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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Windows Home Server Power Pack 3 Released

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Software" @ 11:00 PM

http://windowsteamblog.com/blogs/wi...-computers.aspx

Windows Home Server Power Pack 3 was released yesterday, so if you own a Windows Home Server, log into the console and run a Windows Update to grab it. My initial experience with it was a bit bumpy - after the install, which I kicked off by using Windows Update on the server via the console, my Windows 7 systems were reporting that they needed to update the client software. Fair enough - except that the installation gave me errors and wouldn't complete. I also noticed that my Windows Home Server shared folders weren't accessible on the network. I did a remote desktop session, installed a Windows Update that I saw, then rebooted the Windows Home Server. After that, everything started working again. If it matters, I didn't beta test Power Pack 3 - it's a stock Power Pack 2 system.

One of the new features is shown above - you can see the status of your Windows Home Server storage inside Windows Media Center. How useful is this? Well, it's faster than logging into the console I suppose, though not by much. Of more interest is the libraries integration with Windows 7, assorted bug fixes related to Windows 7, improvements in search from Windows Search 4, and a TV archive system that will move your TV shows from the computer they were recorded on to the Windows Home Server - and it will transcode them to either a Zune-friendly or Windows Mobile-friendly format along the way. Cool! I have to say, it's great to see the Windows Home Server team continue to improve the product on a regular basis, and all for free.


Saturday, July 18, 2009

Windows Home Server Power Pack 3 BETA Available

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Digital Home News" @ 02:00 PM

http://blogs.technet.com/homeserver...-computers.aspx

"We are pleased to announce the Windows Home Server Power Pack 3 Beta which improves the Windows Home Server experience with Windows 7 and Windows Media Center by providing the following new features: Backup and restore of computers running Windows 7, Windows 7 Libraries integration, enhancements for Windows Media Center, and better support for netbook computers."

For those of you using Windows Home Server, Power Pack 3 looks to be a very useful update. Most of the features seem to center around usability and better integration with the home network. Features like offloading Media Center recordings to the server, and an improved Search across computers make taking the plunge that much more tempting. Overall, it is nice to see Microsoft committed to improving Windows Home Server for free no less. While many (Read: Google) are touting the power of the cloud, there is a time and a place for having your 10TB of data safely tucked away at home. Has anyone with Windows Home Server tried the Power Pack 3 beta yet? Do you regret investing in Windows Home Server?


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