HP to wait for Microsoft Home Server update before shipping MediaSmart Server

HP to wait for Microsoft Home Server update before shipping MediaSmart Server

Summary: A little over a month since it released to manufacturing the final Windows Home Server (WHS) bits, Microsoft is working on an update to the code that it will push out to its OEM and system builder partners in about two weeks. Microsoft's showcase WHS partner, Hewlett-Packard, has decided to wait for that update before shipping its MediaSmart Server, Microsoft officials confirmed on August 30.

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A little over a month since it released to manufacturing the final Windows Home Server (WHS) bits, Microsoft is working on an update to the code that it will push out to its OEMs and customers in about two weeks.

Microsoft's showcase WHS partner, Hewlett-Packard, has decided to wait for that update before shipping its MediaSmart Server, Microsoft officials confirmed on August 30.

Will HP's decision to wait for the code result in its WHS product going to market later than September 15, which is the date HP planned to release it to market (according to a leak on Amazon.com's site a week ago)? I asked HP, but so far no word back.

Here's the back story: As first reported by SmallNetBuilder.com (thanks to WinBeta.org for the link), Microsoft is issuing an update making WHS more "user friendly."

Microsoft released the original WHS bits to manufacturing in mid-July and has been rolling out the final code to its OEM and system builder partners over the past couple of weeks. It's hard to tell if the September update was pre-planned by Microsoft or added as an afterthought.

"As with most Microsoft products, we will offer Windows Updates to Windows Home Server throughout the lifecycle of the product. We (the WHS team) are producing one of those slated in the next few weeks, and another by end of year," said Steve VanRoekel, Director of Microsoft's Windows Home Server Solutions Group. "These updates will include enhancements to the product aimed at allowing developers writing add-ins to better utilize Windows Home Server.

"HP has decided to wait for one of these updates (and they are writing add-ins on top of Home Server)," VanRoekel confirmed.

VanRoekel said Microsoft's current plan is to make the update available "within the first two weeks of September," following its testing of the code. Any customer systems from PC makers and other WHS partners will automatically download the update once it is posted to Windows Update, VanRoekel said.

"Like other Microsoft products, we will also be slip-streaming updates into the builds from which they build their systems. This will happen over the lifespan of the product," he said.

If and when I hear back from HP about how this code update will affect its WHS plans, I will update this post.

Update: PCWorld is reporting HP will delay the introduction of the MediaSmart Server by 75 to 120 days due to the Microsoft update. (It's not clear if that is counting from the September 15 rollout date or the date HP got the initial Home Server code from Microsoft. In either case, it sounds like the new HP WHS due date is November or December.

Topics: Hewlett-Packard, Microsoft, Servers, Windows

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Mary Jo has covered the tech industry for 30 years for a variety of publications and Web sites, and is a frequent guest on radio, TV and podcasts, speaking about all things Microsoft-related. She is the author of Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft plans to stay relevant in the post-Gates era (John Wiley & Sons, 2008).

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  • Will the update address Vista64?

    Seems odd they would leave out 64 bit support
    gifto
    • re: Will the update address Vista64?

      WHS is a subset of Server 2003 and, to my knowledge, is a 32-bit only product. How would updates to WHS affect 64-bit Vista?
      M.R. Kennedy
  • HP sucks

    My experience with my HP laptop has only sped up my desire to switch to Apple's MacBook Pro. I used to defend the PC whiners who kvetched about Mac users strong support of Apple. But, my experiences with Apple have only reinforced the pronouncements of so-called Mac "fanboys". I worked on a film last year where we were placed on Apple iMacs and Mac towers to complete visual effects work. It had been a long time since I had worked on an Apple despite the fact that I started out on Macs. But, my experience on the film has lead me to seek out Macs once again. PC users can keep yalping about Mac users all they want. PC's are pansy compared to Macs. See ya!!
    3dtodd
    • What does your rant have to do with Home Server?

      Do you have any clue what the topic is?
      No_Ax_to_Grind
    • Macs *ARE* PCs

      They have an extra $3 component in them that allows them to run an alternative operating system.

      The one person I know that uses a Mac (notebook) regularly primarily runs Windows on it.
      KTLA
  • Vista64 and WHS

    WHS provides clients for Windows XP and Vista, but not for the 64-bit version of Vista. The client is needed for performing backups of your desktop system, and managing the server from your desktop. It's an interesting omission.
    wgmorg
    • I believe you can buy Windows Small Business Server 2008

      and install Recovery Disc and Windows Server Backup by going to Start -> Server Roles -> Features -> Add Features, and follow the instructions on-screen.

      However, I haven't used the two features, as I only have a laptop and I have very little space in two partitions in a single 80GB hard drive (my laptop comes with an 80GB hard drive).
      Grayson Peddie
    • I don' tthink you will see home users running 64-bit

      Vista for a lont time and when it does happen a client will be provided I assume.
      No_Ax_to_Grind
  • RE: HP to wait for Microsoft Home Server update before shipping MediaSmart Server

    HP may have delayed - but UK based, Tranquil haven't - they've already started shipping !!! Loads trucks - http://green-pcs.co.uk/2007/09/12/whs-shipping/

    Thank you for homeserverblog.de !
    WHSuser
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