Windows Home Server – Vail

It’s not you haven’t thought about it, but wondered if you really needed it. I talking about your need for a home server. You like the idea of a central server to help administer you home computers, but Windows Server 2008 R2, is a bit of an overkill. You’ld probably be right. So does Microsoft. That’s why they have come up with Windows Home Server.

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The Beta Version has many features that are worth looking at including

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

There are three elements currently available, a download, a forum, and an update section.

Downloads can occur here: HomeServer

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What can it do for you?

If you have multiple home PCs with large amounts of music, video, digital photography, and documents, then putting them together to protect, organize, and connect the digital media can be challenging. The home server will help managing your digital information. Here are some highlights of the Home Server:

Media Server:  Store and organize digital memories and media in one central location. Stream the digital content to Media devices.
Backup Software: backup your home computers daily and automatically.
Data Recovery:  Restore lost files or even entire hard drive contents in a few steps.
Document Management:  Get complete access to files from both inside and outside the home.
Remote Access:  Share photos and home videos with friends and family with the built-in secure and personalized website address.
Add-ins: Easily extend the capabilities of the Server using software add-ins. Expand storage capacity as your needs increase.
Another new feature are the power packs.
What is a Windows Home Server Power Pack?

A Power Pack is an update (like a service pack) that adds new features and provides fixes for known issues to improve how you protect, connect and share your files and digital content. Windows Home Server Power Pack 3 improves the Windows Home Server operation with Windows 7 and Windows Media Center by providing the following features: Backup and restore of computers running Windows 7, Windows 7 Libraries integration, enhancements for Windows Media Center, and better support for netbook computers.

Source:  Microsoft Connect

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6 Responses to Windows Home Server – Vail

  1. Carl Draper August 17, 2010 at 5:32 pm #

    This article feels like a Microsoft advertisement to me, It would’ve been nice if you had mentioned some alternative options.

  2. Mr Cazoo August 18, 2010 at 4:51 am #

    Windows Home Server has been around for a while, but there is still one key problem with it for me; it does have Windows Media Centre on it! To watch a movie in my living room I have to have my Home Server, Windows Media Centre machine and my xbox on all at the same time!

  3. Omoronovo August 18, 2010 at 7:14 am #

    I agree with Carl. I expected far more from this article, especially considering this post seems to detract half way through and start talking about WHS 1, which was released 3 years ago. The article title is referring to Windows Home Server Vail, which is based off windows server 2008 R2 and is currently in beta.

    • Tito October 24, 2010 at 11:19 am #

      Ditto. Wanted some Vail news.

  4. Mold Removal Ontario December 15, 2010 at 6:26 am #

    This article feels like a Microsoft advertisement to me, It would’ve been nice if you had mentioned some alternative options.

  5. mikemelvyn2@yahoo.com March 15, 2011 at 11:51 pm #

    Windows 7 is better than Windows Home Server
    I love Windows 7 Home Premium and Professional however I dont love Windows Vista TM Home Basic and Premium because it crashes , and microsoft could careless about there crappy software as long as they rip people off for millions that what makes Bill Gates happy has he ever heard of prision

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