Windows Home Server Team Blog

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Windows Home Server Team Blog

  • The Broadband Conundrum

    I have always wondered what it was (is) like to be one of the last ones to get access to electricity or to be able to have a telephone line at your house. I own a piece of property that got access to electricity in 1940, telephone lines didn't come until...
  • 10 Computers & 10 Users

    From time to time, people ask the home server team how and why we made certain decisions for the initial release of WIndows Home Server. Currently, you can define 10 user accounts in the Windows Home Server Console and you can install the Windows Home...
  • Lots of E-mail, so let's talk about E-mail

    Thanks for all of the great comments and e-mails over the last few days - it is hard to know where to start in answering all of the questions. But, since this one often gets asked by 1 or more people .... "Why don't you put Exchange in Windows Home...
  • Speaking of the number 10

    Joel just posted an entry about the future. How in 10 years everyone will have a home server. Glenn Derene is right...the idea that homes everywhere will have at least one, always available, powerful computing node providing services for the other devices...
  • The Market Speaks

    Hi all...Joel Sider here. I manage PR (Public Relations) for Home Server. It's great to see the blog getting going with visitors and comments. One of the most exciting things about "unveiling" Home Server at CES (Consumer Electronics Show) last month...
  • Home Computer Backup

    Windows Home Server will automatically back up your home computers to your home server and allow you to easily restore the entire computer or an individual file or folder to a previous point in time. The Windows Home Server Backup solution uses an innovative...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Windows Home Server Power Pack 3 BETA – Includes enhancements for Windows 7-based computers

    We are pleased to announce the Windows Home Server Power Pack 3 Beta which improves the Windows Home Server experience with Windows 7 and Windows Media Center by providing the following new features: Backup and restore of computers running Windows 7 ...
  • Sharing Made Easy

    Windows Home Server comes with a pre-defined set of shared folders: Photos, Music, Videos, Software and Public to enable families to share and access their favorite stuff from any PC in the house. And after installing the Windows Home Server Connector...
  • End User Benefits ...

    How do you explain the benefits of Windows Home Server to the "end user" (not the administrator of Windows Home Server, but the person who you may need to convince or explain why this software is important, cool, or some other adjective du jour) in a...
  • Knowledge and Documentation

    Thanks for the replies, although some of you are still answering it from your "I installed this product and here is what I like" perspective. Try the other hat on .... here is what my household members think of it ... (Note: only works if you live with...
  • Beta 2 is go!

    Good news! Windows Home Server has reached the Beta 2 milestone! While previous releases have been tested by 1000+ Microsoft employees and some of our hardware and software partners, we are now starting to invite a broader group of external testers to...
  • Beta 2 - An overwhelming response

    Beta 2 - When, How, Where, Who, etc. After 24 hours of announcing the survey for nominating yourself to participate in the Windows Home Server Beta 2 program, we had responses from over 10,000 people in 107 different countries. We get a new person...
  • Welcome to the Windows Home Server Blog

    My name is Todd Headrick and I am the product planner for the Microsoft Windows Home Server. I have been working on this product for a few years now, and I am looking forward to sharing my knowledge about Home Server here on this blog. The Windows...
  • Windows Home Server Knowledge Base article

    We just published a Knowledge Base (KB) article on Microsoft Help and Support : “Editing files using certain applications may cause file corruption on a system running Windows Home Server (946676)”. A few people in the Community Forums have reported data...
  • 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...
  • "Consumer grade" add-ins

    The Windows Home Server team is ecstatic about the number of add-ins that have been developed for Windows Home Server over the past year. Check out the WeGotServed blog that has a more comprehensive list of all of the add-ins that are available for Windows...
  • Facebook Trojan Virus... Not a problem if you have a Windows Home Server.

    So, my wife just got hit, Facebook Users Attacked by Trojan Virus , HOW TO: Install a Facebook Trojan , Facebook Users Attacked by Trojan Virus , Facebook users receive fresh Trojan warning . She got an email in her Facebook inbox from two of her friends...
  • Windows 7 and Windows Home Server

    The Windows Home Server team is excited to see the progress and excitement around the public beta release of Windows 7 . From the Windows 7 Beta Download " How to Backup a PC " page, you will see this important note near the bottom of the page. ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • The best kept secret ...

    Windows Home Server was a secret for a long time. We had over 1,000 internal testers at Microsoft prior to announcing the product at CES 2007, some of these people used the product for over a year without leaking anything about it. I remember the early...
  • Water Heaters and Home Servers

    There is a little debate about the water heater ... In the 1870s, Englishmen, Maughan invented the first instant water heater. Little is known about Maughan's invention, however, his invention influenced the designs of Edwin Ruud. Edwin Ruud, a Norwegian...
  • Go big or go home

    Or in the case of Daryl Plummer, go big AT home. Daryl's the Gartner research chief I mentioned in a previous post . I think its fair to say he has a seriously (the ultimate?) digital home. Here's the more detailed overview of his not-so-humble abode...