Posted by: kurtsh | July 18, 2012

NEWS: R.I.P. Windows Home Server… you will be missed.

A couple years ago, I attended CES like I always do ever year, and as I was walking from the buses on the South Hall side of the Las Vegas Convention Center, I saw these advertising/marketing pole wrappers that some company bought & set up:


It turns out it was one of those avant garde advertising campaigns that you so often see at large conventions.  Microsoft did one of the first of these crazy in memory back at COMDEX in 1988 with the release of Windows 3.0 (which I will write about in a separate post) so these sort of things bring back fond memories.

But when I looked closer at the wrappers… it was us!

They were ads for Windows Home Server, a low-cost hardware+software solution for maintaining an on-premise network-based backup system for families with multiple computers.  It would automatically maintain the PCs in the house, automatically backup files, provide a means of remote controlling home workstations through remote proxy (from the Internet), and other capabilities.

Needless to say, it never caught on.  As stupid as it is, most consumers simply don’t think about backing up their data.  Why would they pay money to setup another computer to do that?  Also, OEMs didn’t exactly put their best foot forward in building innovative Windows Home Servers and the Best Buys of the world didn’t support them… so they were doomed to languish despite being extremely, extremely cool devices.

Well this past week, it was announced that for a variety of reasons, that we were pulling the plug on Windows Home Server.  So in memory of our beloved Windows Home Server, I thought I would post the digital version of the chotchkie that we handed out at the CES booth that year.

imageWe gave out these things called, “Stay-at-home Server” books.  They were real books, written as sort of a humorous  children’s literature.  To prove that they were “real” books, check out this entry on for the book.  Yes, you could actually buy this thing.  (Still can apparently as a used book)

Anyway, here’s the original .PDF of the book that used to be posted to the web site. (as documented on the WHS blog here: 


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