Contents tagged with Windows Home Server

  • Microsoft confirms no more versions of Windows Home Server

    Posted by sumeethevans on July 6 2012, 5:20 AM. Posted in Windows Home Server.

    After a year-plus of hints and rumors, Microsoft officials are finally confirming what Windows Home Server fans have known and feared. There will be no more versions.Microsoft's new Windows Server 2012 Essentials frequently asked questions (FAQ) document has Microsoft’s statement:Q: Will there be a next version of Windows Home Server?A: No. Windows Home Server has seen its greatest success in small office/home office (SOHO) environments and among the technology enthusiast community. For this reason, Microsoft is combining the features that were previously only found in Windows Home Server, such as support for DLNA-compliant devices and media streaming, into Windows Server 2012 Essentials and focusing our efforts into making Windows Server 2012 Essentials the ideal first server operating system for both small business and home use—offering an intuitive administration experience, elastic and resilient storage features with Storage Spaces, and robust data protection for the server and client computers.The last version of WHS is Windows Home Server 2011, codenamed "Vail," which Microsoft released to manufacturing in March, 2011.

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  • SBS 2011 Essentials and Windows Home Server 2011 RC

    Posted by sumeethevans on February 4 2011, 1:19 AM. Posted in Small Business Server, Windows Home Server.

    Microsoft today announced the following

    • Release Candidate for SBS 2011 Essentials
    • Release Candidate for Windows Home Server
    • Final release name Windows Home Server 2011
    • Release in Spring North America

    SBS 2011 Essentials features

    • Automatic local backup, simple restore of server and client computers
    • Easily connect to online services
    • Work virtually anywhere, anytime
    • Increase business productivity
    • Simple, secure, dependable network
    • Easy-to-use storage and sharing

    Check out SBS 2011 Essentials Learning Bites – fifteen 3-5 minute videos focusing on core features and functionality

  • Ballmer Set to “Look Into” Windows Home Server Drive Extender Fiasco

    Posted by sumeethevans on December 1 2010, 12:48 AM. Posted in Windows Home Server.

    Tuesday’s announcement from Microsoft regarding the removal of Drive Extender from Windows Home Server has sent shock waves across the web. Whilst I thought the company would undoubtedly take a beating in the press for the decision, I’ve been amazed at the scale of the community response. The response has been awesome – a true measure of the passion that exists in the community for this product.

    Inspired by the thousands of comments I’ve read over the last few days, I took the opportunity to write to Microsoft’s CEO, Steve Ballmer, regarding the situation.

    In truth, I have little knowledge of how Steve Ballmer’s customer feedback loop works with regard to how emails are received, who reads them and how they’re responded to. However, this morning I received the following CEO-class succinct reply:

    From: Steve Ballmer Sent: 26 November 2010 05:30 To: Terry Walsh Subject: RE: MVP Feedback – Windows Home Server “Vail” Crisis

    Let’s look into it

    So, clearly there’s never going to be any promises, but with hundreds of comments sent by you to Microsoft directly via the Connect website, and a heads up to the guy at the top of the tree, I trust Microsoft are now clearly aware of the passionate views of the community around this issue.

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  • MS drops Drive Extender support for Windows Home Server code name “Vail”

    Posted by RayC on November 25 2010, 5:57 AM. Posted in Windows Home Server.

    In a blog post by Microsoft’s Michael Leworthy, Microsoft yesterday announced that it has stopped the development of Windows Home Server’s Drive Extender storage technology. The announcement comes almost eight months into a public beta of the next version of Windows Home Server, codenamed “Vail”. New beta versions will be available early in the New Year.

    Both Windows Small Business Server 2011  Essentials (Codename “Aurora”) and Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials (Codename “Breckenridge”) are expected to ship in H1 2011 without Microsoft’s advanced storage subsystem.

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  • New Vail Preview Build, come and get it!

    Posted by sumeethevans on August 17 2010, 12:51 AM. Posted in Windows Home Server.

     Since releasing our first Vail beta we have received lots of great  suggestions for "Vail" and quite a few interesting bugs.  Thanks to all of you who are beta testing!  We love having you part of our extended team and appreciate your help.

    This new build has plenty of enhancements and improvements over the original build and can be downloaded from the downloads section of our connect site.  If you are new to the beta, please go to to sign up for the download.  You can provide feedback about the new build through our Connect site and even log ideas or feature suggestions for future versions of Windows Home Server. 

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  • Check out the new public beta for Windows Home Server, Code Name “Vail”

    Posted by sumeethevans on April 27 2010, 7:05 PM. Posted in Windows Home Server.

    Many of you may already know that Microsoft has been hard at work on the next version of Windows Home Server. We are excited to announce today that the beta of this next version (code name “Vail”) is now available. We invite everyone to check it out by downloading the software from the Microsoft Connect site. (English language builds are available now). We are releasing this Vail beta with one express goal: to solicit your feedback!

    So what’s new and exciting in this next version? Although we’re still in the midst of development work (and things may change), we can say that Vail includes feature improvements in four key areas:

    • Extending media streaming outside the home or office
    • Multi-PC backup and restore
    • Simplified setup and user experience
    • Expanded development and customization tools for partners

    Check out a short demo of some of the new features here.

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  • A look at Windows Home Server "Vail" (Build 7360)

    Posted by bink on February 4 2010, 3:30 AM. Posted in Windows Home Server.

    Back in July of 2007, Microsoft released its first iteration of Windows Home Server (WHS). Over the three years that followed, Microsoft has updated the product with three Power Packs, each of which has provided significant functional improvements. And of course, some WHS partners, most notably HP, have also contributed to making WHS more usable and functional via a series of machine-specific enhancements and other add-ons.

    Windows Home Server "Vail", the next major version of this product, will be based on the current generation Windows Server platform (Windows Server 2008 R2) and will share a number of features and capabilities with Small Business Server and Essential Business Server. Unfortunately, Microsoft has been tight-lipped about Vail and the quality of information we have today is lacking, to say the least. Fortunately, a recently leaked build of Vail – tagged build 7360 – has shed some light on what the WHS team has been working on.

    Others have written quick overviews of this leaked Vail build. But while anyone can find a torrent, download, install and then make a quick YouTube video, I think I can provide something quite a bit more detailed… and useful. Using some home-baked tools I used for gathering information for "Windows 7 Secrets," I was able to mine Vail for its actual capabilities. Here’s what I have thus far:

    A look at Windows Home Server Vail (Build 7360) - Within Windows

  • Windows Home Server Power Pack 3: November 24

    Posted by bink on November 21 2009, 10:11 PM. Posted in Windows Home Server.

    We are announcing that the Windows Home Server Power Pack 3 will be available in all shipping languages (Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, and Spanish) on November 24 2009. Power Pack 3 will be a free update to existing Windows Home Server users via Windows Update.

    Windows Home Server Power Pack 3 improves the Windows Home Server experience with Windows 7 and Windows Media Center by providing features like backup and restore of computers running Windows 7, Windows 7 Libraries integration, enhancements for Windows Media Center, and better support for netbook computers.

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  • Windows Home Server Power Pack 3 update

    Posted by sumeethevans on September 30 2009, 12:23 AM. Posted in Windows Home Server.

    We’ve talked extensively about the improvements that Power Pack 3 for Windows Home Server will deliver for users.  We were proud to show off the beta code of Power Pack 3 at the recent CEDIA 2009 custom installer technology show, where we got lots of positive reception to the feature set.  It’s clear that the anticipation of using Windows Home Server with the upcoming Windows 7 client PC operating system is reaching feverish pitch!  OK, maybe that was a slight exaggeration…But the bottom line is that we’ve gotten tremendous feedback (and test coverage) from you, our enthusiasts, around Power Pack 3 – and we couldn’t be more excited.

    This being said, our top priority is to ensure the absolute highest level of product quality, and to this end, we will continue with additional testing of the software. As with past software releases, our team will not ship the official final release of Power Pack 3 until the community has validated our work. We expect to deliver before the end of the year.

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  • Windows Home Server Power Pack 3 BETA – Includes enhancements for Windows 7-based computers

    Posted by sumeethevans on July 17 2009, 10:47 PM. Posted in Windows Home Server.

    We are pleased to announce the Windows Home Server Power Pack 3 Beta which improves the Windows Home Server experience with Windows 7 and Windows Media Center by providing the following new features: Backup and restore of computers running Windows 7, Windows 7 Libraries integration, enhancements for Windows Media Center, and better support for netbook computers.

    If you are running Windows 7 on your home computer and are a current Windows Home Server user, we need your help!

    Windows 7 Backup & RecoveryWindows Home Server performs a full image-based backup of Windows 7-based computers, allowing for a complete computer recovery in the case of a hard drive failure, or restoration of a single file or folder in the event of accidental deletion or loss. After the Windows Home Server Connector software has been installed on a computer running Windows 7, Windows 7 Backup warnings will be suppressed and users will no longer receive a notification to back up their computer. Windows Home Server can back up Windows XP SP2 or later, Windows Vista and Windows 7-based computers.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p>Windows 7 LibrariesPower Pack 3 Beta will add Music, Photos and Videos shared folders on the home server to Windows 7 Libraries making the content available for applications such as Windows Explorer, Windows Media Center, Windows Media Player and other applications that use Windows 7 Libraries. This allows users to quickly access all their content in one organized place that is always available, searchable and expandable. Users can also search a specific library without having to know where the files are stored.<o:p></o:p>Windows SearchWindows Search 4 has been included with Power Pack 3 Beta to improve query search times, indexing times and reliability. If users are searching across multiple computers, extended remote discovery increases the efficiency of searching across all document libraries. Files encrypted with Encrypting File System (EFS) are now supported with search. <o:p></o:p>Windows Media Center EnhancementsLast March, Power Pack 2 added functionality that allowed Windows Media Center and Media Center Extenders to easily access the content on a home server. Power Pack 3 Beta builds on this functionality. When the Windows Home Server Connector software is installed or updated on a Windows Media Center computer, the next time a user starts Windows Media Center they will be prompted to install the Windows Media Center Connector. Users will notice a new Home Server selection in Windows Media Center menu.<o:p></o:p>TV ArchivingThe TV Archive tile in Windows Media Center will give users the option to move recorded TV content to the home server in a variety of resolutions. The recorded TV shows are archived in the correct resolution for the type of device that will be used for playback. TV Archive is optimized for Windows Media Center computers, Windows Mobile-based phones, and the Zune player, however, any device capable of playing WMV files can take advantage of this feature.<o:p></o:p>Console Quick ViewConsole Quick View allows users to see statistics about the home server through Windows Media Center and Windows Media Center Extenders. This is a convenient way to view many aspects of the home server without needing to access the Windows Home Server Console. This feature allows users to view and monitor a number of home server indicators:<o:p></o:p>

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  • Windows Home Server - Now available on MSDN

    Posted by sumeethevans on March 24 2009, 9:34 AM. Posted in Windows Home Server.

    A key benefit of Windows Home Server is the versatility and power it offers as a development platform.  Even when Windows Home Server software was still in the beta stage, we published a software development kit (SDK) so that 3rd party developers could develop interesting add-ins for the product.  See the original post, "Developers, Developers, Developers".

    There are currently 100+ add-ins developed for Windows Home Server (up from 70+ in January of this year).  We have a dedicated Windows Home Server Add-ins page  on the Microsoft web site.  There are also a number of other sites dedicated to this topic, such as the Forums on We Got Served and Windows Home Server Add-ins.


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  • Windows Home Server - Announcing Power Pack 2

    Posted by sumeethevans on March 24 2009, 9:25 AM. Posted in Windows Home Server.

    We are pleased to announce Windows Home Server Power Pack 2.  Power Pack 2 fixes known issues and adds new features to improve the Windows Home Server experience.  Enhancements include: Improvements to remote access configuration, enhanced functionality for computers running Windows Media Center, and content streaming support for Windows Media Center Extenders.  Power Pack 2 adds Italian language support on new home servers.

    Power Pack 2 will be made available via Windows Update.  Users need to have Windows Home Server with Power Pack 1 already installed on their home server. Power Pack 2 will automatically install as part of Windows Update if Automatic Updates is enabled on the home server.  (How to turn on automatic updates.)  The English version release date is March 24th.  Chinese, French, German, Japanese and Spanish is currently scheduled to be available before the end of April. 

    Overview of enhancements:

    Remote Access

    · The Remote Access Settings page is redesigned to make it easier to use.

    · A Web-hosted diagnostic service is used to more accurately test if remote connectivity is available from outside the home network.

    · New and improved initial configuration and repair wizards, as well as better troubleshooting guidance for common home networking issues that can prevent Remote Access from working properly.

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