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
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.