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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 -- 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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By JonnyDough on 11/23/2007 4:02:59 PM , Rating: 0
I want a supercomputer in my basement with super-fast wireless hubs anywhere in my house. If I want to throw a lan party, for instance I can have people bring their own monitor and keyboard, and hub and plug into the wall anywhere.

Updates? Who needs many computers updated when you can just update your server that runs virtual computers? Computers are getting more cost efficient all the time. Let's have a super-powerful one that shuts down any component not being used. And while we're at it, why doesn't it control and maintain my other appliances too. When I buy an appliance, I don't want to pay for a computer chip for it when I can have a shared one in my basement that does the same thing. We saw a split among computer technologies that created many devices with their own special chip. Now it's time to get back to one powerful chip that can do many many tasks. Doesn't anyone agree?

By djc208 on 11/23/2007 5:04:57 PM , Rating: 2
Business is considering moving back to thin clients or web clients, and I can see applications for this, but not the kind you're talking about. Gaming is still too resource intensive. Even if most don't support multiple cores right now they can't share the graphics card and provide any real quality. Plus the wireless transmission of live video is fairly difficult.

Now I think you'll start to see more extender-type products that will interface with a setup like WHS. Digital picture frames that will interface over wifi with your WHS to display your entire picture library. Or plugins that allow the new Zune or an iPhone to sync with a WHS to update it's content. A simple PDA like device that uses the WHS for it's processing power and is just a wireless display for low res things like web pages, documents, pictures, etc.

I plan on building my WHS setup in the next few months. I'm going to move my SageTV setup and tuners onto the WHS system so I can have a large system with plenty of storage and tuner cards hidden away in a closet and use one of their media extenders (SD or the upcoming HD) or client software to playback any of my media to any tv or computer in the house with only an ethernet or wireless connection. Or I can use their placeshifter software to watch from any computer with an internet connection. Plus all the benefits of WHS (backup, data protection, combined storage, etc.)

By imaheadcase on 11/23/2007 9:44:02 PM , Rating: 2
You would be the minority. Most people's homes just want to retrieve data they put on hard drives, %90 of that is just photos/music/movies.

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