After months and months of talking, blogging, waiting, as of today the Release Candidate for Microsoft Windows Home Server 2011 (aka “Vail”) and Windows Small Business Server Essentials 2011 is now available.
We would like to remind our readers not to get ahead of yourself this is still not the final version of the product, but the Release Candidate (RC). This means it is feature complete, and only minor wrinkles will be ironed out prior to the final release. The RC includes features like server and client backup, health monitoring, remote web access, streaming media, and simplified dashboard management, and a new Move Folder Wizard, which provides simplicity for moving data from one drive to another.
Hardware OEM Solution Providers
Microsoft is not alone in their quest to arm households with servers, their formidable partners include none other then Tranquil PC , which will be involved in both hardware (RAID firmware) and software integration. Then there is Acer, who is also working on a new WHS based server, an old friend, Intel is working to make their Intel® Rapid Storage Technology (Intel® RST) based solution available for Windows Home Server 2011 and Small Business Server 2011 Essentials, and a new comer, Datacore, will be strategizing on data storage functionality for WHS users.
Download Windows Home Server 2011 Release Candidate
We are confident that the final release of Windows Home Server 2011 will be everything we have been waiting for, and for now, we encourage you to participate at WHS Connect, or Windows Home Server Support forum and here at HomeServerLand and provide feedback and findings so that we can all benefit from it in the end.