AT CEDIA 2009, Microsoft demo’ed the Windows Home Server Power Pack 3 beta. Windows 7 users should be aware of following important scenarios for the most optimal experience on a WHS network:
- Restoring a full image of a Win7 client PC (or ‘bare metal restore’): there’re a few rare cases where a Win7 client PC may not be able to restore full image backup from a WHS. This has to do with how Windows 7 uses hard links for some system files. Power Pack 3 beta fixes this issue.
- Windows 7 client PCs will not automatically wake up to do a backup: Windows 7 users can work around this by doing manual backups, or also by turning on the wakeup timer in the Windows client Control Panel. Power Pack 3 beta also fixes this issue.
- Mounting a backup hangs at 79% with Autoplay enabled: Although we’ve seen only a few cases of this, Windows 7 users may see a stall during a file/folder restore operation, which is caused by Autoplay being triggered during the operation. As a workaround, users can disable Autoplay in the Windows client Control Panel. Power Pack 3 beta also fixes this issue.
- Cannot install the Windows Home Server Client PC Connector software on Windows 7 Starter Edition PCs: while there currently isn’t a workaround for this, Power Pack 3 beta addresses this issue and allows users to install the Connector software correctly.
Download: Microsoft Connect