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HP MediaSmart Home Server  (Source: Hewlett-Packard)
Microsoft's latest Windows Home Sever update is scheduled for November 27

Microsoft's Windows Home Server officially launched earlier this month, but the company is already preparing a new update for the platform. Microsoft says that the new update is "part of the ongoing process of continually enhancing the customer experience with Windows Home Server."

The update includes a few feature additions for Windows Home Server. Currently, users who login to their server when away from their home network -- through an external URL like https://yourname.homeserver.com -- are greeted with a security warning. The November 27 update will now provide users with a trusted SSL certificate for their Windows Home Severs. The SSL certification was provided with the help of Windows Live Domains and GoDaddy.

According to The Windows Blog, the certificate error will still rear its ugly head when using an internal URL. "You will receive a certificate warning from the browser. This warning will indicate that the name on the certificate does not match the name of the site that you are trying to access," The Windows Blog reported.

Other new features included with the update include a "Delete All" button to remove home computer backups. Microsoft has also taken steps to make the Shared Folders and Server Storage aspects of Windows Home Server more robust and user friendly.

Windows Home Server systems are currently shipping from Hewlett-Packard (priced at $599 and $749 respectively for 500GB and 1TB models), while solutions from Iomega and Fujitsu-Siemens are on the way.

Users may also purchase an OEM copy of the Windows Home Server software to install on any competent old machine that have laying around collecting dust.



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WHS is great
By GreenEnvt on 11/23/2007 11:49:57 AM , Rating: 5
I've been using it for close to a month now, and I must say I like it a lot.
Backups work well, though I haven't had to try restoring anything yet.
I have Webguide installed on it, which means I can stream my videos, pictures and music to any pc, including my pda which is nice when in an airport.
I also have it setup as my CallID server for my MCE box, and use it for general storage of all my large stuff. It's got 1.25 terrabytes in it right now, about half full.




RE: WHS is great
By movieman03 on 11/23/2007 1:12:21 PM , Rating: 2
Does WHS come with Windows Media Center?


RE: WHS is great
By oTAL on 11/23/2007 2:05:27 PM , Rating: 3
It doesn't, although I believe there is some overlap in both products which will eventually make the current windows media center disappear and somewhat merge into WHS.

Maybe MS will start providing something more similar to a Windows Media Extender OS/PC, with no local storage, which accesses remote media on any PC, including a WHS. Just a simples, no hassle, DVR software with a lot of flexibility.


RE: WHS is great
By ToeCutter on 11/23/2007 3:28:07 PM , Rating: 3
quote:
Does WHS come with Windows Media Center?


It doesn't "come with" Windows Media Center, but it will stream media to any PC running Windows Media Player 11. I use SMB shares to stream to my Mac without issue.

I beta tested WHS last summer and it is pretty slick. The media sharing is pretty easy to setup and the new storage component makes protecting your media library stupid simple.

I has pretty low hardware requirements, so an older PC makes a great candidate for WHS. Just load it up with hard drives, let WHS configure the storage pool and you're all set. If a drive fails, simply mark it for removal, wait a bit for WHS to do its thing, remove and replace it with a different drive.

There are plenty of other products that offer similar functionality, but WHS is ridiculously easy to use.


RE: WHS is great
By Blight AC on 11/26/2007 9:33:40 AM , Rating: 2
Agreed. It will not only stream to any PC, but also to any Media Extender device, like an Xbox 360.


RE: WHS is great
By jmke on 11/26/2007 9:19:25 AM , Rating: 2
first thing you do when you use a new backup system, make sure you can restore! otherwise you might be stuck with a safe sense of security, when the time comes that your system does stop working, that you can't restore it because you never tested the restore function and it didn't really work:p


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