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Windows Home Server 2011 RC is ready

On February 3, 2011, Microsoft announced that Windows Home Server 2011 Release Candidate is available for download.

An evaluation copy of Windows Home Server 2011 Release Candidate is now available for download from Microsoft. You will have to agree to participate in the Windows Home Server Connect program to get your copy, but since this is an evaluation version of the product, that is probably a good thing.

According to the press release, there are several new features in the 2001RC, including a new Move Folder Wizard, which makes it easy for you to move data from one drive to another.

Are you using Windows Home Server currently? Have you been looking forward to the latest release of the software?

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8 comments
joseph795
joseph795

I just odered Windows Home Server 2011 , I also ordered the book :Microsoft Windows Home Server 2011 Unleashed from Amazon ,is there any other books to help me ,because I multiboot this computer ,Windows Vista Home Premium, Windows Vista Ultimate ,Windows 7 Ultimate

BenMitchell
BenMitchell

I've been using WHSv1 for nearly a year now. I really like the drive extender functionality and consider it a major negative having it removed from 'Vail'. But I can't say that it's my sole issue with WHS. WHS has just never lived up to it's potential - Like MediaCenter, M$ could have done so much more with this product and didn't. With that said - I'll probably just keep my WHSv1 running a little longer. Benjamin Mitchell http://www.complete-geek.com

barrychap
barrychap

I have been using HP Home Server for years with few problems. It works well as a file server, auto backups, and media server. The items I would like to see improved are: better way to backup the server files, knowing what physical drives the data is on, and a way to log in when the server hangs on an installation.

protech9
protech9

After the shafting my home and clients took on the original version why would I care. Good luck microsoft on your quest for more suckers.

Yurgi26
Yurgi26

I had been using WHS v1 for many years and was looking forward to version 2011 until I experienced the file system first hand in Vail, yuk. If they port this file system to windows it will be the end of microsoft.

john3347
john3347

I have been using WHS v-1 now in PP-3 for 3 years and am satisfied with v-1. I attempted to install Vail several months ago and was unable to even install it. I had the minimum requirements specified for installation, but it wanted something more. v-1 is doing well for me, I might want to look at 2011 after a couple of years when they will have the new product bugs worked out. Drive extender is not an issue with me and that feature will not affect my decision for or against installation. I would like to see a smoother file synchronization than is available in v-1. SyncToy just doesn't do it. Drop Box just doesn't do it.

Jeff7181
Jeff7181

Who cares if Drive Extender is gone? Next to the idiot proof backup solution, that's the main reason it was worth paying for.

Mark W. Kaelin
Mark W. Kaelin

Are you using Windows Home Server currently? Have you been looking forward to the latest release of the software?

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