Windows Home Server
Sharing was another fundamental issue addressed during the design stages. While it does not offer a true remote accessed solution, it does utilize Windows Media Connect-based sharing. Microsoft provides users with a free, secure Web connection that provides access via a password from any Internet connection. The application’s dashboard is another strong feature. It provides a bird’s eye view of the health of all of the PCs on the network. If a home has three PCs connected to the network, for example, and one PC turns off the Windows firewall, the dashboard will notify the user.
Windows Home Server supports a maximum of 10 user accounts plus a guest account, disabled by default. Users can easily create shared folders and assign folder-access privileges to users. While the application provides very little “wow” factor, Microsoft created an all-in-one solution that bundles strong multimedia features that a typical customer can understand and benefit from, especially as the home network in the average home increases in complexity each day.