Building a Home Server With Windows 8.1 is Here!

I’m delighted to announce that We Got Served’s brand-new eBook, Building a Home Server With Windows 8.1 has been published and can be purchased from our store.

The 630 page guide to Windows 8.1 gives you the low-down on building, installing and configuring Microsoft’s operating system for home server use, exploring the features you need in depth and highlighting additional applications you’ll find useful on a daily basis.

If you prefer to purchase the eBook from Amazon, the retail giant now has the title listed (but remember, we’d much prefer you to buy from us!) Those of you who prefer to purchase from Apple will find the book listed at iBookstore in the next two weeks (Apple takes a little time to get new titles up on their site).

With hundreds of copies already sold, Building a Home Server With Windows 8.1 looks set to be another popular title in our range of OS X and Windows guides. If you’re thinking a home server may come in handy at home, be sure to check it out!

Here’s the detail:

With the amount of data being created and consumed in the home rising exponentially each year, there’s never been a better time to think about a home server – a central hub to store, share and protect your important documents, photos, videos, music and more.

But which platform is right for you? Do you need an expensive, business-class server? A complicated network attached storage device? Or could the humble Windows 8.1 PC provide the features and functions you need from a home server device?

The answer, detailed in this comprehensive guide to building and running a Windows 8.1 home server, is a resounding YES!

Written by Microsoft MVP and We Got Served Editor Terry Walsh, Building a Home Server With Windows 8.1 is your one-stop guide to creating a powerful home server setup that won’t break the bank. With hundreds of detailed, full-colour screenshots, this 630 page step by step guide walks you through the steps needed for a first-class home server setup, using the operating system and a PC you may already own.

From selecting and assembling the right hardware for your home server PC, through installation, set-up and usage, Building a Home Server with Windows 8.1 is a detailed but friendly guide to the new and improved features in Microsoft’s latest operating system.

Detailed walkthroughs include guides to media streaming at home and on the move, configuring and protecting family user accounts and shared folders across multiple PCs as well as how to access your home server desktop and data remotely from any location.

We also deep dive into storage management, with a look at Windows Storage Spaces, RAID Array management and third-party pooling applications like StableBit DrivePool.

Vital topics such as managing data security and family safety are covered in depth, showing how features already built into Windows 8.1 can be configured to protect the things that matter most.

For existing Windows 8 home server users, in the two years since release, Microsoft has launched a number of significant enhancements to the platform, providing smoother integration between the Modern and Desktop Windows experiences.

Building a Home Server With Windows 8.1 updates and significantly extends our previous guide, Building a Windows 8 Home Server, outlining the improvements that make running a Windows 8.1 Home Server easier than ever and offering additional tips, tricks and walkthroughs to optimise and enhance your setup.


  • Introduction
  • Windows Home Server Hardware
  • Building Your Windows 8.1 Home Server
  • Configure Your UEFI Motherboard
  • Installing Windows 8.1
  • Intel Rapid Start and Smart Connect
  • The Windows 8.1 Start Screen and Desktop Experience
  • Windows 8.1 Storage and Storage Spaces
  • Storage Pooling With StableBit DrivePool
  • Create a RAID Storage Array
  • Managing User Accounts and Family Safety
  • Windows Homegroups and Shared Folders
  • File History, Backup and Data Recovery
  • Securing Your Data With BitLocker Drive Encryption
  • Access Your Home Server Remotely
  • OneDrive and the Microsoft Cloud
  • Windows 8.1 Media Streaming

Formats: PDF, ePub, Mobi
Pages: 630 (A4 Print equivalent)

Buy Now: WGS Store


  1. Hello, Is there a chapter for backup of the Win 8.1 Server or the clients? Perhaps it is covered within some of the other topics. I know that image based backup (Win 7 style) was removed in Win 8.1

  2. Hi Terry,

    Really interested in this book! I own a small post production company with 6 iMac/Mac Pro workstations connected to a Netgear 10GB switch.

    Our server is currently an iMac with a Pegasus RAID connected via thunderbolt as well as a 10Gb Ethernet card connected via thinderbolt that hooks the server into the switch. However, the server isn’t running reliably. It works well for a while but then comes to a complete crawl and we have to restart to get it running again. It’s very annoying. I’m assuming that thunderbolt is creating a bottleneck somewhere…

    Anyways, I’m considering building our own Windows server with built-in RAID and 10Gb Ethernet card. As much as I love OSX I’m hoping that integrated RAID and 10Gb Ethernet will run much smoother than thunderbolt connected devices.

    Now to my question: does your book touch base on how to connect OSX clients to a Windows server? Is this even possible or recommended? How does user management and file sharing work in such an environment? Our clients are currently running OSX 10.9 which supports SMB2 and will be upgrading to OSX 10.10 soon which supports SMB3.

    Last but not least can we get away with Windows 8.1 or would we need Windows 2012 R2 Server? I see you have books for both avaialble so if you could point me in the right direction I’d greatly appreciate it.



    1. Hi Philipp

      You’ll be better off with Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials here – Windows 8.1 is fine in the home but doesn’t include the centralise user account and identity management you’ll get with Windows Server (Active Directory).

      Our Using Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials book ( will get you up and running and there’s a chapter on connecting Macs.

      You may wish to try it out first in a virtual machine running on your Mac ( before spending the cash.

      Good luck!

      1. Thanks, Terry! I will get the Server 2012 book then. I’m really nervous about going back to windows. Last time I booted up a copy of windows was XP. 😉

        I am really, really intrigued by Microsoft’s SMB multichannel feature talked bout here:

        Do you know if Apple’s implementation of SMB3 in 10.10 will support this when connecting to a Windows 2012 server? I’ve been trying to find an answer on the web but there’s no info.

        1. SMB 3.0 is a protocol so (in theory) everything should be supported. That said, Apple focuses mostly on SMB 3’s security enhancements in their documentation, so who knows!

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