Would you like to evaluate Windows Home Server 2011? If the answer is yes then Microsoft are offering an online experience. There won’t be a download for WHS 2011 so this is your only evaluation option if you don’t have MSDN or TechNet.
Yes, you read that correctly. Unlike Windows Home Server V1, there will NOT be a downloadable evaluation copy of Windows Home Server 2011. Microsoft say this is because of licensing issues with some of the codecs. My guess is that it is also probably to try and cut down on the amount of piracy!
Anyway, the online evaluation is available and you should check it out.Experience Windows Home Server 2011 Online today
Have you tried Windows Home Server 2011 yet? What do you think?
Here is what Microsoft said on their blog:
Today I am pleased to say the online evaluation experience for WHS 2011 is now ready. This provides customers the ability to walk through both client and server interaction freely, or follow a suggested demonstration path with the evaluation manual which will also launch with the online experience. Available 24 hours per day, it provides a super simple way to experience WHS without the need for hardware,
Try it out for yourself on our temporary launching site at http://online.holsystems.com/portals/sbs/whs/. Over the next few weeks we will be updating the WHS ms.com website in line with many of our partner GA’s activities and have a full introduction portal to the online experience.
Let me preempt one immediate question I am sure will be asked – When can I download an evaluation version so I can test at home on my own hardware? The answer to this is that we are not currently planning to release a downloadable evaluation version. Some of the embedded third-party codecs we use within WHS 2011 do not allow us to provide a trial version due to licensing agreements. As a result we can only offer an online experience. We are still working with many of our OEM’s on additional evaluation experiences and may have more information in the future on other ways to trial WHS 2011.