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CTP Gets the Greenlight

CTP Gets the Greenlight

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Great news!  Today we're broadly rolling out a new test build of Windows Home Server - a Community Technology Preview (CTP.)  If you've been following Home Server press coverage, or seen the subtle hints from the team in postings to the forums, you knew it was coming soon.


CTP provides a wide range of code fixes, user interface improvements and feature enhancements, such as:

  • A more complete and simplified "out of box" experience, including an easy, 7-step setup process after installation, personalized home server naming, and the ability to configure a standalone Windows Home Server from an existing home computer.
  • You can now set up and configure Remote Access capabilities from the Windows Home Server Console, including selection of a personalized web address from the Windows Live Custom Domains service.
  • You can enable or disable home network health notifications and can dictate where and when various notifications are displayed on their computers. 
  • Users can clearly define their password settings, and designate a password hint to assist in recovering a forgotten Windows Home Server password.
  • And you can now add and remove Windows Home Server Add-in programs developed with the Windows Home Server Software Development Kit.

CTP is an exciting milestone for the team on the road to final release.  As always, those interested in participating in the beta program can apply here.  We're looking forward to hearing the feedback!




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  • Very excited to hear about the new release. I had a feeling it was coming thanks to the news about the "Richard" incident.

  • Just got an email saying that the Windows Home Server team has released a CTP (Community Technology Preview)

  • You’ll be happy to know that Microsoft found the Windows Home Server leaker and it was not an Microsoft MVP. But you don’t need a leak - Microsoft just announced a CTP of Home Server and you can apply to be a tester here.


  • Already being an official beta tester I knew the CTP would be available. The whole incident unintentionally announced though that there was a CTP build for people that are following WHS.

  • Thanks, WHS Team, for all your work, and thank you for making this release available.

    (J - the forum link in this post is wrong)

  • Looks like a new build of Windows Home Server is out, this product is now an essential part of my network,...

  • Clearly define password settings. Yea. Shame it doesn't actually work!

  • Beaucoup en ont surement entendu parler, Windows Home Server sera une nouveau produit "serveur" mais

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