I'm looking for a new backup and media storage solution. Computer backup would be concern/goal #1. Media Storage would be concern/goal #2. In addition to that, I would probably also experiment with server for FTP, syslog, and various other things. (but that's all super low priority)
All of my computers in the house are Windows based, and I like the idea of the automated full image backup that WHS provides. Are there any good alternatives to that? I was looking at CrashPlan's website briefly... the free version looked interesting, but I couldn't tell if you can backup a full image with it. Can you?
On the media side, my collection is small by AVS standards (a couple of TB). I would probably add on StableBit Drive Pool to duplicate my important files. All of my media right now is on my HTPC. And I guess I could leave it there, but I'm thinking it would be better on the storage server with Drive Pool. (right now I just do a manual backup to an external drive as necessary) When Media Browser 3 is officially released, I would like to install that. (current MB2 user) And then I could have my HTPC be the server since it's an i5 and would be better for transcoding and just pull the media from the storage server.
It seems like WHS2011 is still the best answer for my needs, but I'm concerned over the lack of support going forward. Should I get WHS2011?
And as a add-on question... Assuming WHS2011, is anybody running that on one of the HP N54L micro servers? If so, how well does it work? I would still consider building my own, but those servers are pretty cheap.