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Add-Ins: My Movies v5.00 Pre Release 7

By Philip Churchill

The pre-release version of My Movies Home and Essentials Server Solution has been updated to version 5.00 Pre Release 7.

My Movies 5 Pre Release Dashboard

Here is the change log for the last two versions:

5.00 Pre Release 7:
IMPORTANT: If you have posted about problems prior to this Pre Release, and still have the problem, please reply to your post to notify about it.
Fix: There was an exception when applying settings after having set Dune configurations.
Fix: The system did not log in with stored credentials when storing title media information.
Fix: Save As in the cover right click menu in Collection Management gave an error.
Fix: The video converter detected the main movie for MP4 files, but did not pass it to handbrake, letting handbrake decide, meaning that the functions that should force a better detection was not used.
Fix: Another character in the auto-generated passwords were found that could give problems when restoring databases, creating new databases or similar.

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The Seagate 4 Bay NAS

By Philip Churchill

PCWorld online has a review of the Seagate Business Storage Windows Server 4-Bay NAS device.

Seagate NAS

Ideal as a no-nonsense NAS for business, the review also includes a rapid 2 minute video review too. But in conclusion:

"If you're looking for Windows-based NAS, you could do a lot worse than the Seagate Business Storage Windows Server. It has no peer in small file serving, and it's more secure out of the box than Linux-based systems. Windows shops will love it, but consumers and other small businesses might be better off with one of the less-expensive Linux-based alternatives."

You can read the full review here.

The Seagate 4 Bay NAS is a post from: MS Windows Home Server - Your Personal Guide to Microsoft Windows Home Server!


Add-In: CloudBerry Backup v3.8 and 30% Off

By Philip Churchill

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CloudBerry for WHS (v1, 2011, SBS 2011 Essentials and  Windows Server 2012 Essentials) has been updated to version 3.8.

This latest release comes with the following features:

  • Cloud to Cloud Backup;
  • Cloud to Local Backup;
  • Built in storage search;
  • Email notifications improvements;
  • New commands for Windows Command Line interface;
  • "Always Keep the Last Version" Option.

More information on these features/enhancements can be found here.

Also to celebrate World Backup Day 2014 CloudBerry are offering a 30% discount (limited Time Offer expires on April 2, 2014) off their product range - More details here.

Add-In: CloudBerry Backup v3.8 and 30% Off is a post from: MS Windows Home Server - Your Personal Guide to Microsoft Windows Home Server!


How To Migrate to Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials

By Philip Churchill

Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials Migration - Keys to Success is a blog from the Windows Server Essentials and Small Business Server Blog.

the Windows Server Essentials and Small Business Server Blog

Their article explains the 16 step process to help you successfully migrate from a previous Windows Server SKU, Small Business Server SKU, or a Windows Server Essentials SKU current in Product Lifecycle to Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials.

An excellent read, which you can find here.

How To Migrate to Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials is a post from: MS Windows Home Server - Your Personal Guide to Microsoft Windows Home Server!


The Lifespan of Media

By Philip Churchill

The Lifespan of Storage Media is a info graphic from CrashPlan highlighting the lifespan of different media formats.

From the humble Zip Disk of 1994 lasting just 2 to 10 years to the Solid State Drives from 1999 onwards lasting 51 to 100 years plus this info graphic has computer, audio, video and photo media from 1885 to 1999 detailed in years to live - Great stuff!

The Lifespan of Media Info Graphic

You can find the full version here.

The Lifespan of Media is a post from: MS Windows Home Server - Your Personal Guide to Microsoft Windows Home Server!


The Home Server Show Podcast Episode 256

By Philip Churchill

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Episode 256 of the Home Server Show podcast is all about home automation:

I'm departing from server talk for the week to talk with Kevin Schoonover about SmartThings.  This is a Home Automation company that makes Z-Wave hubs and devices to interact with your home.  Use them to alert, automate, and inform.  Find out all about it in this episode.  We will explain in depth and tell you about example uses for your house and your data center.

You can find episode 256 here.

The Home Server Show Podcast Episode 256 is a post from: MS Windows Home Server - Your Personal Guide to Microsoft Windows Home Server!


Add-In: Drive Bender v2.0.3.6 Beta

By Philip Churchill

Drive Bender have released a new update to their beta build.

Version 2.0.3.6 beta has the following change log:

  • [Bug fix] When starting, a single drive can take a number of minutes to load. This delay can the result in a number of system services failing to start.
  • [Bug fix] With the "Dark" theme, disabled field have an incorrect background color.
  • [Bug fix] Text incorrect for drive offline action option.
  • [Bug fix] Minimising and restoring the Manager results in the drives list becoming corrupt.

You can find this release here.

Drive Bender ER1 Pool Management

Also of interest is that Early Release 1 of Drive Bender is not far away, and more details on the coming features can be found here.

Add-In: Drive Bender v2.0.3.6 Beta is a post from: MS Windows Home Server - Your Personal Guide to Microsoft Windows Home Server!


KeepVault 45% Discount

By Philip Churchill

Its backup awareness week 2014 and to start the celebrations online backup provider KeepVault are offering a 45% limited-time discount.

The discount applies to pricing for Windows Home Server 2011, WHS Original and Server Essentials.

The KeepVault WHS Dashboard Add-In

More details for WHS users can be found here and for Server essentials users here.

KeepVault 45% Discount is a post from: MS Windows Home Server - Your Personal Guide to Microsoft Windows Home Server!


Add-In: Drive Bender v2.0.3.4 Beta

By Philip Churchill

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The beta build of Drive Bender has a new release.

Version 2.0.3.4 beta has the following change log:

  • [Updated feature] Updated driver to the release driver.
  • [Bug fix] When attempting to delete a file that the user does not have permission to delete, the driver is now reporting the error correctly under Windows 8 and Server 2012.
  • [Bug fix] An incorrect CRC value can be returned when a file is zero bytes in length.
  • [Bug fix] The CRC calculation on a file can cause the file to become locked.
  • [New feature] Added option to have all mount points dismount if one or more drives go offline.
  • [Updated feature] Improved drive detection when a system wakes from sleep (prevent drive offline messages).
  • [New feature] Added an option to dismount mount points when removing or swapping a drive.
  • [Bug fix] During balancing all drives are now checked to make sure all are flagged as ok (otherwise balancing is aborted).
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60% Off Microsoft Press eBooks

By Philip Churchill

With Microsoft Press leaving oreilly.com, the guys are offering 60% off ALL eBooks from Microsoft Press for one week only.

With such titles as Windows Server 2012 R2 Inside Out: Configuration, Storage, & Essentials for just $7.99 and Windows Server 2012 R2 Inside Out: Configuration, Storage, & Essentials for just $19.20 plus many more.

60 Percent Off Microsoft Press eBooks

Just head here, choose your eBooks and use discount code WKFAREW - Deal expires March 26, 2014 at 5:00am PT, and cannot be combined with other offers. Offer does not apply to Print, or "Print & Ebook" bundle pricing.

60% Off Microsoft Press eBooks is a post from: MS Windows Home Server - Your Personal Guide to Microsoft Windows Home Server!


My Movies 5 Pre Release 4

By Philip Churchill

My Movies 5 Pre Release Dashboard

Pre release 4 for My Movies 5 has just been released with the following change log:

  • Added: Access to API through marking on service. To take care of existing customers using the API.
  • Change: The requirement to have same username/password on server and client machines is no longer a requirement.BR} Change: Windows Defender and Essentials Security set to exclude the full My Movies storage dir.
  • Fix: In case of incorrect values in registry, AnyDVD could show as version 0.
  • Fix: The SQL Server now have the TCP/IP protocol enabled, and correct "Private" network firewall exceptions are added.
  • Fix: The dashboard link for the Collection Management program did not work.
  • Fix: Remove Element API command did not work.
  • Fix: Removed re-occurring logging that could quickly fill up the log.
  • Fix: Nimbie processing could not start.
  • Fix: Lack of localization on cover context menu.
  • Fix: The TV Series lookup dialog was not working.
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CloudBerry Backup Introduces Cloud to Local Backup

By Philip Churchill

The CloudBerry Blog explains that new in version 3.8 of CloudBerry Backup is a new feature, Cloud to Local Backup:

With Cloud to Local Backup functionality comes valuable ability to automate transfer of any kind of data kept in the cloud to a local or network drive.

Cloud to Local Backup in CloudBerry Backup

Their blog post explains how to use this feature, which can be found here.

CloudBerry Backup Introduces Cloud to Local Backup is a post from: MS Windows Home Server - Your Personal Guide to Microsoft Windows Home Server!


The Home Server Show Podcast Episode 255

By Philip Churchill

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What is an average server?

The answer could be on episode 255 of the Home Server Show podcast:

We talk about enthusiast sized servers all the time but how about something a little more normal?  John Stutsman, Christopher Courtney, and Chris Kenney all join in to discuss what could possibly be an "average" server.

You can find this week's episode here.

The Home Server Show Podcast Episode 255 is a post from: MS Windows Home Server - Your Personal Guide to Microsoft Windows Home Server!


Add-In: Drive Bender v2.0.3.2 Beta

By Philip Churchill

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The beta release of Drive Bender has a new release.

Version 2.0.3.2 beta has the following change log:

  • [Bug fix] Pool restore not be offered when the Manager first starts.
  • [Bug fix] Multiple queues of the same type could be created causing conflicts.
  • [Bug fix] Notification icon was not returning to the correct color.
  • [Bug fix] The duplication manager could crash is there is no available mount points.
  • [Updated feature] Added the "Dark" theme.
  • [Updated feature] Themes can now be changed without restarting the Drive Bender Manager (Server addin does not support this feature).
  • [Bug fix] When a duplication task is being rescheduled, the rescheduling can fail.
  • [Updated feature] Updated internal file copy/move routines to improve file locking issues.
  • [Bug fix] Opening the Running Tasks windows could cause them Manager to hang.

This beta release can be downloaded from here.

Add-In: Drive Bender v2.0.3.2 Beta is a post from:

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Down Time Apology

By Philip Churchill

Apologies for the 39 hours of downtime.

From Sunday to Monday mswhs.com was experiencing downtime due to a host error. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you and can inform you that everything is back to normal.

Down Time Apology is a post from: MS Windows Home Server - Your Personal Guide to Microsoft Windows Home Server!


A Case Study Running WS2012 R2 Essentials

By Philip Churchill

Microsoft Case Studies highlights Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials running on a HP ProLiant MicroServer at eHouse Informations technologie GmbH, an IT solutions provider.

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And an interesting read it is too.

A Case Study Running WS2012 R2 Essentials is a post from: MS Windows Home Server - Your Personal Guide to Microsoft Windows Home Server!


Video: More WHS2011 on the HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer

By Philip Churchill

John Stutsman has posted the remaining videos in his 4 part series in installing WHS2011 on the HP Gen8 MicroServer.

John Stutsman - WHS2011 on the HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer

John starts off by preparing the server, then installing. Next up is array performance followed finally by performance testing.

All four parts are available from here.

Video: More WHS2011 on the HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer is a post from: MS Windows Home Server - Your Personal Guide to Microsoft Windows Home Server!


The Home Server Show Podcast Episode 254

By Philip Churchill

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Its that time for another episode of the Home Server Show podcast:

This one has a little of everything. I wandered through the hard drive aisle in Fry's and came out with a Desktop drive but is it what I expected?  I dive back into my Server 2012 Essentials R2 build and what it needs.  I'll go over the apps running on it and talk to Jim about a plan to migrate from 2011 to R2. It's just an hour but it's packed!

Episode 254 can be found here.

The Home Server Show Podcast Episode 254 is a post from: MS Windows Home Server - Your Personal Guide to Microsoft Windows Home Server!


Manage DNS AutoDiscovery on WS2012 R2 Essentials

By Philip Churchill

If you would like your WS2012 R2 Essentials Server not to do DNS and instead continue using your router for the task then Robert Pearman has a script for that.

Essentials 2012 Manage DNS AutoDiscovery

Rob has uploaded his script to the TechNet Gallery, whilst more info on what the script does can be found here.

Manage DNS AutoDiscovery on WS2012 R2 Essentials is a post from: MS Windows Home Server - Your Personal Guide to Microsoft Windows Home Server!


Video: WHS2011 on the HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer

By Philip Churchill

John Stutsman has another series of videos for us and this time its on WHS2011 on the HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer.

John Stutsman - WHS2011 on the HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer

The first video in a series of four shows us how he has prepared the Gen8 for a Windows Home Server 2011 install.

John's video and notes can be found here.

Video: WHS2011 on the HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer is a post from: MS Windows Home Server - Your Personal Guide to Microsoft Windows Home Server!


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