Home server 2011 or Server 2012?

Discussion in 'Operating Systems' started by cj3waker, Jan 30, 2013.

  1. cj3waker

    cj3waker 2[H]4U

    Oct 12, 2010
    So Im finally putting my big boy pants on and setting up a real home server. There are going to be 3 main uses for this server

    1) Home server - Mainly for streaming to all my raspberry pi's and other windows devices but also as a network drive for my ssd only pcs

    2) Remote server - Grabbing files away from home, remote vnc etc

    3) Web server - Been working on a small personal website for a while now that I want to be able to host myself once it goes live. This isn't my main use for the server and if it isnt going to jive well with my primary uses I can always build a seperate pc for that use.

    So if cost wasnt a concern between home server 2011 and server 2012 which would you choose based on my planned usage? I plan on using drive pool or drive bender with whatever I choose. So I would also appreciate some recommendations on which application you would choose with your choice of operating systems. Also, I can't seem to find definitive differences between the server 2012
    releases (standard, foundation, essentials) It seems to be more of a licensing thing, so furthermore, which version of server 2012 would you go with?

    Sorry guys, Im a total noob at this
  2. Ruoh

    Ruoh [H]ardness Supreme

    Sep 16, 2009
    Personally, I'm going with WHS2011. I'd rather start with an OS that has most of it's bugs worked out, over an unknown. Since you can get a license for ~$50, why not start there to get your feet wet, then upgrade to Server 2012 once the kinks have been worked out?
  3. -Dragon-

    -Dragon- 2[H]4U

    Apr 6, 2007
    You won't regret trying WS2012
  4. odditory

    odditory [H]ardness Supreme

    Dec 23, 2007
    LOL an unknown.
  5. MrCrispy

    MrCrispy 2[H]4U

    May 14, 2007
    If cost is no concern (since there is a pretty big difference) I'd recommend 2012 Essentials. The main difference with the other editions is its much more easier for home setup and use. The one big difference with WHS2011, besides 2012 being more modern, is the backup has a lot of bugs fixed and is much faster.

    Honestly, for the uses you listed, even Win 7 or Win 8 is going to work just great.