Originally Posted by renethx
If you want *Windows*, then actually any Windows version looks good for a media storage server. Windows Home Server 2011 happens to be the cheapest (because it is abandoned), so it is the best for some (budget-minded) people.
Yup^ I would agree with that statement 100%. The more than double the cost for W7 or W8 is the issue there. You don't really gain anything by spending the $$$ so I don't see the point in doing that.
Since I use a dedicated SSD for my OS and I choose FlexRAID over the others- I can easily install anything I want (Windows 8/9/10 even windows 11 when the times comes) I could install WHS2017 in 2017, or I could install WHS2014 next year... (if it exists).
I won't lose a bit of data- and it won't take me more than 20 minutes.
That is why I have chosen the path I have taken.
Ability to do this kind of stuff is grossly underrated IMO. I don't care which solution you choose, there will come a time when you need to make adjustments because either software or hardware has failed, or technology has changed. How easy that is, or how hard it is - it's really up to what you choose today.
For me- Choosing cheap, highly capable, easy to set up, WHS2011 today was also about being able to replace it easily in future. It's not like your stuck with it.
I can literally power down my server, unplug my SAS8087 cables from my two HBA cards- boot back up and install windows 8 or WHS2012 right on top of my install now - then restart plug back in my SAS8087 cables and I have a new OS and all my data. If I want to pool it all together again I can choose any option I want to do that, or I can re-use my existing Flexraid I have now.
I don't see any dead end in the path I have taken, rather I see an easy out and easy upgrade path. Everything that is said negative about WHS and Flexraid is really a postive IMO. I realize I might be more prone to tinkering, upgrading and such than some.- BUT at some point every single person will need to to do it. How easy do you want it to be ? Choose wise now.
My server thread documents my tearing apart my WHS2011+ Flexraid server four times now. I went from 10TB to 20TB to 30TB to 35TB... I changed SSD's, I changed motherboards, I changed CPU's, I changed hard drives, RAM, PSU, I changed cases, I added IBM M1015, I broke that... added DELL 6GPS HBA cards.... etc... etc....
I never lost a bit of data- it was all pretty easy. And- my server very much is set it and forget it. There is no reason I would need to touch it unless I am inclined to do so.