New Windows Home Server

After becoming increasingly frustrated with the Tranquil Home Server, I decided to de-commission it. The drivers required at install time didn’t work, and Tranquil technical support (online and via email) just didn’t work. #epicfail

Old Tranquil PC in Pieces

There is a motherboard configuration called Mini-ITX where the dimensions are 170mm x 170mm. Intel have a great board with 1Gb Ethernet, 4 USB and a PCI connector. Adding memory, a SATA HD and case: and you have an instant Windows Home Server. I used the Windows Home Server media and serial number from the Tranquil.

What I purchased:

Stuff Price
Aywun A1-8989 Cube Mini-ITX Case with 150W PSU 67.10
Western Digital Caviar GP WD10EACS, 1TB SATA HD 180.40
Intel D945GCLF2 Motherboard, Integrated Intel Atom 330 1.6GHz 128.30
Kingston 2GB PC2-6400 (800MHz) DDR2 240-pin DIMM 39.99
Total 415.79


The case:

New Server in its New Home

Building the hardware took less than 10 minutes, and the software install time (fresh) was less than an hour, including formatting the drive.

Now installed at home, repopulating the data and getting on with life. I feel way better having built this myself.

Oh, and the kittehs like the box the case arrived in:

Kitteh in Server Case Cardboard Box

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