Why SCSI?

Some old foggies in the computing industry (myself included) remember a time when being called “skuzzy” was a complement because we thought the speaker was referring to SCSI, or the Small Computer System Interface which for a time dominated much of the high end desktop and server market for connecting hard drives, optical drives, scanners…

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“Ahhh green”

At times life can be pretty complicated… backing up your home PCs and safeguarding your family files shouldn’t be, and when designing Windows Home Server the conscious decision was made to try to limit the number of configuration knobs and simply the information given so that in the end managing the server and knowing the…

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2-Pack Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 1.5TB 32MB Drive $200 at Dell Home

I just saw the following referenced in an internal discussion list and given it’s public info, had to share this deal listed on Ben’s Bargains: Deal: 2-Pack Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 1.5TB 32MB Drive $200 at Dell Home Coupons Dell Home has the 2-Pack Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST31500341AS 1.5TB SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive for $270 –…

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"Why can’t I install Power Pack 2?"

Since releasing Power Pack 2 last month I’ve been contacted by a few users who were not automatically upgraded to Power Pack 2 despite having Windows Update enabled, even where and clicking the Update Now button doesn’t find or install it: The ultimate cause has been that while they were running Power Pack 1, they…

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New APIs in Power Pack 2!

Pssst, I’ve got a not so little secret for you. No, it’s not that the English version of Power Pack 2 went live on Windows Update yesterday. It’s not even that Windows Home Server has at long last reached MSDN and TechNet. What could be bigger than either of those? How about the fact that…

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Windows Home Server Power Pack 2 Released

Have you looked on Windows Update lately? No? You should… at least if you are a running an English version of Windows Home Server. Why so? This morning we just released Power Pack 2 to Windows Update! What do you need to get it? Just make sure automatic updates are enabled and you’ll get it…

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Windows Home Server and Netbooks

Commenter JohnCz recently suggested: Perhaps one day we’ll see WHS OEMs offer a free netbook with WHS purchase.  Or perhaps a WHS bundled with an extender is on the horizon. While I can’t say when or if either will happen (partially due to pesky little NDAs, but mostly because I don’t know), it should be…

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Why not have email in Windows Home Server?

An often asked question by some of the more advanced users of Windows Home Server has been "Why doesn’t it include built in support for hosting my own email on it?" The are two primary reasons, the most important being the fact that most users simply didn’t want it. Back in 2004 or so when…

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Single Sign-on with ASP.NET on Windows Home Server

One of the major advantages Windows Home Server has over much of it’s competition (external hard drives, generic network attached storage devices, secondary PCs) is that it’s a full Windows Server under the hood and comes along with the ability to host almost any sort of web page or application you care to deploy to…

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The most useful feature of Remote Desktop I never knew about

What follows is probably common knowledge, however given the fact that I didn’t learn either until after joining Microsoft I feel I need to share the wonders of local drive sharing in Remote Desktop for the one or two folks who do not yet know. Take your normal XP, 2003, Vista, Windows 7 Remote Desktop…

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