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Microsoft issues a dire warning that its Home Server product may irreversibly damage pictures, torrents, and other files

Microsoft just announced a big bug that many users of its Windows Home Server users may wish to take note of.  Microsoft warned users not to edit files stored on their Windows Home Servers.  Editing and saving files on a home computer connected to Windows Home Server can lead to data corruption within a week it has been discovered.

Microsoft describes the problem, stating, "When you use certain programs to edit files on a home computer that uses Windows Home Server, the files may become corrupted when you save them to the home server. Several people have reported issues after they have used the following programs to save files to their home servers."

Microsoft details that the following file types are among those affected:

  • Photos
  • Office Outlook files (2007)
  • Office OneNote files (2003/2007)
  • Microsoft Money files
  • Quicken files
  • QuickBooks files
  • Torrent files

Microsoft has not yet announced a concrete schedule for the release of a patch to fix the problem.  It blames the current bug on an internal glitch with Windows Home Servers' shared folders code.  Microsoft is currently trying to reproduce the bug and better understand it.

An anonymous blog was posted on Microsoft's developers pages stating that Microsoft's Windows Home Server Team is working full-time through the holidays to try to fix the problem, so obviously it is a relatively significant issue.

Windows has aggressively tried to market its Home Server products and grow a business in consumer backup storage.  The Windows Home Server software retails for $189.99, while a number of partners produce the physical hardware.  Among these is the HP 500GB EX470, which retails for $599.99. 

So for a total of about $790 you can have a working home server set up for backup operations -- you just probably don't want to back up your pictures, emails, or torrent files on it for now.



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RE: ...
By TomZ on 12/31/2007 9:39:16 AM , Rating: 2
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Much lower system requirements. Doesn't corrupt your data. Oh, and here comes the best part: all this stuff you have to add onto Linux to do all that is free software. There is much more stuff available though, completely free as well.

Yes, and days and weeks later, finally get it all working together. Forget about it, WHS is a slam dunk. Just order a box from HP, plug it in, spend an hour or two configuring it, and you're done. To anyone who values their time at all, WHS is a no-brainer compared to a DIY solution.


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By mindless1 on 12/31/2007 7:37:27 PM , Rating: 2
I believe we were talking about someone familiar with 'nix. Frankly it shouldn't be some topic to put a voodoo whammy on, even if someone likes windows more it would be a bit silly to just ignore having the skills to use what is in fact a widespread OS for servers.

WHS is clearly not a slam dunk. Note the issue upon which the news article is founded? As for an hour or two configuring, it does not take that much more time to configure 'nix, once you learn how. That is a reasonable argument against someone using 'nix if this is their only use ever, but on the other hand avoiding something new with that presumption of it only being a one-time use can tend to be a situation where once you knew how to use it well you found more and more uses. 'nix is here to stay for one important reason if no other - product costs can't support the windows price model in many cases.


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By Jack Ripoff on 1/1/2008 11:57:22 AM , Rating: 2
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Yes, and days and weeks later, finally get it all working together. Forget about it, WHS is a slam dunk. Just order a box from HP, plug it in, spend an hour or two configuring it, and you're done. To anyone who values their time at all, WHS is a no-brainer compared to a DIY solution.

Whoever takes that long to set up a Unix/Linux server box is either a beginner or in very bad-will to do so. To anyone who values their data and their investment at all, Unix/Linux is a no-brainer compared to a Microsoft "solution".


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