Known Issue: When you use certain programs to edit files on a home computer that uses Windows Home Server, the files (KB 946676)
Thursday, 10 January 2008 7:22 PMModerator
March 14th, 2008
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7. Reply to email@example.com indicating that you have completed your connect registration
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January 21st, 2008
Help the Windows Home Server Team with this issue:
Presently we have numerous forum users participating in ongoing investigations into this issue, however any additional information will help us as we work toward a fix. The integrity of our users data is paramount to us, and working toward a fix is our highest priority. If you have experienced data corruption we invite you to contact us as soon as possible at whsforum at microsoft dot com to join the investigation.
Prior to contacting us, please sign up at http://connect.microsoft.com - be sure that during signup you choose Yes to allowing Microsoft to contact you.
Please only contact us at this alias if you have experienced data corruption - continue to use the community forums for technical support and questions.
Note: Home servers using a single drive are not susceptible to the data corruption issue.
Thank you for your continued patience and support!
January 10th, 2008
What cannot be apparent from the December 28th KB update is that on December 25th at 1:20am we had isolated how to reproduce the issue in a consistent manner. Being able to do so grants us the opportunity to closely observe the issue as it occurs to discover why the problem occurs from beginning to end. Once the problem is identified (stage 1), a fix must be coded(stage 2) and tested, tested, tested (stage 3). These stages will take time and considerable effort, and the Drive Extender team as a whole is fully committed to this issue until it is resolved.
I can say with confidence that when used as currently advised, Windows Home Server is still one of the most solid Version 1 products we have released to date. File corruption only occurs if certain conditions are met, using specific applications; it does not occur randomly or rampantly. Until a fix for this issue is released: Edit files locally on your home computer only; store, stream and backup your stuff on your Windows Home Server.
When you use certain programs to edit files on a home computer that uses Windows Home Server, the files may become corrupted when you save them to the home server
Article ID : 946676 Last Review : January 11, 2008 Revision : 3.0
TECHNICAL REVISIONSThe following table lists significant technical revisions to this article.
Date Revisions December 20, 2007 Original publication date December 28, 2007 Updated the article to document more information about the scenario in which this issue occurs January 9, 2008 Updated the article to indicate that Microsoft can reproduce the issue and is currently working on a fix
SYMPTOMSWhen you use certain programs to edit files on a home computer that uses Windows Home Server, the files may become corrupted when you save them to the home server. This issue occurs if the following conditions are true:
• You edit files that are located in a shared folder on the home server. You use one of the following programs to edit the files or to save the files to the home server: • Windows Vista Photo Gallery • Windows Live Photo Gallery • Microsoft Office OneNote 2007 • Microsoft Office OneNote 2003 • Microsoft Office Outlook 2007 • Microsoft Money 2007 • SyncToy 2.0 Beta
Note: You may also experience this issue when you use other programs.Note: This issue affects only Windows Home Server. This issue does not affect any other versions of Windows Server or of Windows Small Business Server.
CAUSEThis issue may occur because of a recently discovered problem with Windows Home Server shared folders and with certain programs.
STATUSMicrosoft is researching this problem and will post more information in this article when the information becomes available. This issue can now be reproduced by using an automated test harness. This process will help Microsoft develop a fix.
Until an update for Windows Home Server is available, we recommend that you do not use the programs that are listed in the "Symptoms" section to save or to edit program-specific files that are stored on a Windows Home Server-based system.
MORE INFORMATIONBefore you store files on a system that is running Windows Home Server, make sure that you have a backup copy of any important data files. You can still use the Windows Home Server home computer backup process to back up and to restore files on your home computers.
Thursday, 21 February 2008 7:19 PMModeratorMicrosoft has just updated this KB article with an expanded list of potentially affected software. Please review the article to see if any software you regularly use may be on the list, and bear in mind that the recommendation for the time being is that you not edit files directly on your server.
Tuesday, 11 March 2008 12:57 AM
The Windows Home Server updated the KB article and issued a blog post to provide an update today. A link to both can be found in this forum post: