KB 958926 January Update for Windows Home Server

by Alex Kuretz on January 27, 2009 · 3 comments

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An announcement at the Windows Home Server blog has info on a new update for Windows Home Server that is available today.

Today the Windows Home Server team is releasing a small update to the product. The update improves the capability of Windows Home Server to repair abnormalities detected in the home computer backup database. The update should be automatically downloaded and installed on your home server over the next several days, if you have Windows Update turned on. You can check if you have Windows Update turned on, by opening the Windows Home Server Console – Settings – General page.

The Knowledge Base article (#958926) for this update is available at this link, with the following information.

Windows Home Server regularly checks the home computer backups for abnormalities. If any abnormalities are found, you receive the following message:

To troubleshoot and repair backup database problems, click Repair. This should repair problems that cause the backup service to stop running.
To resolve the issue, in the Home Server Console, click the Settings tab, click Backup in the left pane, and then click Repair in the lower right.

Before this update is installed, some users may experience symptoms, such as the Windows Home Server Console may stop responding, or network connections are lost when you try to run a repair operation. These issues are more likely to occur if the home computer backups contain a hard disk that has more than 150 GB of used space. This happens because the server may need more memory to process the backups than what is available. This update uses the available memory more efficiently in order to complete the task successfully.

If you’ve had issues performing a repair of your Backup DB, you’ll want to pick this up ASAP.

Update: Screenshots of the Install screen and the Add/Remove programs entry to verify you’ve got the update.


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I'm Alex Kuretz, and I'm the founder of MediaSmartServer.net. 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.


James January 27, 2009 at 6:40 pm

It also seems to update Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 Service Pack 1 and .NET Framework 3.5 Family Update (KB951847) x86 (248 MB)

me February 6, 2009 at 10:01 pm

Never had to run repair — but recently have been getting on/off performance. Did the hp upgrade, Jan 22, and ran windows updates to today. Didn’t see the kb on the list, however when I rdp to server. Any ideas? Running repair in hopes it will allow backup now to happen, or do I need to reconnect (yet again) to server to get backups to run? thx.

Alex Kuretz February 7, 2009 at 10:08 pm

I’d recommend posting on the forums where more of us can help you. If you want to see if the KB is on your server, look at Add/Remove programs and make sure “Show Updates” is checked.

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