Windows 8 Consumer Preview has been released, we encourage customers testing the new client platform with Windows Home Server.  Note this is for testing purpose only. Installing beta product in a production environment is not recommended or fully supported.

Below is the guidance connecting Windows 8 Consumer Preview (CP) to Windows Home Server.

1. Guidance for Windows Home Server 2011

Major functionalities work well when Windows 8 Consumer Preview connects with Home Server 2011, below are 4 known issues you might experience during Beta testing:

Issue 1

You need to enable .net 3.5 on windows 8 in order to join WHS 2011

o Issue 2
Power setting of Client backup may not work.

o Issue 3
The thumbnail of picture folder is not displayed properly on Remote Web Access page.

o Issue 4
When you try to access the share folders from home group joined client computer, you are prompted for credential.

o For how to workaround these issues, please see this Wiki.

 

2. Guidance for Windows Home Server (2007 version)

Major functionalities work well when Windows 8 Consumer Preview connects with Home Server (2007 version), below are 2 known issues you might experience during Beta testing:

o Issue 1

When the Windows 8 client computer is connected to Windows Home Server, if you use Windows Live ID to log on, you need to provide additional user credentials for accessing the server resources.

o Issue 2

Windows Home Server Client Connector setup may not install the OEM client software.

o For how to workaround these issues, please see this Wiki.

 

We are actively investigating solutions to ensure compatibility between RTM version of Windows 8 client computer and Windows Home Server.

If you experience additional issues, please discuss with the community, or file a bug on the connect site.