Windows Home Server Alternatives for Linux

    Windows Home Server is not available for Linux but there are plenty of alternatives that runs on Linux with similar functionality. The best Linux alternative is OpenMediaVault, which is both free and Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 10 alternatives to Windows Home Server and 11 are available for Linux so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Linux alternatives to Windows Home Server are TrueNAS (Free, Open Source), Zentyal (Paid, Open Source), ClearOS (Free, Open Source) and Univention Corporate Server (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Apr 7, 2020

    1. OpenMediaVault is the next generation network attached storage (NAS) solution based on Debian Linux. It contains services like SSH, (S)FTP, SMB/CIFS, DAAP media server, RSync, BitTorrent client and many more. It can be enhanced via plugins.
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      Reliable and easy to use. Scope to expand the functionality easily. Well supported and with an active online community that is both friendly and helpful.
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    2. TrueNAS (formerly FreeNAS) is an operating system that can be installed on virtually any hardware platform to share data over a network. TrueNAS is the simplest way to create a centralized and easily accessible place for your data.
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    3. Zentyal is a native Microsoft Active Directory implementation on Linux incorporating all the network services required in a small and medium business environment: Directory & Domain Server, Mail Server, Gateway and Infrastructure Server.
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    4. ClearOS is a family of operating systems for the enterprise, small business, and home. There are three editions to choose from depending on your needs and suitable to your abilities. They are: ClearOS Enterprise, ClearOS Home, and ClearOS Core.
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    5. Univention Corporate Server is a pre-configured platform to operate and manage server applications and complete IT infrastructures free of charge.
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    6. Sophos UTM integrates complete security software within a single appliance. Choose only the protection you need when you need it. And deploy it on the platform that best fits your business: software, hardware or virtual appliance.
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    7. The Amahi Home Server is designed for home and small office environments where the technical support staff do not want the job! It is easy to use and offers cross-platform compatibility (PCs, Mac, GNU/Linux, Playstation, Xbox, you name it.
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    8. Get a web based email/messaging, HTTP proxy, files server, VPN administration interface Using Postfix, Squid, Samba And extend them with Security quickly and easily How to create a Mail/Proxy/File
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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Linux
      Greyhole is an application that uses Samba to create a storage pool of all your available hard drives (whatever their size, however they're connected), and allows you to create redundant copies of the files you store, in order to prevent data loss when part of your hardware...
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      • FreemiumProprietary
      • Linux
      • OpenIndiana
      A napp-it is a high-quality block- and filestorage on common and favourable server hardware from ex.
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