Windows Home Server Power Pack 3 (PP3) Beta

Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 September 2009 03:29 Written by Mire_B Tuesday, 29 September 2009 03:29

Windows Home Server Power Pack 3 (PP3) Beta is live on Microsoft Connect, so make sure you download it and start the testing. If you have multiple computers in your home or business, and one extra machine which can act as a central hub, grab the bits and see what Home Server has to offer, now with Power Pack 3.

From the Windows Team Blog:

For those Windows 7 users who do not have the Beta installed, there are a few important scenarios they should be aware of. These scenarios can be addressed by downloading and installing the Power Pack 3 Beta for the most optimal experience for Windows 7 users on a Windows Home Server network:

•Restoring a full image of a Win7 client PC (or ‘bare metal restore’): there are a few rare cases where a Win7 client PC may not be able to restore his or her full image backup from a Windows Home Server. This has to do with how Windows 7 uses hard links for some system files. Power Pack 3 beta fixes this issue.

•Windows 7 client PCs will not automatically wake up to do a backup: Windows 7 users can work around this by doing manual backups, or also by turning on the wakeup timer in the Windows client Control Panel. Power Pack 3 beta also fixes this issue.

•Mounting a backup hangs at 79% with Autoplay enabled: Although we’ve seen only a few cases of this, Windows 7 users may see a stall during a file/folder restore operation, which is caused by Autoplay being triggered during the operation. As a workaround, users can disable Autoplay in the Windows client Control Panel. Power Pack 3 beta also fixes this issue.

•Cannot install the Windows Home Server Client PC Connector software on Windows 7 Starter Edition PCs: while there currently isn’t a workaround for this, Power Pack 3 beta addresses this issue and allows users to install the Connector software correctly.