Recently Microsoft announced that Windows Home Server will not see another version and is effectively discontinued. I actually think this makes a lot of sense, as I always felt that once the new drive extender technology was removed from Windows Home Server 2011 the product line was essentially doomed. Personally, I still have a production Windows Home Server V1 machine running, but only ended up implementing a test system for Windows Home Server 2011. Here are my thoughts on why Windows Home Server is headed to extinction.
A quick note, AdminiMe 2012 for the original Windows Home Server (Windows Server 2003 based kernel) has been released. I have covered AdminiMe a few times (also here for an upgrade), and it is an add-on I use in my Windows Home Server. Here is an excerpt of the changes:
The Eye-Fi Pro X2 is a cool product that I will be featuring a bit more on ServeTheHome.com. For those that are not familiar with the product, it allows one to transfer images and video from a SecureDigital card enabled camera to a PC, Android, or iOS device via WiFi. While the Eye-Fi Pro X2 model I have been using recently has 8GB of memory onboard, it also can transmit images and video directly from the camera/ memory card to the target PC. As someone that uses SSDs in my primary PC, I wanted to make sure that this data is not being written to the expensive NAND, and instead would save itself on my Windows Home Server 2011 machine with its cheap storage, backup and redundancy [...]
Microsoft’s Windows Home Server Vail platform has had a rough development cycle. First cheered for the public beta with a slew of new media features such as on-the-fly transcoding, the euphoria did not last. This fall, Microsoft announced that the popular and updated Drive Extender V2 technology would no longer be a part of the Vail platform. Drive Extender V2 provided both enhanced data security alongside the ability to pool drives using a technology not all too dissimilar to RAID 10 (ed. this is a bit of a stretch, but it does stripe and mirror.) Today we have Windows Home Server 2011 and Small Business Server 2011 Essentials release candidates which is the next evolution of [...]