How to Build (or win) a Tiny Windows Home Server

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Description

Donavon from Home Server Hacks has put together instructions on how to build a tiny little Windows Home Server using an ARTiGO Pico-ITX kit. It's an interesting read and an especially good pick if your main concern is low power consumption - the Pico uses a staggering 13-watts of power at idle. While the board isn't the most plug and play compatible hardware out there for Home Server, this will show you how to make it work.

And if you're not so handy, Donavon is giving this one away to a lucky commentor. You have until Sunday January 11th to enter.

[Note: Just to be clear, leaving a comment here will get you nothing but my admiration. To actually enter this contest, head over to Donavon's blog and leave a comment there.]

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    Trix.rox

    So, a Home Server would be nice. Instant restore from failing hard drives!


    It might making a failing hard drive kinda fun....so let me win one of these Wink.

    That ARTiGO Pico-ITX kit seems perfect for a home server. I wasn't aware of it, or aware you could build your own and get the OS...

    This is exstatically neat.

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    Millusdk

    Home server on a Pico-ITX sounds nice Smiley

    I find that the HP home servers (the only ones sold in my country) are very large for what they actually do.
    I sure would like to win one of these as well Wink

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    William​Wishart

    I've been thinking about reusing an old desktop to act as a Home Server, however this machine sounds like a small jet engine and uses almost as much energy. A nice little quiet machine would be ideal, but the ARTiGO Pico ITX machine could be a little too little. I've not seen anyone comment on the noise levels coming from the HP server.

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    Danny Garcia

    Wow, that's a really great idea. I've always wanted to switch to WHS, but the size of the HP has always daunted me. This pico mod is a great concept... just stack it with the switches and routers, and skip another tower setup entirely. Will definitely follow!

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    Nikita Polyakov

    This is awesome!

    Low power consumption is a good point I would look forward to.

    I would love to win one!

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    Ikon

    Greetings everyone. I'm a new member of this site. I have one quick question right off: how does one enter for a contest like this?

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    Manuel

    Hm a Green Home Server, would be cool to win one. Or in other words: please, please i want it!!! I always wanted a WHS and with the 13 watts the ARTiGO Pico-ITX seems to be perfect.

    Manuel

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    poleyig

    It's small footprint and energy consumption is quite impressive! Well done on all fronts!

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    poleyig

    Sorry for the repost. Apparently Firefox and this site don't get along.

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    LarryLarsen
    To enter for this, follow the link over to Donavon's site and leave a comment there.  Smiley
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    Ray Casey

    Nice... did you give it away already?  and I cannot believe I am saying this as when it comes to windows + software HP has in the past done really poorly, but the latest offering from HP re WHS has a great suite of application services/functionality.   size or not (and I like this combo) i would lean toward the HP...  Once these things become a commodity, the tipping point will always become applications functionality... 

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