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VIDEO: Windows Home Server ''Vail'' Beta

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Microsoft today showed off a little sneak peek of the next version of Windows Home Server.

Codenamed Vail, Microsoft today showed off a little bit of Windows Home Server along with the announcement that the Beta version is now available for download.

Redmond did reveal some information about the build but warned users that things are still in the development stage and therefore, subject to change. Microsoft said so far, the new iteration of Windows Home Server will include support for multi-PC backup and restore, simplified setup and user experience, and expanded development of customization tools for partners via a new SDK.

Microsoft also had a few important notes for users planning to install the beta:

  1. In Vail, we’re moving to a new underlying server platform that will only run as a 64-bit OS. We do not recommend running Vail on a 32-bit PC or existing Windows Home Server systems (even 64-bit Home Server systems) because there may be compatibility issues with some OEM drivers.
  2. Since it is still in ‘beta,’ please install the Vail code on a secondary computer as opposed to existing Windows Home Server v1 OEM systems (not even 64-bit systems) If you do install the beta on an existing system, you may experience a number of problems, including the inability to run WHS v1 add-in applications (even those provided by OEMs). Installing on a secondary machine will help ensure the best possible user experience, and we would like your feedback on what this scenario is like.
  3. Installation of the Vail OS on a PC will also require users to wipe all data from that PC or device.
  4. The hardware requirements for Vail call for a 1.4 GHz x64 processor, 1 GB RAM, and at least one160 GB hard drive. Full details and additional requirements will be posted on the Microsoft Connect download site.

No word on a release date other than, "We're not going to ship it until it's ready."

Click here to go to the beta download page.

Windows Home Server V2 Beta - Codename Vail

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    seboj , April 28, 2010 12:11 AM
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    and at least one160 GB hard drive.


    I understand that it's common to require a hdd that has x amount of space, to ensure it has enough to hold the software / OS. But requiring a 160GB hdd? Is that common?
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    Kelavarus , April 28, 2010 12:12 AM
    Progress is always good.

    There can't be that many 1.4Ghz x64 CPUs, I'd think.
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    Blessedman , April 28, 2010 12:18 AM
    I would think only AMD has a 1.4Ghz x64 chip
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    Userremoved , April 28, 2010 12:21 AM
    So will it run on a Phenom II X64?
    :p 
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    Anonymous , April 28, 2010 12:27 AM
    And where is the video precisely? Doesn't the article title having the annoying "VIDEO" label in all caps mean that this page is supposed to have a video?
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    bison88 , April 28, 2010 12:51 AM
    Paul Thurott to the rescue! Saw it earlier this morning from his site.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FmnFoI8iqC8
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    Anonymous , April 28, 2010 12:52 AM
    when does the beta expire??
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    tourist , April 28, 2010 12:53 AM
    It will run on a atom 330 with 2gigs ram just fine, 4 months up time and still counting and yes it will give an error if it detects less than 160gb hard drive. Vail is nice but i would not pay for it(i did not)

    I will appreciate 64bit when i upgrade next year
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    Anonymous , April 28, 2010 1:19 AM
    Another MS bit of rubbish.. wanting too much. costing tooo much .. doing not much..
    sound familiar..

    Just install Ubuntu..
    Problmes solved..
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    JMcEntegart , April 28, 2010 1:29 AM
    WheresTheBeefAnd where is the video precisely? Doesn't the article title having the annoying "VIDEO" label in all caps mean that this page is supposed to have a video?


    I'm only human. Give me a break. You're one of those people who always remembers the milk, to pick up the dry cleaning and has never once sent an email without the attachment? I see this is your first post too. Charming first impression you make.
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    lauxenburg , April 28, 2010 2:01 AM
    Yes. Finally 64-bit. I might actually build a server now.
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    dragunover , April 28, 2010 2:24 AM
    Cool stuff, DL'ing now... :) 
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    seboj , April 28, 2010 2:25 AM
    lauxenburgYes. Finally 64-bit. I might actually build a server now.


    Glad to see they're forcing 64-bit.

    touristIt will run on a atom 330 with 2gigs ram just fine, 4 months up time and still counting and yes it will give an error if it detects less than 160gb hard drive.


    What sort of error? Will it allow you to install and run it regardless if it's less than 160gb?
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    thegreathuntingdolphin , April 28, 2010 2:36 AM
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    I'm only human. Give me a break. You're one of those people who always remembers the milk, to pick up the dry cleaning and has never once sent an email without the attachment? I see this is your first post too. Charming first impression you make.


    Haha, nice pwn. Geez mistakes happen; people need to lighten up. Sometimes I think Tom's Hardware has the most complainers.

    Thanks for finding/posting the info. I have been anxiously waiting to build my home server, but I wanted to wait until "Vail" came out. I am downloading the Beta now!

    Hopefully it will be cheap like WHS 1.
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    thegreathuntingdolphin , April 28, 2010 3:01 AM
    I am not sure why they have the 160 GB requirement, but what use would there be for having WHS on a hard drive less than 160 GB? You wouldn't be able to backup or stream hardly anything. And if you needed to back up, it would be pointless to buy a computer for that and install WHS.
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    huron , April 28, 2010 10:13 AM
    This is a nice sign...nice the have x64 support. I have been waiting on Vail for some time.

    I only hope that you can convert your current content from WHS v1 to this, and they drop the silly non-NTFS formatting of the drives that they currently have, so if your server fails, you can still get to the info on another non-WHS machine.
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    gpj , April 28, 2010 12:51 PM
    JMcEntegartI'm only human. Give me a break. You're one of those people who always remembers the milk, to pick up the dry cleaning and has never once sent an email without the attachment? I see this is your first post too. Charming first impression you make.


    Funniest thing I've read all day. Thanks for the laugh.
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    babybeluga , April 28, 2010 1:38 PM
    JMcEntegartI'm only human. Give me a break. You're one of those people who always remembers the milk, to pick up the dry cleaning and has never once sent an email without the attachment? I see this is your first post too. Charming first impression you make.


    Who forgets the milk? That is the first section I go to when I'm at the store.
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    thearm , April 28, 2010 1:48 PM
    I'll just continue to use Windows XP since all my RAID manufacturers have drivers for Windows XP. And I'll do my backups with Acronis since it can detect every network card (And RAID card oddly) I've thrown at it.
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    JMcEntegart , April 28, 2010 2:36 PM
    babybelugaWho forgets the milk? That is the first section I go to when I'm at the store.


    You'd make a great milkman.
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