Windows Home Server Power Pack 3 Out Soon

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Microsoft isn’t forgetting about consumer-focused edition of Windows Server – Windows Home Server continues to regular updates like the rest of the family.  The third Power Pack (the WHS version of Service Packs) will be available by the middle of next week, bringing with it a host of improvements. 

We’ve covered Windows Home Server units before, and one of our only real complaints was the fact that Microsoft was taking its sweet time updating the software to work properly with Windows 7.  The new PP3 update takes care of that in a number of ways – WHS can now take advantage of the Libraries feature of Windows 7 to automatically backup specific shared folders.

Home server units with PP3 will be able to wake up Windows 7 computers on demand to backup its contents at specific times, then put them back to sleep after the process has finished.  Windows Search 4 has been added to speed up the search process.

Some of the more interesting features in the update include much tighter integration with Windows Media Center, which is part of every Windows 7 installation with the exception of Starter.  WHS will be ablt to automatically backup TV content recorded by the Media Center computer.  It will convert the files as it backs them up according to a previously chosen format, so you can take all of your television and have it automatically backed up in a format suitable for your portable device, for example.  Frequent users of Media Center will be pleased to know that they can use console view to see varying statistics of their WHS unit, such as storage space, backup status, number and use of hard drives, etc., all without having to leave the Media Center environment.

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