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Hanselminutes Podcast 71 - Windows Home Server - Interview with Charlie Kindel

July 6, '07 Comments [11] Posted in Home Server | Podcast
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image My seventy-first podcast is up.  I've talked about Windows Home Server on my blog before and even said once that I was more excited about WHS than Vista. I've personally been running it for about 6 months now at home and I love it. In this episode I sit down with Charlie Kindel, the Product Unit Manager (PUM), behind the Windows Home Server team. This guy has worked for Microsoft for 17 years, so he knows his stuff. He helped design and ship COM/DCOM. Oy. Get some old hardware together and go get Windows Home Server RC1. Also check out the Home Server SDK as there's a USD$50,000 Developer Contest for the Best Home Server Add-Ins.

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Enjoy. Who knows what'll happen in the next show?

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Friday, July 06, 2007 7:42:54 PM UTC
So, next week we get to learn how to be a better developer in six months?
E
Friday, July 06, 2007 10:14:25 PM UTC
Thanks so much for the podcast. I can't wait to have a centerilzed backup ;-)

But... does it (can it) incorporate mac/osx computers in the system? I assume that it could be a "nice" file-sharing platform for mac. However, I HOPE it would go beyond that and would also allow (third party?) remote control of the macs as well ;-)

Another question is if the platform can also act as a WEB SERVER? This way we could have our "practice" sites on WHS, before we put it on the web. (i.e. supporting, ASP, PHP, mySQL, ....)
Saturday, July 07, 2007 9:48:33 AM UTC
In case you need a reminder of the add-ins site that Charlie mentioned, it's http://www.wegotserved.co.uk - we've got pretty extensive coverage of Windows Home Server. Great interview, Scott.

Thanks!
Terry
Monday, July 09, 2007 5:55:09 AM UTC
this sounds great. i can very easily imagine running this at home.

And i fully agree that it's somehow more exciting than Vista.

Sad to see that the Add-In competition is limited to US/Canada residents... looks like T.H.A.W ("The Home Automation WiiMote") will have to be put on the back burner until i find a US citizen to front for me...

lb

Monday, July 09, 2007 7:40:19 AM UTC
Hi Scott,

Have the folks at Mozy made any positive noises with regard to WHS?

I have managed to acquire a copy of Server 2003 Standard which is a little bit over-kill for my needs. The big downside though, is that Mozy won't work with it. They want you to use MozyPro instead which costs considerably more.


TTFN,
Damian.
Damian Powell
Monday, July 09, 2007 10:48:22 PM UTC
Damian - The Mozy folks have sadly been totally QUIET on this (and all) issues. I wish they'd communicate more; if they did, folks would respect them more.
Tuesday, July 10, 2007 6:26:57 PM UTC
FYI, the quote "indistinguishable from magic" is by Arthur C. Clarke, not Heinlein.

Great podcast! Thanks.
Mike Simons
Wednesday, July 11, 2007 2:02:20 AM UTC
Hi there,

Great show as always Scott :)

Something I’ve been trying to figure out though (not being on the Beta program but finding the prospects of WHS very interesting) is, what is the extent of the IIS implementation on WHS?

Any idea what version of .NET is supported / will be supported. .NET 2.0 is obviously supported as that’s what Bertrands photo handler uses in Adrew Grants post on how to set up a photo page in WHS .

If it's not supported out of the box, is there the extensibility in WHS to install .NET 3.0, etc.??

Thanks and keep up the good work with the podcast!!
Ola
Wednesday, July 18, 2007 11:03:46 PM UTC
According to Mozy's support, they have a "hybrid" in the works for Windows Home Server, but no release date. I came across this while looking for more information.
Thursday, August 09, 2007 7:20:08 PM UTC
Another very informative interview, Scott!

What was the fourth of the four innovations Charlie Kindel was so proud about? He mentioned Drive Extender, Remote Access, Full PC Backup, and ???

Question about Remote Access: If remote access to WHS works via port 443 even when port 80 is blocked by the ISP, and since port 443 traffic is--by definition--encrypted where port 80 traffic is not encrypted, why would anyone ever want to use port 80 to access their WHS?
Thursday, August 09, 2007 9:37:05 PM UTC
Apparently MozyPro supports WHS...
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