Well, it’s finally here! No seriously, we’ve finished it.
What have we changed?
We are no longer including updates. Sorry. But this was cause too many issues. And by chance, I stumbled upon why. During the last part of the installation, right before WHS installs it’s specific components, the setup program goes out and grabs and installs a lot of updates. So if they were integrated, it would break the installation and fail to finish installing. And because of this also, it makes it almost pointless for us to include and install the updates later.
Now, don’t get us wrong. We have included a few updates. Namely, .NET Framework 3.5, Internet Explorer 7 and Windows Desktop Search 4.0 (and the hotfix that comes with PP3 Beta). And we have a couple other updates being installed, such as the Server 2003 Resource kit and the WHS Toolkit Add-in v1 (you know, the good one).
And most importantly, we still have Windows Media Player 11 and all of it’s updates integrated into the OS.
Drivers have been integrated into both parts of the installation, so it should work fine with most (but not all) hardware. If it doesn’t work with your hardware, let us know on the Tracker section.
We’ve updated and added a few addins. Including the WHSPHP Installer addin from Nigel Wilks and myself. But as to what we now have installed:
- AutoExit 2009
- Duplication Info
- Event Viewer
- P80 v2.0.5
- Remote Alert
- Router Control
- Tab Reorderer
- WHS BDBB v188.8.131.52
- WHS Customizer
- WHS Disk Management v184.108.40.206
- WHS PHP v1.04 and MySQL Installer
- WHS Port Forward 220.127.116.11
These are all the latest versions of the add-ins at the time of release and all should be uninstallable.
Now that you’ve got all those goodies to look forward to, what else could you want!? We’ve added a few things like Unlocker, K-Lite Mega Codec Pack v5.3.0, the LLTD responder, Drive Balancer 1.0.5, and System Restore.
For those with Reinstallation issues with 1.4.x, it was because System Restore was getting installed too soon, and causing the drives to get locked so they couldn’t be mapped properly. Sorry about that for anyone that experienced this. But now, it doesn’t get installed until the OOBE screen appears, so there should be no issues at all.
Oh, did I mention there is an option to set up your WHS as a time server? You’ll have to forward the ports on your router to access it externally, but it should work 100% internally without any extra work. (uses port 123, upd and tcp).
For the most important part, the download links!