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Add-In: Drive Bender v2.1.9.0

By Philip Churchill

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Drive Bender have released version 2.1.9.0 for WHS2011 and Windows Server 2012 (R2) users.

Here is the change log for this release:

  • [b] When enumerating folders during a file system health check or balancing operation, the watch dog introduced in v2.1.7.0 is now disabled by default (was causing a benign error to be generated).
  • [b] A fix to the "Microsoft based objects permission issue", caused other file handling issues. This has now fixed and the original permission issue has been rectified.
  • [b] The setting for update check and notification was not be honored correctly.

More details on Drive Bender are available from here.

Add-In: Drive Bender v2.1.9.0 is a post from: MS Windows Home Server - Your Personal Guide to Microsoft Windows Home Server!


The Home Server Show Podcast Episode 270

By Philip Churchill

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Episode 270 of the Home Server Show is available for your listening pleasure.

In this episode the guys talk about QNAP, ioSafe, Synology and more, which you can find here.

The Home Server Show Podcast Episode 270 is a post from: MS Windows Home Server - Your Personal Guide to Microsoft Windows Home Server!


Hitachi Hard Drives Are The Best

By Philip Churchill

Back in January we informed you that Hitachi hard drives were more reliable than those from both Western Digital and Seagate. Backblaze who are supplying the data, have new data from over 34 thousand hard drives detailing how these old drives are doing plus data on some newer drives too.

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Hitachi are again beating the competition in regards to failure rate with the 3TB (0.7 annual failure rate) being the best followed by the 2TB (1.1%) and 4TB (1.2%).

If you most go WD then the 1TB (3.8%) Caviar Green beat the 3TB (8.8%) Red drives and the 4TB (3%) Seagate beats their 1.5TB (9.6%) and 3TB (6.7%) offerings.

You can see that Backblaze is using three new hard drives: Western Digital Red 3TB, Seagate Desktop HDD.15 4TB, and HGST Megascale 4000 4TB. So far, it isn't looking very good for the Western Digital Red - an 8.8% annual failure rate in the first year is very bad. The Seagate drive is doing OK. The HGST drives (which is a low-end enterprise-class hard drive) hasn't had enough time or failures yet (but it'll probably

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Add-In: My Movies for Windows - Home and Essentials v5.10 Pre Release 9

By Philip Churchill

My Movies Home and Essentials Server Solution

Another pre release version of My Movies for Windows - Home and Essentials for WHS2011, WS2012 Essentials and
WS2012 w. Essentials Role has been released.

Version 5.10 Pre Release 9 has the following change log:

  • Added: Prompt to select screenshot or artwork when uploading backdrops.
  • Added: Requirement to select backdrop content type and alignment when contributing backdrop.
  • Added: Group and categories can now be set when adding monitored folders.
  • Added: Movies for disc titles can be created by right clicking the disc title.
  • Added: Option to download all episodes in a season - right click menu.
  • Added: Check for connected movie, when doing update of single disc title that got an IMDBid and no locally connected movie.
  • Change: Canadian parental rating values adjusted.
  • Fix: In some situations, a language selection dialog could be displayed for backdrops.
  • Fix: Change title function could fail with an exception.
  • Fix: A faulty movie was connected to titles with IMDB id = tt0000000. This fix removes that movie from the collection again, if it isn't registered as a stand alone movie.
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Add-In:StableBit Scanner v2.5.0.3053 Release Final

By Philip Churchill

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StableBit Scanner have released version 2.5.0.3053 Release Final with lots of new stuff since version 2.4.

This release is for users of WHS2011, WS2012 Essentials and WS2012 R2 Essentials.

More details on StableBit Scanner can be found here.

Add-In:StableBit Scanner v2.5.0.3053 Release Final is a post from: MS Windows Home Server - Your Personal Guide to Microsoft Windows Home Server!


WS2012 R2 Essentials Now Supports Office 365 and Azure AD with Multiple Domain Controllers

By Philip Churchill

If you are using Windows Server Essentials 2012 R2 then you may have noticed that all of Microsoft's online services integration features, which include Azure Active Directory and Office 365, are supported only in environments that have a single domain controller.

WS2012 R2 Essentials Now Supports Office 365 and Azure AD with Multiple Domain Controllers

Microsoft have announced that the re-release of the Windows August Update which was originally released on (8/12/2014, PST) now adds support for both Azure Active Directory integration and Office 365 integration features in domain environments consisting of a single domain controller, multiple domain controllers, or Windows Server Essentials as a domain member server.

Great news for those of you using WS2012 R2 Essentials in environments with more than one domain controller.

WS2012 R2 Essentials Now Supports Office 365 and Azure AD with Multiple Domain Controllers is a post from: MS Windows Home Server - Your Personal Guide to Microsoft Windows Home Server!


Add-In: Drive Bender v2.1.8.0

By Philip Churchill

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Drive Bender has been updated to version 2.1.8.0 with the following change log:

  • [b] When enumerating folders, the process can hang if a folder that is flagged as "pending delete" is encountered.
  • [b] When enumerating folders, scanning of the System Volume Information folder can cause the process to hang.
  • [b] If a thread that has obtained a folder enumeration lock hangs, the locks will be reset after a short period.
  • [u] The timeout for a folder enumeration scan has been increased (this is to prevent slower systems timeout when there are just slow to respond).
  • [b] When installing certain Microsoft based objects, they can fail with an "Access Denied" error.
  • [b] Desktop.ini files were not being included in the file audit.
  • [b] The file audit count was not being correctly persisted across restarts.

As always Drive Bender can be downloaded from here.

Add-In: Drive Bender v2.1.8.0

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The Home Server Show Podcast Episode 269

By Philip Churchill

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The latest edition of the Home Server Show podcast takes a look at the Toshiba Encore Mini and the QNAP TS-451:

On this edition of Home Server Show John Wiskowski of the Agnostic Tech Podcast joins to talk about the Toshiba Encore Mini 7?, $120 Windows 8.1 Tablet.  Christoper Kenney, HSS Forums Admin, also joins to tell us about the QNAP TS-451.

You can catch episode 269 here.

The Home Server Show Podcast Episode 269 is a post from: MS Windows Home Server - Your Personal Guide to Microsoft Windows Home Server!


Thecus Announce Windows Storage Server 2012 R2 Essentials

By Philip Churchill

NAS producer Thecus (and surprisingly not Microsoft) has announced a NAS sporting the unknown until now, Windows Storage Server 2012 R2 Essentials.

"The Windows Storage Server 2012 R2 Essentials software allows small businesses to protect, centralize, organize, and access their data anywhere by using almost any device," said Peter Han, Vice President of Worldwide OEM Marketing, Microsoft. "We believe offering our software on Thecus NAS devices will provide an excellent solution for those small businesses looking to protect their data while optimizing their resources with a hybrid, on premise, and cloud-connected offering."

Looking like a cut down version of WS2012 R2 Essentials for the NAS market, Windows Storage Server 2012 R2 Essentials will be available from Thecus in a 2-bay W2000, a 4-bay W4000, and a 5-bay W5000.

Thecus Windows Storage Server 2012 R2 Essentials NAS

The hardware will be based on the Intel Atom platform, serviced by dual LAN ports and no less than 2GB of DDR3 RAM, and all featuring media connectivity (HDMI and VGA).

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The Home Server Show Podcast Episode 268

By Philip Churchill

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Episode 268 of the Home Server Show is on pfSense vs. Sophos:

On this episode we'll be comparing pfSense to Sophos with a little bit of Untangle mixed in as well.  Which one is the better router?  Ten TB hard drives, yes 10TB! News and Meetup 2014.

You can find episode 268 here.

The Home Server Show Podcast Episode 268 is a post from: MS Windows Home Server - Your Personal Guide to Microsoft Windows Home Server!


A 10TB Hard Drive

By Philip Churchill

Seagate announced last month its plans to ship a 8TB hard drive on a single 3.5" platter and now Western Digital have announced its 10TB HelioSeal hard drive.

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WD are the first to ship a hermetically sealed, helium-filled HDD, which reduces internal friction and power use, runs about 5 degrees cooler than today's 7,200 rpm drives. Sealing air out of the drive also keeps humidity and other contaminants from getting in. By using helium instead of air, Western Digital was able to stack 7 platters and drastically reduce power usage.

Also unlike Seagate's 8 TB drive, which will ship next quarter, WD's drive starts shipping now and is available from now.

A 10TB Hard Drive is a post from: MS Windows Home Server - Your Personal Guide to Microsoft Windows Home Server!


Add-In: My Movies Home and Essentials Server Solution v5.10 Pre Release 8

By Philip Churchill

My Movies for Windows - Home and Essentials

Another pre release update for My Movies Home and Essentials Server Solution.

This latest version (5.10 Pre Release 8) has the following change log:

  • Fix: Pre Release 7 contained a fix to avoid allowing multi-selection in the add titles dialog. This fixed ended up resulting in a new bug where the dialog would continue to prompt you to select a title when adding titles. The original fix have been reverted, and will be addressed again in a future release.

As always more info can be found here.

Add-In: My Movies Home and Essentials Server Solution v5.10 Pre Release 8 is a post from: MS Windows Home Server - Your Personal Guide to Microsoft Windows Home Server!


Add-In: My Movies for Windows - Home and Essentials v5.10 Pre Release 7

By Philip Churchill

My Movies for Windows - Home and Essentials

The pre release version of My Movies for Windows - Home and Essentials has been updated.

Version 5.10 Pre Release 7 has the following change log:

  • Added: Movie Contribution Guide link added to help menu.
  • Change: Moved contribution comment prompt to before the file upload.
  • Change: Contribution encouragement for disc titles is no longer done through a popup message, but shown in the top of the profile in Collection Management instead. Just as it does with Movies and TV Series.
  • Fix: Collection numbers were sometimes shown on movies and TV series under disc titles.
  • Fix: Contribution of movie data failed due to an incorrect order of parameters.
  • Fix: Titles for movies were stored as empty strings and not null values, meaning titles with inherited data did not display the title in Windows Media Center.
  • Fix: Movie profiles displayed with "slim" view, even if "detailed" view was configured.
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Microsoft Re-Releases 3 Security Updates

By Philip Churchill

Microsoft have re-released its 3 security updates that were withdrawn shortly after release in August for WS2012 R2.

The downloads are available from Windows Update or from the Download Centre:

Last week Microsoft also re-released MS14-045 when known issues came to light.

Microsoft Re-Releases 3 Security Updates is a post from: MS Windows Home Server - Your Personal Guide to Microsoft Windows Home Server!


Storage Related Hotfixes Post RTM for WS2012 R2 Essentials

By Philip Churchill

TechNet have available an updated list of storage related Hotfixes post RTM for WS2012 R2, which naturally also includes WS2012 R2 Essentials.

Remember that these are not available in Windows Update and that a hotfix is intended to correct only the problem that is described in the relevant article. You should not apply the hotfix if you have not seen the symptoms.

Storage Related Hotfixes Post RTM for WS2012 R2

A link to bookmark in case you encounter a storage related issue, which you can find here.

Storage Related Hotfixes Post RTM for WS2012 R2 Essentials is a post from: MS Windows Home Server - Your Personal Guide to Microsoft Windows Home Server!


Add-In: StableBit Scanner v2.5.0.3048 Beta

By Philip Churchill

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The beta build of StableBit Scanner has been updated for WHS2011, WS2012 Essentials and WS2012 R2 Essentials users.

Here is the change log for version 2.5.0.3048:

  • Temperature equalization was sometimes considering disks that don't properly report their temperature.
  • Suspended scans were sometimes incorrectly being restarted immediately after being suspended.
  • Cleaned up core scanning algorithm code.
  • Fixed crash on row rearrange.
  • Fixed an issue with the automatic temperature threshold's Fahrenheit / Celsius conversion.
  • Tweaked performance / disk queue mini-charts. First point used to be 0 sometimes.
  • Implemented a workaround for a Telerik bug where some list items would show up as empty after adding / removing a disk.
  • Updated to the latest Telerik controls.
  • Fixed Office 2013 theme issues.
  • [Issue #5232] Blacklisted the Rockbox Internal Storage / SD Card Slot as per reported issues.

More info on StableBit Scanner can be found here.

Add-In: StableBit Scanner v2.5.0.3048 Beta

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Add-In: My Movies 5.10 Pre Release 5

By Philip Churchill

My Movies for Windows - Home and Essentials

My Movies 5.10 Pre Release 5 is available for WHS2011 and Windows Server 2012 Essentials users with the following change log:

  • Added: Collection Numbers on TV Series
  • Added: Total movie count in bottom of Collection Management
  • Added: Toolbar button to store meta-data.
  • Added: Icon and text now asks user to contribute movie data if it is improved compared to the webservice.
  • Added: Option for adding a comment with each contribution to the service.
  • Change: The Pre Release now no longer requires 2500 points.
  • Change: Error message about reading sector x failed, now gives information that cause is likely dirty or scratched disc.
  • Fix: AnyDVD not running had a red error state, but it is with current implementation perfectly valid that it is not running until a disc is copied the first time after a reboot. Fix: AnyDVD is now restarted by the service user, after it has been updated, and the machine have been rebooted. Not doing this could leave the server in a state where it would not take in discs to copy.
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The Home Server Podcast Episode 267

By Philip Churchill

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Episode 267 of the Home Server Show podcast is up and this one is on servers and more...

John Zajdler is back to talk servers, Storage Spaces, Drive Extender, MyMovies, and a whole bunch of other Home Storage goodness.  We also put WHS 2011 and Essentials Server 2012 head to head!

You can catch episode 267 here.

The Home Server Podcast Episode 267 is a post from: MS Windows Home Server - Your Personal Guide to Microsoft Windows Home Server!


Updating the WD DX4000 to WS2012 R2

By Philip Churchill

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Troy Walker a WD DX4000 owner updated the device to Windows Server 2012 R2 and decided to do some testing:

Troy's post highlights the subsystem and the latest RST drivers from Intel:

There are a few things to mention that are potential headaches. The script that I created to send system vitals to the LCD does work; however, there are a few metrics that are a tad buggy at the moment. The NIC readings are not functioning correctly. I know the reason for this and plan to provide an update when I can. The cause is that with the update to 2012R2, there are currently no drivers available from Intel for the 82754L Ethernet adapters. Only the Microsoft drivers are available that are built into the installation, which also means that the teaming has to be done differently and so the WMI containers have probably changed. I'm using the Microsoft teaming features built into 2012R2, and honestly... it's working just fine.

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Video: Installing & Cooling a Radeon HD6450 on the MicroServer

By Philip Churchill

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Another couple of videos from John Stutsman for MicroServer users.

The first is John installing a Sapphire Radeon HD6450 Graphics card in his HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer providing him with HDMI and DVI Output to two Monitors with Sound playing through the HDMI connection monitor:

This second video is John testing the impact of adding supplemental cooling to the Sapphire Radeon HD6450 Graphics card:

Video: Installing & Cooling a Radeon HD6450 on the MicroServer is a post from: MS Windows Home Server - Your Personal Guide to Microsoft Windows Home Server!


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