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WGS’ New eBook “Windows Home Server 2011 Step By Step” Is Now Available


Following the release in December of our popular Using OS X Lion Server at Home eBook, we were asked a question, “Why haven’t you done a guide to Windows Home Server”? We couldn’t think of a smart enough answer, so got to work writing one over Christmas…. and it’s ready for release! Authored by Microsoft Windows Home Server MVPs Terry Walsh and Jim Clark, Windows Home Server 2011 Step by Step is WGS’ comprehensive guide to Microsoft’s home server platform, covering hardware, software, add-ins, apps, tips, tricks, advice, support and a whole lot more.

Here’s what you can expect:

  • 25 Chapters Covering the World of Windows Home Server 2011, With More On the Way
    Get over 650 pages of home server walkthroughs, covering a wide range of topics for beginners and experts alike. We’ll discuss why you need a home server in your digital home, the benefits of Windows Home Server vs other storage platforms and walk you through your first few days of life with your home server. From there, we move on to more advanced topics, covering Apple Mac integration, remote access and media streaming before kicking off a series of advanced projects to help you make the most of your home server.
  • Simple, Straightforward Advice and Support
    Each chapter is crafted in We Got Served’s usual style – expect step by step advice and hundreds of lovingly captured screenshots to make working with Windows Home Server 2011 easy as pie – no matter if we’re talking basics, or advanced moves.
  • Exclusive Content, Not Available on the Website
    Windows Home Server 2011 Step by Step includes tips, tricks, guides and walkthroughs not published at We Got Served, ensuring it’s our most comprehensive guide to owning Windows Home Server available.
  • Follow Each Chapter On PC, Mac, Tablet, Kindle, Smartphone and more
    Your download includes both ePub and PDF versions of the book, which can be read on thousands of devices. Far more convenient than switching back and forth to the website as you work through each guide.
  • Links to Online Discussion at WGS for Peer to Peer Support
    No need to miss out on the conversation online! Each chapter will be serialised and summarised on WGS where you can ask the community questions, share knowledge and solve problems together.


Chapter List

  1. What is a Home Server?
  2. Building Your Home Server
  3. Should I Upgrade to Windows Home Server 2011?
  4. Windows Home Server 2011 Hardware Requirements
  5. Installing Windows Home Server 2011
  6. Connecting Client Computers to the Server
  7. The Launchpad
  8. Managing Your Server With the Dashboard
  9. Backing Up Your PCs
  10. Restoring Files, Folders and PCs
  11. Managing Users
  12. Home Server Storage
  13. Accessing Your Server Remotely
  14. Doing More With Add-ins
  15. Backing Up Your Server
  16. Recovering Your Server
  17. Windows Home Server and Apple Macs
  18. Managing TV Recordings With Windows Media Center
  19. Streaming Music, Videos and Photos
  20. Install a WordPress Blog
  21. Install a Photo and Video Gallery on Your Home Server
  22. Share Your Printer With Devices On the Network
  23. Host PC Updates Locally With Windows Server Update Services
  24. Advanced Storage Management With RAID
  25. Media Streaming From Windows Home Server to Apple iPad

All subsequent project chapters in the coming weeks will be available for free to purchasers, just as we’re doing for the OS X Lion Server book. We’ve priced the eBook at a (hopefully reasonable) £14.99/$24.00 (exchange rate may vary the numbers by a few pennies) which is cheaper than other Windows Home Server 2011 titles on the market (by around 35% at the moment, looking around), and of course, the value will keep growing as we release more and more bonus chapters (we have quite a few in plan!). Jim and I have put in a serious amount of work on the project over the last couple of months, so hopefully that’s paid off in the shape of a valuable resource for WHS 2011.

Whether you’re new to Windows Home Server 2011, or you’ve mastered the basics and now want to do more to make your connected home completely awesome, you’ll find some great ideas, hints and tips in the book. (If there’s areas you want adding in the future, shout!)

More: Get Windows Home Server 2011 Step by Step


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Terry Walsh is the founder of We Got Served. He started the community in February 2007 with a mission to help families, tech enthusiasts everywhere figure out the technology needed to run the modern home and small business. He's the author of a number of guides to Windows, Windows Server and OS X Server and runs his own successful publishing business. Born and raised in Liverpool, England, Terry has been awarded Microsoft's prestigious Most Valuable Professional Award each year since 2008 for his work on We Got Served.
  • Johnbrimlow

    Why does it cost over twenty pounds on the Amazon Kindle site.

    • Because Amazon takes a 70% cut of the selling price. Jim and I have to eat! Bear in mind the standard PDF you can buy direct can be read on Kindle.

      • Johnbrimlow

        Yes i get your point. i did not realise that they would ask for so much.
        I have read the sample on Amazon and its just what i have been looking for. i will be buying it from your site and look forward to the updates.

        • Hi John – yes, it’s a significant amount! Ultimately, we’re offering the book on Amazon as a convenience to those who prefer shopping with Amazon, but we’d much prefer everyone to buy directly from WGS! 🙂

      • Johnbrimlow

        Yes i get your point. i did not realise that they would ask for so much.
        I have read the sample on Amazon and its just what i have been looking for. i will be buying it from your site and look forward to the updates.

  • Zak Lyles

    Hi Terry, can you guys please add a Table of Contents to the Kindle ebook?  I actually purchased this for my kindle before I even knew about your website.  I love the book, but It is very difficult to navigate to the topics you want to read about without the ToC.



    • Hi Zak

      The file that Amazon gets definitely does have a TOC – not sure if Amazon are accidentally stripping it out in their Kindle conversion.

      Could you double check there definitely isn’t one?


      • Zak Lyles

        While I don’t have a physical Kindle, both the Kindle cloud viewer and iPhone app show no TOC.  I have a Kindle Fire arriving tomorrow, and I will check to see if it is the same situation.



  • Terry, Why am I not seeing the price listed in US currency on the store? I did a quick Whois search and verified the domain is hosted in the UK but the store isn’t recognizing my visit is from the States. It’s listing the price in pounds, I think. Any ideas?

    • The store software uses one currency (not great I know) and as WGS is English (and we have to do all of our accountancy sums in Sterling) that’s the default currency we use.

      • Too bad it doesn’t convert based upon a visitor’s location or have a selective currency option but, it’s not a deal-breaker in the long run. Too bad Amazon padded the price. I would have bought it there instead, being a long-time member.

        Appreciate the reply Terry. I’ll be buying the ebook from here soon.

        • Thanks Scott! Just remember, Jim and I need the money more than Jeff Bezos 🙂

          • I hear you Terry! I make my living as a maintenance machinist for the local newspaper in town but have a serious ‘jones’ for technology. Be it GNU/Linux, Windows and all things in between.

            I suppose Jeff Bezos gets enough of my money. May as well spread it around some. 8^)

            I’ll be subscribing to your site here too. Can use all the ‘Tips & Tricks’ plus helpful info I can get these days.

  • Tronic71

    Running iTunes on WHS 2011

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