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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]

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Tom AbellPut simply, Tom loves technology! Having been involved in the IT world since leaving the US Navy Submarine Force in 1992, Tom has moved his way up to the top as an IT Systems Engineering. But having spent some time in the Home Automation industry early in his career, he’s never been able to shake his love for creating integrated Home Technology environments and has been running HTPCs and Windows Home Servers for years. With 17 years of IT Systems Engineering experience, Tom's recent OIF 08-09 deployment has rekindled his love for the Connected Home Industry and hence, the website. We hope you like the site, please share it with your friends and follow us on your favorite Social Networks! Read more about Tom on the "About Us" page.View all posts by Tom Abell

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