New information on Windows Home Server

Joel Sider, Senior Product Manager, Windows Server PR Microsoft Corp. provided some new information about Home Server

Here is what he said:

Windows Home Server is built on Windows Server technology, but it also includes a great deal of new technology for simple backup/restore of multiple PCs in the home, easy addition of new storage, and a highly intuitive console to administer backups, shared folders, storage, users and network health.

Windows Home Server is designed to work in broadband connected households that already have a broadband router / firewall device. A Windows Home Server device plugs in on the inside of the house and is initially protected by a users' router / firewall device. Additionally, it is built on the proven technologies of Windows Server and uses the software firewall technologies built into Windows Server to provide an additional level of protection. It will be updated by Automatic Updates from MS. Also, remote access to Home Server is via HTTPS, only uses necessary ports, and is disabled by default.

We are working with Microsoft OneCare and leading anti-virus providers to help them develop solutions specific to Windows Home Server.

HP is our launch partner for Windows Home Server and will be shipping the MediaSmart Server, powered by Windows Home Server, later this year. We anticipate other OEMs will follow. At CES, AMD, Inventec and Quanta demonstrated Home Server hardware reference designs, providing a preview of potential Home Server hardware form factors.

HP will set the price for MediaSmart Server and is not yet disclosing specifics. Storage capacity will be the primary factor for OEM pricing. Microsoft anticipates that Home Server product pricing will be in the range of a low-end PC.

We are considering the possibilities of making Home Server available to system builders or 'do it yourself-ers.'

View: Joel Sider @ PressPass (.DOC)

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id imagine this will be a cut down and improved version of W2k3 SBS, not a bad solution tbh and something that has interested me for a while for the home.

I have an old dell poweredge server acting as a media server/PDC at home (w2k SBS, more for trying out things for work before trialling it in a work "live" environment), and the thought of a server based OS designed for the home makes sense. having 4 desktops, a laptop and an xbox360 all connected to my home lan would benefit greatly from this kind of solution.

as previous posters have said i hope its cheaper than SBS.

The HTTPS certificate will be generated by the server in the same way that OWA on 2k3 sbs creates a cert for the use of the web access part of exchange to allow http access and web access to exchange via your mobile phone. Once the certificate has been accepted and installed to the client it will become transparent.

please please MS give it a cut down Exchange server thrown in , would be cool to centrally organise your mail accounts from your isp into exchange, not to mention the possiblity of roaming profiles.

ooooh im gonna have to stop the more i think about this solution the more it gets me excited lol (i work day to day in W2k3 sbs and 2k/2k3 server)

Here's a question.... With the HTTPS access, who will be the Certificate Authority? I'm assuming the computer will generate its own SSL certificate, but presumably this will confuse people because they'll get used to accepting invalid SSL certificates (not valid because of domain name/questionable CA/identity not technically verified/etc.)

Won't this cause problems?

Not really I guess. If the admin wil allow users to login trough the https channel, they would pritty much expect the ssl certificate. Not many people will login except people that are directly connected to it, File server or not.

Boogiman said,
Not really I guess. If the admin wil allow users to login trough the https channel, they would pritty much expect the ssl certificate. Not many people will login except people that are directly connected to it, File server or not.
Maybe, I'm still kind of leery about using an SSL certificate not signed by a valid CA. Probably irrational, but it bugs me.

Awesome!!!

But my question is.. They keep telling about new tech that is included so it would be a bit more user friendy, but what has been kept out or does it still conclude every possibility?