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Atom Windows Home Server build on a Friday night – v1 Server Operating System and Overview – Video Edition


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In the last article I built this D510 Windows Home Server. In this post John Zajdler and I will load the OS, talk about Windows Home Server v1 and give you some tips when building your own WHS.

WHS D510 Build


I had been looking for a small form factor for a WHS build for my sister-in-law in recent months. Since the LX195 I bought for my sister was no longer sold, and not that powerful anyway, I decided that a dual-core small form factor would process enough, not be a power hog and fit into their home entertainment center.

Since I was building this WHS for someone else I needed to meet three main requirements:

  • Cost less than a HP MSS (otherwise just buy a EX495)
  • Low watt power usage (35 watts target)
  • Small form and high acceptance factor

The previous article is at:

D510 Board

After tax cost, not including two used 2.5” USB Drives, was $309.61. Not a super cheap build but not expensive either. This build is great for someone like me with extra parts lying around and a Vail beta installation.

This is also a great build for the family. It is not too complicated and could be a great project for you and your children. Your kids can see inside it and the assembly takes less than 30 minutes. Once it is up and running your family can spend hours looking inside and watching your WHS process your media.

Equipment Needed

  • Two beers (Optional as always)
  • Previously Built Windows Home Server
  • OEM v1 WHS OS or Windows Server code name Vail
  • John Zajdler (optional)

Lets set this pig on fire!

WHS D510 Build


Below are two 7 minute videos showing the loading of the operating system of the Windows Home Server. The videos are in HD and give some good information of what to expect with a WHS build. Since I had already done video of the WHS screens during load, this is more of a two man forum on WHS and the loading process.

D510 Atom Mini Windows Home Server – Part Three
D510 Atom Mini Windows Home Server – Part Four

Conclusion – Sweet Build

A special thank you to John Zajdler, Christopher Lux for the consult and all of the encouragement on this build.

See you next Friday night,

Timothy Daleo

Timothy Daleo
Timothy Daleo is a Project Resource Analyst and Oracle Applications Trainer in Pasadena, California. In addition to financial analysis, Tim has been developing training materials since 2003 and supporting direct projects through various auxiliary databases since 2005.


  1. Good stuff Tim. I always enjoy your Friday night posts. I really like the fact that and guys have been working on some joint activities. I enjoy both sites and believe they compliment each other very well.

  2. Great article as usual Tim. I have a question though. I was wondering if you had any problem on intial start up of this board. The reason i ask is because i purchased this board, installed 1 Gb of ram, hooked up a power supply (2×10 & 2×2), fresh out of the box 1.5Tb hard drive powered from the power supply, keyboard, mouse and VGA monitor, i push the power button to turn it on and i get nothing (except the LED on the board and you can hear the hard drive start). Am i missing something?

    Thank you for your help.

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