Windows Home Server November Release

by Alex Kuretz on November 25, 2008 · 6 comments

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As Terry at WeGotServed mentioned recently, we’ve got a new update for Windows Home Server today. It looks like the release contains the fix to an issue that has been a topic of discussion in the forums recently for forum member cavediver, who was having problems copying large files to his server.

Here’s an excerpt of the notes from the KB article:

Shared Folders and Server Storage
Issue 1

Before this update is installed, the ability to copy large files or folders from a home computer that is running Windows Vista to a shared folder on the home server is limited by the free space on the primary hard disk drive of the Windows Home Server-based system. After this update is installed, the file size is limited to the free space on the target hard disk drives that are connected to the home server.
Issue 2
Sometimes, Windows Home Server generates lots of notification messages about the files that are stored in shared folders. These notifications may cause high CPU utilization on the home server for applications that are accessing these files. This behavior causes slow performance on the home server. After this update is installed, applications such as the Microsoft Zune software, that may be running at the same time, no longer consume excessive processor resources.
Issue 3
Under certain conditions, Windows Home Server disables duplication on shared folders after a new user account is created. After this update is installed, creation of user accounts no longer affects the status of shared folder duplication.

Home Computer Backup
When you restore files and folders from a Home Computer Backup, the Home Computer Backup process may stop when it is 79 percent complete. This update provides new functionality to help prevent this issue.

Home Server Backup
Some issues may occur when you restore files and folders from a Home Server Backup on an external hard disk drive to the software shared folder on a Windows Home Server-based system. This update adds functionality to prevent the unintended restoration of older versions of the Windows Home Server Connector software from overwriting newer versions of the files.

Remote Access
When you use the search functionality on the Remote Access Shared Folders tab to perform a search that includes accented characters, such as ã or ó, you may receive the following Web page error:
Windows Home Server Remote Access has encountered an error.

If you’ve got automatic updates enabled, your server should pick this up automatically in the next day or so, otherwise be sure to do a manual update check from the Home Server Console.

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I'm Alex Kuretz, and I'm the founder of I was the Lead Test and Integration Engineer at HP for the MediaSmart Server until April 2008 when I moved on to other opportunities outside HP. I've kept active in the Windows Home Server community, creating several add-ins and helping users make the most of their Home Servers.


David Hunter November 26, 2008 at 1:28 pm

We got rid of the 79% fault but it fails at 81% now, that’s on three PCs

Alex Kuretz November 26, 2008 at 1:31 pm

Hi David, can you start a forum thread on this topic with as much detail as you can? I’d like to get more info so we can perhaps troubleshoot and get useful debug info to Microsoft.


Tom Mijnssen November 29, 2008 at 2:12 am

Since this update all my connected network drives have turned red indicating there is not enough space available on the MSS.
But in reality there is 1.2TB available (of 445MB)

MSS 475 4x500MB 1MB memory Vista Home Premium


PS I can send a screen shot if required

Jonathan December 2, 2008 at 6:49 am

Before the update, I had a problem with the backups failing at 0%. It would start and then almost immediately fail with an error message that the machine “failed to create a volume snapshot.” This happened on 2 of my 4 machines on a regular basis. Now, after the update, all backups are succeeding 100% of the time (so far).

Alex Kuretz December 2, 2008 at 4:32 pm

Tom, I’d like to help, would you please start a post on the forums so we can more easily troubleshoot?

Jonathan, thanks for sharing your experience with the update, I’m glad to hear it’s working well for you.


Tom December 9, 2008 at 10:51 am


Thanks for your reply
I have posted the message on the support forum


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