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I just updated my Windows Server code name Vail to the new date of March 15, 2011. Thank you to Microsoft for saving me some frustration at the last minute and giving us a solution to continue beta testing. Read on to follow this quick walk-through with screen captures and instructions.

Windows Server code name Vail beta Expiry Workaround

So, here is the information that Microsoft has just released in order to get around the problem:

The beta is built on an evaluation copy of Windows Server 2008 R2, where the eval expiry is hard coded during beta development (and as such cannot be easily changed).  However working with our engineering team, there is now a workaround using Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 RC.  This will extend the expiry to mid-March.

To extend the expiry, please follow the directions below:

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STEP ONE – Install SP1 (multiple steps within)

Install WS08 R2 SP1 RC on the server from http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?familyId=c3202ce6-4056-4059-8a1b-3a9b77cdfdda&hash=2SduI20oa3rGcMvoU%2bPV1TVHUik%2f3CNeLRmMuOcJXzz13kgszkD2VWTIpb%2bAS0in9K12Sc14FpC3sdT4PNXCUw%3d%3d

Once you click on the link, click Continue. You can download this file to your PC and do not need to be on your Vail machine at this point in the process.

Windows Server code name Vail beta Expiry Workaround

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Once the validation is complete you can download the file. It should be the first and the largest file. You do not need the other files and just download the one shown below.

Windows Server code name Vail beta Expiry Workaround

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Once you download the file you should burn it to a DVD. It is faster to just burn a DVD so I would not recommend trying any other approach.

Windows Server code name Vail beta Expiry Workaround

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Put the DVD in the Vail machine, KVM or Remote Desktop in to Vail, open the DVD and run Setup.

Windows Server code name Vail beta Expiry Workaround

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Today is the day that the current released build of the beta for Windows Home Server Code Name Vail will stop working. Fortunately there is a workaround……

WHS Vail new logo

Tim first posted about this problem back in December.

So, here is the information that Microsoft has just released in order to get around the problem:

The beta is built on an evaluation copy of Windows Server 2008 R2, where the eval expiry is hard coded during beta development (and as such cannot be easily changed).  However working with our engineering team, there is now a workaround using Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 RC.  This will extend the expiry to mid-March.

To extend the expiry, please follow the directions below

1. Install WS08 R2 SP1 RC on the server from http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?familyId=c3202ce6-4056-4059-8a1b-3a9b77cdfdda&hash=2SduI20oa3rGcMvoU%2bPV1TVHUik%2f3CNeLRmMuOcJXzz13kgszkD2VWTIpb%2bAS0in9K12Sc14FpC3sdT4PNXCUw%3d%3d

2. Logon on https://connect.microsoft.com/WindowsHomeServer with your connect credentials

3. Click on Product keys (in the left hand side column)

4. Click on Request a new product key

5. Click on Get Key

6. In Windows Home Server, open a command prompt

7. Type “slmgr.vbs -ipk ABCDE-FGHIJ-KLMNO-PQRST-UVWXY” (where ABCDE.. is your new key as requested above)

8. Type “slmgr.vbs –ato

9. Reboot the server, and your beta timeframe has been extended.  You can check this by opening up a command prompt and typing winver

So if you are using Vail use the above to keep going until the next beta build is released in the coming weeks.

You know the current beta release of Vail expires tomorrow, right? Have you backed up any data you have on the system? Make sure you also back up any Add-Ins or other software you may have installed outside of the Shared Folders. In addition, make sure you prepare an alternative way for Remote Web Access.

Goodbye Vail

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Back Up Everything

If possible, back up any Add-In files you may need on the next version of Vail. Each Add-In developer should have more information, if any is needed at all.

Goodbye Vail

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Remote Web Access

Make sure you have another way to get your home network starting tomorrow. I would suggest Windows Live Mesh 2011. For me, I will just turn back on the EX485 Remote Web Access.

Goodbye Vail

We will see what it looks like tomorrow. Ugh.

Tim

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