The Professional Developers Conference (PDC) is an event where Microsoft employees that sit behind one or more displays banging out lots of cool code on a daily basis get to venture out and meet other developers outside of Microsoft. Teams often showcase various technology demonstrations to highlight future possibilities along with sharing tips and techniques for building cool add-ins or other extensions to Microsoft products and service offerings.
Yesterday at PDC 2008, CJ Saretto, Brendan Grant and Doug Berrett co-presented the "Exposing Connected Home Services to the Internet Via Windows Home Server" which provided lots of great information about using the Windows Home Server platform to help deliver on the promise of a connected home.
The abstract for the session is:
Learn how to leverage the Remote Access platform in Windows Home Server to expose on-premises services running in the connected home to the Internet. See how to expose a home automation service running on Windows Home Server to the Internet, and watch a demonstration that shows how to expose services that may be hosted on other devices inside the connected home using Windows Home Server as a gateway. Finally, see a sneak preview of Home Server and Live Mesh working together to further enhance the remote experience for the connected home.
At the end the team provided a glimpse of some of the integration possibilities between the Windows Home Server product and Live Mesh service. The Windows Home Server and Windows Live Mesh teams are working closely together to define and develop a set of solutions that take advantage of the unique features of Windows Home Server and Windows Live Mesh.
Highlights of the technology demonstration included the following:
As Live Mesh is just entering a beta program, the Windows Home Server team and Live Mesh teams do not have any definitive dates or delivery vehicles defined for the solutions showcased in the technology demonstration. However, we are excited about the possibilities and hope you are too ...
If you don't have a home server yet, now might be the time to get one ...
On November 1, Microsoft will introduce a 30% price reduction of the Windows Home Server software for the System Builder channel. After a successful year in the market, Microsoft is reducing the price of the System Builder version of Windows Home Server to provide additional value to the system builder community and further promote the home server category. Momentum for Windows Home Server remains strong. During the first year, Windows Home Server has been embraced by System Builders in over 50 countries. The list of hardware partners continues to grow and third-party software developers have released or have announced more than 60 Add-in programs extending Windows Home Server’s capabilities. Thanks for all of the great support over the last year, and we look forward to working with you all in continuing to grow the home server marketplace!
The Windows Home Server Team
Its fall already and one of the most exciting portions of the year has just started – “Event Season”. Windows Home Server has been attending all sorts of events this year and receiving high praises from very different audiences.
It’s interesting to hear how Windows Home Server has affected people’s lives and how they are spreading the word. You would think during event season you would hear me talk more about how I am exciting attendees! Instead, they have been exciting me by sharing their stories on how they are already using Windows Home Server and encouraging others to try it out. You see, this is only the second event season for Windows Home Server. Last year, I was showing off this shiny new platform explaining all the bells and whistles. It was a nice change of pace to not only talk about Windows Home Server but to hear how it’s being utilized.
I would like to give one example from a recent event, SMB Nation. SMB Nation is a more techie event so of course, you’re going to hear a more techie story. Being someone that supported small businesses at one point in time, I could really relate to his ingenious idea. Kevin Royalty “Total Care Computer Consulting” approached our booth and shared an insight to how Windows Home Server supports the community. Kevin supports many small businesses with Windows Small Business Server and Windows Home Server. Yes, both servers on one business network. Kevin sent me this picture which shows two HP MediaSmart Servers being used to offer a network wide backup solution for the company’s PCs. With two HP MediaSmart Servers, you could potentially offer a 20 PC backup solution for a marginal price.
Here you see two HP MediaSmart Servers next to a Windows Small Business Server (on top an external drive for the Windows Small Business Server to back up to):
This is just one example among the hundreds I have heard. If you have a story like this, please share it with our team at the next event you attend. We love hearing these stories! PDC and WinHEC are just around the corner – stop by and say, “Hi”!
PDC – October 27th – 30th
WinHEC – November 4th – 7th
JB - (Joel the events guy)