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using WHS 2011 as a workstation OS

ncmoody

Active Member
What about using WHS 2011 as a workstation OS

I have read http://www.avforums.com/forums/windows/1018846-whs-desktop-os.html
But I do not think the arguments no longer apply now as I have had no problems finding all the drivers I needed. Video, Audio, Printers etc.

So far the only problem I have found is that Windows Security Essentials will not load to it, but there are other AVs that are OK I understand.

I have had no problems switching off all the extra gubbins and making it more efficient.

At £34 against £110 it seems a no brainer, am I missing anything?

I don't play games and my main uses are office work, photo manipulation and running VMs.
 

Trollslayer

Distinguished Member
I found that multimedia support is a big problem, you need OS support for various features to work.
Fortunately this was optional for me on my server, there may be other issues but I only need basic server features.
 

Singh400

Distinguished Member
No way, WHS isn't tuned for day-to-day use. It's tuned for as a local file sharing platform. A crapton of 'normal' services and applications are disabled out of the box.
 

ncmoody

Active Member
No way, WHS isn't tuned for day-to-day use. It's tuned for as a local file sharing platform. A crapton of 'normal' services and applications are disabled out of the box.

I have disabled the services not wanted for W/S use and enabled a couple.

I have bench-marked it against other workstations and it is faster. You can change the tining form 'Network' to 'local apps'

As yet I have found no down-sides, I am interested in reading comments from someone who has done it before and has practical negative experiences.
 

ncmoody

Active Member
No way, WHS isn't tuned for day-to-day use. It's tuned for as a local file sharing platform. A crapton of 'normal' services and applications are disabled out of the box.

I have disabled the services not wanted for W/S use and enabled a couple.

I have bench-marked it against other workstations and it is faster. You can change the tuneing from 'Network' to 'local apps'

As yet I have found no down-sides, I am interested in reading comments from someone who has done it before and has practical negative experiences.
 

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