Windows Home Server v2 “Vail” Leaked

The new version of Windows Home Server codenamed “Vail” has been leaked to the internet. The screenshot above shows the new dashboard, as they are calling it now. There are a couple things that bother me with the new release. It will come in two flavors. That’s a horrible idea. It also only works in 64-bit. That just means I need new hardware to upgrade. With just a couple negatives there are a lot of good things. The WHS box can back itself up now. There will also be a new add-in site provided by Microsoft. Check out Windows-Now for more info, screenshots and how to get it.

* Built on the RTM bits of Windows Server 2008 R2.
* Will come in 2 flavors, HOMESTANDARD and HOMEPREMIUM
* Requires an x64 Processor.
* Requires a minimum of 160GB primary hard drive.
* Server “Desktop Experience” is installed OOB (meaning Aero, Media, etc).
* Built-In HomeGroup Support (unlike WS2008 R2)
* WHS Console is now the “Dashboard”, and has a cleaner Add-In model (all pages are now AddIns).
* There will be an online catalog for add-ins hosted by Microsoft.
* While there is a “Recorded TV” option in the folders, there does not presently appear to be deeper media integration. That may come in later builds.
* It *appears* that WHS now backs itself up.

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