Microsoft removes beating heart from WHS, crushes it.

November 23, 2010

Extremely irritating news today. Microsoft is taking a product I love and killing it. First the news came that the new version of Drive Extender would be neutered of its ability to have its disks read without the need of WHS (an important disaster recovery option, IMO), and now it seems that the Drive Extender “feature” will be removed entirely. I say “feature” because I (and most other WHS users, I would assume) consider Drive Extender to be the whole thing that WHS is, not some feature to be discarded. This simply amounts to Microsoft tactfully killing the product.

Years ago I examined all the options and came to the conclusion that RAID was just too much trouble in terms of a way to achieve redundancy in file storage. I was considering software raid options, but then lo and behold, I stumbled upon Windows Home Server, which provided a dead simple solution for extending and creating redundant storage without the need to match disk sizes and without the worry of needing to replace a controller with an identical version should it fail. I was completely sold.

Now I just feel left in the cold. Microsoft, if you plan to kill this product, please at least just have the decency to look me in the eye and tell me.

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Windows Home Server v2 (VAIL), my initial reaction

April 30, 2010
  1. Please bring back some way to read the files on a disk from a non-VAIL machine! This is an important disaster recovery technique and a major selling point of V1 (Connect┬áLink – Please Vote)
  2. Please consider adding the option for a second authentication factor to the remote access site login. (Whether it be MS or 3rd party provided through add-ins) (Connect Link – Please Vote)

I’ll tally some more detailed feedback as I look more into the changes. As it stands though, I’m a bit too disappointed with the changes in Drive Extender to install the Preview in its current state. I hope Microsoft reconsiders its deprecation of major features that contributed to the platform being attractive in the first place.