Microsoft Releases Windows Home Server Power Pack 1

Microsoft has just released Power Pack 1 for their Windows Home Server software. Similar to a service pack for other versions of Windows, the Power Pack includes a number of bug fixes and improvements designed to enhance the overall experience the consumer has with the software. The highlighted changes listed are as follows:

  • Support for home computers that are running Windows Vista x64 editions
  • Backup of Home Server shared folders
  • Improvements to remote access
  • More efficient power consumption
  • Improved performance

Additionally, Power Pack 1 also includes for the bug described in KB Article 946676 in which files could possibly become corrupted on a Windows Home Server computer that contains more than one hard drive.

If you have Windows Update set to "Automatic", Power Pack 1 will be downloaded automatically and installed for you. The setup file can also be manually downloaded from Microsoft's website.

Link: Description of Windows Home Server Power Pack 1
Download: Download Windows Home Server Power Pack 1

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Been running the RC for about a month and no issues but updated now anyway. About time really as it's pretty weird they went so long without official x64 connector support and the like. Heres hoping no future data corruption bugs occur too.

No, because WHS is build on Windows 2003 Server SP2 code. When SP3 for Windows 2003 Server comes out, it will apply to WHS. "Power" pack only addresses the component features of the Windows Home Server product.

They should have called it a feature pack then, power pack sounds like something a bunch of lame marketing guys came up with.

(TRC said @ #2.2)
They should have called it a feature pack then, power pack sounds like something a bunch of lame marketing guys came up with.

Yeh TRC is right it doesn't suggest what it is in my view.

(TRC said @ #2.2)
They should have called it a feature pack then, power pack sounds like something a bunch of lame marketing guys came up with.

I think Microsoft have had "power packs" for a while now. They've definitely had power TOYS and I can't help but feel the term "power pack" is somewhat familiar in this context, although I don't see why it also includes bug fixes and updates, those should really be separate unless it's a service pack.

(TRC said @ #2.2)
They should have called it a feature pack then, power pack sounds like something a bunch of lame marketing guys came up with.

Odds are they did.

Look at Powershell:

Monad->Microsoft Shell -> Powershell

(TRC said @ #2.2)
They should have called it a feature pack then, power pack sounds like something a bunch of lame marketing guys came up with.

time will tell when you start seeing Power Pack 2...3...4...5...just a patch in marketing disguise.

(jwjw1 said @ #2.6)

time will tell when you start seeing Power Pack 2...3...4...5...just a patch in marketing disguise.

Why do you even care what it's called? They may as well call it "Oops, We'll get it right next time #1" release. WHS was essentially a broken product on the market for the past year, this update actually adds the first hint of reliability to the system.

(Budious said @ #2.1)
No, because WHS is build on Windows 2003 Server SP2 code. When SP3 for Windows 2003 Server comes out, it will apply to WHS. "Power" pack only addresses the component features of the Windows Home Server product.

I doubt that, Vista is built on Windows 2003 as well.

(PureLegend said @ #2.8)
I doubt that, Vista is built on Windows 2003 as well.

Yes, but the point here is that Windows Home Server is Windows Server 2003 with special licensing and additional user-mode services to tie certain things together. The same with Windows Small Business Server. These products are developed on top of an underlying operating system. Small Business Server 2008, developed on top of Windows Server 2008 is due late this year (from memory).

(PureLegend said @ #2.8)
I doubt that, Vista is built on Windows 2003 as well.

I guess we're speaking semantics here, because I pointed the same thing out to you in an earlier forum post. "built from" implies that it uses the same exact source code version and resulting compiled binaries of the same version. Vista is a "descendant" of Windows 2003 source code, it only served as the starting point for a new generation of features and rewrites, the source code version is now incompatible with the parent code. In this case, "WHS is Server 2003" is an accurate statement, they use the same underlying versions of binaries, WHS has it own unique components slapped on top of that framework.

You can right-click on "My Computer" of a WHS machine, click properties, and see that it is not identified as WHS, but as Windows Server 2003 SP2.

About damn time... I've had a WHS with faulty storage and no Vista x64 backup support for the better part of a year now. I hope it works as promised this time.