As I mentioned in my last post, I’ve been getting my new development machine configured. It’s running the 64-bit version of Windows Server 2008 Standard. I also have a Windows Home Server (I love it!). I was pretty sure that the two wouldn’t play nicely together. That is, I was pretty sure that I’d try to install the Windows Home Server connector on my development machine and it would yell at me and say I couldn’t do that.
To my surprise, though, the connector installed just fine. Better yet, the backup feature in Windows Home Server works just fine. WOW! So my Windows Home Server is doing an image-level backup of Windows Server 2008. I guess from WHS’s standpoint it must just seem a lot like Vista (same kernel after all), though the Windows Home Server console definitely recognizes it as a server operating system:
On a side note, it was really funny that when Windows Home Server was in beta, the Operating System column for Vista machines said “Windows Longhorn”.
So you heard it here… you can use Windows Home Server to back up Windows Server 2008. Now a bit of a reality check… obviously the only time you would do this is if your Windows Server 2008 machine is actually used more like a workstation. In my case, my 2008 machine is actually my high performance development machine. If you’re wondering why I didn’t install Vista, it’s because I wanted to be able to use Hyper-V to spin up some guest OS’s running 64-bit (for example, Windows Small Business Server 2008).