Windows Home Server 2011 does have three cool, home-user-oriented features that you won't find in SBS: One is Silverlight streaming, which lets people connect to each other remotely (with permission) and see slideshows and access music and video through their Web browser. The second is Media Center archiving for saving recorded TV shows. The third is Home group support for Windows 7 Home groups.
There are some great add-ons for Windows Home Server that you may find helpful. Michael Leworthy, Microsoft's senior technical product manager for Windows Home Server, mentioned several add-ins (most of which can also be used with SBS 2011):
- Proxure Keepvault, for cloud backup of critical media files
- Windows Phone 7 add-in, which when it is released later this year will let you view the health of your server and do some easy admin from a Windows Phone 7 device
- Awieco Remote launcher, for launching more admin tools straight from the dashboard
Built on Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Home Server 2011 is a powerful, feature-rich server OS for the smallest businesses -- affordable (about $1000 for a fully configured server box) and easy enough that even a novice or hobbyist can get it up and running.
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