At 9:00 PST Microsoft announced the release of PP1. This is a big day for Windows Home Server Owners who have patiently awaited the "bug fix" that has plagued this platform thus far. Even though the pre-requisites required in order to be affected by the bug are numerous, it nevertheless hurt the platform immensly. The press and attention to the issue was great. One couldn't hardly mention "Windows Home Server" without another pointing out it's starting-gate stumble.
Power Pack 1 for Windows Home Server includes other niceties such as the x64 client. The WHS Connector is required in order to take advantage of its many features including it's most powerful managed backup service. Other improvements in this realease include the ability to backup the shared folders to a removable drive, improved performance, efficiency, and remote access improvements.
On the heels of this release is supposedly the release of the HP Update for its MediaSmart Server. The HP update includes various new offerings such as McAfee for WHS as well as PVConnect. The PVConnect software widens the scope of WHS in its ability to stream media to such devices as the PS3, Xbox360, as well as added transcoding abilities.
Hopefully, the "stay-at-home" server has finally found it's home. Download here.
UPDATE: The HP update is live as well. When your done installing and configuring come back here and let me know what you think. If you would like to share thoughts for the next podcast please e-mail them or drop a comment right here. I'll be busy copying all my photos and video to my fresh WHS!