WHS Vail beta expired? Here is how to fix it!
As many of you have found out, the current beta version of the upcoming Windows Home Server “Vail” was set to cease working on the 10th of January, 2011. At that point, your Vail test environment becomes a worthless server until the next beta comes out which is projected to be about 3 weeks out.
Now that could have been a real downer (pun intended), however we’ve got some great news!
Firstly, for those who may not know, “Vail” is the code name of the next version of Windows Home Server (or WHS). WHS “Vail” is built on Windows Server 2008 and in essence a Windows Media Server combined with data storage, client PC backups, and much more! WHS is the centerpiece of many a streaming media loving geek throughout the world who are currently waiting with baited breath for the final version to see how much the removal of Drive Extender has impacted WHS.
Luckily for us, we can keep working with our home server 2008 environments because Timothy Daleo over with our friends at the Using Windows Home Server website was able to get with Microsoft and not only get the needed patch to extend the expiration date, but also the entire procedure. Timothy then went on to test the entire procedure for us and provide some great detailed instructions! Thanks Timothy!
Head on over to our buddies at UWHS for the entire story!
[pic courtesy of UWHS]