Power Pack 3 for Home Server announced, inc Win 7 support

Microsoft has announced Power Pack 3 (beta) for Windows Home Server today which adds important Windows 7 support to the list of features.

  • Full Image-based Backups of Windows 7 PCs. After the Windows Home Server Connector is installed on your Windows 7 PCs, Action Center should no longer display that your files are not being backed up.
  • Windows 7 Libraries Support. Music, Photos and Videos shared folders from your Windows Home Server will be added to Windows 7 Libraries. Content saved to these shared folders will be able to be quickly accessed through your Windows 7 Libraries. And any application, like Windows Media Player and Windows Media Center, will be able to access content saved on your Windows Home Server through Libraries as well.
  • Windows Search 4 is now included. With Windows Search 4, PP3 offers improved query search times, indexing times and reliability. Easy search through a Library in Windows 7 with files stored in multiple locations.
  • Windows Media Center Enhancements. Archive old recorded TV shows onto your Windows Home Server in a variety of formats. Use Console Quick View to see statistics about your Windows Home Server through Windows Media Center.
The Windows Home Server team have not confirmed a general availability for the final bits but it's expected they will be made available shortly before the Windows 7 release on October 22.

If you are interested in testing the Power Pack 3 beta then you can sign up at Microsoft's connect site. More information on Power Pack 3 is available at the Windows Home Server team blog.

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Can't get to the page right now - although not had any issues running WHS with Windows 7 machines it would be good to have the extra functionality.

For anyone that's not got a WHS but runs multiple machines at home; I highly recommend it. It's saved me a few times when I've needed back-ups.

EDIT: have got to the connect WHS site (was looping endlessly in Firefox so had to use IE) but no download in sight. I'll check back later because I now really want this update.

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WHS is brilliant, apart from when it breaks down randomly :P granted that doesn't happen very often but it's a pain when it does as the machine lives under my stairs and has no screen :)

Not sure what the backup issue is though, my WHS is hapilly backing up my W7 7600 64bit htpc.

Eh? I've never had mine break down. I've had it running solid for about a year now and haven't had one issue with it. I love WHS so much. Steams my movies to my 4 xbox 360's in my house and backs my crap up nightly.

ostriches said,
Eh? I've never had mine break down. I've had it running solid for about a year now and haven't had one issue with it. I love WHS so much. Steams my movies to my 4 xbox 360's in my house and backs my crap up nightly.

Mine sometimes vanishes from the network, you can ping it but connecting to it via console or shares stops working. I have a friend running whs and he's had the same issues.

Do you use backup at all? I had a lot of problems with the service dying on the server. It seems to have improved a lot with the last updates though.

It is a fantastic product though, don't get me wrong

Yeah I use it to backup 3 computers ever night. The restore cd comes in handy too, i recently wiped my whole drive to experiment with some linux stuff and once I was done I did the restore with the cd. It restored the whole drive like nothing happened. I've never had it go down, I actually run a few things like a ventrilo server and IRCd on it as well. I don't think it has ever gone down actually.

I'm not sure what the issue is either with Windows 7. The machine I restored was Windows 7 RC.

ostriches said,
Yeah I use it to backup 3 computers ever night. The restore cd comes in handy too, i recently wiped my whole drive to experiment with some linux stuff and once I was done I did the restore with the cd. It restored the whole drive like nothing happened. I've never had it go down, I actually run a few things like a ventrilo server and IRCd on it as well. I don't think it has ever gone down actually.

I'm not sure what the issue is either with Windows 7. The machine I restored was Windows 7 RC.


So you have it set to make full system backups every night? OS+apps and files? If so, I have a small question. Do those just keep piling up, like one big hdd iso over and over or does it just add any changes into one big backup ISO file or w/e?

they are coming out with a new version soon, but I don't see why we should complain about them releasing something free. Hell keep updating it even after the new version comes out, unless it has some revolutionary stuff in it I don't see me upgrading my WHS anytime soon.

GP007 said,
So you have it set to make full system backups every night? OS+apps and files? If so, I have a small question. Do those just keep piling up, like one big hdd iso over and over or does it just add any changes into one big backup ISO file or w/e?

It uses incremental backups so no, it doesnt create multiple ISO's. I'm not 100% sure but I think it won't even duplicate the same files across different machine backups if it can avoid it so common system files would get saved once for instance. I may be wrong on that last one but definetly the updates themselves are incremental.

Bring on WHS2 not more powerpacks...

Thought it would have been good to bring out new OS, Server and WHS at the same time...

profets said,
i was hoping the same thing. win7/2008R2 based WHS

wouldn't that up the required hardware spec tho? my hardware cost less than £200 6 months ago

ZombieFly said,
wouldn't that up the required hardware spec tho? my hardware cost less than £200 6 months ago



Why? WHS is a lite version of Server 2003, and Win7 and it's Server counterpart 2008 R2 should be lite on resources as well. Look at all the people who ran Win7 on very old PC's just fine, I myself am one actually.

I've been running windows 7 since build 7000 and the WHS connector has always worked fine.

The libraries support is great though.

Hmm. I was already a member of the WHS connection on Connect... but this Home Server is backing up everything in the house and I don't have another for testing. Ah well. =/

Silverskull said,
Hmm. I was already a member of the WHS connection on Connect... but this Home Server is backing up everything in the house and I don't have another for testing. Ah well. =/

yes, beta sp's on a production home server is not a risk i'm willing to take with no backup of 2TB of data. WHS is all well and good but there's simply no way to back up all the content. I guess I could run a vm for evaluation purposes.

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