Windows Home Server

nodle

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Has anyone else been hearing rumors about this? I guess it's suppose to appear at CES 2007 this year?
 

nodle

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Microsoft is definitely going to talk at long last about its plans for Windows Home Server (code-named "Quattro") at the Consumer Electronics Show in January, according to my sources.

But what will this product be? That's still murky. Will it be based on the Windows Server core? Or be some kind of Windows-Vista-based system? Or more of a package of Vista Ultimate plus some Media Center Extenders, plus a router? Will the Windows Home Server systems be AMD-based? Intel-based?

I've heard from a couple of folks that, contrary to initial belief, Windows Home Server will be a Vista-based system, not a Windows Server-based one.

When Microsoft Server and Tools chief Bob Muglia let it slip in an online chat back in June 2005 that Microsoft was contemplating a "home-server" SKU, he made it seem that it would be Windows-Server-based. Muglia also told chat participants more than a year ago:

"We are always looking for new opportunities where server technology can be leveraged, and the home definitely represents an exciting new area that we are looking at along with many others. Much of the great storage, replication, and management technology would be great in a home," Muglia said. "We have seen many people install Small Business Servers at home, which really works quite well."

Months before Muglia mentioned Microsoft's mullings, blogger Rick "One Man Shouting" Hallihan outlined his suggested feature set for a Windows Home Server product. Such a product "would be a scaled back and customized version of Windows Small Business Server, running on specialized hardware, and it would simplify home networking to the point where everyone could enjoy the benefits of modern network management," Hallihan blogged, back in January, 2005.

The optimal system would include a 200+ GB hard drive, optional RAID 1, and a DVD burner, plus "be sold by OEMs bundled with Windows Server, Home Edition, similar to how Media Center PCs and Windows Storage Server are sold today," Hallihan added.

But now the word on the street is Windows Home Server won't be Windows-Server-based at all. Given the heavy Vista push expected at CES coupled with Microsoft's undoubted plans to put a damper on anything Apple Computer might have to say around home networking at MacWorld Expo the rumors could be true.

"As long as there is some kind of integration with (Windows) Media Center," I don't care what it's based on, said one Windows tester. "I want it to store all your media for your home. to be able to network multiple Media Centers and PCs and save all your stuff on one back-end home server. That's what I've been dreaming about."

Microsoft has remained tight-lipped about exactly what the company plans to show off at the upcoming CES show. Earlier in December, Microsoft watchers speculated that Microsoft might use the show to announce another long-awaited product: Windows Live Drive, the virtual storage service about which the company has dropped several hints over the past year or so.

The guesses about LiveDrive were based on a Microsoft ad in the CES show guide which stated: "All Together Now: A new way to share, protect and store what matters most. January 2007."

As Long Zheng noted on his blog, Microsoft's "Digital Amnesia" viral-marketing campaign also seems to be part of this protect-and-store message. 
 

nodle

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Here's the rundown of the facts on Windows Home Server, as told to us by Microsoft:

    * Units are headless and embedded only -- you cannot buy WHS and put it on an old PC.

    * There is no common web interface. Interaction is entirely client software based, or done over SMB.

    * It cannot directly stream media to Media Center Extenders, but it can stream media directly to Windows Media Connect-enabled devices.

    * It does not use RAID, but instead uses a RAID-like drive pooling system with built-in redundancy. Expanding capacity is as simple as adding additional drives internally or externally via USB. We can't say for sure, but we have a feeling if you were to unplug that external drive, your data wouldn't go with it since it's probably spanned across the array.

    * The client software, which is installable only on Windows PCs (duh) monitors PC health, manages backups, and supports full disk images and versions. If your computer crashes hard you can pop in an restore CD and it'll pull the disk image over the network.

    * Your WHS device gets registered with your Windows Live account and is made easily-findable by authorized parties (i.e. you and anyone you designate) while on the go. You can even connect to it via Live and pipe a Remote Desktop connection to a PC on your home network through this Home-finding Live feature.
 

ndboarder

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I need to do more reading on it, but sounds promising for centralized media management perhaps... I was looking around on the network for an internal alpha/beta... no luck though
 

nodle

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I need to do more reading on it, but sounds promising for centralized media management perhaps... I was looking around on the network for an internal alpha/beta... no luck though
I believe its on its way to RTM at the moment.
 

nodle

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UPDATE:

Microsoft announced today that Windows Home Server has been released to manufacturing (RTM). Major Microsoft partners will be receiving final code in the coming weeks, which means we'll start seeing official server products based on Windows Home Server sometime in September. HP, Gateway, Fujitsu-Siemens, Lacie, Medion and Iomega have all announced products based on WHS.

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"System builder" code, which is partner-speak for the shrink-wrap "OEM version," should be available in approximately two month's time, which is also when a 120-day evaluation copy should also rear its head. French, German and Spanish editions won't be far behind.

Microsoft made a very wise decision when it reversed its position on making WHS available to end users through "system builder" programs last May. As a result, users can obtain Windows Home Server from any number of resellers who will offer the server software in "OEM bundles" with hard drives, motherboards, or even just cables. Microsoft has not yet announced pricing, but this could be a fantastic way to put an old PC to use.

Charlie Kindel, GM of Windows Home Server, shared part of the toast he gave to the WHS Team on the project's blog where the announcement was first made: "A community of highly enthusiastic customers rose around us. We made them part of the development process and rewarded them and they amplified our efforts," he said. "Congratulations and thanks for helping ship the coolest version of Windows ever: Windows Home Server."
 

ndboarder

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UPDATE:

Microsoft announced today that Windows Home Server has been released to manufacturing (RTM). Major Microsoft partners will be receiving final code in the coming weeks, which means we'll start seeing official server products based on Windows Home Server sometime in September. HP, Gateway, Fujitsu-Siemens, Lacie, Medion and Iomega have all announced products based on WHS.

Related StoriesMicrosoft releases API and development docs for Windows Home Server

Windows Home Server on track, RC1 released today

Microsoft to make Windows Home Server available as OEM product

Microsoft introduces Windows Home Server, Sync at CES

"System builder" code, which is partner-speak for the shrink-wrap "OEM version," should be available in approximately two month's time, which is also when a 120-day evaluation copy should also rear its head. French, German and Spanish editions won't be far behind.

Microsoft made a very wise decision when it reversed its position on making WHS available to end users through "system builder" programs last May. As a result, users can obtain Windows Home Server from any number of resellers who will offer the server software in "OEM bundles" with hard drives, motherboards, or even just cables. Microsoft has not yet announced pricing, but this could be a fantastic way to put an old PC to use.

Charlie Kindel, GM of Windows Home Server, shared part of the toast he gave to the WHS Team on the project's blog where the announcement was first made: "A community of highly enthusiastic customers rose around us. We made them part of the development process and rewarded them and they amplified our efforts," he said. "Congratulations and thanks for helping ship the coolest version of Windows ever: Windows Home Server."
The link I posted also goes into this a bit, as far as who it was released to and such.  I just glanced it over though...
 

nodle

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Are you gonna get it when the release it? Seems this is the first OS from Microsoft that i haven't heard any complaints about.
 

ndboarder

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Has anyone even been able to test it yet?  Shows how up I am on the products of the company I work for... I might... If it will be something I can toss all my music/movies/pictures/whatever media on and have access from other machines... and if my discount is good enough...
 

nodle

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Has anyone even been able to test it yet?  Shows how up I am on the products of the company I work for... I might... If it will be something I can toss all my music/movies/pictures/whatever media on and have access from other machines... and if my discount is good enough...
I wonder if the will sell Server OS's.
 

ndboarder

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I assume you mean if they will sell the WHS OS separately as opposed to only coming with a device... I guess I have no idea there... but if only on devices I can still get yall discounts... anyone need an Xbox 360???  I can't get a discount on the console, but can get a good bundle deal
 

ndboarder

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It sure didn't take long between the discovery of this being out and now for you to purchase.  You must have found a sweet deal on it somewhere... :-D
 

nodle

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It sure didn't take long between the discovery of this being out and now for you to purchase.  You must have found a sweet deal on it somewhere... :-D
It pays to have friends in high places  :-D
 
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