Windows Home Server Vail Drops Drive Extender, Twitterverse Goes Mad
While this isn’t directly home theater related, I know plenty of readers today (myself included) rely on a Windows Home Server-based solution as our central storage device. While the details of what exactly this means, for now it seems Drive Extender as we know it is DEAD. While you can head over to the Windows Blog for lots of banter on how awful it is for the product, my main question is, as a company, how can Microsoft invest so much time implementing and testing a feature, to just decide in the end to scrap it–especially when this feature is one if not THE main differentiator to your competitors? These next few months will be interesting to see how this develops, clearly Microsoft can’t expect users to just map \\HOMESERVER\E\MOVIES and \\HOMESERVER\F\MUSIC once again, can they?
When weighing up the future direction of storage in the consumer and SMB market, the team felt the Drive Extender technology was not meeting our customer needs. Therefore, moving forward we have decided to remove the Drive Extender technology from Windows Home Server Code Name “Vail” (and Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials and Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials) which are currently in beta.