We’ve talked extensively
about the improvements that Power Pack 3 for Windows Home Server will deliver for users. We were proud to show off the beta code of Power Pack 3 at the recent CEDIA 2009 custom installer technology show
, where we got lots of positive reception to the feature set. It’s clear that the anticipation of using Windows Home Server with the upcoming Windows 7 client PC operating system is reaching feverish pitch! OK, maybe that was a slight
exaggeration…But the bottom line is that we’ve gotten tremendous feedback (and test coverage) from you, our enthusiasts, around Power Pack 3 – and we couldn’t be more excited.
This being said, our top priority is to ensure the absolute highest level of product quality, and to this end, we will continue with additional testing of the software. As with past software releases, our team will not ship the official final release of Power Pack 3 until the community has validated our work. We expect to deliver before the end of the year.
For those Windows 7 users who do not have the Beta installed, there are a few important scenarios they should be aware of. These scenarios can be addressed by downloading and installing the Power Pack 3 Beta for the most optimal experience for Windows 7 users on a Windows Home Server network:
- Restoring a full image of a Windows 7 client PC (or ‘bare metal restore’): there are a few rare cases where a Windows 7 client PC may not be able to restore his or her full image backup from a Windows Home Server. This has to do with how Windows 7 uses hard links for some system files. Power Pack 3 beta fixes this issue.
- Windows 7 client PCs will not automatically wake up to do a backup: Windows 7 users can work around this by doing manual backups, or also by turning on the wakeup timer in the Windows client Control Panel. Power Pack 3 beta also fixes this issue.
- Mounting a backup hangs at 79% with Autoplay enabled: Although we’ve seen only a few cases of this, Windows 7 users may see a stall during a file/folder restore operation, which is caused by Autoplay being triggered during the operation. As a workaround, users can disable Autoplay in the Windows client Control Panel. Power Pack 3 beta also fixes this issue.
- Cannot install the Windows Home Server Client PC Connector software on Windows 7 Starter Edition PCs: while there currently isn’t a workaround for this, Power Pack 3 beta addresses this issue and allows users to install the Connector software correctly.
So the net result is that there are a number of reasons that Windows 7 users should check out the Power Pack 3 release – from great new features
to fixes of the above technical issues. For the optimal experience of running Windows 7 PCs on a Windows Home Server network, we point you to our Microsoft Connect site
to download the current beta release of Power Pack 3: https://connect.microsoft.com/WindowsHomeServer
- Posted on behalf of Dave Berkowitz