Microsoft releases Windows 'Vail' server to manufacturing

Microsoft releases Windows 'Vail' server to manufacturing

Summary: Microsoft has released to manufacturing its Windows Home Server 2011 product, codenamed "Vail," company officials said on March 29.

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Microsoft has released to manufacturing its Windows Home Server 2011 product, codenamed "Vail," company officials said on March 29.

TechNet and MSDN subscribers will be able to download the final WHS 2011 bits in early April, the same time as an evaluation version will be made available, according to a Microsoft Windows Home Server Team blog post. OEMs are building new form factors incorporating WHS 2011 that will be in the market starting in May, officials added.

“Vail” — a k a Windows Home Server 2011 — is Microsoft’s home server. Microsoft delivered the Release Candidate of Vail in February 2011.

Vail's core Windows enthusiast audience has been none too happy about Microsoft’s decision to remove Drive Extender functionality from the product, but it’s out and staying out. There are some new features in the WHS 2011 product, however, like the inclusion of the Windows Server 2008 R2 core, DLNA 1.5 compliance, new set-up and installation wizards, support for Mac clients, and support for the Windows 7 HomeGroup networking feature.

Microsoft also is expected to release to manufacturing another of its so-called "Colorado" family -- its Small Business Server 2011 Essentials hybrid small-business and cloud server, codenamed "Aurora" -- any time now. I'm thinking that could happen later today or tomorrow....

Update: In fact, Aurora also has RTM'd as of March 29. (Thanks for the pointer, @UltraWindows!) TechNet and MSDN subscribers will be able to download the bits in early April. SBS 2011 Essentials will be available in "all channels" as of May 1, according to Microsoft. SBS 2011 Essentials is a product aimed at those with 25 users or fewer. It will provide a Windows Server 2008 R2 on premises, and access to Office 365 and its various hosted server components in the cloud.

Topics: Servers, Microsoft, Operating Systems, Software, Windows

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  • RE: Microsoft releases Windows 'Vail' server to manufacturing

    Seriously. Microsoft develops way too many software. It gets confusing...
    jarrichvdv
    • RE: Microsoft releases Windows 'Vail' server to manufacturing

      @MJF: it's Vail but do you think it will Fail?
      nomorebs
      • RE: Microsoft releases Windows 'Vail' server to manufacturing

        @nomorebs

        I don't think so. I think too many people are just making a big deal over the loss of DE. I plan to purchase it but I do not have a current WHS.

        I plan to evaluate the 3rd party plug-ins that are creeping up stating they can give DE-like functionality or just simply install the drives and use the enhanced backup features built in. Need to replace/upgrade a drive? Backup that data and install the new drive and restore that data. I think it will be that simple.
        bobiroc
      • RE: Microsoft releases Windows 'Vail' server to manufacturing

        @nomorebs Time passed and it's proved to Vail not fail.<br><a href="http://www.ofertareonline.ro/plase-insecte.html">Plase Insecte</a>
        termopane
    • RE: Microsoft releases Windows 'Vail' server to manufacturing

      @jarrichvdv <br><br>yours grammers son muy bads
      chambo622
    • RE: Microsoft releases Windows 'Vail' server to manufacturing

      @jarrichvdv

      Yeah because they have such confusing name designations like Windows Home Premium, Professional, Ultimate, Home Server and Office Standard and Professional. I mean they give no clue to what they are supposed to be used for.

      /sarcasm

      Do you prefer to choose from the plethora of Linux Distros an their confusing naming schemes? I know MacOS has only two versions, one for their desktops and notebooks and one for Server but that is because you can only use them on the limited choices available of Apple branded hardware.
      bobiroc
      • RE: Microsoft releases Windows 'Vail' server to manufacturing

        @bobiroc
        With Lion is all 1 version, server and OS all in one!! go Apple!!!!
        Hasam1991
      • RE: With Lion is all 1 version

        @Hasam1991

        Which is fine since you can only (legally) install it on Apple branded hardware but many times the 1 size fits all model does not work for everybody. Windows is designed to run on hardware from many different vendors and to be tailored to fit the needs from the basic home computer user all the way up to top level enterprise. I, for one, like that Microsoft has different tiers to their software offerings.
        bobiroc
      • RE: Microsoft releases Windows 'Vail' server to manufacturing

        @Hasam1991 - that's because Apple have discontinued their server product line.

        Go Apple ... NOT.
        bitcrazed
  • RE: Microsoft releases Windows 'Vail' server to manufacturing

    Well I'm glad that it's finally out but I won't be using it in my homeserver because I hate Raid arrays. But being a member of Technet I will down load The small business server and use it for the small business sever that I'm building for my boss. He has only ten clients so it will work perfectly for him.
    pagraves
    • RE: Microsoft releases Windows 'Vail' server to manufacturing

      @pagraves

      Idiots like you are the reason Microsoft cut the number of keys we get from Technet in half.
      petemitchell
    • RE: Microsoft releases Windows 'Vail' server to manufacturing

      @pagraves

      Wait? Your technet is for you or your company you work for?

      Because you are not really supposed to use those licenses for permanent usage? At least I do not think you are.

      There are other programs that you can get licenses for permanent use that Microsoft offers.
      bobiroc
    • RE: Microsoft releases Windows 'Vail' server to manufacturing

      @pagraves - and you hate RAID arrays WHY?
      bitcrazed
    • RE: Microsoft releases Windows 'Vail' server to manufacturing

      @pagraves Technet licensing does not allow you to use it for a real business. Technet is only for testing.
      Bitzie
  • Boxes and clouds don't mix in small business

    It is nice that Office 365 access is provided with the SBS box. But still doesn't explain the need for an on premise server. Do people really want to pay extra to get a horse & buggy as backup for their automobile? If you have 25 or fewer users, Office 365 and other cloud alternatives seem a bunch better deal than an on premise server.
    MobileUser2011
    • RE: Microsoft releases Windows 'Vail' server to manufacturing

      @MobileUser2011 - actually, the need for an on-premise server is pretty clear - <b>it's just that YOU don't understand why.</b>

      Let me explain: If you're a business, you have users. You want to use a centralized user account management and network configuration system to simplify management of users, their rights, the machines, printers, etc. in your environment. For that you'd use something like Active Directory. That's what sits on a server within your business.

      If you're happy with hosting, managing, backing-up (and restoring in the event of failure) your email and document management services, then you can do so with Exchange and Sharepoint. You can also host some users' email and docs in-house and some in the cloud: you have complete control.

      If, however, you're like most small-med sized businesses and you don't want to have to host, manage & maintain your email & doc management, etc., you can opt to have Microsoft host it for you in the Office365 cloud.
      bitcrazed
    • RE: Microsoft releases Windows 'Vail' server to manufacturing

      @MobileUser2011 Because not all business apps are in the cloud, and not all small business users are comfy with their apps in the cloud, and not all small businesses have big fat internet pipelines. My key line of business apps are not in the cloud. There's not always a cloud alternative.
      Bitzie
  • RE: Microsoft releases Windows 'Vail' server to manufacturing

    No Drive Extender?
    No sale for Vail.
    Epic fail!

    I'll stay with my original WHS which does the job AND allows me the ability to expand at any time I want with essentially zero effort beyond sticking in the physical drive and turning the system back on. How can even Microsoft be stupid enough to remove the single feature that made their software worth buying?
    zdnet@...
    • A company has created a Drive Extender add-in

      @zdnet@...
      You can search for it on the internet as I can not remember the name of the company that created it.
      Tim Cook
  • Why No Media Center Support...

    The fact that they STILL haven't added Windows Media Center Extender abilities to this is just so odd and a showstopper for me...
    wolters@...