Just an update on the Windows Home Server Beta (Beta 2).
I will posting a final announcement of the public beta soon. Now, this is not your normal public beta, You will kind of have to know someone to get in initially. Primarily invitations will be spread virally. So, existing MS employees who are participating in the beta, worldwide, I might add in a very proportional way, will get to invite someone that they know to the beta. We have well over 1,000 MSFT employees on this beta right now. So, the viral thing has a good head start. Once that happens, depending on how quickly those invitations get used up, we will do another block of invitations to the existing beta participants again.
We will also have a web forum up on http://forums.microsoft.com/technet. The forum will be called Windows Home Server. Surprised. This forum will be completely public so even if you are not on the beta, you can read what is going on up there for yourself and also ask questions. We will do our best to answer them. We may also be dropping out invitation codes randomly into the forums so that anyone who is paying attention can grab it and get in. We will probably also come up with some other ways to get the invitations out in the wild.
I hope that this helps make it clearer on how we plan to run this beta. Who knows, it could change, it has happened before.