MS drops drive pooling from Windows Home Server
When Vail became Fail
Microsoft is killing off a popular feature in the next version of its Windows Home Server product, which is codenamed ‘Vail’.
The software vendor said that it would get rid of its Drive Extender technology from Vail, much to the chagrin of its customers.
Microsoft announced it would axe Drive Extender – which supports multiple internal and external hard drives – earlier this week, prompting some user complaints.
A new beta of the product will be released – minus the Drive Extender tech – early next year, said Microsoft, which plans to push out the final code in the first half of 2011.
“You know it is not April 1st, right? For the average home users (the ones that I have suggested and who have bought Windows Home Server) this is the most effective feature of the product," grumbled someone with the handle staples1 on Microsoft’s Windows Home Server blog.
"If they need more space, they just buy a drive, stick it in, and follow the instructions, no resizing, no effort really needed... it works,”
Complainant Geoff Coupe added: “I'm sorry, but at the moment this strikes me as a slap in the face as a long-term WHS user. And the stretching of the facts is just breathtaking and worthy of spin doctors at their finest: If a drive fails, I can't just replace it and carry on?
“I'm stunned and disappointed. Time to look for another non-Microsoft solution, perhaps.”
Microsoft justified dropping the Drive Extender feature from Vail by saying that customer storage behaviour had changed.
“Today large hard drives of over 1TB are reasonably priced, and freely available. We are also seeing further expansion of hard drive sizes at a fast rate, where 2Tb drives and more are becoming easy accessible to small businesses.
"Since customers looking to buy Windows Home Server solutions [sic] from OEM's will now have the ability to include larger drives, this will reduce the need for Drive Extender functionality,” said Redmond’s Michael Leworthy.
“When weighing up the future direction of storage in the consumer and SMB market, the team felt the Drive Extender technology was not meeting our customer needs.”
The company said it is also ditching the feature in its SBS 2011 Essentials and Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Server Essentials products.
But that decision has left many wondering why Microsoft, which defended its decision in a later blog post, is even bothering to continue to develop Vail, given what is clearly an odd withdrawal of the Drive Extender feature. ®
Once again Microsoft takes careful aim....
and empties both chambers straight into their foot.
Sarah Palin icon for stupidity/foot in mouth please!
Not quite in context of the product
To a certain extent you are correct when the full picture is using a form of RAID striping. WHS didnt split files accross drives, it just replicated them so you always only got the speed of a single drive anyway making your comment irrelevant.
What MS have done here however is made WHS worthless. DE was the single best standout feature of any server I've ever seen. From a perspective of capacity and ease of upgrading hard drives using different sizes and even mix of connections to provide pooled storage with redundacy and upgradability without data loss was fantastic. I've used WHS for a few years now and was stunned by this decision.
I will now be looking at alternaives for a replcement to my WHS soon. MS=FAIL on this one :(
..."[any] good sysadmin" be even considering MS?
just set up a Linux box and use LVM. Then go do something fun with the money you're saving
Beer, because after you've set up LVM you have most certainly deserved one
Don't buy the expensive crippleware MS Homeserver
Either buy a Generic cheap "NAS" box
Buy a cheap PC and put Ubuntu Server on it (Or Linux of choice if more techy minded).
This was always a pointless overpriced product with bugs. Now it's more overpriced and pointless.
They are maybe going to copy Apple (again) and drop Server products :-)