Home and small business servers are great for computer backups and storing data on site. However, many of these home servers are loaded with disks, and the more disks you have, the higher your probability of having a disk failure. Home Server SMART 2013 monitors the disk health around the clock, so you can worry about more important things. If a disk shows signs of trouble, HSS 2013 will let you know in an email and on your mobile device. HSS 2013 will even attempt to back up the data if a disk signals it's about to fail.
Home Server SMART 2013 shares much of the same functionality as WindowSMART 2013. However, HSS 2013 runs only on select Microsoft operating systems. HSS 2013 is designed to run as an add-in, rather than a standalone application, in Windows Home Server 2011, Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials, Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials and Windows Server 2012 Essentials.
Home Server SMART 2013 is competely free to use forever. We made the promise with the first release of HSS that it was free and always would be. We're sticking to that promise.
While it is impossible to prevent disk failures, Home Server SMART 2013 keeps your data safe by always keeping you aware of disk health problems and backing up your data if a serious problem arises.
Home Server SMART 2013 isn't just a system utility. It's a cost-cutting tool. Your home or small business server is an expensive investment, so Home Server SMART 2013 can help keep that investment healthy and productive.
Home Server SMART 2013 is supported on only on select versions of Windows--those that comprise the "Windows Server Solutions" family of operating systems. The WSS family includes only the following four operating systems.
Home Server SMART 2013 will work with most small servers as well as desktops and laptops running the above operating systems. If you are using an enterprise-class server machine or a high-end gaming desktop, there's a good chance that server or desktop will have disks attached to hardware RAID, SAS disks, or both hardware RAID and SAS. Home Server SMART 2013, unfortunately, does not support hardware RAID, and SAS support is very limited.
Here's a view of the HSS 2013 dashboard in Windows Server 2012 Essentials. The highlighted disk is degraded due to 15 bad sectors..
If you ever wondered what the SMART attributes mean, you can click on any of them for a detailed explanation.
Above are sample alerts received on an iPad and an iPhone 4S. Both HSS 2013 and WindowSMART share the same service name in mobile clients.