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.