Microsoft Prepares Next Windows Home Server Update

Microsoft announced earlier this week it's plans to release a new update (or rather a second update) to Windows Home Server (WHS), this update is scheduled for delivery on Tuesday, November 27, 2007.

Microsoft first posted notice of this update on it's WHS blog on November 20, 2007.

"The main benefit of the update is that it will improve the remote access experience for Windows Home Server users by providing them with a "trusted SSL certificate" for their home servers. That means customers will be able to access their home server from outside the home more seamlessly, without any security warnings." according to the blog post at the WHS blog.

The update will allow you to obtain a trusted certificate for your WHS computer during Remote Access configuration for you personalized domain. After you apply this update, you will no longer receive certificate warnings in the Web browser when you access your Web site by using an external URL, such as

However, if you try to access the same site by using an internal URL, such as https://server_name, you will receive a certificate warning from the browser. This warning will indicate that the name on the certificate does not match the name of the site that you are trying to access.

Additionally, the forthcoming update will also include a "Delete All" option for users who want to delete all home computer backups shared on a WHS system. This update also includes some enhancements to Shared Folder and Server Storage among the aforementioned updates.

Microsoft first released an update to users (which was the first update to WHS) in September. The company has said their plan is to deliver fixes and updates on an ongoing basis.

The next full release of Windows Home Server (currently codenamed "UR1") is in the works and the due date is still unknown as when this catch-all refresh will be available. (more on WHS UR1 after the holidays)

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