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Windows Home Server Team is soliciting feedback in 2nd annual usage & satisfaction survey

September 1st, 2009 No comments

Did you know…

That most English language users found out about Windows Home Server through a blog or online product review, versus magazine or newspaper articles for German language users?

That product “features and specifications” was widely regarded as the most important factor, followed distantly by price, when it comes to Windows Home Server purchase?

That media sharing/streaming was the feature that could most help increase overall Windows Home Server customer satisfaction?

No?  Neither did we until you told us in last year’s survey

Customer feedback regarding usage and satisfaction of Windows Home Server is very important to our team.  This feedback helps us improve how we promote the product, better understand how people are using the product, and determine what functionality we can build into future updates to increase satisfaction.

If you are a current Windows Home Server user, we want to hear from you! 

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Windows Home Server will be at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference in New Orleans

July 8th, 2009 No comments

clip_image002It’s summer, so it’s time for the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC).  During this annual event, Microsoft and the Windows Server Solutions Group share strategies and visions for addressing the challenging economy, saving customers money, and helping partners and customers compete confidently. Senior leader keynotes include Steve Ballmer (Chief Executive clip_image004Officer) , Stephen Elop (President, Microsoft Business Division), Kevin Turner (Chief Operating Officer), Allison Watson (Corporate Vice President, Worldwide Partner Group), Bob Muglia (President, Server & Tools Division), Bob Kelly (Corporate Vice President, Server & Tools) and many other executives who will share their vision for the company and its partners.


The Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference held July 13–16 in New Orleans, is an annual gathering where Microsoft Corp.’s partner community will network and build connections, share best practices, and learn new skills and techniques. 


If you are attending WPC, this is your chance to learn about all the Windows Server options for Small & Medium Businesses by attending our session CI003 Windows Server Portfolio for SMB: Which Server Is Best for Your Customer (and You!) on Monday afternoon at 3:30-4:30 in Room 255-257.


Also come by our Exposition Hall booth # 621 and you can enter to win one of clip_image0056 HP MediaSmart Server EX485 (ERP $599) Windows Home Servers and attend one of our two booth theater sessions.  The Windows Server for SMB booth theater sessions are Windows Essential Business Server 2008 and the free IT Network Health Scanner for SMB on July 16th from 12:30 – 12:50PM and the Windows SBS and Windows Home Server Client Backup on July 16th from 2:30 to 2:50PM. Simply drop your business card into the fishbowl on your way in the door or at the booth and we will choose one winner per day at the booth and one winner at each session. Sorry this Sweepstakes is only for event attendees, you must be present to enter.


Hopefully we’ll get to see many of you at WPC this year. The best part of this conference is the time we spend with our partners and we are looking forward to meeting with as many of you as we can. Please use the WPC Connect to create a meeting request to request a specific meeting or simply drop by the booth to meet the Windows Server for SMB team including: Dean Paron, Eric Watson, Eric Kidd, Russ Madlener, Nick King, Leslie McGuire, Katharine Pike, Becky Lymberis, Vikram Ghosh, Cecile Charlot, Jonas Svensson, Kannan Iyer, Murali Sangubhatia, Sean Daniel, Lingan Satkunanathan, Cassie Hicks, Eduardo Melo, Brijesh Ramachandran, David Fabritius, Moira Whidby and Brent Reeser.


For those of you who are unable to join us in New Orleans next week, we’ve created new social networking assets so feel free to follow WPC virtually on our team blog, Facebook or Twitter.

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Windows Home Server – Report from Computex 2009

June 8th, 2009 No comments

For those of you that have been reading this blog for a while, you may remember Dispatch from Computex Taipei (Posted: Tuesday, June 03, 2008).  Last year was the Windows Home Server team’s first time attending Computex. 

Fast forward one year.  Microsoft had a major presence at Computex last week which included a large booth, broad marketing & PR activities, and a June 3 keynote in the main convention auditorium.  One of the significant announcements was the October 22nd General Availability date for Windows 7.

For the Windows Home Server team, Computex was an important opportunity to meet with existing and prospective hardware manufacturers.  We also strove to increase industry awareness.  Over 14,000 international buyers and attendees visited the Microsoft booth! 

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Our team in Taipei organized a terrific event presence.  In the Microsoft booth, there was a section dedicated to Windows Home Server.  On the main stage there was a 25-minute demonstration that featured: Easy setup, protecting PCs and files, easy storage expansion, smart storage management, media streaming, and home surveillance. 

We were really pleased to unveil the D-Link ViewCam add-in for Windows Home Server, which allows control of a wide range of D-Link’s IP cameras from the Windows Home Server Console.  Also notable, each scenario was demonstrated using a netbook as the interface and playback device for Windows Home Server.

Of course no booth would be complete without a "muscle beach" of cool hardware.  Acer, Foxconn, Lenovo, and VIA hardware designs were showcased in the booth.  For those of you seeing the Lenovo model for the first time, it is currently only available in China. 

 

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Acer Aspire easyStore H340

Lenovo IdeaCentre Q500

VIA NSD 7800

-Steven

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Windows Home Server – Visit us at Microsoft Tech-Ed North America

May 7th, 2009 No comments

IT Professionals and Developers will be descending upon the Los Angeles Convention Center next week to learn about a broad set of current and upcoming Microsoft technologies, tools, platforms, and services.

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Photo: Tech-Ed 2008 Photo: HP MediaSmart LX195

Windows Home Server will have a booth presence in the Expo Hall.  This is a chance for Tech-Ed attendees to get a hands-on experience with the latest Windows Home Server software and chat with members of the team.  We’ll be featuring the HP MediaSmart EX487 and, the newest addition to the family, the HP MediaSmart LX195. 

If you know somebody who will be at the event, please send them our way.  If you will be there yourself, please drop by the Windows Home Server booth.

-Steven

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Running the Windows Home Server Console on a MAC

April 30th, 2009 No comments

One of the developers on the Windows Home Server team, Gautam, was goofing around on a Mac during his off hours and put together this awesome set of instructions and screenshots for running the Windows Home Server Console on a Mac. 

This article describes how to configure your Mac to be able to get the Home Server Console on it. You will need to Download and Install Remote Desktop Connection Client for Mac.

If you already have it installed, you can skip to Configure it to Connect to your Windows Home Server Console

Download and Install Remote Desktop Connection Client for Mac

1. On your Mac, go to the Remote Desktop Connection Client for Mac website [microsoft.com].

2. Click on Download Remote Desktop Connection Client 2.

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3. On the bottom right side of the page, in the Details section, scroll all the way down.

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4. Click on your preferred language to start the download.

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5. Once the file downloads, the Remote Desktop Connection Wizard should open up. Step through the wizard.

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6. Eject the Remote Desktop Connection by right clicking on the icon on your desktop.

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7. Great! Now you are ready to configure the Remote Desktop Connection Client to connect to your Home Server.

Configure the Remote Desktop Connection Client 2 for Mac to connect to the Windows Home Server Console

1. Open Finder. Click Applications in left menu. Click Remote Desktop Connection.

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2. Type in the name of your Home Server.

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3. In the File menu, click on Save As. Save your file. It’s easiest to save it on the Desktop.

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4. Go back to the File menu and click on Edit Connection. Select the file you saved in the last step.

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5. In the Login tab type –

a. User name: Administrator

b. Password: Your home server password.

c. Domain: Name of your home server.

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6. In the Display tab, change the Colors to Millions.

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7. In the Applications tab, make sure Start only the following Windows-based application when you log in to the remote computer is checked and type the following for Application path and file name: C:\Program Files\Windows Home Server\HomeServerConsole.exe /b

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8. In the Security tab, select Always connect, even if authentication fails.

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9. In the File menu, click on Save.

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10. Now, right click on your recently saved file, click Open With, click Other…, scroll down and select TextEdit. Click on Open.

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11. Change the number below DesktopHeight to 675 and number below DesktopWidth to 992.

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12. Save the file and close it.

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13. Now, click on the file you just saved to connect to the home server!
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14. If you are unable to connect try connecting using your IP address of the home server.
To find your home server’s IP address, log on to the console from another computer. Go to Settings, Remote Access, Router Details

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Open the file like in the above step and change the connection string to the IP address. For most of you it should be something like 192.XXX.X.XXX

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Windows Home Server MVPs – April 2009

The Windows Home Server team is excited to have 2 new MVPs added to our MVP family.  Please join me in welcoming our latest additions:



I look forward to their continued contributions to the Windows Home Server Community.


-Jonas

Windows Home Server Website Updated

March 25th, 2009 No comments

Possibly lost among the frenzy of the Power Pack 2 release, and the addition of Windows Home Server software to MSDN, was the update today of our very own product website. While clearly not a complete overhaul, we think it’s improved in a couple of key ways:

  • A simpler and more contemporary layout
  • Snappy scrolling graphics that feature direct links to popular pages on the site
  • Redesigned links to Free Eval and Demo pages
  • Added a few more Windows Home Server add-ins to our growing ‘featured list’ page. (Be sure to let us know if you want yours added too 😉

We encourage you to come check it out and let us know what you think. 

Here’s a quick link right to our top page:  www.microsoft.com/windowshomeserver, as well as a snapshot of what it now looks like. 

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Enjoy!

MP

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Windows Home Server – Now available on MSDN

March 24th, 2009 No comments

A key benefit of Windows Home Server is the versatility and power it offers as a development platform.  Even when Windows Home Server software was still in the beta stage, we published a software development kit (SDK) so that 3rd party developers could develop interesting add-ins for the product.  See the original post, "Developers, Developers, Developers".

There are currently 100+ add-ins developed for Windows Home Server (up from 70+ in January of this year).  We have a dedicated Windows Home Server Add-ins page  on the Microsoft web site.  There are also a number of other sites dedicated to this topic, such as the Forums on We Got Served and Windows Home Server Add-ins.

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At the Professional Developers Conference last fall, we received a huge amount of interest in Windows Home Server from the developer community (standing room only in information sessions).  MSDN availability will increase awareness of Windows Home Server with a larger community of professional developers and help further grow the ecosystem of software applications built for Windows Home Server.  Effective today, Windows Home Server is available under Operating Systems on the MSDN Subscriptions Download Page.  (Instructions for downloading.)

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Hat’s off to Loren on MediaSmartServer.net Forums and Alex Kuretz for catching us during the MSDN testing phase last week!  Enjoy the real deal.

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