Marketed as a home storage solution, and backed with hardware partners, Windows
Home Server looked to be a very promising product, putting server style data
backup in simplified form in the hands of the consumer. However, soon
after its release it was found that it corrupted
files stored on it. For a server, which is utilized primarily to
safeguard data, data corruption is considered a "cardinal sin".
As the months dragged on the list
of file types corrupted grew. The situations in which corruption
could occur grew as well (initially the WHS believed that files could only be
corrupted when edited on the server). In the end, the WHS team discovered
that the underlying file system to the OS was seriously broken. In
response to the problems, they issued a dire warning that files should not be
stored on WHS boxes without having a separate backup.
However, they also got hard to work at making a fix. Initially, they
thought they might be able to pull one off by the end of the Christmas season,
as they worked over the holidays. Alas, the new
year came with no fix. Finally in May, the team released
a beta build of the fix, followed by a release
candidate in June.
On Monday the WHS team released
the final fix, Windows Home Server Power Pack 1, in RTM form. The
English version is available through the Downloads Center, and Microsoft promises
that German, Spanish, and French versions will soon be available.
The update will be pushed into Windows Update in August. Also in August,
Japanese and Chinese versions will be rolled out.
Microsoft briefly describes the pack, stating, "As many know, Power Pack 1
provides a range of new enhancements, including support for home computers
running Windows Vista x64 editions, backup of home server Shared Folders,
improvements to remote access, more efficient power consumption and better
performance. And, of course, it delivers a fix for the data corruption
HP, one of the hardware partners will be releasing updates of its own via its
HP MediaSmart Server. These will provide better security and streaming