Users of devices like this HP MediaSmart Server will have to wait until June for a bugfix to be released.
Those of you running Windows Home Server will be disappointed to hear that a bug first covered here in December
is still on Microsoft's “To Do” list.
To recap, the flaw results in files edited directly on the server – as opposed to being edited on a desktop and then manually copied to the server – having a non-zero chance of vanishing completely. Not what you need from a server that's supposed to be your primary document store, really.
A post to the Home Server Technet blog
on Monday has offered scant hope for users still trying to gingerly work around this issue. In the blog posting – signed by “The Windows Home Server Tearm” - the issue is described as the team’s top priority. The post also promises that “the team is making good progress on the fix
” and understands “the issue really well at this point.
From there, the news takes a turn for the worse. Describing the glitch as occurring at “an extremely low level of the operating system
” the team claims to need “several more weeks
” to test the fix that has been written to address the flaw. After that, a beta version of the patch will be launched.
The long and short of it is: if you're currently experiencing this issue, you'll have to find ways around it until June this year at the absolute earliest – six months after the flaw was reported to Microsoft.
Until then, the advice from the original KnowledgeBase article
applies: “use Windows Explorer or a command-line tool to copy files to and from the Windows Home Server-based computer
” and “do not use applications to directly edit or change files that are stored on the Windows Home Server.
Are you shocked at how long Microsoft is taking to fix a critical bug in its flagship home server product, or do you think the whole issue has been blown out of all proportion? Share your thoughts over in the forums