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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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By SmokeRngs on 12/31/2007 12:30:18 PM , Rating: 2
As much as I prefer Linux over Windows these days (5 of 5 computers ranging from P3s to C2Ds running one distro or another of Linux)the setup that WHS does right off the bat (I assume as I have never messed with it) is completely different from setting up a Linux server to do everything that WHS does.

I agree that most if not all of the same things can be done, it's not a total package ready for you to use like WHS.

For myself, I would prefer to setup a Linux box for my specific needs rather than purchase WHS. However, it's unlikely I would spend the time to setup a box like that for someone else if WHS would actually do everything for them. In my case, it's a time vs money issue with regards to other people. I enjoy messing around with Linux for my own personal uses and an increase of my knowledge of the OS in the different distros I use.

Also, take what I say with a grain of salt. I'm still very new to Linux and currently can't setup a box to do what WHS does. However, that's not to say someone that does know what they are doing can't have it setup in a snap.

Each one has their own strengths and weaknesses. I see WHS as a product that is to be easy to setup and use. I see setting up a Linux box as a more versatile solution with better customization and easier expandability of capabilities. Neither one is perfect for everyone but they both serve their purposes.

As I understand this problem, I see it as a major problem. This is not supposed to be something you see in regards to a server. If I had a file server corrupting my files and it wasn't a hardware problem, I would be very annoyed.

Since I see WHS as a good solution for a lot of people, I would hope MS gets this problem fixed very soon. I normally don't care to suggest MS software to people, but this is one of the few I would suggest. I hate to see something I would suggest to people for use as having a major problem such as this.

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By robinthakur on 1/2/2008 5:15:54 AM , Rating: 2
I would class myself as highly technical and work in the IT industry in a senior MS server technology role now (MS SharePoint) previously having been a windows sysadmin, have a respectable IT degree and frequently develop in C#, but I have never used Linux, simply because whenever I installed it, I'd notice that certain drivers just wouldn't work properly and didn't have the knowledge to fix them. Trying to find said knowledge on the net was a complete pain and so frustrating to the extent whereby I just reinstalled the whole thing. I just couldn't find concise and simple guides, it was all fragmented and ratty posts in forums which you had to rely on. Of course this is often the case for Windows support as well, but there is a decent sized resource available. After not being able to fix the problem (which was installing the Nvidia drivers for my graphics card at the time, and not even going near finding and installing the linux driver for my USB ADSL modem!!) I eventually deinstalled it. I periodically install Linux releases from Redhat and Suse since then to see whether anything's improved, but to be honest, while a regular user might be happy with the default install and the settings you can change through the GUI, I like to tinker and installing/configuring anything above the standard install is really bewildering...that long list of free software you provided which apparently does all that Microsoft's offering and more is all well and good, but how hard is it to install it all and configure and is it properly documented in a central location? I would use it if it were reasonably easy to do this, but I doubt that it is. Hate to say it but Vista/Office2k7 ticks all the boxes for me s reliable and I'm happy with using it for everything but development. I will probably be flamed by the Linux faithful on this, but I'm only telling the truth from my perspective and I suspect I'm not alone.


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