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March 24, 2009

Microsoft releases Windows Home Server Power Pack 2

Posted by David Hunter at 1:45 PM ET.

From the Home Server Team Blog:

We are pleased to announce Windows Home Server Power Pack 2.  Power Pack 2 fixes known issues and adds new features to improve the Windows Home Server experience.  Enhancements include: Improvements to remote access configuration, enhanced functionality for computers running Windows Media Center, and content streaming support for Windows Media Center Extenders.  Power Pack 2 adds Italian language support on new home servers.

Power Pack 2 will be made available via Windows Update.  Users need to have Windows Home Server with Power Pack 1 already installed on their home server. Power Pack 2 will automatically install as part of Windows Update if Automatic Updates is enabled on the home server.

The English version release date is today, March 24 with other languages available before the end of April. Follow the link for more details on the new features.

I am an enthusiastic user of Windows Home Server for backup only for which it is invaluable. If you have a home network and would be upset if you lost all the data on your PC, then it is hard to beat as a turnkey, "hands off" backup solution. The remote access and media serving features are of no use to me, but likely have their own fans.

I do wonder though whether WHS is making any money since it is a product that only techies or at least power users could love which eliminates the bulk of the home market. I would hate for it to disappear.

Filed under Microsoft, OS - Server, Windows Home Server

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