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Windows Home Server--The Drama Continues

My ups and downs with the Hewlett Packard MediaSmart Windows Home Server server. But the latest incident suggests Microsoft might want to do some serious rethinking of the design of this potentially very useful product.

The other day, the server icon in the system tray of my desktop was glowing red, indicating that the server had found a problem on the network. There’s nothing unusual about that, there’s always a problem, usually outdated virus definitions on a little used system, that the server wants to nag me about. But when I drilled down, I found a warning that the server’s backup service had stopped running. I tried the various suggestions offered by the help system, but before going for the nuclear option of deleting the server database, I decided to check with HP.