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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: 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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