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Windows 7: Windows Home Server Team is featured in a new whitepape

18 Sep 2009   #1

 
Windows Home Server Team is featured in a new whitepape

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The Windows Home Server team was cited as an example in a recently released whitepaper titled, “How Microsoft listens and responds to customers”. The Customer and Partner Experience site provides an overview of Microsoft’s company-wide system of measuring our efforts to encourage strong customer focus from senior executives down through the entire employee base.  An excerpt from the whitepaper is below.

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Microsoft Connect: A Product Feedback Community

When it comes to understanding how Microsoft products perform in real-world situations and identifying ways that we can improve our products, there’s no better barometer than immediate feedback from customers and partners. To enable this, we have consolidated many of our listening systems into Microsoft Connect, a centralized feedback platform for product teams that enables customers and partners to interact directly with Microsoft developers and product managers.

The Microsoft Connect Web site (http://connect.microsoft.com) has more than 1.4 million registered users, averages over 1 million visits per month, and has delivered more than 8.5 million downloads of applications and documents. Virtually every major business group in the company has a presence on Microsoft Connect, with more than 1,900 programs—including betas, Technical Adoption Programs and Customer Advisory Councils—currently hosted on the site.



For example, the Windows Home Server team’s Connect programs have been instrumental in helping developers improve the product. “We’re constantly using Connect to answer questions, discover technical bugs and get the right feedback into our system,” says Jonas Svensson, Windows Home Server community program manager. “Connect helps us engage with a vibrant community of users on an ongoing basis. We provide them with access to early versions of Windows Home Server. In return, Connect participants submit suggestions on how to improve the product, which gets timely feedback into our system.”

Svensson’s team recently released the Power Pack 3 beta for Windows Home Server through Connect. The Power Pack is an update that provides fixes for known issues and adds new features to improve the functionality of Windows Home Server, including enhancements for Windows 7–based computers. “Connect has allowed us to get this important update into the hands of tens of thousands of users who can thoroughly test it out and report back on their experience,” says Svensson. “We deliver much-anticipated product functionality, and our users are helping ensure great integration with Windows 7 at the time of release.”


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18 Sep 2009   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Mint 9
 
 

I have not been all that impressed with WHS.

I think a backup program needs to be included in the software. By that, I mean an incremental (or folder by folder) backup.
Also, the way you way you have to connect to the server (the vm) is really annoying. You should not have to log in everytime you close it.

So it is not as great as I would like it. Then again, I am picky as hell.

Still, throwing out ideas is always good.

If this is an update, I will be DLing it. Hopefully it will fix the MSE error.

~Lordbob
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20 Sep 2009   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lordbob75 View Post
I have not been all that impressed with WHS.

I think a backup program needs to be included in the software. By that, I mean an incremental (or folder by folder) backup.
Also, the way you way you have to connect to the server (the vm) is really annoying. You should not have to log in everytime you close it.

So it is not as great as I would like it. Then agaiuln, I am picky as hell.

Still, throwing out ideas is always good.

If this is an update, I will be DLing it. Hopefully it will fix the MSE error.

~Lordbob
You can restore a single folder out of the backups if you want to, you don't have to restore the whole backup at the pc level. As to the WHS the ability to back it up is in PP3 I believe, but, if you mean the ability to restore an individual shared folder on the server I agree with you, BUT, If you use the "duplicate" option when creating the folder across multiple drives you should not need to restore an individual folder.

As to the logon issue, I agree to a point ... however if you store the logon info on your pc and you get hacked then they have the admin log in and PW for your server. I depend on these backups for more than hardware and/or software failures...I would also use these to recover from a virus as needed.

This is just my opinion and logging on is not required to access the shared folders, only to admin the server so I personally prefer to logon each time I want to do administration tasks on the server.

One drive failure and bare metal restore can make a believer of you. You can also re-order or re-size partitions with this tool which allowed me to take space from my first partition and add it to the second partition at will which is not an easy process. I also stream media from one central point to all my pcs instead of maintaining the same info on each pc which compounds the admin of my data.

I would say that running a Windows Home Server is not for everyone and that I like the automation of the backup tasks that this gives to me. I really like the feeling of security that this product gives me. No matter what vulnerability a hacker manages to exploit before the virus programs block it, I can restore to a point before the hack and I am back in business in about 20-30 minutes without having to reinstall anything or reactivate my windows install.
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