Windows Home Server 2011

Windows Home Server 2011 with the code name Vail is an operating system for home servers by Microsoft and the successor to Windows Home Server. It is based on the Windows Server 2008 R2 and is therefore a pure 64- bit operating system.

The final version of the operating system has been available since June 2011.


Windows Home Server 2011 features as its predecessor, up to ten Windows computers in the home network regular system backups and an easy and centralized access to data such as music, images and videos, to which can be accessed on demand from the Internet, as well as to devices such as printers and scanners. In addition, it can be extended with corresponding programs with functions. He can join the well-known Windows 7 homegroup.

In addition to Windows PCs are the possibilities for the Windows Home Server 2011, Mac and iPhone are available, such as a backup feature for Macs.

Changes to the previous

The well-known from the first version of Home Server Drive Extender technology was removed from the current version. For data duplication should be resorted back to classic RAID technology.


  • X64 processor with 1.3 GHz clock frequency
  • 2 GB of RAM
  • 160 GB hard disk ( NTFS, FAT is not supported)


Since April 26, 2010, the Windows Home Server V2 is in public beta testing ( official site for beta testing in English ). Since 16 August 2010, there is an updated beta.

Since 3 February 2011, the Windows Home Server 2011 RC ( Release Candidate ) is available for download.


On 29 March 2011, intended for publication version was completed. Since April 5, 2011, she is on Technet and MSDN for download. OEM devices to be commercially available starting in June. Since the end of May System Builder versions for individuals from about € 90 are available commercially. Mid-June 2011, Microsoft reduced the price for a WHS2011 license to around 50 € to boost so the market with finished products.

Discontinuation, sales recruitment, support end

With the introduction of Windows Server 2012 it was announced that there will be no new Windows Home Server. The sale of the Windows Home Server 2011 has been set by Microsoft on 31 December 2013. The support part of Microsoft ends on April 12, 2016.