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The Windows Home Server is almost there, readies for final version of fix

After months of little word on a fix regarding Microsoft's Home Server 2007, which corrupted a variety of files due to unfortunate problems in the underlying system architecture, DailyTech finally brought news of some good tidings from Microsoft -- a beta version of the patch was available.

Now the Windows Home Server team has announced the availability of Release Candidate (RC) beta for the fix.  Typically, a release candidate precedes a finalized Release to Manufacturers (RTM) of an OS patch.  The new RC comes with release documentation.  Additional list of known issues are available on the Windows Home Server forums.

Microsoft encourages users to back up all their files before using them in Home Server, even with the fix.  Microsoft states, "While internal testing so far indicates that we have fixed the data corruption bug in the beta release, the whole point of a beta test is to validate internal testing. This means there is a risk that our internal tests have not detected all issues. As a beta tester it is your responsibility to ensure that your data is backed up and protected before you install the beta."

New version Home Server can automatically get the fix through Microsoft Connect upon startup.  Whether it is a new machine or an old one, the system must be up to date with all Windows Updates in order to install.  Microsoft recommends turning on Customer Experience Improvement, as they state, "[this information] is invaluable in helping us understand how we are doing against our testing goals."

The arrival of an RC version indicates Microsoft just may make its promised June release date for the final fix.  Microsoft had previously warned that testing could take months.

Problems were first seen by users in December following the holiday release of the product.  They represented perhaps the single greatest flaw found in the current generation of Microsoft OS software.

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By Chadder007 on 6/10/2008 4:27:00 PM , Rating: 0
I'm still amazed at how long it has taken them to fix such a serious issue. Its also why Ive been searching for Linux alternatives to this. Though the main thing WHS has on Linux distros (or at least on any of the easy ones to figure out) is the ability to continually back up the home users PC automatically.

RE: Wow
By zaxxon on 6/10/2008 4:36:05 PM , Rating: 1
to continually back up the home users PC automatically.

<Dr. Evil style 'fingers in the air quoting>
...Time Maschine....

RE: Wow
By anotherdude on 6/10/2008 6:16:38 PM , Rating: 3
Yes, up to 10 connected PC's (IIRC) cab be auto backed up daily, partially or imaged completely, and with no redundant file storage on the server, which can save a lot of space. It's really quite a nice concept and at least appears to be a great design. I had a beta WHS and I did encounter some data loss. I'm just waiting to be sure ALL the bugs are out and then I'm building one again.

RE: Wow
By jimbojimbo on 6/10/2008 6:20:32 PM , Rating: 2
I guess it was such a drastic bug that it actually took them that long to fix it. Considering at what level of the disc system it was occuring it didn't seem like an easy fix although you would've thought tests before release would've revealed it.

I think the only thing that could drag me to using this server is the disc reduncy you can get without having to resort to a mirror or stripe, both of which require exact size partitions to accomplish. Almost all my discs are a different size and I'd love to piece them together into one big volume but not using a volume set which would die if one disc goes bad. Unfortunately it's implementing this feature that screwed it up in the first place.

RE: Wow
By mfed3 on 6/10/2008 6:45:02 PM , Rating: 1
yep he nailed it. the big thing about whs is that youre basically getting the windows server 2003 platform for all you would need in a home plus software raid for $120.

believe me ive been looking for a free linux alternative too, but nothing comes close to the ease of use and configurability.

id much rather work a few hours overtime and earn the $120 than sit on the internet configuring a friggin linux box for hours and hours and it still be far from what i originally wanted.

free is not always the best, just most of the time :)

RE: Wow
By praeses on 6/10/2008 6:50:47 PM , Rating: 2
In case it has slipped by you, UnRAID may fit the bill. It does not offer the Windows-esque experience and all the features however for a pure mixed drive NAS with redundancy, it works extremely well.

RE: Wow
By TomZ on 6/10/08, Rating: 0
RE: Wow
By saiga6360 on 6/10/2008 10:24:42 PM , Rating: 2
Microsoft encourages users to back up all their files before using them in Home Server, even with the fix.

Hmmm, with what pray tell? I guess anything that hasn't been acknowledged to screw with your data.

Anything but WHS.

RE: Wow
By mindless1 on 6/11/2008 12:37:59 AM , Rating: 2
Just because something is in WHS, doesn't mean most people want or need that feature. The goal is not making something as much like whs as possible, it's getting the core goal accomplished. Let's leave out a few features like, umm, file corruption.

Do you dare consider that whs doesn't have some features linux does? Of course not because you always have an illogical windows bias.

RE: Wow
By TomZ on 6/11/2008 8:19:21 AM , Rating: 1
Well, the point is that Microsoft obviously did research as to the desired features for that market. And also most of the reviews and anecdotes I've seen on WHS around the web are pretty positive. The two are probably related. What's illogical about that?

RE: Wow
By jimbojimbo on 6/11/2008 2:47:46 PM , Rating: 2
UnRAID sounds good but if I'm going to have a PC running I'd like to have one with a full OS of some sort on it so I can run whatever I want be it UPnP streaming apps or anything else I want. Still, nice I guess although if you want more than 3 drives it'll cost you $60.

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