Drive Extender has been removed from Windows Home Server Vail

Wow!  You read the title correct.  Drive Extender, the single component that I thought made the Windows Home Server a “home” product has been removed from future versions of Vail.

I can’t say it any better than the following post.  Andrew Edney of has wrapped all the info for you nicely.  Have a read and check back for discussions on future podcasts.

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4 Responses

  1. petespee says:

    Hi All,

    My first post, and probably my only – but maybe some advice for a few of you not knowing if you want to move to WHS 2 without Drive Extender.

    I used WHS 1.0 for a couple years, and was rebuilding it over the summer when I made the mistake of buying a 40 GB SSD. WHS 1 would not install on it (requires 60 GB) so I put Win 7 on it. I had a cheap raid card so put 4x2TB drive in Raid5 for storage.

    AMAZING – nice to have a full computer running a 64 bit operating system serving up files. Media Libraries work, indexing on the server works, got Remote Desktop working, can run all sorts of services and for the life of me, I can't think of a reason to ever move back to WHS.

    My advice – Pick up some cheap components and build a Win 7×64 box, put a bunch of drives in it, boot to a small SSD and enjoy. No turning back.

  2. bigred says:

    Can anyone tell me what the point of WHS is now…. auto backups of clients never really "won me over" I loved a single storage pool.

    Now I have to deal with more folders being added to my libraries in win7?

  3. manphil says:

    take DE out of WHS ……might as well take the HOME out of the WHS logo as well. End of story …End of WHS.

    Sorry for the negativity, folks ….but the explanation does not give any concrete reasons for the decision.

    Perhaps the vitriol expressed by the community would be lessened if the alternatives / replacements were fleshed out. Maybe they are better options??? …but with out this …so there is just the empty void……

    Microsoft need to explain better ……or is this veiled (Vailed??) market research 😉


  4. mrossco says:

    Seems as if OEMs benefit from this one.