Windows Home Server 2011 is designed to help
families keep their files and data automatically backed up, organized,
and accessible. Affordable and easy to use, it's available as a
Use it to recover lost files, restore your PC, help keep your devices running smoothly and safely, and stream media files across your home network.
Automatic, daily backups of all network PCs
Easy, centralized PC maintenance and secure access to files across your home network
Streaming of media files across your network
Remote, online access to files and home-based PCs
Extendable with add-ins and third-party apps
Help keep your files safe and all your devices running smoothly
Windows Home Server 2011, you can:
Perform daily backups of every computer on your network, including the server.
Restore everything from individual lost files to entire PCs.
Easily restore your entire server in the event of a critical disaster.
Have your files and devices sit behind your firewall with strong password controls.
Share what you want and keep the rest private.
Monitor the condition and performance of each computer in your home.
Keep antivirus and other protection software up to date.
Get your files in order and access them with ease
With Windows Home Server 2011 you can:
Store all your photos, movies, and other files in a central location.
Get to all these files from any computer on your home network.
Stream shared photos, music, and videos on network devices.
Enjoy a common music collection with your family.
Watch smoothly streaming video, digitally recorded TV shows, and Silverlight-powered slide shows, both in and outside your home.
Watch digitally recorded shows and movies on your TV via an Xbox 360 or other supported digital media receiver.
Get to your home network remotely.
Upload files to (and download from) shared folders on your home server via a secure, personalized URL.*
Run programs, just as if you were sitting in front of your home computer.**
Other Microsoft networking technologies
Windows Home Server complements these Windows features:
makes it easy to connect two or more PCs running Windows 7 and automatically start sharing your printers, media, and document libraries with other people in your home. Windows Home Server helps you manage the network you set up with HomeGroup by providing a single, secure repository for shared files.
Windows Media Center
is an all-in-one entertainment platform that lets you watch TV and movies and listen to music right from your PC. Windows Home Server can extend the capacity of Windows Media Center by more easily making entertainment viewable on any device on your network.
You may need to add services from your broadband provider to use the remote access features of Windows Home Server 2011.
For example, you'll need certain ports to be open to use these features. Some broadband providers block certain
ports for customers on some service plans. Also, some broadband providers' terms of service may limit or prohibit setting
up and running of servers on their networks by some customers on some service plans. Make sure that your use of
2011 features follows your broadband providers' terms of service. Please contact your broadband provider if
you have questions about their terms of service.
To connect to one of your home computers via Remote Access, your home computer needs to be properly configured and running one of the following operating systems: Windows XP Professional with Service Pack 3 (SP3); Windows Vista Ultimate, Windows Vista Business, or Windows Vista Enterprise; or Windows 7 Professional or Windows 7 Ultimate.
Everything you need to know to get started.
Already have Windows Home Server and want to do more? Check out these third-party apps.
Get tips and help from the Windows Home Server community.