Using Windows Home Server

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ANDREW EDNEY has been an IT professional for more than 13 years and has over the course of his career worked for a range of high-tech companies, such as Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard, and Fujitsu Services. He has a wide range of experience in virtually all aspects of Microsoft’s computing solutions, having designed and architected large enterprise solutions for government and private-sector customers. Over the years, Andrew has made a number of guest appearances at major industry events, presenting on a wide range of information systems subjects, such as an appearance at the annual Microsoft Exchange Conference in Nice where he addressed the Microsoft technical community on mobility computing. Andrew is currently involved in numerous Microsoft beta programs, including next-generation Windows operating systems and next-generation Microsoft Office products, and he actively participates in all Windows Media Center beta programs and was heavily involved in the Windows Home Server beta program.

Andrew also has a number of qualifications, including an MSc in Network Technologies and Management, he is an MCSE and has numerous MCPs, he is also a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and a Certified Ethical Hacker.

In addition, Andrew has written a number of books on topics such as Windows Home Server, Windows Media Center, Live Communications Server, PowerPoint 2007, networks, Windows Vista, and the Xbox 360. These include The Windows Home Server User’s Guide (Apress, 2007), Pro LCS: Live Communications Server Administration (Apress, 2007), Getting More from Your Microsoft Xbox 360 (Bernard Babani, 2006), How to Set Up Your Home or Small Business Network (Bernard Babani, 2006), Using Microsoft Windows XP Media Center 2005 (Bernard Babani, 2006), Windows Vista: An Ultimate Guide (Bernard Babani, 2007), PowerPoint 2007 in Easy Steps (Computer Step, 2007),  Windows Vista Media Center in Easy Steps (Computer Step, 2007) and Using Ubuntu Linux (Bernard Babani, 2007).

Andrew is a Microsoft MVP for Windows Home Server.  MVP_Horizontal_FullColor

Andrew also run’s his own IT Consulting company, Firebird Consulting.


Written by Andrew Edney

September 15, 2007 at 8:27 am

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  1. Andrew –

    I just wanted to say I finished reading your book and thought it was great. This is the book that Microsoft should include in the box for the WHS products. It doesn’t drown the reader in technical talk which I think is very important due to the intended audience for WHS products.

    I’ve posted a review of what I thought on Amazon and on my blog. I wish you success in your future writings!

    Robert Stinnett

    Robert Stinnett

    December 17, 2007 at 5:35 am

  2. Is there a list of known software incompatibilities with WHS under XP? I’m asking because I’ve got backups working on two machines already, but a third machine simply doesn’t have its contents visible. The logs read FailureReason=7, which is not only opaque, but there aren’t explanations of the failure codes in any documentation that I can find. Given that this happens even when both firewalls are off, and everything else on the network is working well (including WHS on two other XP boxes), my current leading hypothesis is that there’s something running on the recalcitrant machine that is interfering with WHS somehow. Any insights you have would be greatly appeciated. Thanks for listening.

    P.S. And yes, I’ve posted details both on the MS community forum and We Got Served. Sigh.

    Ken Forbus

    June 11, 2008 at 5:33 am

  3. Ken – Unfortunately there has never been a list published by Microsoft of the error codes, so I cant answer that one. And as for a list of software incompatibilities with XP, WHS shouldnt care what is installed on XP, it should just back it up. Sorry I cant be of more help, but the forums will be the place to get the answer, if one exists.


    June 11, 2008 at 6:56 pm

  4. i am hoping you might have an idea where i can look for this answer. i have but somehow my whs lost that setting. my only option is setup which goes to register a new name and obviously grock is taken. how can i reset it back?



    gregg rock


    August 14, 2008 at 8:07 pm

  5. Gregg – you should be able to just use your old name (from memory). Have you had a look at the Remote Access technical brief found here:



    August 16, 2008 at 7:13 am

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