Microsoft Windows Home Server forums confirmed that a key feature of Windows Home Server Power Pack 1, scheduled to be released in the first half of 2008, has now been cut from the pack.
Users have been eagerly awaiting new Home Server Backup capabilities in the forthcoming update, include the ability to perform a full backup of your home server, including your shared folders and your backup database.
Unfortunately, due to interplay issues with the Windows Home Server Connector install, and to prevent the risk of users encountering a corrupted backup database, the ability to create a backup of your backup database has now been removed from the latest builds. The good news is that shared folder backup is unaffected.
Windows Home Server Product Planner, Todd Headrick, admitted “A feature isn’t a feature until it ships. And sometimes marketing gets things wrong … by pre-announcing stuff at CES that ends up getting cut before it ships.” The plan is to look at re-introducing this feature in a future release of Windows Home Server.
Whilst the news is disappointing (I’ve been aware of this for some time, but as you know, I’m under a Microsoft NDA), if there’s a risk of backup databases being corrupted, the right decision is to pull the feature now before release.
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