When Bad Things Happen to Good Technology

On November 24, 2010, in Aurora, by

When Bad Things Happen to Good Technology: RIP, Drive Extender – SuperSite Blog:

Normally Paul Thurrot’s posts annoy me.  He has this friend of his that runs a small business (a realtor) and he bases all of his “small businesses must want this” posts based on a firm that by design is a bunch of 1099 contractors working with their own equipment.  Of course, then again I blog from the viewpoint of the data must be under my paranoia umbrella at all times, so between the two of us we represent the spectrum of small businesses from cloud to premise.

Go read his post and I honestly think it’s the post that Microsoft should have written if they could have written it that way.

“In a briefing last month, I was told that Microsoft and its partners discovered problems with Drive Extender once they began typical server loads (i.e. server applications) on the system. This came about because Drive Extender was being moved from a simple system, WHS, to a more complex, server-like OS )(SBS “Aurora”) that would in fact be used to run true server applications. And these applications were causing problems.

“Drive Extender was a neat feature, but the implementation was off, and we discovered some application compatibility and disk tool problems related to its ability to correct data errors on the fly,” Microsoft general manager Kevin Kean told me. “We don’t want to give customers problems; we want to give them solutions. So ultimately, we decided that we needed to cut out Drive Extender. Removing Drive Extender will make file shares easy, and it’s possible to accomplish most of its features otherwise. For example, you use the server’s centralized backup or even RAID as an alternative to data duplication.””

Another good blog post here: Microsoft Abandons Development of Windows Home Server Drive Extender | We Got Served:


One Response to When Bad Things Happen to Good Technology

  1. Phil Wisch says:

    Wow, I think that is the perfect description of the average insurance agency.

    Thanks for pointing out Thurrot’s post with the detailed info!