Windows 8 issues with Windows Home Server revealed

Remember Windows Home Server? Microsoft's niche operating system hasn't gotten much love from the company of late but today, the official Windows Home Server blog has been updated for the first time in several months. The reason? Microsoft reveals some issues with the Windows 8 Consumer Preview OS when connecting to Windows Home Server-based machines.

If you have a PC that's running Windows Home Server 2011, the blog states that there are a number of issues when connecting to a PC with Windows 8 Consumer Preview installed. They include being asked for a credential when a person tries to access the share folders from the home group joined client computer. Other issues listed are having the thumbnail of the picture folder not displayed correctly in the Remote Web Access page and having the Power setting of the Client backup not working properly.

Another issue is that users need to enable .NET 3.5 in Windows 8 to join Windows Home Server 2011. In this case, Microsoft offers a way to get this working in a Wiki page.

If you happen to have a server at home running the older 2007 version of Windows Home Server, the Windows Live ID credential used in the Windows 8 Consumer Preview may not work. Again, there is a workaround on this problem listed on Microsoft's Wiki site. That same site also has a solution to another Windows Home Server 2007 problem where the Client Connector setup may not install the OEM client software on Windows 8.

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Ive notice a few programs i use and they need a local username and password, and not the Windows Live Username and Password. So i use a Local Username and Password. And im about to setup a Windows Home Server 2011.

still1 said,
windows 8 have so many issues!!! Are we going to create a new news post for each issues.. just wondering!

This looks to be more issues with WHS? It doesn't support .net accounts

n_K said,

This looks to be more issues with WHS? It doesn't support .net accounts

Dont think so "Microsoft reveals some issues with the Windows 8 Consumer Preview OS when connecting to Windows Home Server-based machines."
Windows 7 and Vista works fine with WHS but not Windows 8... how does that sum up to WHS having issues... Windows 8 is new and will have compatibility issues and this is time for MS to fix it because its still in beta. sometime its not just one sided issue they work together so might need fix on both OS.

still1 said,

Dont think so "Microsoft reveals some issues with the Windows 8 Consumer Preview OS when connecting to Windows Home Server-based machines."

The solution might be a patch for WHS.

rfirth said,

The solution might be a patch for WHS.

This is the quotes from microsoft. hit the link in this article "official windows home server blog"

"Below are the known issues and workaround when connecting Windows 8 Consumer Preview (CP) to Windows Home Server, we are activity investigation solutions to ensure compatibility with Windows Home Server when the RTM version of Windows 8 releases."

obviously they are trying to fix it in Windows 8. why is that its bother many so much when someone says windows 8 have issues? its obviously a beta software and issues are expected.

I set the the Connector install to run as Win7 32bit and it loaded fine. I quit using the Home Group option on WHS2011 as it messes with permissions for some shares and I found it too annoying to maintain. In other words, WHS2011 is seeing Win8 CP fine and backing it up as well.

Now, if MS only cared enough to update the connector so you could start the dang thing minimized on client machines...

zeke009 said,
Now, if MS only cared enough to update the connector so you could start the dang thing minimized on client machines...

Yeah, I've never understood how that made it past the beta. That behavior is ridiculous.

I posted on Connect the issue with WHS not supporting Live.com Email addresses a usernames. The response I got back was they will not be implementing that feature in the current version..
Anyways, my workaround was to create an local account on WHS to use and apply those details to the Launchpad connector. and use my @live account for windows 8.
No more typing user credentials to access shared files.

Kratzie said,
The response I got back was they will not be implementing that feature in the current version..

A classical Microsoft response...

Home Server died for many people, probably almost all WHS customers after the removal of Drive Extender. And MS still hasn't learnt not to remove features from software.

Unless I'm missing something, wasn't Drive Extender just an easier to use software RAID?

If it is, then MS makes a good point, OEMs can just add hardware based RAID to their offerings. And as we all know hardware RAID > software RAID.

Also, drive extender is making a return with Windows 8 and it's storage spaces feature.

Razorfolds said,
Unless I'm missing something, wasn't Drive Extender just an easier to use software RAID?

Jep, you're missing that DE supported drives of different sizes in it's pool. Further you miss the selective redundancy that was offered by DE.

Furthermore "Storage Spaces" works differently and has it's own limitations compared to DE.

MFH said,

Jep, you're missing that DE supported drives of different sizes in it's pool. Further you miss the selective redundancy that was offered by DE.

Furthermore "Storage Spaces" works differently and has it's own limitations compared to DE.

Storage Spaces works exactly as you just described. I've been using it.

xpclient said,
Home Server died for many people, probably almost all WHS customers after the removal of Drive Extender. And MS still hasn't learnt not to remove features from software.

Ha! I'm using Windows XP (All updates installed) 40GB for OS and 3 2TB HDDS

I'm using 2x 64bit Windows 8 PC's and 2x 32bit with WHS 2007 and everything is working great I removed the user & public libraries and added the corresponding WHS Shared folder but first I browsed the network and entered my regular server user name and password and checked save password. Thumbnails, Indexing, and Backups work perfectly (makes me glad I didn't upgrade to 2011.

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