote the then-new operating system.[4]

A key functionality of Windows Home Server is the Console, which allows the administrator to configure certain aspects of the server, such as managing computers in a network, viewing the status of disk drives and the ability to create and modify user accounts through a dashboard application. Users can remotely log onto an online server dashboard, host personal file shares on the server and publish images to the Internet—all of which is achieved through the use of the Home Server Connector software.

The operating system was short-lived, with support having ended on 8 January 2013. It was eventually succeeded by Windows Home Server 2011, based on Windows Server 2008 R2. The Small Business and Home Server product lines were eventually discontinued in favor of the Windows Server 2012 Essentials edition.

System requirements[edit | edit source]

Microsoft recommends Windows Home Server to be installed on a system with an Pentium III running on 1 GHz or better, at least 512 MB of RAM, 70 GB of hard drive space, a SVGA display adapter or better display adapter, a 100 Mbit/s Ethernet network adapter and a DVD-ROM drive.

List of known builds[edit | edit source]

Beta 1[edit | edit source]

Beta 2[edit | edit source]

Community Technology Preview[edit | edit source]

Release Candidate[edit | edit source]

Pre-RTM[edit | edit source]

RTM Escrow[edit | edit source]

RTM[edit | edit source]

Power Pack 1 Release Candidate[edit | edit source]

Power Pack 1[edit | edit source]

Power Pack 2[edit | edit source]

Power Pack 3 Beta[edit | edit source]

Power Pack 3[edit | edit source]

Notes[edit | edit source]

  1. The operating system itself is based on Windows Server 2003 (version 5.2), although the Home Server-specific components use version 6.0. Additionally, the Windows Vista preinstallation environment (also version 6.0) is used throughout the first stage of setup.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Microsoft. Bill Gates Unveils Windows Home Server at the 2007 International Consumer Electronics Show, Microsoft PressPass. 8 January 2007.
  2. Gates III, William Henry. Microsoft Keynote, CES 2007. 8 January 2007.
  3. Microsoft. Windows Home Server Available Now to Help Families Protect, Connect and Share Their Digital Experiences, Microsoft PressPass. 4 November 2007.
  4. O'Connor, Tom; Dublin, Jill. Mommy, Why is There a Server in the House?, Microsoft. 14 December 2007.