2009 Year in Review

by Alex Kuretz on January 1, 2010

in News

2009 has been a busy year in many respects. This site has seen strong continuous growth with more than twice the number of daily visits at the end of the year as at the beginning of 2009. We’ve got a new Windows Home Server MVP, added new moderators and editors, released several Add-Ins, and even saw the births of two new kids amongst the team here.

Windows Home Server has seen amazing growth as more OEMs are releasing new Home Servers and more people are learning about how Windows Home Server can be a great benefit in their home networks. We’ve also seen the continued push into the Small Business sector, where WHS is a natural fit to back up the PCs in an office.

I wanted to take a look back at some of the highlights of the past year, as a reminder of how far we’ve come and how much has changed. This is by no means an exhaustive list, so please post in the comments if you’ve got a favorite item from the past year.

Most importantly, thanks to you all for making this such a great community. I can’t wait to see what 2010 brings!

March 23 – Windows Home Server Power Pack 2 released

March 30 – Forum member “scooter” leaks images of the upcoming LX195

April 1 – HP announces GX3297 32-drive server (April fools)

April 12-May 5 – HP announces 2.5 software update for EX485/EX487 and community responds with displeasure at “missing out” on new features

April 12 – Forum member “cakalapati” releases 2nd generation debug cables

April 13 – Fireplay for WHS Add-In released

April 21 – New BDBB release adds support for backing up over network plus other improvements

April 24 – SanEncore Add-In released to help get 2.5 software update on EX47x servers

April 30 – HP announces the LX195

May 5 – HP announces Software Upgrades and European Availability for MediaSmart Servers

May 28 – HP announces release of Online Backup and Mac Backup Add-ins for EX470/EX475

July 1 – Nigel “Cougar” Wilks gets Microsoft MVP Award for Windows Home Server

July 30 – WHS Port Forward Add-In released

August 14 – Damian “dbone1026″ joins as contributing editor and moderator

August 18 – HP offers extended warranty and out-of-warranty repairs for the MediaSmart Server

Sept 14 – HP announces the EX490 and EX495

September 16 – Nigel “Cougar” Wilks releases PHP and MySql Installer Add-Ins

Sept 29 – HP announces the Storageworks X510 Datavault

October 1 – Alex named MVP for WHS for 2009

October 2 – Nigel “Cougar” Wilks releases WordPress Installer for WHS Add-In

October – HP announces European and Austrialian availability of the MediaSmart Server

November 24 – Windows Home Server Power Pack 3 released

December 9 – Nigel and Alex release WHS Health Add-In

Dec 17 – HP delays 3.0 Software Update for the EX47x and EX48x servers

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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.

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