Microsoft Press cancel Windows Home Server Inside Out Publication

by Nigel Wilks on November 30, 2010 · 6 comments

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Following in the wake of the news that Microsoft is removing DE from Windows Home Server codename “Vail”, Andrew Edney from and author of “The Windows Home Server User’s Guide” has announced the sad news that is forthcoming MS Press publication has been cancelled.

Here is what Andrew had to say: -

It is with some regret that I have to announce that my forthcoming book, Windows Home Server Inside Out by MS Press has been cancelled.

Following the news last week that Microsoft have removed Drive Extender from Windows Home Server Code Name Vail, and seeing the large amount of comments on UWHS, and all the other sites, MS Press really had no other choice than to cancel the book.

I don’t blame them at all for this decision – after all, any other author will tell you, there really isn’t much money these days in print books and if the general feeling out there is that people won’t or even may not use Vail, then there certainly won’t be much of a need for a book!

Hopefully Windows Home Server Inside Out might see the light of day at some later date.

I do hope that this gives Andrew some time to look at the book again and remove references to the DE technology and publish another way, maybe as an electronic format rather than traditional print?

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I'm a Technical Architect based in the UK predominantly working on Windows Server and Active Directory based solutions. I'm also a Microsoft Windows Home Server MVP and moderator/author at I've released the FirePlay for Windows Home Server, WHS PHP Installer, MySql Installer for WHS and Wordpress Installer for WHS Add-Ins as well as co-author of the SanEncore and WHS Health Add-Ins with Alex Kuretz.


Alex Kuretz November 30, 2010 at 9:54 am

I’m very bummed for Andrew on this, and yet another bad sign for Windows Home Server. :(

t-bone November 30, 2010 at 11:56 am

I agree this sucks for him. Also a bad sign for WHS. I would think that the book would have needed a hefty rewrite with out the DE part. Isnt that a big part of what WHS was?

Seth November 30, 2010 at 3:03 pm

Yet another reason for MS to reconsider removing DE, the only thing really stopping me and a whole lot of other people from upgrading to Vail.

Steve November 30, 2010 at 5:25 pm

At this point it sounds much more like a “Downgrade” than an “Upgrade”. REALLY REALLY disappointed with Microsoft. I simply don’t understand the reasoning behind removing drive extender. The sad thing is that Apple would find a way to not only include drive extender but improve upon it somehow to entice more people to buy a homeserver and not just NAS. Truly sad.

Mike December 6, 2010 at 8:31 pm

Yes, because Apple was sooooo good at including ZFS into their operating system after promoting it for almost two years…….

Steve December 6, 2010 at 8:34 pm

True, but in general they lead the way for others to follow. Hard for me to admit since I’m not a Apple fan.

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