Beginning tomorrow, January 9th, you will be able to download Windows 7 from the Windows 7 page on Microsoft.com. It will be an ISO image that will have to burn to a DVD using something like Roxio or Nero.
Let's say you decide to take the plunge. After all sitting on the sidelines is for wimps and you’re no wimp. The first thing you thinking is: “Will it work with WHS”? Fortunately the answer is Yes. (Ok, the first thing you will be thinking is “is this thing going to kill by computer”).
Installing the Client
As with any new PC you bring into your home, you will need to install the Windows Home Server Connector software (i.e. the WHS client) in order to do automated backups. I’ll show you how to install the client without using the client CD and without using a folder share:
- From your Windows 7 machine, open Internet Explorer and browser to http://server:55000 (where server is the name of your WHS).
- Under Windows Home Server Connector Setup, click Download Now.
- Internet Explorer will ask if you want to Save or Run. Click Run.
- In a few moments the client setup will run.
- You will be asked for the Administrative password:
- Choose your preference for the following:
- And in a few minutes, installation is complete.
- The WHS Connector client is not installed.
- You will immediately get this warning on all of your Home Computers as Anti-virus software is not installed on your new Windows 7 computer, but You can ignore this by checking Ignore this issue in the Windows Home Server Console.
The console runs as expected (it is simply a remote desktop session running on the WHS itself). When I look at the Backup tab, I see my new Windows 7 computer (which I creatively named “Windows7”), but it is identified as Windows Vista Ultimate. No big deal. That will likely be fixed in a Windows update.
Clicking Backup Now did as expected. It started a backup of my new Windows 7 machine.
It was done in an amazing 9 minutes and backup up just over 230GB.
I was even able to open up the backup up volume on Windows 7, which is still one of the coolest underused featured of Windows Home Server.
Remote access to your new Windows 7 computer is done the same as it is with any other PC in your house (any PC running VP Professional, Windows Vista Ultimate or Business Edition that is). Log onto your computer with your remote URL (e.g. http://yourdomain.homeserver.com), log in and click on the Computers tab. As you can see below
If you do not see Available for Connection, but instead see Connection disabled, click Start then type remote access and press Enter. You should be presented with a dialog that will allow you to set your remote desktop preferences. Click Allow connections (see below) and click OK. You may have to restart Windows 7 for this to take effect.
One you do see Available for Connection, click on the name of your Window 7 machine and you will get this dialog:
Click OK and you should see the Windows 7 Ultimate logon screen. Go ahead, log in. I'm happy to report that remote access works just fine too!
I have seen nothing about Windows 7 that makes it incompatible with Windows Home Server thus far.