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post #1 of 4 Old 09-13-2013, 07:36 AM - Thread Starter
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On the fence to build my NAS that is mainly for storage with 4 or 5 HDDs of raid 5 of the first stage. I don't know about FreeNAS, Ubuntu, .. and I don't want to install it either. Just focus on Windows OS. I plan to buy Windows Server 2012 Essentials for my NAS/ media server, but I suddenly found Windows Storage Server 2012 that is specifically optimized for use with network-attached storage devices.
My question here is what are differences between them? Which one should I go with if doesn't care much about money I have to pay for the OS? My NAS will be increased in capacity in the next few years, in fact.
Much appreciate for your inputs.
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post #2 of 4 Old 09-13-2013, 08:10 AM
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I'm surprised you are going this route ...

What hardware are you using ?

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Well if anything, WSS 2012 is similar to WSS 2008 R2 in the fact that its only available to OEM hardware vendors. WSS 2012 from what I saw is only available right now as an evaluation so there's really no telling if it will be a full release or not.

I would recommend going with WS 2012E as it has all the backup features and media streaming capability. However with that Windows Sever 2012E will install and configure itself as the DC (Domain Controller) and your clients will have to join the domain. I believe there are ways around that but I don't remember off the top of my head. WSS 2012 cannot, but believe it can join one.

You could always play with both if you have the capability to test them in the VM environment to see how they will work for you.
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Why not just buy a copy of WHS 2011 for $40.

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