I’ll tell you one I want changed in the next version, the Launchpad.  It doesn’t give me the same alerts as the old home server alerts did for one, and then I want to have them launched minimized.

Yes I know there are workaround for the issue of minimization:   http://www.wegotserved.com/2011/10/25/automatically-minimize-windows-home-server-2011s-launchpad-start/

Yes, I know there’s an add in someone built for the alerts – http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/files/category/6-home-server-status/

But quite frankly if you are going to convince this particular business decision maker that Essentials is where I should position my firm on in the future, there’s some key things that need to be changed in Essentials and this launchpad is one of the things that need to be changed.

Here’s what I – what we (as I stole this list from Ken Warren)  – want

* A launchpad installer that gives a useful error if there’s a failure during installation. Getting most of the way done and rolling back with a generic error message is a broken user experience.  The fact that we have to have an entire (and increasing) wiki post to keep track of the weird errors is just wrong – http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/3887.aspx And that we have to tell people how to find actionable log files is wrong too.

* A launchpad that can be configured a bit when installed. (start minimized, show alerts, etc.)

* A launchpad that starts up quickly.

* A Launchpad that delivers useful information, via icon, alerts, etc.

Do you agree with me?

If you do sign up for either the Home Server feedback process or the SBS Essentials feedback process and vote up these bugs here:




Note that I am not the first to bug this –  https://connect.microsoft.com/WindowsHomeServer/feedback/details/689339/launchpad-as-a-sidebar-gadget#details and https://connect.microsoft.com/WindowsHomeServer/feedback/details/682443/whs-2011-launchpad-tray-icon-should-get-an-info-if-backup-is-in-progress-like-whsv1 and https://connect.microsoft.com/WindowsHomeServer/feedback/details/669740/launchpad-should-start-minimized (86 votes and counting)  https://connect.microsoft.com/WindowsHomeServer/feedback/details/665942/launchpad-cant-be-set-to-start-minimised 45 votes , and https://connect.microsoft.com/WindowsHomeServer/feedback/details/645958/icon-still-green-in-my-win-7-64-clients-taskbar 10 votes, https://connect.microsoft.com/WindowsHomeServer/feedback/details/644807/launchpad-notification-area-icon-never-turns-blue 22 votes for the current 2011 versions, but I’m asking for the next version of SBS Essentials.

Now that I’ve bugged both of those, what would you like to see a suggestion for in the next version of SBS Essentials?



One Response to Is there something you’d like changed in SBS Essentials?

  1. Joe Raby says:

    What I’d like to know is what throws off the user migration during the Connect app run. Just saying that user migration failed and that I can copy files manually isn’t enough. I sometimes have clients that have multiple email accounts and program customization settings that take a long time to set up manually so it’d be nice if there was some kind of preliminary check to say that “xyz program or setting will not allow a local user account to migrate to a domain account” before it actually proceeds with the domain join. Show me these staged checks like a SQL Server installer does. If something isn’t right, I’d rather fix it first and automate the user migration than try and deal with it after a hackneyed attempt.