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Windows Home Server 2011 Online Evaluation Experience Now Available


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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 Over the next few weeks we will be updating the WHS 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.

Andrew Edney
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I am the owner and editor of this site. I have been interested in gadgets and tech since I was a little kid. I have also written a number of books on various tech subjects. I also blog for The Huffington Post and for FHM. And I am honoured to be a Microsoft MVP since January 2008 - again this year as an Xbox MVP.


    • Jon

      I have experienced this myself in the past, and in fact on my iXL. It was to do with system reserved partition on the iXL becoming short on space. Have you tried removing that element from the backup and seeing if that worked?

      In the end I resolved it by extending the system reserved partition. I found the information via Google – unfortunately I dont have the link anymore to the specific instructions I used.

      Good luck and let us know if that cures it.


  1. Being new to WHS, I wanted to know how does the backup feature work? I have Windows 7 Home Premium, but found that network backups are not supported?

    • When you have WHS installed you install the connector onto each machine you want to backup. That handles the backup, not the Windows 7 backup.

      If you have any more questions please visit our forums by clicking on the link above


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