Originally Posted by kmusk01
If it were me and you wanted something dead simple and pretty cheap I would just go with Windows Home Server 2011. Its around $50 for the software and you already seem to have the hard drives and a case. As long as the chipset can do 64-bit you are fine (Most can)
Once its setup you forget all about it and it just works. I actually have mine hidden in the Garage up by the ceiling. I forget its there as its out of site
I use the home server to backup all 7 of my computers in the house.
Now my setup will be a tad different than yours as I don't stream anything from my Home Server. I actually only use my home server for backups. This way if one of my computer dies, I have a copy of everything I need to get it backup and running in no time, and no data loss. If my home server were to crash, then the computers all have their data still on them.
I do have a portable USB hard drive that I plug into any computer once a month and backup documents and pictures, and bring that to my office for off site. I might switch that to cloud backup, but have not decided yet.
I like the home server as I can setup my Shares and specify what users can have what kind of access. Plus I can share pics very easily with family and friends by giving them a link to my home server with a login.
I was attracted to WHS because of the streaming data from server to client, meaning not having to keep adding external drives or cracking open the case and adding additional drives there.
The other attraction is smaller, less power hungry clients locally and host all data on the server. Adding parity and online back up will ensure data is always safe. Keeping a few flash drives and a few externals around and in a safe place is the third or four level of protection against mother nature, accidents and drive failure.
Also I like to travel, so being able to watch content on the go is important instead carrying externals around with you.
Finally admin your own server translates into useful information for Server 2008 and Small Business Server usage, add to CV/Resume.