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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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Happy as Leisure Suit Larry
By AikenDrum71 on 6/11/2008 8:54:20 AM , Rating: 2
Hello Guys
I dont often post here.
I consider myself a very happy WHS customer. The product appears to work exactly as promised.
Amittedly I dont push it beyond its basic functioning as a media/file LAN server, backup and remote access to approximately 1TB of files (mainly music and 2GB of journal articles for a journal club which serves about 100-200MB of web traffic day - miniscule I know).

I have not seen any of the problems outlined in these forums. I have wondered why I appear to be immune to them.
Perhaps the problem is people asking it to perform functions for which it was not designed?
I am open to ideas?

RE: Happy as Leisure Suit Larry
By JustTom on 6/11/2008 8:58:17 AM , Rating: 2
The problems associated with WHS and file corruption are pretty well documented, they really have nothing to do with users pushing the system beyond what it was intended. It might pay you to google WHS and data corruption so you can avoid the activities that lead to such corruption.

One major caveat is that if you have only 1 drive in your home server you will NOT experience any data corruption.

RE: Happy as Leisure Suit Larry
By bldckstark on 6/11/2008 12:53:10 PM , Rating: 2
I'm also happy with my WHS. I use it for daily backup of three computers, two of which are laptops that backup over 802.11g at the same time of day without any problems. I use it for redundant data storage across three drives that equal 1.2TB (soon to be four drives and 1.5TB). I have a family website, and a very nice third party photo server created by Whiist that my far-flung family loves. I also use it as a media server to the 6 computers in my house.

I have added and removed drives successfully. I have restored two computers from the WHS backups and it worked perfectly. I grab files from my computers and the server from behind the firewall at work pretty often with no problems.

I have only had one issue, and that was related to WHS trying to upgrade to .NET 2.0 and failing mid-install. Got it fixed via a MS KB article, and everything is fine.

It is running on an old P4 2GHz platform with 512MB Ram and onboard graphics. The extra storage is on an SATA card over PCI.

I assume that so far I have just been lucky since so many people complain about WHS being broken. I rarely see posts on DailyTECH stating that they had a WHS and actually lost data on it.

"We don't know how to make a $500 computer that's not a piece of junk." -- Apple CEO Steve Jobs
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