I know its been covered but.... RRS feed

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  • I just wanted to share in the sentiment that MS really REALLY needs to consider adding the 64-bit connect CLIENT to this product.  Even if it can not FULLY support ALL the features of the standard 32-bit version at least put out the basic console connector!!!


    Like many of the other Home Server testers I have several systems and my MAIN system is a 64-bit highend unit so that I can take advantage of the latest and greatest tech while being able to take advantage of OVER 4GBs of system memory for Photoshop and other memory hungry tools.


    Correct me if I am wrong but WHY would MS put out an "all in one, anyone can use it" home server product that doesnt at the very least SUPPORT ALL of their own OS's


    Yes I can connect my 64-bit Vista Ultimate unit via the available server shares and I've setup my "offline" folders with some sync schedules which is a minimal work around to the automated backup routines but the CONSOLE would be handy!!!

    Sunday, July 8, 2007 8:42 PM


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  • As you said, it's been covered and so have the answers. They're working on the x64
     connector but it'll be after RTM, IIRC. If by all OSs you mean win3.1, win95, etc, it's just not feasible, those are dead.

    Sunday, July 8, 2007 8:54 PM
  • No I definitely meant only ACTIVE and SUPPORTED MS OS's, but by that I did mean ALL flavors.  I just wanted to "bump" the topic back in the current window to see what the latest info or opinions on it might be as not all the testers have been onboard since some of the earlier February and March posts. 


    To me and I'm assuming the GENERAL masses, for "HOME" Server to actually penetrate the multi-PC home market it needs to work with ALL active PCs in that home.  By that I mean I would as a paying customer, expect it to work with my main home PC running Vista Ultimate 64-bit, my wife’s XP 32-bit based laptop, my kids (2 PCs) school and game PCs -both running XP, my Media Center PC.  If it can't work or has some limitations with ALL currently supported OS’s, especially those heavily marketed OS's then calling it HOME SERVER could for some, seem to be misleading.  Akin to the Vista "Ultimate" and the "extras" it was supposed to offer for my extra $100. 


    So before I get side tracked with an Ultimate tangent I want to stay focused and get back to my MAIN point of suggesting that at the very least MS DOES include/invoke an installable (compatibility mode, perhaps) Admin Console connector - even if it has a somewhat scaled down feature set.


    I can understand a 3rd party like Adobe, Webroot or Symantec not initially offering full support for all variants of platforms, but one would think that MS - as the creator, editor etc of the actual CODEBASE would have it covered.   I am simply stepping outside the box on this one and thinking that at a "consumer" level - what will Joe Consumer expect, understand and be able to execute on the simplest of levels with his Home network. 


     Not flaming - just suggesting like the thread "suggests"


    Monday, July 9, 2007 12:59 AM
  • I read something from the devs once explaining why they didn't include Vista/XP Home support but I don't remember which thread or the exact reason but I assume they don't give Vista/XP Home access to WHS because they want users to buy/upgrade to more expensive versions that include more network access. As for x64 client support, it may be a technical issue that they haven't been able to fix in time for RTM but they did say it was coming. I can certainly understand why they'd not include a server OS in the client list.

    Monday, July 9, 2007 1:09 AM
  • Are you talking about XP home and the more consumer oriented Vista SKUs not being able to use Remote Access? If so, that is problem that is not ours. That is due to the fact the Windows OS team does not include Remote Desktop in XP home, and the consumer Vista SKUs. If you are talking about connector support, we support XP Home / Pro, and Vista.
    Monday, July 9, 2007 3:45 AM
  • See? I told you there was *something* about the different versions. Stick out tongue

    Was I right about the x64 connector support coming after RTM but on it's way too? I don't remember, clearly, because I don't run the 64bit versions due to driver/sw support.

    Monday, July 9, 2007 4:32 AM
  • work continues on the x64 connector
    Thursday, July 12, 2007 6:49 PM
  • Good to know! - So far very happy with the performance and ease of Home Server!  Should make for a nice "out of box" product for the targeted market.
    Friday, July 13, 2007 5:11 AM