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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: Still worthless
By imaheadcase on 6/11/2008 1:45:19 AM , Rating: 2
Did you post under the wrong news item? Cause WHS is far from useless, it works great for majority of people.

The issue at hand does not effect most people, WHS is a great product from the get go..the only "problem" with it has been Microsoft to get partners to sign up with it because of the issue that could effect a small % of people.

Once the issue is fixed, other OEM have already stated they will start making products based on it. I don't remember the exact numbers, but maybe 2 have products based on WHS when it was suppose to be around 10 or so.

Seriously people, most use WHS as a pure backup/storage device..use reason and common sense you post. I know this is the internet and all so its hard..

RE: Still worthless
By jimbojimbo on 6/11/2008 2:52:09 PM , Rating: 2
It seems nobody with a WHS has bothered to read about what's causing the corruption and are just happy that they don't have it. How naiive.

If you copy a Word file to your WHS, then via a network share connection open it from another Windows machine, work on it, then Save it - which writes directly to the WHS drives - then corruption will occur. If you save a file locally then copy it up later, like everyone's backups, no corruption. For media servers it won't be a problem because most people copy straight up.

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