Microsoft's Windows Home Server
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
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
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.