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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...
24 Jan 2009
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...
12 Jan 2009
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...
5 Nov 2008
Windows Home Server and Live Mesh Technology Demonstration
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...
30 Oct 2008
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...
13 Feb 2009
Why RAID is not a consumer technology
Last weekend I found some blog posts by a blogger who calls himself "Fear the Cowboy" discussing some of the more severe technical limitations that RAID (especially RAID 5) has compared to Windows Home Server Drive Extender. Check out his posts here . His posts got me motivated to write...
12 Aug 2008
Windows Home Server was designed for consumers and home-based businesses. In our recent customer satisfaction survey conducted in North America and Europe, we discovered that 25% of the early purchasers of Windows Home Server are running a business out of their home. This led me to do a little digging...
13 Jan 2009
Free Home Server ...
CrunchGear did a great write-up on Windows Home Server and the HP MediaSmart Server and is giving away the home server to one lucky person that comments on the blog post. As I write this blog post, there are over 450 comments added to their post, the number isn't what amazes me ... it is the fact that...
13 Dec 2008
November 2008 Windows Update for Windows Home Server
The Windows Home Server team released a minor software update for the product as part of our ongoing customer- driven improvement program. Current users will receive this software via Windows Update, either on or shortly after the release date of November 25, 2008. Below is a summary of what is included...
25 Nov 2008
More than 1 Home Server - Let’s Sync up!
I recently saw a post from Donavon West at Home Server Hacks titled, Syncing Two Windows Home Servers . Donavon wrote up an excellent “how to”. I was able to replicate his 3-step process with my own home servers. With the recent introduction of the new HP MediaSmart Server EX485 and EX487 models,...
20 Feb 2009
Windows Home Server MVPs - April 2009
Jonas Svensson -HSBS-
The Windows Home Server team is excited to have 2 new MVPs added to our MVP family . Please join me in welcoming our latest additions: Alexander Köplinger (Germany) - contributor on http://www.home-server-blog.de/ and author of OnTheFlyUnzipper Add-in Jim Clark - frequent contributor on http...
9 Apr 2009
More info on November 2008 update ...
After installing the November 2008 update on your home server, your home server will be rebooted and you should see the Version Information incremented to 6.0.1800.24 in the Windows Home Server Console - Settings - Resources page for several of the components: Additionally, after installing the...
25 Nov 2008
Full-Text Search and Automatic Indexing
One of the cool features of Windows Home Server is that it automatically indexes the contents of all of the documents that you or other members of your family or home-based business store in the Shared Folders on the home server. As a user, you can quickly search for documents from within your home using...
6 Nov 2008
Windows 7 ‘Play To’ Feature & Home Server – Extreme Goodness
Like many of you enthusiasts out there, I’ve had the chance to play around with the Windows 7 Beta over the past few weeks. While I’ve certainly been impressed with its stability, ease of use and overall ‘smooth’ operation, what really struck home its value to me as a media fanatic – and relevance to...
16 Feb 2009
Updated Technical Briefs for Windows Home Server
The technical briefs and other documents for Windows Home Server have been updated to incorporate new and changed functionality with Windows Home Server Power Pack 1. Technical Briefs are "Level 200" documents designed for a more technical audience as they explain some of the inner-workings and technical...
17 Sep 2008
Home Server Checklist
I sometimes get asked the question: " What is the difference between a home server and a network attached storage (NAS) device?" First off, Microsoft is focused on the development of a feature rich and powerful home server software solution, where most NAS vendors are primarily hardware companies...
9 Dec 2008
More news on HP's new home servers ...
A few more reviews on HP's new MediaSmart Servers that you might be interested in reading, the first two are from Windows Home Server MVPS, Alex Kuretz and Donavon West. MediaSmartServer.net Review: HP MediaSmart Server EX487 http://www.mediasmartserver.net/2008/12/28/review-hp-mediasmart-server...
31 Dec 2008
Java with John
On Sunday September 7th, Steven Leonard, Senior Product Manager for Windows Home Server, participated in a radio interview. "Java with John" is a segment of the Computer Outlook Radio Talk Show . Hosted by John Iasiuolo and Sharon Fry, Computer Outlook is one of America's fastest...
10 Sep 2008
The Windows Home Server team wrapped the posts again outside of the CES show floor ... I thought I would share a few of the pictures. You can visit the web site at http://www.stayathomeserver.com Also, check out http://www.winahomeserver.com ... t.
9 Jan 2009
Update improves Windows Home Server Console display on some Netbooks
There is good news if you are one of the many people that purchased a netbook computer over the past while. A home server and a netbook can be a complementary solution. In addition to the image-based backup software included in Windows Home Server, the ability to augment the netbook storage space with...
28 May 2009
Windows Home Server - Photography web page launched
If your photography is your passion, Windows Home Server is a better way to store, organize, protect and access your digital pictures. In the March issue of Picture Business Magazine there is a brief article titled, "Microsoft's Data Protection Plan". In recent months, our team has attended a couple...
4 Mar 2009
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