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Microsoft Windows Home Server code name VAIL beta Remote Access Setup – Video Edition


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Want to know what to expect when setting up Remote Access for the Vail beta? John “Diehard” Zajdler and I set up Remote Access on my Windows Home Server Vail beta and made a short video of the process.


Get the Windows Home Server code name “Vail” Public Preview at:

Microsoft Connect

Want to a video of the software installation of Vail?

What’s New with Windows Server code name Vail beta

Windows Home Server Code Name “Vail” is the version 2 release of Windows Home Server and is based on Windows Server® 2008 R2.

Remote Access

Connecting to your Media

Computers and Backup

Drive Extender Enhancements

Dashboard and Launchpad

So enough of the text, lets see the video!


Please read the official Microsoft Release Notes file BEFORE attempting to install and operate the Vail beta software!

beta VAIL

Have a fun time with it and make Windows Home Server a part of your life.

Timothy Daleo

Timothy Daleo
Timothy Daleo
Timothy Daleo is a Project Resource Analyst and Oracle Applications Trainer in Pasadena, California. In addition to financial analysis, Tim has been developing training materials since 2003 and supporting direct projects through various auxiliary databases since 2005.


  1. How did you resolve the multiple servers on the network issue? Are you running vail remote access on different ports? I am currently having this issue.

  2. Do not use the following ports when assigning a new port to the Vail server.

    Ports used by PRIOR V1 WHS servers and HP MediaSmartServers:

    Type Port numbers Description

    TCP 80, 443 Standard Web site

    TCP 55000, 56000 internal (subnet only) Web site for Windows Home Server

    Web services

    TCP 1138 Transport

    TCP 8912 Backup and beacon

    UDP 8912 Backup and beacon

    TCP 2869 UPnP (Universal Plug and Play)

    UDP 1900 UPnP

    TCP 3389 Remote desktop

    TCP 4125 Remote access (when enabled)

    TCP 139, 445 File and print sharing

    UDP 137, 138 File and print sharing

    UDP 10284, 10283, 10282, 10281,

    10280, 10243

    Media connection

  3. I should have been more specific. WHS v1 use the above ports so DO NOT choose one of those when using Vail. I will mod the comment.

  4. I had the router do the forwarding and then changed the firewall port in Vail. Even after I did this the WHS v1 fought with Vail so I made Vail my primary machine. Look for an article next week on that experience.

  5. I am looking forward to that article. I am currently struggling my 2wire router and having some difficulty with port settings to allow both servers to work on my network.

  6. I'm having the same problem. I get multiple errors with remote management/upnp/port forwarding. Don't know why – I have the two ports enabled.

    • Try using your VAIL server as the primary internet server. After I wrote this article, I turned off Remote Access on my EX485 (I still can connect/use inside network of course) and let the VAIL server be the internet server. Every few days I just drag music and video files from the EX to the VAIL. I have had great success with this so far and should be writing another follow up article soon.


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