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  • Blog Post: I won't do any lame play on the words "wild about"...

    ...but Steve Wildstrom, BusinessWeek's influential consumer tech guru, really likes Home Server and the HP MediaSmart Server. Leading consumer analyst Rob Enderle named Home Server "product of the month" in his column , too. And PC World posted another favorable review this week. Also good to see...
  • Blog Post: A family affair

    The other day I had the pleasure of speaking with a family using (and loving!) Home Server. These folks - I'll call them the Smiths - are part of a group of relatively non-techie consumers to whom we've provided the product, in order to better understand how typical families will actually use it. No...
  • Blog Post: 3,2,1...ignition!

    Today is Windows Home Server launch day! We're announcing a number of things. First, the HP MediaSmart Server is now on sale on leading retailer sites, such as Amazon , Best Buy , Buy.com, Circuit City and Comp USA . (Officially pre-order, but shipping soon.) As I wrote this, the two versions of the...
  • Blog Post: VIA ARTiGO A2000 and A1000

    Donavon West, over at http://www.homeserverhacks.com has a great write-up on building a Windows Home Server on the VIA ARTiGO A2000 and also the tiny VIA ARTiGO A1000. VIA ARTiGO A2000 as a Windows Home Server VIA ARTiGO A1000 - Worlds Smallest Windows Home Server Also, if you comment on...
  • 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: Windows Home Server Power Pack 1

    The first minor release of Windows Home Server was announced today at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. Power Pack 1, formerly code named "UR1", will ship in the first half of 2008 and be made available to existing customers of Windows Home Server via Windows Update. Power Pack 1 has...
  • 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: Ship it!

    Woo-hoo! We did it. Today we are announcing that Windows Home Server has been released to manufacturing (RTM). We have finalized the software and now handing it off to our OEM partners. The evaluation version (with 120 day evaluation period) and the system builder version are also heading into the distribution...
  • Blog Post: Software Availability and the Supply Chain ...

    The Windows Home Server product is finally available at some outlets in the USA and Canada. The supply chain players differ by geography. With a version 1 product in a new product category, it takes awhile for System Builders to get it on their radar and order the product. Once an order is placed through...
  • 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 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...
  • Blog Post: Windows Home Server Toolkit Version 1.1

    Today the Windows Home Server team released version 1.1 of the Windows Home Server Toolkit, a collection of diagnostic tools that run on your home computers and home server. This version provides a Windows Home Server Connector Troubleshooter that works on home computers running Windows XP and Windows...
  • 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: Introduction to Windows Home Server “Vail” SDK

    Hi everyone! My name is Dileep and I am a Development lead with Windows Home Server team. It has been more than a week since we released the beta builds of the next version of Windows Home Server “Vail”, and we are very encouraged by the download and the feedback pouring in through connect. Thank you...
  • Blog Post: SyncToy 2.0 (Beta) - I Sync therefore I Am

    SyncToy 2.0 Beta for Windows is available as a free download from the Microsoft Download Center. The easy to use, customizable application helps you copy, move, rename, and delete files between folders and computers. You can use SyncToy to synchronize folders between your home computers and your Windows...
  • Blog Post: More on Windows Home Server and Live Mesh

    Channel 10 posted another video with Mark, Brendan and Doug that showcases some of the future possibilities when pairing Windows Home Server with Windows Live Mesh .  Windows Home Server is already playing the role of the smart always-available hub in households around the world, but as a greater...
  • Blog Post: Apple Home Server?

    I knew it wouldn’t take long for someone to figure out that the Apple Mac Mini is an interesting platform for running Windows Home Server. The Home Server Hacks blog has a detailed step-by-step document of how to re-purpose a Mac Mini to act as a home server. Forrester recently published a paper...
  • Blog Post: Home-based Businesses

    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...
  • Blog Post: “Vail” Launchpad and Its Extensibility

    Hi there! We are on to our second edition of Vail Engineering blogs, and this time we are talking about Launchpad - what it is, how it can be extended and why developers should care about it. I aso want to point out that we got pretty good response to Vail SDK with some of our MVPs covering it pretty...
  • Blog Post: NY (heart) Home Server

    Some of the team was in New York City this week, demonstrating and explaining Home Server to consumer press. We outfitted a beautiful apartment in Greenwich Village with Home Server, Vista PCs, Xbox, Zune players, plasma TVs, etc. and showcased the product in family scenarios, e.g. mom and dad's home...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...