Windows Home Server

Windows Home Server
Version of Microsoft Windows
OS familyWindows NT
Version5.2 (base OS)
6.0 (Home Server components, Preinstallation Environment)
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 the Windows Small Business Server 2003 codebase. It aimed to help families back up important information by incorporating a server. It was first released to manufacturing on 16 July 2007 and was made generally available on 4 November 2007. The operating system was short-lived, with support having ended on 8 January 2013. It was eventually succeeded by Windows Home Server 2011, whose functionalities were later integrated into the Essentials edition of Windows Server 2012.

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.

Although the kernel reports Windows Home Server as version 5.2, the version in the Home Server Console and the Preinstallation Environment is reported as 6.0.

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.[1]

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[edit | edit source]

Beta 2[edit | edit source]

Community Technology Preview[edit | edit source]

Release Candidate[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]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. O'Connor, Tom. Dublin, Jill. Mommy, Why is There a Server in the House?, Microsoft. 14 December 2007.