I'm thrilled to announce just minutes ago the powers that be here flipped the switch to release the much anticipated Release Candidate of Windows Home Server Power Pack 1 to the to the world!

To quote some of the marketing bits:

  • Microsoft is pleased to deliver the Release Candidate of Windows Home Server Power Pack 1 for public testing, available at http://connect.microsoft.com/windowshomeserver.  We are looking forward to feedback from the Windows Home Server community and releasing the final version.  
  • Power Pack 1 provides a range of new enhancements, including support for home computers running Windows Vista x64 editions, backup of home server Shared Folders, improvements to remote access, more efficient power consumption, improved performance and support for the Chinese and Japanese languages.
  • Power Pack 1 also resolves the data corruption issue experienced by a very small set of customers.

If you decide to test this RC, please ensure you have a complete backup of all of your files. While internal testing so far indicates that we have fixed the data corruption bug in the beta release, the whole point of this release candidate is to validate internal testing. This means there is a risk that our internal tests have not detected all issues.

For those not keen on installing beta bits on their production machine, you can download an Evaluation copy of Windows Home Server from the Connect site and then apply the update package to it.

No matter how you decide to try it, please be sure to take a look at the release notes to see what has changed.

What are you waiting for? Get the RC!

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