Need a Small Office Server? Lenovo Has the Right IdeaCentre

Monday Jan 25th 2010 by Joseph Moran
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Lenovo’s Windows Home Server-based IdeaCentre D400 makes a fine small-office server, despite a few flaws.

PracticallyNetworked.com has the low-down on a small office server with plenty of storage. If your business storage needs don’t require high speed and lots of memory, the IdeaCentre D400 could do the trick.


The notion of having a home server to serve as a hub for centralized storage, system backup and remote access has been around for some years now. The concept may finally be poised to really take off in the new year though, thanks in part to a recent crop of devices running Microsoft's capable and user-friendly (relative to a typical NAS device) Windows Home Server operating system.

Lenovo is the latest major system vendor (along with Acer and HP) to launch a WHS-based device. In spite of a few flaws the IdeaCentre D400 turns out to be solid cornerstone storage for a home or small office network.

Note: In this review we won't delve too deeply into software features that are common to all Windows Home Server devices, but check out our previous article on building your own Windows Home Server system, which provides some detail on what you can do with WHS in general.

Read the complete Lenovo IdeaCentre D400 review

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