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  • Blog Post: Updating the Windows Home Server web site

    Microsoft's Windows Home Server web site is getting updated to enable people to quickly find what they are looking for with fewer clicks. We did an extensive review of the site statistics and search terms and are making changes to the site to better serve both general consumers and enthusiasts. Check...
  • Blog Post: Windows Home Server World Cup

    The Windows Home Server software has been purchased by System Builders in over 40 countries around the world. And our hardware partners are starting to branch out their distribution plans for their hardware offerings, powered by Windows Home Server, to more and more countries. As to be expected, the...
  • Blog Post: Tranquil on the A list

    Good to see Tranquil's T2 WHS A3 Harmony Home Server - "more substantial" vs. the T7 HSA - is a recommended product on PC Pro's "A List." "...this machine is passively cooled throughout; the only noise is of the hard disk spinning. It's also appealingly efficient....well built and well conceived....
  • Blog Post: CES 2009: Windows Home Server Update - Channel 10 (On10.net) video

    Nic Fillingham tracked me down at CES to take a look at some of the new hardware that is being powered by Windows Home Server. Along with a quick overview of some of the new software features that will be coming with the updated HP MediaSmart Servers, and a Lagotek powered home automation solution that...
  • Blog Post: A rolling home server gathers no moss...

    Very cool to see Home Server and the HP MediaSmart Server featured on RollingStone.com's Rock&Roll Daily . Unlike servers of yore, the surprisngly sleek and sexy black-and-blue-lit HP MediaSmart uses the new consumer-friendly Windows Home Server platform, which makes setting up as easy as clicking...
  • Blog Post: HP MediaSmart Server winner of MacWorld's "Best of Show"

    Congratulations to Hewlett Packard in being selected as a winner of MacWorld's annual "Best of Show" awards during the 2009 MacWorld Conference and Expo in San Francisco. The annual awards are given by MacWorld editors to honor products that push the boundaries of innovation, quality and overall creativity...
  • Blog Post: An update on KB #946676

    The Windows Home Server team has been heads down working on the data corruption issue since we first posted the Knowledge Base (KB) article in late December 2007. An update to the KB article was posted today that provides more information regarding symptoms, cause, status and guidance. You can read the...
  • Blog Post: Image-based Backup

    J.D Biersdorfer from the New York Times did an article for the Personal Tech column entitled " Backing Up is Not So Hard " which outlines the difference between file-based and image-based backup software. One of the core features of Windows Home Server is the image-based backup software solution that...
  • Blog Post: Postcard from Vegas

    Once again this year Home Server is a hit at CES. The booths have been packed with attendees and there have been lots of good comments (and laughs) about the Stay at Home Server posters, show guide inserts and the "Mommy, Why is there a Server in the House?" books we're giving away. ...
  • Blog Post: How many hard drives do you have in your home server?

    Windows Home Server was designed with software extensibility and hardware extensibility in mind. As the amount and size of digital content grows, the ability to simply add more hard drives and more space to store your collections of files, documents, presentations, spreadsheets, photos, music, audiobooks...
  • Blog Post: Another story ...

    Today' story came from a gentleman named Bruce... I got up Saturday morning and went into my office with a morning snack. The first thing I noticed was a “WwrrrrrrWrrrrrrWrrrrr” coming from my office, something didn’t sound quite right. When I opened the door, I was greeted with “ABIT Bios”, System...
  • Blog Post: Running the Windows Home Server Console on a MAC

    One of the developers on the Windows Home Server team, Gautam, was goofing around on a Mac during his off hours and put together this awesome set of instructions and screenshots for running the Windows Home Server Console on a Mac.  This article describes how to configure your Mac to be able to...
  • Blog Post: Windows Home Server Product Demonstration: From the archives

    You have to love it when you find something that you forgot even existed! Like finding an extra $20 in the pocket of a jacket you have not worn in a while. Well that's what happened when I was rummaging through the digital archive on our team's Windows Home Server. I discovered two videos that were made...
  • Blog Post: Windows Home Server - Announcing Power Pack 2

    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...
  • Blog Post: Home Server World Cup - Sweet 16 for February

    The February numbers are in and there have been some shuffling of positions, however the top 8 countries remain the same. Belgium is in the top 16 and Japan is out. The USA moved from 7th to 3rd, UK moved from 6th to 4th, but Norway and New Zealand continue to hold the top 2 spots. Other notables, South...
  • Blog Post: Welcome to the new Windows Home Server MVPs

    We have four new Windows Home Server MVPs, Microsoft Most Valuable Professionals , as of July 1st. You can read about them by going to the MVP Awardees link, and selecting Windows Home Server, under the Server Solutions products, or just click here . The 4 new MVPs are: Alan Ball Henk Panneman...
  • Blog Post: Windows Home Server Customer Data

    Customers are given the option of anonymously sharing some data with Microsoft during the initial configuration of their home servers as one of the few questions ("The 7 Simple Steps") that are asked during setup. The Customer Experience Improvement Program data is used to gather metrics about...
  • Blog Post: Home Server saves the day!

    I don't write these, I just receive them in my e-mail, and I figured it would be good to start sharing them with a wider audience. This one came from a Microsoft employee named Jason, the title of the blog is the subject line of the e-mail. Here is the text of the message: OK. For all the crap I've...
  • Blog Post: Mark your calendar...

    ...for this Wednesday, June 25th at 10 a.m. PST for the first in a series of interactive 'Webinars' that Microsoft and HP are collaborating on on Windows Home Server and the HP Mediasmart Server. We're conducting these to offer the broader community a chance to learn more about topics of interest to...
  • Blog Post: WHS and Xbox Dad

    Microsoft storage guru and 'gamer dad' Jason Buffington has a great post on the popular Xbox Dad blog about using WHS with Xbox. He cites the Windows Home Server documentation on media sharing , as well as the section of the Xbox.com site devoted to connecting your Xbox 360 to Windows Media (including...
  • Blog Post: 2 months to go ...

    The Windows Home Server World Cup results for April are in and Norway remains on top, with New Zealand closing the gap.  New Zealand is less than 100 units away from first place, assuming Norway stands still.  Windows Home Server has now been sold in 47 different countries around the world...
  • Blog Post: Managed services for the home

    Interesting story here on CE Pro about Atomoo , which "may be the first residential IT managed services company to cater to home systems integrators." And they rely on Home Server. Home systems integrators may do a good job of installing PCs and networks in their customers’ homes, but they really...
  • Blog Post: Life Imitating Art or Art Imitating Life?

    Someone forwarded this photo of a puppy peeing on a laptop to us. Please compare this photo to the following page from the hit Children's book Mommy, Why is there a Server in the House?     I sure hope whoever's laptop that was had a Windows Home Server . By the way, we've posted another video...
  • Blog Post: Mark Steele is my hero

    I found this picture on my desk today.  Someone dropped it by; I assume it was Mark Steele. It is not every day that a celebrity gives you a compliment.  It is even rarer for a fake celebrity to do so.  And even rarer for it to be so back-handed. But in any case I appreciate the sentiment...
  • Blog Post: World Cup - 1 month left ...

    The Windows Home Server World Cup results for May are in and Norway remains on top and extends its lead over its competition. They look like they are going to be hard to catch, as it seems that the Norwegians understand the power of benefits of Windows Home Server and continue to bring it into their...