of you that rely on the nifty Windows
Home Server platform, Microsoft has a nice gift for you today.
The company announced today that the next generation of its Windows
Home Server software, codenamed Vail,
entered the public beta phase.
is making a number of changes to the operating system's hardware
requirements with the main one being that Vail will
only run in 64-bit mode. As for new features, the Windows
Team Blog highlights these refinements to the platform:
Got Served has also posted their thoughts on the Vail here.
which is now based on Windows Server 2008 R2, can be downloaded
from Microsoft Connect. Microsoft recommends that you install
this beta build onto a secondary machine as it is test software and
it will completely wipe all the data from the machine.
quote: Yes it's not a proper backup, but let's be honest here, it's just home data .
quote: The drives are no longer formatted with NTFS and so your data is “hidden” behind the abstraction of Drive Extender.
quote: I can't just backup 30TB.
quote: First, the client PC backup feature has been made more robust and so we should see less errors and erratic failures that we are used to in Windows Home Server v1. They have also added a computer backup archive feature, so that you can save off the backup of a PC that you wish to retire and not have it count as one of the 10 connected PCs. Vail also borrows a cue from the popularity of my BDBB Add-In and has a “Backup the Backups” feature, just like you can back up the shared folders. This is a welcome change, but means I’ll have to find a new Add-In to work on for Vail.
quote: After the installation completes you are ready to join your client PCs to your Vail server. This process is now completely web based instead of requiring a Client Install CD, which means you perform the installation and configuration simply by pointing your browser to http://servername/connect. This will download a small file to run on your computer that joins your PC with your Vail server.
quote: “Backup the Backups”