An Inside Look At Microsoft Home Server And How To Sell It
WHS works best with MCE. A Microsoft rep told Dealerscope that “MCE helps create the digital content while WHS allows the end user to enjoy it.” The PC dedicated to running WHS must be a stand-alone device and allotted only to WHS. It requires two partitionsplus an additional hard drive for redundancy.
To help customers understand the product’s advantange, sales people can begin by saying Microsoft has done away with drive letters and simplified the storage of data by combining it into one pool. Microsoft also focused on people back up their data, and made back up a core part of the product’s functionality. Windows Home Server incorporates Single Instance Store (SIS) technologies, the same technology found in Windows Server 2003. Backups are incremental, copying only files that have changed since the last backup. The backup operates at the cluster level, rather than file level, which limits data redundancies and helps keep the size of the backed-up files relatively small.
By default, the application is set to execute a backup every day at the allotted hour without having to schedule any further procedures. The Drive Extender feature also allows multiple PCs to be backed up to the server. The software will walk users through the process. Users can also drag and drop individual files, if that’s their preferred method of conducting backups.