Microsoft Unveils First Windows Home Server Update

Microsoft on Tuesday issued its first update for Windows Home Server, which addresses several minor glitches that have arisen since the software was released to manufacturing. Launched last month, Windows Server is on its way to becoming one of the most popular Microsoft releases in recent years, according to solution providers, who applaud its ability to connect multiple PCs in the same household and allow users to store, manage, back up, and remotely access their digital content.

Microsoft is making the Windows Home Server update available to customers through Windows Update and has also pushed the update to its OEM and distribution partners, including Hewlett Packard, which will incorporate the update in its HP MediaSmart Server, which is due to launch this fall.

As part of the update, additional documentation will be added to cover the remote access features of Windows Home Server, to deal with and troubleshoot problems that have materialized with home network router/firewall and broadband providers' software.

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Um, instead of releasing YET ANOTHER VERSION of Windows, shouldn't they just make Windows Network Sharing work like this? You know...better?

If this comes out to be as great as it sounds, I think I may hop onboard too. My girlfriend's dad bought the house behind theirs, so we'll have a whole house to set up on a network. Having something for backups and sharing would be great.

Magallanes said,
i'm clueless. what is it Windows Home server?

In the time it took you to type that you could have typed "Windows Home server" in google.

ZEROarmy said,

In the time it took you to type that you could have typed "Windows Home server" in google.

So in other words... why have Neowin when there's google? :rolleyes:

To sum it up... its a OS with a server infrastructure that makes it easy for a regular user to set up a web server.

shockz said,
To sum it up... its a OS with a server infrastructure that makes it easy for a regular user to set up a web server.
Well not just a web server, but a server in general that can do tasks such as host files (file server), that can backup users' systems (backup server) and allow remove access to those files (web server).

It's the OS Beginners 101 features that should be in Vista and XP by default so that anyone who already owns a PC can do this and just as easily...ahem.

Rudy said,
i have doubts this product will be successful ....

It might have helped if they released it as a retail product the way they said it would be initially... I'm not going to buy some company's crappy hardware just to run a server on when I have 2-3 computers worth of parts in my closet.

Rudy said,
i have doubts this product will be successful ....
I hope it is successful. I was in the beta and it was awesome. But I think it will be a bomb too, which is why Microsoft hasn't been in a hurry to get this update released. But hopefully I'm wrong.

GreyWolfSC said,

It might have helped if they released it as a retail product the way they said it would be initially... I'm not going to buy some company's crappy hardware just to run a server on when I have 2-3 computers worth of parts in my closet.

Isn't MS suppose to eventually release a System Builders OEM DVD? or have they scraped it also?

Hurmoth said,
I hope it is successful. I was in the beta and it was awesome. But I think it will be a bomb too, which is why Microsoft hasn't been in a hurry to get this update released. But hopefully I'm wrong.
Ditto, I want this to succeed. It seems a very convenient and easy to use solution for mainstream users but they should really allow it to be sold as OEM so hopefully that happens.

To be honest I was planning on getting the OS if I could get it OEM. I could just as easily use a *Nix or free Windows Server releases I get from the uni being a student, but for the fact this requires so little setup and is automated to do the very few things I want to do it just seems like a nice easy solution. In particular I like the HD space pooling and the fact it's designed with media streaming in mind. Would make a nice companion to my pc's and xbox 360.

Heres hoping for an OEM version of some sort.

Smigit said,
Heres hoping for an OEM version of some sort.

There is an OEM available - not in the US as yet but in the UK and elsewhere.

Rudy said,
i have doubts this product will be successful ....

I think it will be. I'm running the beta right now and I've connected a total of six drives giving me a little over 1TB of space. I'll probably lose a good portion of it due to duplication, but it's a great server.

Ozymandias said,

There is an OEM available - not in the US as yet but in the UK and elsewhere.

thanks...seems it is available to me then. Might set one up in Nov/Dec.

Minor glitches? No OEMs have come out with a WHS because of these "minor" glitches. I doubt if they were so "minor" HP would have delayed their product for so long. Minor