Windows Home Server Connector on x64

It's nice to see Microsoft leading the field in support for 64-bit operating systems.

Windows Home Server Connector, which is the little application installed on the clients which handles backups and opens the Home Server Console, doesn't install on x64.

Officially the team says they don't have the resources to support x64 and so there will be no support at this time.

What I want to know is why Microsoft isn't putting the money into the team to support x64. I don't know about you, but I want the transition to 64-bit completed as fast as possible, that means all vendors pulling their weight writing compatible software. We're running out of RAM fast, there's games around now which chew up over 2GB quite happily, we need to migrate soon. Having Microsoft, who was among the first (with AMD) in the x86 space to start pushing 64-bit dragging their feet with Home Server is somewhat annoying.

You can force the install of the Connector software on x64 by using the following on an elevated command prompt:

msiexec /i \path\to\whsconnector.msi WHSMSI="RUNSETUP"

But backups simply won't function properly, and it is not officially supported. What I would like to see a few months down the road after release is x64 support.

I'd also like to see a stripped down Exchange plug-in for Home Server, with a web front end hooked in to the Home Server web page too.

11 comments

Comment from: Chris [Visitor]  
Chris

I seriously cannot believe this. I went and bought Vista64 because I figured, well what the hell. All my stuff has drivers already and we need to support this thing. I at least expected to be able to use WHS with it! NOT HAPPY JAN!

6th August 2007 @ 13:24
Comment from: M4rco [Visitor]  
M4rco

WOW thats annoying. How many Months we have to wait?

11th August 2007 @ 19:53
Comment from: Matt [Visitor]  
Matt

Well, I suppose I'll have to wait a while for home server. We have 3 PCs on 64, with the other 2 upgraded by the end of the year. I'm not getting home server with it not running on any of my PC's!!!!

11th August 2007 @ 23:28
Comment from: Ricardo [Visitor]  
Ricardo

You would have figured that alot of users would have migrated to x64-bit systems by now, especially since they are pushing their software. Thanks for the workaround, although I got WHS mainly for backup purposes, I'll just have to wait until it officially supports 64-bit.

17th October 2007 @ 07:34
Comment from: Tim [Visitor]
Tim

Thanks for the workaround...this works great.

27th November 2007 @ 23:13
Comment from: Colin [Visitor]
Colin

This no longer works. Apparently this capability was disabled recently. :-(

21st December 2007 @ 03:12
Comment from: George [Visitor]
George

this works fine for me (on XP Pro x64).

22nd December 2007 @ 06:53
Comment from: Clarence [Visitor]
Clarence
1 stars

Hello: Regarding the workaround for the 64-bit connector. I've made several attempts with Vista Ultimate 64 DOES NOT work. I'm still searching for something that will work. Thanks

21st May 2008 @ 14:42
Comment from: CalleK [Visitor]
CalleK
3 stars

Great tip! Works as promised on my Ultimate 64bit. Keep me posted if anyone can get the backup features to work correctly....I'm sure MS have hired 500 marketing people to save VISTA.... instead of R&D people to enhance their current lines.....

Thank you!

14th December 2008 @ 18:53
Comment from: JLH [Visitor]
JLH
3 stars

Anything new in view? Its very annoying!
Thanks for the feedback!

23rd December 2008 @ 21:32
Comment from: [Member]
Paul

x64 was officially supported as of Power Pack 1, which was released a good 6 or 7 months ago.

@CalleK Microsoft spend more on R&D than anyone else, I think you're getting them mixed up with another company.

26th December 2008 @ 03:18


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