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Advanced Admin Console vNext for Windows Server Codename ‘Vail’ and ‘Aurora’ seeks beta testers

September 15th, 2010

You may have read about the Technical Preview over at homeserverland.com, wegotserved.co.uk, mediasmartserver.net or maybe the German blogs and news sources Bjoerns Windows Blog or home-server-blog.de.

Today, I’m proud to announce that the new version of my popular Advanced Admin Console AddIn (AAC) for the upcoming Windows Server offerings for home users and small businesses has reached an important milestone.aac_vnext

I made a first technical preview version of AAC available to tech-bloggers and the (p)reviews they’ve written so far tell me that I’m on the right track.

The next step is now to give AAC to about 30 beta testers to try it out and give feedback. If you’d like to take part in the beta test please write a short comment on this post, describing on which configuration you would be able to test AAC. Please include the following information:

  • Windows Server Version you would install AAC on (‘Vail’, ‘Aurora’ or both)
  • Client operating system version(s)
  • Client operating system language version you normally work on
  • Whether you’ll be using real machines or virtual machines for testing
  • Whether you have experience with AAC on Windows Home Server (v1)
  • Your general level of experience with Windows Home Server v1 and/or ‘Vail’/’Aurora’

Make sure to enter a valid email address so that I can send you your beta invitation. Beta tester invitations will not go out before September 22, 2010 – please be patient.

In the meantime please refer to these resources to find out more about the new version of the Advanced Admin Console and Windows Server codename ‘Vail’ and ‘Aurora’ in general:

In English

In German

  1. Andreas Richter
    October 27th, 2010 at 22:58 | #1

    Hi,
    if it’s not too late, I would help too.

    Server: Vail 2nd preview

    Clients:
    Dell OptiPlex GX520 Win 7 64 Bit,
    Dell Optiplex GX270 Win XP SP3,
    MacBook OS X 10.6,
    iBook OS X 10.5

    Language: German

    Thanks, Andreas.

  2. Hereward Holmes
    October 28th, 2010 at 17:36 | #2

    Hi,
    Also if it’s not to late I would like to participate, details below:
    Server: Vail latest preview release running on a physical PC (dual core 2.4GHz, 4GB RAM, 1TB storage)
    Client 1: Dell Vostro 13 running Win 7 32bit – 2GB RAM
    Client 2: Custom HTPC running Win 7 32bit – 2GB RAM
    Client 3: Custom PC running Win 7 64bit – 4GB RAM
    Client 4: HP Laptop running Windows XP 32bit – 1.5GB RAM

    Language – all English

    Many thanks, Hereward

  3. Steve Allamand
    October 30th, 2010 at 01:44 | #3

    Would like to join in on this beta, if not to late. Running Vail r2 on home built Duo Core, 2GB ram and tera of storage. Network is Giga and has 4 clients, one a HP laptop, other 3 are custom builds, all run windows 7. Also 2 xbox and 1 PS3 on the home network.

    Language is English, and experience is fairly good on WHS 1 and Vail.

  4. Jim Kempthorne
    November 1st, 2010 at 03:37 | #4

    I would like to beta test the Admin Console for ‘Vail’.

    Server: whitebox – Intel D510MO, 4GB memory, 2TB drive.

    Clients: GSX620, GSX760, Latitude D630, D820, D430, whitebox Intel quadcore, 8GB.

    Network: mix of GigE, 100Mb, wireless.

    Language: English

  5. Joe Schutts
    November 6th, 2010 at 10:11 | #5

    Yes – I would like to partake in the beta trial for Vail…

  6. November 7th, 2010 at 06:53 | #6

    Would love to paticipate in your AAC Beta with: WHS-Vail
    Client operating system version(s) : Windows 7×4, Windows XP SP3x2, Windows XP MCE SP3x2
    Client operating system language version you normally work on : English
    Whether you’ll be using real machines or virtual machines for testing: All Real
    Whether you have experience with AAC on Windows Home Server(v1): Yes used from availability
    Your general level of experience with Windows Home Server v1 and/or ‘Vail’: WHS and Vail Lot’s of experience, been using them both from when they were first available
    *Job-IT Specialist for the US GOVT, Department of Veterans Affairs

  7. Lance Ryder
    November 12th, 2010 at 18:17 | #7

    I would like to beta test the Admin Console for ‘Vail’

  8. Arthur Valone
    November 14th, 2010 at 00:40 | #8

    I would like to participate in the AAC beta
    I have a dedicated vail server up and running

    Thanks

  9. Gert van Wijk
    November 15th, 2010 at 11:37 | #9

    I would like to participate in the Advanced Admin Console.
    I have a vail server up and running

    Thanks

  10. Vincent
    November 17th, 2010 at 23:33 | #10

    Hello,

    Is it possible to test AAC beta ? I’m very interested

    Thanks

  11. Jan Haraldsson
    November 19th, 2010 at 20:55 | #11

    I would like to test the AAC

    Running v1 & Vail on both Virtual and Real Machine(s)
    7 x86/x64, Vista x64 clients – Primarily English with some Swedish

    Thanks

  12. SBall
    November 19th, 2010 at 21:03 | #12

    Andreas,

    I hope I can get a copy of AAC vN Beta to test for you. I have had good use out of your v1 version, look forward to hearing from you.

    Thanks and keep uip the good work ;)

  13. Jason Kinnie
    November 20th, 2010 at 19:41 | #13

    I would also like to beta test the Admin Console for Vail.
    Server -whitebox – AMD Athlon 4GB memory, 1.2TB worth of drives.
    Clients – Netbook XP Home, whitebox Windows 7, (3) whitebox Windows XP pro.
    Network – GigE & wireless.
    Language – English
    Server is a real machine
    Have used AAC since release (one of the few I still use regularly)
    Beta tester for WHS v1. Using WHS v1 since release for primary data storage and backup.

  14. November 20th, 2010 at 21:02 | #14

    I’d like to use the beta test of the Admin Console for Vail.

    Server- Core2Quad, 4GB memory, 1.5TB of drive space

    Clients:
    Custom AMD 3.0GHz w/ 6GB memory, 500 GB of drive space
    Compaq Presario CQ50 AMD Athlon X2 2.4GHz, 4GB memory, 130GB of drive space
    Toshiba Satellite Intel Core2Duo, 4GB memory, 500GB of drive space.

    Language-English

    Have used AAC since main release for WHS v.1. My general level of WHS v.1 is really good, since I was a beta tester for that product release as well. Just started using Vail yesterday nite.

    Thanks a lot!

  15. Tzm
    November 20th, 2010 at 22:28 | #15

    i’d like to participate

    Server: HP ProLiant ML 150 G3 2x 2,0 GHz, 2 GB memory, 750 GB drive space

    Clients:
    custom intel c2d 3,16 GHz, 6 GB memory, 74 GB drive space
    lenovo s10-2 intel atom 1,66 GHz, 1 GB memory, 160 GB drive space

    Language: english, german

    used aac since beta release from whs v1. whs v1 used for 2 years, now changed to vail refresh three days ago

  16. November 26th, 2010 at 01:54 | #16

    Love your add in for home server v1, moved to vail and really miss the extra control.

    Custom Server: corei7-920 6gb ram, 120gb sandforce ssd, 4tb total drives

    Clients: windows 7 x64 dell studio-xps 16 corei7-720m 500gb
    windows 7 x64 dell xps 15 corei7-740m 120gb sandforce ssd
    windows 7 x64 dell studio-xps 16 corei7-720m 500gb
    windows xp dell latitude core 2 duo 4gb ram 160gb

  17. John Smith
    November 27th, 2010 at 02:10 | #17

    I used AAS with WHS1 for two years – I moved to Vail at the first beta… I miss AAC

    Custom Server: AMD X4 – 2.6 – 8gig ram 2x750gig 1×1.5tb 1x500gig total 3.5tb

    Clients: Custom PC – AMD X4 2.8 8gig ram 1x1tb Win7 x64
    Netbook – Intel Core2 1.6 – 4gig 120gig Win7 x64
    Notebook – Intel Core2 2.0 – 2gig 320gig Win7 x86
    Notebook – AMD X2 2.2 – 2gig 250gig Vista x64

  18. David Betancourt
    November 27th, 2010 at 05:55 | #18

    I have had my HP EX495 for ~1yr now. I have the VGA/Mouse/Keyboard kit, but have been reluctant. I would love a basic drag and drop ability.

    Server: HP EX495 (2.5 Dual Core + 2GB RAM + 4×1.5TB HDD’s)
    Clients: Win7 4yr old laptop (Core2Duo 2.2GHz 2GB RAM)
    Custom PC: Win7 Q6600 + 8GB + GTX280 (Mine)
    Custom PC: Win7 Q9400 + 8GB + HD5750 (Wife)
    Custom PC: AMD Sempron 2.2GHz 2GB (Kids)
    HTPC Custom: 3.0 GHz + 4GB + 2 Tuners + Mediabrowser
    (2) Xbox 360′s as Extenders

    If I don’t get an evaluation test copy, I would love to be on the emailing list announcing general availability!

  19. December 2nd, 2010 at 04:52 | #19

    I would love to beta test, running on a HP EX485 upgraded

  20. Andrew
    December 12th, 2010 at 04:15 | #20

    I have a Dual core custom system with large RAID array.

    Server: Custom (3.0 Dual Core + 5GB RAM + 2×500TB HDD’s (Mirrored for system), large array of 1.5 TB disks for other data).
    Clients: Win7 HP laptop (AMD 64 bit dual core, 1 Gb RAM)
    Custom PC: Win7 32 Bit, 1 Gb RAM
    HTPC Win 7 Custom: Dual Core 3.0 GHz + 4GB
    1 Xbox 360’s as an Extender

    Thanks

    Andrew

  21. Pet Reef
    December 13th, 2010 at 15:53 | #21

    I would like to test again want to try the old version but that is no longer working

  22. Roland Latiolais
    December 20th, 2010 at 06:10 | #22

    Windows Server Version you would install AAC on (‘Vail’): Vail
    Client operating system version(s): Windows 7 on one laptop and one desktop
    Client operating system language version you normally work on: English US
    Whether you’ll be using real machines or virtual machines for testing: Real Machines
    Whether you have experience with AAC on Windows Home Server (v1: V1 SP3 used for short period of about five months.
    Your general level of experience with Windows Home Server v1 and/or ‘Vail’/’Aurora’:
    Started with Basic installation and progressed to PP3. Have had Vail running from about July or August to Refresh version of Vail now installed.

  23. Don Rich
    December 27th, 2010 at 00:07 | #23

    I would like to test the beta of AAC for Vail.

    Clients running Windows 7
    US english
    Real machines
    I love AAC on my WHS1
    Running WHS1 and Vail on separate hardware currently. WHS is primary; vail is experimental.

  24. December 30th, 2010 at 00:34 | #24

    Hello,

    I’m a newbe to WHS1 and Vail. At this moment I’m testing Vail with Vista, XP, W7 and Mac clients connected but I’d like to have more control over the server and it’s published folders so I would like to test you advanced admin tool. Al connected clients are real machines.

  25. vikeq
    January 16th, 2011 at 20:47 | #25

    hi,
    I would like to test the beta of AAC for Vail.
    Clients running Windows 7 32bits and 64bits (French)
    WHS Vail (US) running on DELL Optiplex 360, work fine.
    Thank you

  26. Heiko
    January 18th, 2011 at 10:35 | #26

    Hi,

    I would like to join the beta testers of AAC. I’m currently updating my machine to the August preview of Vail, having used the April version since it was introduced. I’m using a German version of Vail on a real machine

    Athlon 64 3400+ 4GB RAM 1x 400GB, 2x 1000GB, 1x 2000GB

    Clients include 2x Custom PCs running MCE, 1x Custom PC LinVDR, Several Notebooks, 2 iPads, 1 WDTV live and a Philips LCD TV with network streaming capability.

    Cheers
    Heiko

  27. February 6th, 2011 at 06:00 | #27

    Windows Server Version you would install AAC on (‘Vail’, ‘Aurora’ or both) : Vail RC
    Client operating system version(s) : Windows 7 Ultimate and Premiun
    Client operating system language version you normally work on : English
    Whether you’ll be using real machines or virtual machines for testing : Real
    Whether you have experience with AAC on Windows Home Server (v1) : No
    Your general level of experience with Windows Home Server v1 and/or ‘Vail’/’Aurora’ : medium

  28. F. Sytsma
    February 7th, 2011 at 03:19 | #28

    I would like to join the beta testers of AAC. I’m currently updating my machine to the August preview of Vail, having used the April version since it was introduced. I’m using a German version of Vail on a real machine

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