Windows Home Server Update Rollup 1 Released

by Nigel Wilks on August 26, 2010 · 9 comments

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With all the talk lately on the next iteration of Windows Home Server in the form of Vail and it’s close relative Aurora you would quite understandably think that Microsoft have finished working on Windows Home Server V1. But, today Microsoft seems to have squashed that rumour by releasing an update as Update Rollup 1. This new naming convention replaces the previous ‘Power Pack’ standard that we have come to expect from Windows Home Server and according to Microsoft, has been done to standardise how they name collective updates across the Windows Home Server and Small Business Server product lines.

UR-1 fixes a few issues found since Power Pack 3 was released in November last year, and also introduces a couple of new features including 2048 bit certificates but nothing to the scale of features we have seen in previous Power Pack releases. However, nested amongst the updates is a ‘Precautionary Update’ resolving ‘incompatibility issues when you use the next version of Microsoft Security Essentials on Windows Home Server

Does that mean we can expect a supported version of Security Essentials soon?

Full details of what is included in UR-1 is as follows, and also available under KB979453

Issue 1
You cannot restore a client computer without manually creating partitions or mapping the source and destination volume.

After you install this update, you can restore a client computer without manually creating partitions or mapping the source and destination volume. However, to enable this functionality, the following conditions must be true:

  • The backup must be stored on only one disk.
  • The destination computer must have only one hard disk.
  • The hard disk in the destination computer must be equal to or larger in size than the backup.
  • The hard disk drive in the destination computer must be an internal hard disk drive. For example, IDE, SATA or e-SATA.

Issue 2
2048-bit certificates will soon replace 1024-bit certificates. This update enables Home Server users to use 2048-bit certificates before 2048-bit certificates become the industry standard.

After you install this update, you are asked to renew Website certificates if you have already registered the live domain for the websites. After you finish the renewal process, the website certificates are upgraded to 2048-bit.
Issue 3
You cannot change the backup settings if a volume that has backup-excluded folders is not available. In this situation, you must wait until the volume becomes available.

After you install this update, you can remove a missing volume that has backup-excluded folders from the backup process.

Issue 4
You cannot remove all users’ permissions from a shared folder. When you try to remove the permissions, the Windows Home Server console reports that the operation succeeds. However, the permissions are not removed.

After you install this update, you can successfully remove all users’ permissions from a shared folder. If you tried to perform this operation before you install this update, the permissions will be removed when you restart the computer after you install this update.

Issue 5
You may experience incompatibility issues when you use the next version of Microsoft Security Essentials on Windows Home Server. This is a precautionary update. Windows Home Server is currently not supported by the next version of Microsoft Security Essentials Beta or final release. This update will address some incompatibility issues.

The update is now available on Windows Update, and will require a reboot following the installation. Upon reboot, you will see your server has a critical alert advising you to reconfigure your domain name. This is due to the 2048 Certificate, and releasing your domain name and then choosing it again is simple enough to resolve the alert.

Version history of Windows Home Server, including this update are available from our Wiki page.

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Mark August 26, 2010 at 11:14 am

Anybody seeing the update? When I run Windows update, no updates available.

Nigel Wilks August 26, 2010 at 12:02 pm

Has it installed already? Check the versions in the Resources Tab to confirm.

Windows Home Server Storage Manager will be at 6.0.3039.0 if completed already.

John Foley August 26, 2010 at 9:29 pm

My Windows Home Server Storage Manager version is at 6.0.3039.0, so the update must have already loaded. I did not get any alerts regarding reconfiguration of my domain name. Did it do the certificate update without intervention?

Jaime Diaz August 31, 2010 at 6:46 pm

I have an EX495, it appears to have updated without the issue of the certificate update. Everything appears in order and working.

Eidos August 27, 2010 at 6:22 am

I own two servers, both are acting up since the update. The primary one will not back pc client computers as they are greyed out. All data is there and I can use the Console but the server simply does not recognize any computer client and being able to back them up. After many hours of work I finally got the server to backup one computer and the second one is into a 10 hour backup?

The second server appears to be working but has the RDT screen off the edges of the monitor and I cannot reset it. Now I will have to work on it also. All of this started on Aug 26. It this the result of the new update?

Eidos August 28, 2010 at 7:04 pm

It appears I got the Microsoft Flu. Three servers acted up after forced updates from MS. Even my Vail server got two downloads and hung up in the middle of reboot and did not restart. The computer appeared to be on but in reality it was not and did not do backups for 3 days.

I was so busy fixing the other two computers I did not even notice it until today.

Tom Torrance September 1, 2010 at 12:42 pm

After the so-called “Rollup 1 ???” was installed, I can no longer install the connector software on client computers. Diagnostics indicate that the connector software (as stored on the server) no longer agrees with the version number of the software on the server.

Can this update be simply removed from the server without causing further problems?

TNX in advance!!

Tom Torrance September 1, 2010 at 12:53 pm

The Microsoft Quality Assurance manager responsible for this should be ashamed of herself.

Jerry C September 15, 2010 at 4:14 pm

Since I upgraded, I keep getting the error to reconfigure my domain name. I have done this several times, but I always get this error after the server reboots (Ex-495). I decided to wait and see what happens if I don’t reconfigure it, and the error clears itself after 15 min or so. But it always appears with the “red” light on the server after a reboot.
Anyone else have this happening?

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