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All posts tagged "vail"


Thursday, February 10, 2011

Windows Home Server 2011: One Step Forward, Two Steps Back?

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Articles & Resources" @ 05:00 PM

http://www.mediasmartserver.net/201...iendly-storage/

"This leaves Windows Home Server 2011 sorely lacking when it comes to fitting the needs of the average home consumer, the target market that was envisioned for the original Windows Home Server. While WHS 2011 is a polished improvement of Windows Home Server, storage management has become more complicated, storage growth is more complicated, and storage protection will either depend on what is likely to be complicated RAID from the OEMs or else Server Backup with its limitations."

Image via Engadget

Whoa boy. This has sure turned into an ugly situation! If I'm understanding what I'm reading correctly, when you add a hard drive to Windows Home Server 2011, it shows up as a distinct drive rather than a pool of storage - this is what the loss of the Drive Extender technology means. Further, libraries are locked to a single drive without any duplication of folders like we had before. Any duplication of the data will come via whatever hardware-based RAID solution an OEM wants to integrate into their product. This also means that the only way to back up the server itself is to an external hard drive.

I don't know about you, but I'm seeing a whole lot of ugliness here. I'll be keeping my current WHS running as long as I can, thank you very much.


Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Microsoft Ignites Customer Fury By Announcing Removal of Drive Extender Technology in Next-Gen "Vail" Product

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home News" @ 04:39 PM

http://www.wegotserved.com/2010/11/...drive-extender/

"In a shock move, Microsoft today announced that it had abandoned development of Windows Home Server's Drive Extender storage technology. The announcement comes almost eight months into a public beta of the next version of Windows Home Server, codenamed "Vail", and will result in Vail, Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials (Codename "Aurora") and Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials (Codename "Breckenridge") shipping without Microsoft's advanced storage subsystem."

In a blog post earlier today, Michael Leworthy from Microsoft's Windows Home Server team dropped a bombshell: the next-generation Windows Home Server software, currently code-named "Vail", will not come with Drive Extender technology. The outage among WHS users has been swift and furious - the first post has racked up more than 130 user comments, and the second blog post - which strangely doesn't explain much of anything - is quickly gaining. As an avid WHS user myself, I find this extremely puzzling. Yes, Drive Extender has some technological limitations and quirks - performance wasn't always great - but the negatives were massively outshone by the positives: the ability to connect any sized hard drive you wanted, and have that hard drive added to the huge pool of storage on your server.

This simple, no-fuss approach is what made the product so incredible. I don't want to have to shell out big bucks for identically sized hard drives all at once to build a RAID array; I want to add bigger hard drives slowly over time when they become less expensive. Vail takes that key advantage away and replaces it with nothing - that's what's most puzzling about this: Microsoft isn't giving any concrete reasons for why it's being removed, and worse, they're not saying what they're going to replace it with. This is an epic failure of communication and leadership on the part of the Windows Home Server Team. I for one will continue to use my HP Windows Home Server for as long as I can because I have no desire to lose the functionality I currently have.


Tuesday, April 27, 2010

We Got Served Full Vail Preview

Posted by Andy Dixon in "Digital Home Software" @ 12:00 PM

http://www.wegotserved.com/whs-vail-preview/

"Want to know more about Windows Home Server Vail? The all-new version of WHS v2 has just hit the preview stage and We Got Served is loving it! You can find a huge preview of all of Vail's new features here in our Vail Preview Deep Dives, as well as walkthroughs, top tips and a couple of hidden secrets revealed along the way! Over at WGS Forums, thousands of experts and enthusiasts are sharing their thoughts on Vail - why not join them?"

We Got Served have obviously been preparing for the release of Windows Home Server v2 as they have posted a huge amount of information from hardware specs, full walkthrough of the installation and a complete run through of all the new features. If you're interested in trying this new version out then I strongly recommend that you check all the preview articles out that you find there. Make sure to make a coffee, you'll surely be there a while.


Microsoft Announce Public Beta Of Windows Home Server v2

Posted by Andy Dixon in "Digital Home Software" @ 11:00 AM

http://windowsteamblog.com/blogs/wi..._medium=twitter

"Many of you may already know that Microsoft has been hard at work on the next version of Windows Home Server. We are excited to announce today that the beta of this next version (code name "Vail") is now available. We invite everyone to check it out by downloading the software from the Microsoft Connect site. (English language builds are available now). We are releasing this Vail beta with one express goal: to solicit your feedback!"

Finally Microsoft have announced the public beta of "Vail", then next version of Windows Home Server. This is a much anticipated version that has the potential to improve on the already successful first release. The new version is based on Microsoft Server 2008, has a new dashboard, new way of using addons, full DNLA compliant Media streaming, a complete overhaul of the remote access site which now allows real-time video transcoding and streaming of media, and many more improvements. Click to read the full announcement from Microsoft and also for more details of how to download the software and try it out for yourself.


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