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Windows Home Server 2011 (aka Vail) RC Released

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On Tuesday we reported that the Windows Server team posted a tweet saying that a new RC build of Vail would be available via Microsoft Connect.  Just a little while after that the tweet was removed but regardless the info was still out there.  Vail is also now known as Windows Home Server 2011.

The updated release of WHS 2011 is now live on Microsoft Connect and ready for download.

This is the first update since it was revealed that the popular Drive Extender feature would not be included in Vail.  Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said he would look into the matter, but there has since been no indication if a new version of Drive Extender or similar technology would be included in future builds.

More info about Vail from Microsoft:

Windows Home Server code name “Vail” is the version 2 release of Windows Home Server, now based on Windows Server ® 2008 R2.  There are some exciting new features that you can try out if you choose to join the Windows Home Server Connect program such as:

  • Extending media streaming outside the home or office
  • Improvements in multi-PC backup and restore
  • Simplified setup and user experience
  • Significantly expanded development and customization tools for partners

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