Originally Posted by mcturkey
It does, in fact, let you backup to a central server, and does support de-dupe -- I've been using that myself. So I'm not quite sure what you're referencing?
Bare metal restore. You can't use CrashPlan to restore a backup to an empty drive. You have to have an OS installed with CrashPlan running.
With WHS you put in the client restore disc, connect to the WHS, and pick which backup you wish to restore. About half an hour later your client PC is exactly the same as the backup image. You can also select to restore individual files the same as CrashPlan. Backing up two or more PCs with the same OS only takes up the footprint of one PC plus any files that are different between them. That basically means it will only use up the amount of space of one copy of Windows and Office plus the differences. CrashPlan lacks the disc imaging ability.
Originally Posted by tman247
I recently replaced my WHSv1 server with WHS2011 + StableBit Drivepool. Very, very impressed with this third party disk pooling software. It actually works better than Drive Extender ever did in my opinion.
Early on I was considering WS2012 Essentials + Storage Spaces for drive pooling, but having read the warnings and horror stories about this, I backed off very quickly. Storage Spaces is just to risky by the sounds of it, unpredictable, and not reliable. Wouldn't use it, and certainly wouldn't use Windows 8 as a storage server.
I did exactly that. I went from WHS2011 + SB DrivePool to WS2012 Essentials + StorageSpaces. I only use the Pooling feature and no sort of duplication or parity. No horror stories here. I do like SB DrivePool better than StorageSpaces, but I like WS2012 better than WHS2011. StorageSpaces lacks drive balancing in the pool.