Windows Home Server is part of a long-term vision to create a new platform for the home,described as the world’s first “stay-at-home”server by Microsoft.Now,it is available for developers or tech savvy enthusiasts to download the newest version named as vail for public beta test.
The new “Vail” is the version 2 release of Windows Home Server which is based on Windows Server 2008 R2.Prior to this release, a Consumer Technology Preview (CTP 4) version of “Vail” was actually leaked in January.According to the description of that download, Vail, the next version of WHS built upon “both on-premises and cloud technologies” for home and SOHO (small office/home office) users.
Users or developers who are keen to explore this new version of Windows Home Server from Microsoft can download the software from the Microsoft Connect site. Microsoft has remarked that this Windows Home Server Vail beta can only works on 64-bit systems(system required:1.4 GHz x64 processor, 1 GB RAM, and at least one160 GB hard drive) and the Company doesn’t recoommend users to run it on a 32-bit PC or existing Windows Home Server systems (even 64-bit Home Server systems) because there may be compatibility issues with some OEM drivers.
Microsoft officials are not providing a final ship-date target, but I’ve heard it the product is likely to ship this calendar year.
Although Microsoft has not officially announced the final release date of Windows Home Server “Vail” ,I have got news that it may be shipped later this year.Just looking forward to it