Windows Home Server is probably the Microsoft product that the company was hoping the most that it would become a popular product.
It adds a server to a home network of computers that can distribute files easily among other things. First introduced in 2007, the first iteration of Home Server was based on Windows Server 2003 R2.
The main purpose of the product was to provide home users with a server solution that could be used to share files, run backup jobs, use for remote access or as a print server.
The most recent version is Windows Home Server 2001 released back in 2011. It will be the last version as Microsoft announced that the product line will be discontinued.
One issue that home server users can run into is the following:
It has come to light that files can become corrupted when editing them in several applications and saving them to the home server afterwards.
Microsoft is currently trying to reproduce the error to develop a fix that gets rid of this problem. Users have reported that the they experienced corrupted files using the following programs: Windows Vista Photo Gallery, Windows Live Photo Gallery, Microsoft Office OneNote 2007, Microsoft Office OneNote 2003, Microsoft Office Outlook 2007, Microsoft Money 2007, SyncToy 2.0 Beta but also customers who reported problems with non Microsoft products such as Quicken or Bittorrent applications.
The investigating team found three possible issues that might cause the corrupted files. They are the following:
No real fix has been published yet which means that you should take precautions that those three issues will not corrupt your files. A workaround would be to save the files on your normal system first and then move them to the Home Server. That is, if I understood the problem correctly.
Update: The corruption issue was fixed in July 2008 with the release of Power Pack 1 for Home Server. Microsoft released additional power packs in recent time. The most recent version is Power Pack 3.
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