Windows Home Server Available on TechNET!

A few days ago I read that Windows Home Server was available for download at the MSDN website. Today I talked to Robert Bakker and he told me since a little bit more then a week it’s also available on for everybody with a TechNet Plus Direct Subscribtion.

So if you want to install a Windows Home Server, just logon to your TechNet (or MSDN) Subscription and start downloading right away!

When I installed it I’m going to test how Windows Home Server cooperates with my Windows 7 Client (with Media Center and Internet Access to Home Media).

Back to the Future from Windows 1 to Windows 7

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The last few days everybody was talking about Windows 7, a lot of you guys (at forums and blogs) were talking about the old-stuff (Windows XP).

For all you guys that think that the old stuff is always better (in the case of an operating system for example), I’ll give you the Back to the Future from Windows 1 to Windows 7 Installation Movies.

I’ll start next week with an old one…a really old one. Want to see which OS? Check back next week!

Windows Home Server Update

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On the Windows Home Server Blog I read the following today :

Hi all. Next week on Tuesday, Nov 27 we will release a new update for Windows Home Server software.  This is a scheduled update – part of the ongoing process of continually enhancing the customer experience with Windows Home Server.  The new functionality will be downloaded via Windows Update and made available to existing Windows Home Server customers.

Details are available here, but the main benefit of the update is that it will improve the remote access experience for Windows Home Server users by providing them with a “trusted SSL certificate” for their home servers. That means customers will be able to access their home server from outside the home more seamlessly, without any security warnings.  The Windows Home Server team worked closely with Windows Live Domains and GoDaddy, a leading provider of Web domain addresses, to provide the certificate for the homeserver.com web pages customers use for remote access.

In addition, this month’s update provides a new “Delete All” button to let users delete all home computer backups that are stored on the home server, as well as a few improvements to the Shared Folders and Server Storage components of Windows Home Server.

Enjoy,

J

More Info about the update

Microsoft sends out Windows Live Messenger 9.0 beta invites

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No sooner has the Windows Live Wave 2 suite been released than the first Wave 3 beta begins – Windows Live Messenger v9. Unlike the betas that have just finished, the Messenger v9 beta is being run from Microsoft Connect as a private beta, meaning that, for the moment at least, unless you receive an invite, you won’t be able to participate.

For the moment it looks like most previous Windows Live testers are getting invites, so stay tuned to your inbox. With such a popular beta like this, you better sign up quick.

So what’s new? While the goodies aren’t yet available, we’ve heard about Multiple Points Of Presence (MPOP) support, which allows you to signin from multiple devices, ie be online at two places at once.

More coming soon!

Source : LiveSide.NET

Windows Live Favorites let you Take your Favorites everywhere!

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A few weeks ago Microsoft launched the new Windows Live Toolbar (the same toolbar you need to use Windows Live Translator). On of the cool new (is it new?) features of the toolbar is the Favorites button. Through this feature you can easily synchronize your Favorites to the Windows Live Favorites server. How does it work?

Step 1 : Download the new Windows Live Toolbar and install it.

Step 2 : Click the Favorites button and click on Sign in

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Step 3 : You can synchronize your favorites by selecting Synchronize now from the pull-down menu.

Step 4 : If you like you can change sychronize settings through the Options menu (same pull-down menu).

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In the options menu you can let Windows Live Favorites automatically synchronize your favorites with the Windows Live Favorites server.

If you’re at a location and you want to use your favorites, just go to http://favorites.live.com and logon with your Windows Live ID and there they are!

Beta : Windows SteadyState 2.5

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Specific Beta Feedback
Your customer feedback and support is valuable to the upcoming release of Windows SteadyState 2.5 and we want to ensure that we provide a great experience for you! Email comments and issues to wssbeta@microsoft.com or post at our SteadyState Beta Community Site. Continually check the SteadyState Beta Community Site for announcements and topic discussions during our Beta program. We are specifically looking for feedback around:

  • Overall Performance and Stability with Windows Vista Features
  • Windows Disk Protection
  • User Restrictions and Setting with Microsoft Office and Internet Explorer 7

Handbook
Along with the Beta, be sure to download the updated Windows SteadyState Handbook.

Features Included with Windows SteadyState
Windows SteadyState includes the following features to help you manage your shared computers:

  • Getting Started – Provides the initial steps to help you during your first time use of Windows SteadyState.
  • Windows Disk Protection – Help protect the Windows partition, which contains the Windows operating system and other programs, from being modified without administrator approval. Windows SteadyState allows you to set Windows Disk protection to remove all changes at a certain date and time or to not remove changes at all. If you choose to use Windows Disk Protection to remove changes, any changes made by shared users when they are logged on to the computer are removed when the computer is restarted.
  • User Restrictions and Settings – The user restrictions and settings can help to enhance and simplify the user experience. Restrict user access to programs, settings, Start menu items, and options in Windows. You can also lock shared user accounts to prevent changes from being retained from one session to the next.
  • User Account Manager – Create and delete user accounts. You can use Windows SteadyState to create user accounts on alternative drives that will retain user data and settings even when Windows Disk Protection is turned on. You can also import and export user settings from one computer to another—saving valuable time and resources.
  • Computer Restrictions – Control security settings, privacy settings, and more, such as preventing users from creating and storing folders in drive C and from opening Microsoft Office documents from Internet Explorer.
  • Schedule Software Updates – Update the shared computer with the latest software and security updates when it is convenient for you and the shared users.

Download Windows SteadyState 2.5

Source : Bink.nu / Microsoft.com

Windows Live OneCare 2.0 launchday

Today marks the launch of Windows Live OneCare 2.0, Microsoft’s 2nd revision of its all-in-one home computer management offering, combining anti-virus, firewall, spyware protection and backup software all into the same application. So what’s new in this version?  According to a new OneCare 2.0 Reviewer’s Guide, quite a bit:

Security and Protection Technologies

· Wi-Fi connection security (New)

· Real-time and scheduled anti-malware scanning

· Two-way managed firewall with automatic policy updates

· Internet Explorer® 7 Phishing Filter integration

· Microsoft Update integration

· OneCare advisories

PC Performance Tuning and Optimization

· Proactive fixes and recommendations for PC health (New)

· Start-time optimizer/turn off unused programs (New)

· Automatic disk defragmentation and hard drive cleanup

Data Backup and Restore

· Centralized backup for multiple local networked PCs (New)

· Online backup for photos (available at added cost) (New)

· Full and differential backups for key file types, including music, photos and financial documents

· Backs up to CD, DVD, external hard drive, local network drive and USB-connected devices

Network and Multi-PC Management

· Multi-PC management and monitoring (New)

· Automatic printer-sharing configuration (New)

· Firewall Connection Wizard for complex connections

Reporting, Licensing and Support

· Monthly report of service and results (New)

· Free version upgrades over the course of the 12-month subscription

· Telephone, chat and e-mail support

· Freedom to install OneCare on up to three PCs

OneCare is available in 17 countries and 7 languages, at http://onecare.live.com (unlike zuneoriginals which is well, disappointing people outside the USA).  Finally if you have any problems with the new release don’t forget the official Windows Live OneCare forums.

Source : LiveSide.NET

Windows Live OneCare 2.0 Final – Coming Soon

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Looks like OneCare 2.0 could be going gold very soon. As well as it showing up on Amazon.com with a retail release date of next week, an email sent to OneCare users tonight suggests that a web release will be even sooner than that. On top of that, the OneCare installation page has been unavailable for several hours tonight, which is always a good sign that a release is right around the corner.

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For those of you already using OneCare, you should be prompted to upgrade once the new version is available, though you can still upgrade manually once its out. If you haven’t been testing the OneCare 2.0 beta, you should read up on the new features before it launches – new features include multi PC management, centralised backups and much more. You never know, it might just catch your eye…  😉

Source : LiveSide.NET

New Windows Vista updates available via Windows Update this week

According to the Windows Vista Team Blog some new updates will become available somewhere this week via Windows Update :

As you probably know and as we’ve mentioned in previous posts, we use Windows Update to periodically deliver updates for Windows Vista. We do this so that customers need not wait for a service pack or another or larger release to benefit from the ongoing improvements we make to Windows. With Windows Update, we can regularly service Windows as quickly, effectively and unobtrusively as possible, so that keeping your Windows OS up-to-date is easier and more convenient for you. All you have to do is make sure you are signed up to have updates installed automatically, and you’re good to go.  Continuous improvement is the name of this game.

The non-security updates planned for release through Windows Update this week include:

  • An update on system compatibility, reliability and stability:  extends the battery life for mobile devices, improves stability of wireless network services, and shortens recovery time after Windows Vista experiences a period of inactivity, among other fixes.
  • An update to USB core components:  mainly affects systems returning from sleep or hibernation, fixing problems causing 1-2% of all crashes reported.
  • An update to Windows Media Center:  among other things, affects interaction issues occurring between Media Center PC and Microsoft Xbox 360 when Xbox 360 is used as a Media Center Extender.

The links in the above list will lead you to the KB article related to each update in case you want more information on them.  And, when they’re made available via Windows Update (expected to occur Tuesday 13th), you can also right-click each entry in Windows Update to get its 400-word summary description.

These and similar updates will be wrapped into SP1 for those of you considering installing them in one fell swoop.  We’ll let you know here on the blog when we have more news in this vein.