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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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RE: Backup
By ahodge on 6/10/2008 4:58:41 PM , Rating: 3
I almost replied with an inflammatory comment. Seriously, very close. I don't often want to call people names or make observations about their seeming lack of intelligence. But, that post really warrants some response. JonnyBlaze, please think long and hard next time. Or, perhaps try to avoid getting drunk and/or stoned before your next post.

RE: Backup
By TomZ on 6/10/08, Rating: 0
RE: Backup
By deeznuts on 6/11/08, Rating: 0
RE: Backup
By TomZ on 6/11/08, Rating: 0
RE: Backup
By blafrisch on 6/11/2008 8:21:54 AM , Rating: 3
a beta version of the patch was available

Directly from the article. Let me reiterate again: The article is about PATCH.

WHS is currently full version and corrupting data.

Microsoft encourages users to back up all their files before using them in Home Server, even with the fix.

Remember again, the FIX is what is in beta, not WHS.

Get it now?

RE: Backup
By JustTom on 6/11/2008 8:27:35 AM , Rating: 2
I think the real point is WHS should not have been released with such a glaring bug in what is arguably its most important feature. A server, whether it is consumer level or not, that corrupts data should not be released.

RE: Backup
By thesid on 6/12/2008 8:00:18 PM , Rating: 2
Well, stating that you backup is just letting the inexperienced uses know the risk of using beta patches.
Any software, for beta patch or a beta version, doesnt guarantee any data, so always they recommend a data backup. Flaming that is ludicrous.

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