W2000/W2000+ Affordable easy-to-use cloud ready storage
  • Windows Storage Server 2012 R2 Essentials
  • Intel® Atom™ Processor (2.13GHz, Dual-Core)
  • 2GB DDR3(W2000)/ 4GB DDR3(W2000+)
  • HDMI and VGA output
  • 1 x eSATA for external
  • Enhanced Boot Drive: Embedded SSD
  • Data Deduplication: Performance Optimization
  • Active Directory Domain Services: Scalable, Secure User Management
  • Office 365 & Microsoft Azure: Cloud Service Integration
  • Global Language Pack: 36 Interfaces Available
  • Automated client backup built in
  • Microsoft Bitlocker drive encryption
  • Simple administrative dashboard
  • NTFS Online Scan and Repair


Media: Pure-PC | Country: Poland
“Thecus is without a doubt one of the most respected players in the market for this type of equipment, which boldly competes with giants such as Synology and QNAP” 
Media: Prohardver | Country: Hungary
The possibilities of using a Windows NAS are incredible comparing with a Linux NAS. Apart from features like Cloud services (Office 365 or Azure Cloud), Data Deduplication or Active Directory you can find an infinite list of apps to download into your NAS. “You're using a Windows system, this includes not only the most necessary basic elements such as the Control Panel, Notepad, Paint and so on. This means user can install any x86-based program, for example, peer-to-peer client, media player, games, etc.” 
Media: Computerbase | Country: Germany
“These Windows NAS are abundant in functions, features, and connectivity. The NAS systems are trying to walk between two worlds: NAS and Windows Server. Experienced users can use the almost endless features throughout the full x86 support and receive a lot of added value with a lot of professional functions.”
Media: Bjorn3D | Country: USA
“Overall, the Thecus W2000+ has provided us with a great introduction into the Windows Storage Server realm. We can't believe the value that the combination of Thecus and Microsoft is able to provide in this Windows Storage Server line of products. Not only do you get a 2-bay storage appliance for around $500, but the operating system ($500+ by itself) is loaded on a traditional SSD ($40) for snappy OS operations. It's tough to beat the hardware and software value that is provided in the Thecus W2000+ NAS, which is why we are awarding it the Bjorn3D Best Bang for the Buck Award.”
Media: Cachem | Country: France
“The benefits of a Windows NAS does not stop at the OS. Like any professional server, the device can be used as a domain controller with Active Directory (where Linux NAS can only connect to it). Windows Storage Server Essentials provides access to Azure, Office 365, Microsoft Bitlocker (encryption) and the preinstalled Orbweb application (remote access), and that is just the beginning of what you can do.”


Thecus Technology Corp. today announces another world first: Windows Storage Server 2012 R2 Essentials is now available for NAS users. Available this October, the 2-bay W2000, 4-bay W4000, and the 5-bay W5000 offer a host of benefits to SMB users, including data protection, integrated cloud services, and secure remote access.

“Thecus NAS provide users with a complete solution to their storage needs. With the additions to the W Series, Thecus is able to offer a more diversified product to its customers. Windows Storage Server 2012 R2 Essentials is an ideal pairing with Thecus NAS and will equip small businesses with a powerful and trusted storage solution.” Florence Shih, CEO at Thecus Technology Corp.

By running Windows Server software on a Thecus NAS, users will be able to simplify the integration of Microsoft's cloud-based applications and services, including Microsoft Office 365 and Microsoft Azure. These new NAS offerings provide users with an affordable, flexible solution that minimizes resources spent on business operations while still optimizing productivity.

“The Windows Storage Server 2012 R2 Essentials software allows small businesses to protect, centralize, organize, and access their data anywhere by using almost any device,” said Peter Han, Vice President of Worldwide OEM Marketing, Microsoft. “We believe offering our software on Thecus NAS devices will provide an excellent solution for those small businesses looking to protect their data while optimizing their resources with a hybrid, on premise, and cloud-connected offering.”

Thanks to proven Thecus hardware based on the Intel Atom platform, serviced by dual LAN ports and no less than 2GB of DDR3 RAM, and all featuring media connectivity (HDMI and VGA), the new line of world-first Windows Storage Server 2012 R2 Essentials NAS are user-friendly yet robust answers to the data needs of every forward-thinking small to medium-sized business.


1. Hardware Platform
Item Spec
Processor Intel® Atom™ Processor (2.13GHz, Dual-Core)
System Memory 2GB DDR3(W2000)/ 4GB DDR3(W2000+)
LAN Interface RJ-45x2: 10/100/1000 BASE-TX Auto MDI/MDI-X
WOL supported
USB Interface USB 2.0 host port x2 (back x2)
HDMI Output HDMI port (back x1)
VGA Output VGA port (back x1)
Disk Interface 2 x SATA for internal
1 x eSATA for external
Power Supply External power adapter
PCI-e x1 Slot 1 (1 lane)
Thermal/Fan control Thermal sensor on processor temperature
System FAN speed controlled by temperature
System Clock Battery-backed up system clock
Power Management Auto power on after shutdown due to power loss
Buzzer Adjustable frequency alarm
Buttons Power button
Environment Temperature: 5°C to 40°C
Humidity: 0 ~ 80 % R.H. (Non-condensing)
Chassis Tower Metal Chassis
Dimensions (HxWxD) 163.8 x 115.4 x 217.6 (mm)
Weight 2.88(Kgs)/6.35(lb)(NAS only)
2. Software Functions
Item Spec
File System Native NTFS support, FAT32, EFS, ReFS
Disk Management

Data Deduplication
Storage Spaces:
1.Create pools of storage using industry standard hard disk drives
2.Enables data redundancy with mirroring or parity
NTFS Online Scan and Repair (CHKDSK) intelligently repairs unexpected corrupted data.

Network Support

Protocols : IPV6 / Multiple NICs / DNS / DHCP & WINS
Support for multiple subnets / Multiple IP addresses

File and Block Storage Protocol Support

File : SMB 1.0, 2.0, 2.1, 3.0 / NFSv2, NFSv3, NFSv4.1
Block : iSCSI Target Server, iSCSI , SATA, and USB
Directory Services / User Management Seamless Active Directory integration with any existing Active Directory Domain
Active Directory for authentication and authorization
Active Directory (Domain Controller, Certificate Services, Federation Services, Rights Management)
Windows Client integration via Launch Pad Agent deployed on client, one click connection to NAS appliance.
Performance NIC Teaming – aggregates bandwidth of multiple NICs
SMB Multi-channel- multiple transport sessions in a single NIC
Secure Remote Access Secure Remote Desktop Services with Encryption and Authentication
Remote file access via FTP/FTPS
Remote Web Access via HTTPS
Licensing Client support for up to 50 users or devices
No Windows Server Client Access Licenses ( CALs) required
Single processor socket / Up to 4 GB of memory
Printer Server Support / FAX and Scan Full Windows print services support – Local printer connection
Print Server & Document Services (Distributed Scan Server)
Health Reporting / Notifications Full Windows print services support – Local printer connection
Integrated health monitoring and reporting
Send health report to chosen email address on a customizable schedule
Media Pack for Streaming Stream music, videos, and pictures with the included Windows Server Essentials Media Pack.