Windows Home Server code name “Vail”– Update:
Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials – Update – The Official SBS Blog – Site Home – TechNet Blogs:
Bottom line? Microsoft just ripped out Drive Extender from Vail, Aurora and Breckinridge.
My thoughts? Thank goodness.
“But Susan, that’s a big hunky hairy deal for Home Server”. Yup, oh yeah, I think it is a big hunky hairy deal right now for Home Server. It’s the reason I think the Home Server MVPs are going to hate the guts of SBS MVPs for a while. Because while that’s not so good news for Home server, it’s WONDERFUL good news for SBS Essentials/Aurora and Breckinridge/Storage Server. Why do I say that? Because it means that Intuit (Quickbooks) and any other line of business application that you want to stick on Aurora will have no reason at all to not support that platform. It’s now Windows 2008 R2. No DE stuff to allow any vendor to push back on support. You call up tech support, you tell them it’s Win2k8 r2, as that’s what it is.
I was honestly really really really concerned that vendors like Intuit wouldn’t support Aurora. They’d have an out with that DE on there. They certainly did with home server. Past issues of data corruption meant that they pushed back and would not support Quickbooks on that platform. We have the battle scars of putting Quicken and Quickbooks on DE to know that it didn’t like it AT ALL. Best we could do is to put another drive in and put any LOB app on there and then lie to them if we needed support and tell them it was Server 2003. It wasn’t the best of support stories at all if you wanted the Home server in a small business setting. But now that roadblock is taken away.
Granted it also means a little bit of my deep deep fear for putting client backup onto SBSv7 is gone as well. I didn’t want drive extender technology comingled with my SBS 2011. So all of you who want SBS 2011 and client backup and disagree with my stance of not putting it on the same box just got another argument against my stance, but I’ll still put my line in the sand still that I don’t want client backup going on at the same time as an already very busy box. That’s what Breckinridge is for. And now that DE is not there, if you need a member file server (not a Domain Controller as it can’t do that) in a remote location) Breck may be the perfect solution for that too. More on that in a later post.
Bottom line, the Home Server MVPs are going to hate me, because while I’m totally wincing at this decision for what it means for Vail, I’m totally cheering this decision for what it means for Breck and Aurora.
Take that Intuit!