Microsoft has released the public preview of Vail today and I thought I would introduce you to it by showing a few screens of the console.
The following screen shot tour was done on a fresh Vail Refreshed Public Preview install.
The feature that I like. Remove the OS drive from the drive pool.
HomeGroup in action. Notice that it sees the HG on my network and is ready to join.
Lets add some drives to the drive pool
You can label your drive and give it a SATA port number or slot number so you can later identify it.
Looks like this one is coming out or use it for Server backups.
I think I’ll cancel at this point and remove this small drive.
Is Vail multithreaded? I’m loading one drive to the pool and can still select other drives and do stuff.
Remove the OS drive from the drive pool.
How much storage do I have?
Where is the pie chart?
On the home screen I have a few tasks to take care of. I want my green check marks! The following screens are what shows up when you click the items underneath complete these tasks.
Configure media settings takes you to the the Settings tab.
Setup options for sharing
Setup Remote Web Access
Setup server backup. This function requires an external drive to be attached and will stop if it doesn’t find any attached.
Get updates for other Microsoft products.
The other tab on the home screen is a convenience tab.
That’s it for the task list so let me show you something interesting.
In Computers and Backup, right click your server for a menu. Select View Alerts.
There looks to be a notification service for alerts. Here you can setup your outgoing mail server and be notified of any alerts via e-mail. That’s a nice touch and eliminates an Add-In I frequently use to get alerts via e-mail. Although the “Remote Notification” add-in for WHS version 1 is handy, I like the new ability to add multiple recipients for alert notifications.
This was a simple screen shot walk through of the product.