Microsoft have today made available a public preview of Windows Home Server – codename “Vail”.  This release is version 2 of the Windows Home Server platform and is based on Windows Server 2008 R2.  Windows Home Server v2 delivers a series of new and enhanced features and capabilities,  including:

Remote Access based on Silverlight technologies.

Homegroup Support (Same functionality as in Windows 7).

Enhanced Streaming with a broader codec support – Supported formats in this preview include
(3GP, AAC, AVCHD, MPEG-4, WMV, and WMA. and most AVI, DivX, MOV, and Xvid formats).

Offsite backup functionality.

Shared Folder Status Updates – (folders now display their synchronisation status as well as alerts).

A new dashboard replaces the Windows Server Home Console which can be accessed remotely by approved users.

System Requirements

Windows Home Server Code Name Vail is a 64-bit only operating system.

1.4 GHz x64 processor
1 GB RAM
At least one 160 GB (or larger) hard drive

Only NTFS is supported as a file system

Supported networking configuration:

a)      Your server computer must be connected to a router via a network cable.
b)      The router works best with a UPnP  certified device (but it is not required).
c)       The router works best in the 192.168.x.x subnet (but it is not required).

If you would like find out more information and to sign up for the “Public Preview”  then register on Microsoft Connect at:

https://connect.microsoft.com/windowshomeserver

Posted by markparris

Microsoft MVP - Enterprise mobility.

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