Build list legend
|Version of Microsoft Windows|
|OS family||Windows NT|
|Windows Server 2008 R2 (base OS)|
Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials (Home Server components)
|Windows Home Server|
|Windows Server 2012 Essentials|
Windows Home Server 2011 (codenamed Vail) is the successor to Windows Home Server released on 6 April 2011. Its components are based on the Essentials SKU of Windows Small Business Server 2011. Similarly to the previous release of Windows Home Server, this release was also short-lived with support having ended on 12 April 2016.
With the release of Windows Server 2012, the Windows Home Server product line and its functionalities were merged into the mainline Windows Server family of operating systems.
This version of Windows raises the system requirements to 2 GB of memory, 1.4 GHz processor and 160 GB hard drive or better, although Windows Home Server 2011 doesn't actually require either to work. The requirements can be bypassed by using
dism.exe to directly apply the install image. Alternatively,
install.wim can be used with the installer of Windows Server 2008 R2 or Windows 7.