Windows Home Server Code Name "Vail" Available

It’s always difficult to improve on something that is already a really good product, so it is always hard to follow that level of expectation – but it has in VAIL where it has been announced that as of right now is available for download as a preview beta release.

Available from Microsoft’s Connect website  improvements have been achieved, the additions everyone has been asking for, Homegroup Integration, Media Streaming and Improved backups are all just some of the welcomed additions.

Some of the improvements have been available for a while in add-in form, but the WHS team have taken them one step further, see below for the list of improvements:

  • Media Library on WHS website allowing for streaming.
  • Customise WHS Website.
  • 64bit only
  • Homegroup integration.
  • New launch pad application.
  • Improved backup (both server and workstations).
  • Runs on Windows Server 2008 R2.
  • Improved alert centre.
  • Many more!

I am sure in the coming months we might even see some other additional features, so watch this space.

You can find our full review of Windows Home Server Code Name “Vail” here and for your questions and answers Microsoft have a VAIL forum available to you here.

Matthew Glover

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  1. DanB says:

    Not seeing it on Connect right now, but a very exciting turn of events!

  2. Random Rage says:

    Why 64 bit only? I just got an Asus Mini TS WHS, and now I won’t be able to upgrade…

  3. cybersailor says:

    Will the final release be abe to upgrade from the current version or will it requre a complete reinstall?

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