Windows Home Server
When selling the product, retailers should inform their customers that WHS is not designed for use as a regular operating system, but in conjunction with Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows Media Center Edition (MCE). Retailers could use this as a springboard to sell additional products, such as an upgraded PC with a version of the OS that works best with WHS, an entirely new operating system or networking gear, such as a router. Installation and training services can also be sold as part of the full solution.
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 partitions, plus 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 who back up their data, and made back-up a core part of the product’s functionality. Windows Home Server incorporates Single Instance Store (SIS) technology, the same technology found in Windows Server 2003. Backups are incremental, copying only files that have changed since the last back-up. The back-up 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.