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hi i have bought a 2 tb hard drive from amazon in order to store all my data.

qns1.  I am though interested in buy a home server 2011/2013 but wanted to know if it is still supported or what i need to take into consideration prior to buying  ?

note:  i wish to have all the normal features any other server has and the ability to create a domain and access my files remotely
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If you want to go cheap i would just look at servers that are available on ebay. Get something with enough hard drive space that you need. I would suggest putting vmware on the server to allow you to setup multiple servers. Most of the time any server that is somewhat new will do more than you will need for home use as long as it has the space and is new enough to support vmware.
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Microsoft has discontinued Windows Home Server and it is no longer available
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ok thanks for the advice.
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Just get a PC and install Zentyal on it. That is an OS that has similar functions to m$ SBS server, but it is free and much easier to setup and maintain. Use it's built-in Software RAID to mirror your disks (get another 2TB disk). Don't use motherboard built-in fake-RAID, as that is unreliable and slow compared to OS software RAID.

You can manage the server's OS via web-browser from any PC connected to it, and it has AD functionality, you can use it as an internet gateway, mail-server etc:

http://www.zentyal.org/
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I forgot to add, don't forget making backups, don't just have all the data on the server. This means you should get some further disks just for backing up.
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Home Server couldn't create a domain anyway.  If you want a domain, you probably want to buy Windows Server 2012 R2  Essentials which can create a domain and perform workstation backup.  

Keep in mind, just ONE 2 TB hard drive is not enough - you need a second to mirror everything at least. While Linux alternatives can be an option, a lack of knowledge about Linux and the option used can make it MORE EXPENSIVE than Windows.
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hi and thanks for the advice.  I do actually have 2 x 2tb individual external hard drives:

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Those you can use for your backups. Make sure you rotate between them so you have 2 sets of backups should one of them break.
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ok thanks for that advice.
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if i wanted to setup a microsoft home server at home is there anything i could use or is it win 2012 r2 essentials  as suggested  ?
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I've requested that this question be deleted for the following reason:

The question has either no comments or not enough useful information to be called an "answer".
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hi apologies for not getting back but i do wish to come back to this thread and allocate points.  so please just give me sometime to get back to this point.
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hi i have just had another read through this thread and i could allocate the points now rather than delay this thread.  as the advice is good enough.. appreciated.
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sound advice.
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