Windows Home Server Power Pack 1

The first minor release of Windows Home Server was announced today at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.  Power Pack 1, formerly code named "UR1", will ship in the first half of 2008 and be made available to existing customers of Windows Home Server via Windows Update.

Power Pack 1 has some great new functionality.  A high level overview is included below and we will share additional details in more blog posts throughout the week. 

Windows Home Server Connector Software

When Power Pack 1 ships, the Windows Home Server Connector will be able to be installed on home computers running Windows Vista x64 editions.

Functionality is added to detect that the version of the Windows Home Server Connector software is aligned with the version of Windows Home Server software. Users will be prompted to update either the home computers or their home server software under certain circumstances.

A Connector Upgrade is Available (notification)

You can also install the latest version of the Connector software over your home network from the Software shared folder on your home server via a handy web interface.

Windows Home Server Connector Setup 

Windows Home Server Data Backup

While adding a hard drive to Windows Home Server, a user is now presented with an option to use the hard drive for backing up the home server.

How do you want to use the hard drive

Once this option is selected, the home server will appear in the Computers & Backup tab - where a user can decide what information they want to store on this hard drive.

Home Server Backup Now

Just like with your home computers, you can view the backups stored on these hard drives and choose to restore the files, photos, etc. back to your home server. 

Restore Home Server Folders

You can also backup and restore and the entire home computer backup database.

Home Server Backup Now (Home Computer Backups)

Remote Access

When adding/editing a user in the Home Server Console, in addition to enabling remote access for that user, there is now a drop down list box that allows you to specify whether the user will have access to the computers tab, the shared folders tab, or both tabs when logged in with Windows Home Server Remote Access.

Add a new user wizard

A new ‘Views’ drop-down list is added for the Shared Folders tab in remote access which allows the files in a shared folder to be displayed either as a list of files (‘Details’ view) or as thumbnails (‘Icons’ view). In ‘Icons’ view, the majority of the picture files will be represented as a thumbnails, and the rest of the non-picture files and folders will be displayed as large icons.

Remote Access - thumbnails

File upload functionality has been improved for users of Internet Explorer 6 and 7. Users can drag and drop multiple files directly into an upload area or select multiple files in the open file dialog for upload. Upload progress reporting has been improved, with the addition of a progress bar and individual file upload status. Ability to cancel the multiple upload has been added as well.

Remote Access - upload multiple files

When you download multiple files, you are now given the option to package the files in a self extracting executable (.exe) file in addition to being able to store them in a ZIP file.

Remote Access - download options

Home Computer Backups

If the backup database on the home server has a consistency error, you can now use the backup database repair wizard to attempt to correct this error. The repair wizard can be launched through the Backup Settings page in the Windows Home Server Console.

Backup Database Repair wizard

Backup database repair is complete

Also, a new option has been added to the Windows Home Server Connector tray icon that allows the user to enable or disable the home computer from waking up for backup if it is in sleep or hibernation mode.

Wake This Computer for Backup (tray icon)

And More ...

There are some more great things to shared about Power Pack 1 that we will cover in more blog posts throughout the week. As always, if you have questions about Power Pack 1, please ask them in the Windows Home Server Community Forums, as we have lifted the embargo from our beta testers, so they can now answer questions, blog about it and help everybody learn what is coming ...

Comments (27)
  1. Anonymous says:

    The most noteworthy item, to me, is x64 support for the Connector software. There are plenty of other cool additions too. Read more about it here.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Today we saw a release of Windows Home Server Power Pack 1 . So, what’s new ? Windows Vista x64 bit client

  3. Anonymous says:

    Auf der CES 2008 hat Microsoft das nächste Update für den Windows Home Server bekanntgegeben. Das Windows Home Server Power Pack 1 (PP1) bringt einen neuen Windows Home Server Connector für das 64Bit Vista, ein Reparaturprogramm hilft bei der Wiederherst

  4. Anonymous says:

    Windows Home Server Power Pack 1

  5. Anonymous says:

    Microsoft announced today that Windows Home Server Power Pack 1 is due for release in the first half

  6. Anonymous says:

    Windows Home Server Power Pack 1 presto in beta

  7. Anonymous says:

    Windows Home Server Power Pack 1 Beta Tester gesucht!

  8. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for all of the thoughtful feedback, passion and insights in this post on the Windows Home Server

  9. Anonymous says:

    Windows Home Server Power Pack 1 Released

  10. Anonymous says:

    A couple posts ago I talked about my personal ( disclaimer ) Windows Home Server. I store some of my

  11. Anonymous says:

    Windows Home Server Power Pack 1 Beta Tester gesucht!

  12. Anonymous says:

      As Terry Walsh mentioned in today’s The Media Center Show , Microsoft have announced Windows Home

  13. Anonymous says:

    Great news.  This is exactly the type of effort WHS needs to be successful.  Hopefully some of your good work rubs off on the Media Center team.

  14. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for all of the thoughtful feedback, passion and insights in this post on the Windows Home Server

  15. Anonymous says:

    This morning I realized that one month ago yesterday (3/24) I arrived bright and early to building 43

  16. Anonymous says:

    Once again this year Home Server is a hit at CES. The booths have been packed with attendees and there

  17. Anonymous says:

    bbrian: While I feel your pain (even though I’m not an MSDN subscriber), I’d suggest looking into doing your testing and tinkering of <a href="">WHS in a VPC</a> instead of on real hardware.

    One of the biggest advantages (even bigger than undo disks) is that with a <a href="">tweak of the VPC file</a>, you can remove the need to reinstall every 30 days (so long as you don’t run the test VPC constantly or all that time and save changes to the undo disk often).

  18. Anonymous says:

    The Windows Home Server team updates us on PP1 and the data corruption bug: Thanks for all of the thoughtful

  19. Anonymous says:

    The Windows Home Server Team Blog announced that Microsoft will soon be releasing (H1, 2008) a free,

  20. Anonymous says:

    What about an option to backup the data to DVD or other external media other than HDD.

  21. Anonymous says:

    Power Pack 1 looks pretty good.  I especially like the thumbnail view for viewing pictures over the remote access website.  Much better than a list of picture names, especially when dealing with the incremental file names digital cameras use.

    I also really like the backup drive option when adding drives to WHS.  It’s very nice to have a USB hard drive to plug directly into WHS and back up all that important data that’s stored on the server.

  22. Anonymous says:

    I am excited to update my WHS with Power Pack 1. I beleive Windows Home Server is the best product to ever come from Microsoft. Great job team! By the way…Does anyone know when or where I can get a copy of the book "Mommy, Why is There a Server in the House?" It is on but it is unavailable and they don’t know when ir if they will get any more.  I want to buy this book. Thanks.

  23. Anonymous says:

    Thank you *SO* much for Vista 64-bit support. THANK YOU.

    Of curiosity: Does this include XP 64-bit, too? That seems like the thing not said. It doesn’t affect me; merely curious.

  24. Anonymous says:

    Any chance of WHS getting posted to MSDN?  A lot of us ‘tinkerers’ that have to rebuild our boxes over and over have MSDN licenses.  I’d love to get to use my bought and paid for HP WHS as a production server and setup a test bed for my development and tinkering.  Since my production box is backing up and the primary store for almost everything important to me (data-wise), I don’t like tinkering with it.  MS has my hands tied though by not posting the OS to MSDN.  I’ve seen work-arounds to get the trial to not expire, but I’d prefer to develop against WHS legitimately.

    btw-It seems less and less is getting posted to MSDN now days.  It is getting a lot harder for us developers to justify MSDN to mgmt.  I work at a small shop where I wear a bunch of hats.  My mgmt is still ticked that we had to buy the expression suite after I just told them the MSDN license would be all I needed.

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