With Windows 7 coming down the pike in less than a month, it's time for Microsoft to update its Windows Home Server product to support new features in Windows 7, such as Libraries and image-based backup. Windows Home Server Power Pack 3 (now available in beta via Microsoft Connect) provides the Windows 7 support Windows Home Server needs, but that's not all that's new.
What's New in Power Pack 3 for Windows 7 Users?
Because Windows Home Server is designed to provide a Windows-ready back end for backup and file organization on a home network, many of the changes in Windows Home Server Power Pack 3 add Windows 7 compatibility. These include:
Windows 7 library support, including Windows Search 4 integration to enable WHS to search libraries and EFS (encrypted) files
Windows 7 Action Center backup integration
Windows 7 power settings support for scheduled backup
...and Everyone Else?
Other improvements include:
More reliable file restore and image restore
Improved backup repair
Support for displays with resolutions as low as 1024x600
Automatic TV recording archiving from Windows Media Center to Windows Home Server in your choice of formats
Console view of Windows Home Server from within Windows Media Center
So, how soon will "beta" become "production?" According to the Windows Home Server blog (a great way to keep track of the latest news on WHS0, the production version should be ready by the end of 2009. See the Microsoft Connect intro site to learn more about joining the program.