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Microsoft has released the Community Technology Preview of Windows Home Server. This new product offering is designed as a way to integrate server based computing into the home environment. As the home computer has moved from a convenient appliance to something we depend on daily, the need for a reliable way to store the information we depend on has grown. Whether it be digital photos, music, or just your documents, you want that data to be secure and accessible. Windows Home Server addresses these needs by providing a central storage location, with features that make it easy to recover files or even your whole computer in the event of a failure.
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The first step to automating your backups with Windows Home Server is of course to get Windows Home Server installed on a PC in your house. The hardware requirements are fairly light, and nearly any old PC you have should be sufficient. The next thing you must do is to install the Windows Home Server Connector on any PC you wish to backup. This will automatically detect your Home Server. The only information you will need to enter is the Administrator password, which you set up when you initially installed Home Server.