Windows Home Server Team Blog

"Your guide to all things Windows Home Server"

March, 2007

  • Usernames and Passwords

    One of the struggles in building Windows Home Server has been trying to figure out a simple and easy way to deal with usernames (or "Logon names") and passwords, so that accessing information within your home and from outside your home is easy yet secure...
  • Entomophobia

    According to Wikipedia, Entomophobia is defined as the abnormal fear of or aversion to insects and similar arthropods, and even other "bugs", such as worms. Commonly, this condition might be referred to as the "Fear of insects or bugs". This condition...
  • End User Benefits ...

    How do you explain the benefits of Windows Home Server to the "end user" (not the administrator of Windows Home Server, but the person who you may need to convince or explain why this software is important, cool, or some other adjective du jour) in a...
  • If you build it...they will come

    There seems to be increased buzz around home automation lately. Here's an article out of the Middle East that says the region's building boom is driving an uptake in smart home technology, citing analyst firm In-Stat's prediction that the digital home...
  • Knobs and Buttons

    When we first starting thinking about building Windows Home Server we knew that there would be a natural (or unnatural) tension between "technical enthusiasts" and my "mom and dad". Enthusiasts want lots of "knobs and buttons", options for configuring...
  • WHS and SBS

    Windows Home Server (WHS) and Windows Small Business Server (SBS) are both built in the same organization at Microsoft, the Windows Server Solutions Group (WSSG) - two new 3 letter acronyms and one new 4 letter acronym for everybody to add to their knowledge...
  • Floodgates and Forums

    We opened up the floodgates today. If you filled out the survey at the Windows Home Server Connect site , and answered the questions correctly, then you should have received an invite to join the Windows Home Server Beta 2 program. If you can't burn your...
  • Game changer

    Very detailed review of Home Server on Techgage here . Maybe the most in-depth I've seen yet. Reviewer Colin Huckstep says Home Server is in many ways a "NAS device with a brain." Nice turn of phrase. He also notes we're making a "valiant effort at getting...
  • Knowledge and Documentation

    Thanks for the replies, although some of you are still answering it from your "I installed this product and here is what I like" perspective. Try the other hat on .... here is what my household members think of it ... (Note: only works if you live with...
  • Highest form of flattery

    Recognition and buzz around the home server (lower case) category continue to grow. Interesting to see this story last week in which Sony CEO Howard Stringer says one of Playstation's personas is as a home server. If you haven't seen it yet, the official...
  • Toddcast

    Todd - our silver tongued product planner and author of many of the posts below - recently did a recorded interview with Ian Dixon for The Media Center Show on TheDigitalLifeStyle.com . Take a listen for some great insights about the product philosophy...
  • Microsoft MVPs

    Microsoft Most Valuable Professionals (MVPs) are a great bunch of people. The annual MVP Global Summit is taking place this week at Microsoft, and I have been spending time with people from all over the world showing them Windows Home Server, and getting...
  • How software is made

    The goal is to ship a great product with the bugs fixed, providing a great experience to our customers, and that is what we intend to do with Windows Home Server. We really value user feedback, which is why we’re being very transparent and encouraging...
  • Worldwide Live

    Remember the Scorpions? What was it about German-accented heavy metal lyrics that made the music that much more...well...awesome? Speaking of Germany and global sensations, Windows Home Server made a big splash at the CeBit conference in Hannover this...
  • More Beta Testers and Home Server Documentation

    Sent out another big batch of Connect Invite IDs today. One person had registered fourteen (14!) different times - welcome to Beta2 !! We also posted the Windows Home Server Beta 2 documentation on the Connect site ( http://connect.microsoft.com/WindowsHomeServer...