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HP MediaSmart Expander for TiVo - Other Bits

Here’s some bits and bobs regarding the HP MediaSmart Expander for TiVo from around the World Wide Web

HP have started their TiVo advertising campaign:

HP TiVo Advertising

http://www.hp.com/united-states/campaigns/mediasmart-server/#/TivoExpander/

MediaSmart Home have an interview with HPs Charlie Shilling about the new MediaSmart Expander for TiVo add-in, which you can read here.

And its only just out, but MediaSmartServer.net has already found a hidden Easter Egg within the add-in:

TiVo Easter Egg

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Downloading the HP TiVo Add-In Outside the US

We mentioned in our previous post that the HP MediaSmart Expander for TiVo add-in was available by going to the ‚??Add Software‚?? tab on the ‚??MediaSmart Server‚?? tab within the HP MediaSmart Server console.

Doing so will open the localized HP offers website, BUT since TiVo is only available in the US other countries will NOT see the add-in offered. For example I’m in the UK and clicking the "Add Software" button (which parses http://www.hp.com/go/hpmsserveroffers) opens a UK offers webpage where the HP MediaSmart Expander for TiVo add-in isn’t listed.

So

If you do not live in the US and you would like to download the HP MediaSmart Expander for TiVo add-in, then you can get it from here.

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Restore Files from Backups on WHS

If you need to know how to get your data back from a backup on your Home Server then the How-To Geek has a post on how to do that.

How-To Geek Restore from a Backup

"Restore Files from Backups on Windows Home Server " takes you through the steps necessary to get your data back if you accidentally delete important files or if they become corrupted.

You can read it here.

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Media Center and Home Server Enthusiasts Wanted

If you are a Windows Home Server and Windows Media Center user and live in the Seattle Washington State area then Microsoft would like to hear from you. If selected you will be interviewed and they will also check out your home entertainment array in a video that will appear online.

More details are available on the Green Button.

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HP MediaSmart Expander for TiVo

HP has just announced the availability of the HP MediaSmart Expander for TiVo.

This software application lets TiVo owners store movies and shows on their MediaSmart Server as well as watch them on their PCs, thus offloading your DVR material to the MediaSmart Server and sharing it is now possible.

TiVo customers are already able to record and pause live TV, and access on-demand videos to watch hit movies and TV shows etc, but with this new HP software application, TiVo customers can now:

  • Transfer shows from TiVo to a HP MediaSmart Server and back to TiVo
  • View TiVo recordings stored on a HP MediaSmart Server
  • Watch TiVo recordings that are stored on the HP MediaSmart Server on any PC in the home using Windows Media Player

TiVo Files on TiVo DVRs

TiVo Files On Server

Jason Zajac, vice president of Attach, HP Personal Systems Group, had this to say:

The HP MediaSmart Server is the ideal companion to TiVo. With the HP MediaSmart Expander for TiVo, consumers don‚??t have to worry about running out of high-definition storage space since they can save their movies and shows on the HP MediaSmart Server and watch them on any computer in the home.

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PerfectDisk 11 WHS Available - Plus Save 20%

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The new PerfectDisk 11 Windows Home Server is now officially available, and in 4 different variations:

  • To just defrag WHS it will cost you $39.99
  • To defrag WHS plus a pro license for 1 PC is $49.99
  • To defrag WHS plus 3 pro licenses for 3 PCs is $69.99
    and finally
  • To defrag WHS and ALL connected PCs in your household $99.99

These different variations represent excellent value for money, but to further entice you, for a limited period MSWHS.com readers can get an exclusive 20% discount of off of these prices:

  • To just defrag WHS it will cost you $39.99 $31.99 SAVING $8
  • To defrag WHS plus 1 pro license for a PC is $49.99 $39.99 SAVING $10
  • To defrag WHS plus 3 pro licenses for 3 PCs is $69.99 $55.99 SAVING $14
    and finally
  • To defrag WHS and all connected PCs in your household $99.99 $79.99 SAVING $20
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Asus TS mini Home Server Reviewed

PC World Australia have a review on the Asus TS mini Home Server.

PC World Australia Asus TS mini

The review takes a look at the software and the performance of the unit compared with varies NAS units including the HP EX490 MediaSmart Server.

The ASUS TS mini Home Server’s performance shows that not all Windows-based NAS devices are slow. The impressive online storage platform and external hard drive manager also make it a better choice than similarly capable alternatives

You can read their review here.

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Win Perfect Disk 11 WHS Bundle - Day 6

Today’s the day that PerfectDisk version 11 is officially released and today is also the final day for your chance to win one of the last remaining two copies.

PerfectDisk 11 Windows Home Server Bundle includes a license for your WHS and also a license for one PC too and would normally cost $49.99. So, if you are lucky enough to win a copy you would nearly save yourself $50. So our question for today is what would you spent that $50 on?

Just leave your answer as a comment below. Winners will be announced Wednesday 10th March.

More information on what‚??s new in version 11 of PerfectDisk can be found here.

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MediaSmart 3.0 Patch 2 Software Issues with Twonky

If you have the latest 3.0 Patch 2 software installed on your HP MediaSmart Server then you may experience two issues which are caused by Twonky:

  1. High CPU Utilization
  2. Poor performance while using the Music streaming feature

The only way to sort out the 1st issue (although it‚??s workaround and not a cure)is by turning Twonky Media OFF or by moving the shares which Twonky see’s into another directory. Whilst the second issue can be resolved by making a couple of changes to a configuration file which Twonky uses for streaming feature.

Thankfully fellow MVP Alex Kuretz has the workarounds published on his blog MediaSmartServer.net which you can find here.

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Can I Install the HP Software 3.0 Patch 2 on my MediaSmart?

Owners of the HP MediaSmart Server/Data Vault should now be receiving the 3.0 Patch 2 software automatically from HP, but remember you need the version 3 software installed to receive this software:

MODEL: NOTES:
EX47x Update only available if you have ordered the 3.0 software upgrade media
EX48x Update only available if you have ordered the 3.0 software upgrade media
EX49x Update is available to you
Data Vault Update is available to you
LX19x Update is NOT available to you

If you software is currently not available to you via the integrated HP Update feature, and it is applicable to your model then a copy of the update 3.0 Patch 2 can be downloaded from here.

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Win Perfect Disk 11 WHS Bundle - Day 5

Starting last week, and up to Tuesday this week we have been giving away a total of 11 copies of PerfectDisk 11 Windows Home Server Bundle – A prize fund worth more than $549. The bundle version we are giving away gives you a license to defrag WHS as well as one PC and are worth $49.99 each.

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Tomorrow is version 11 launch day and today you have another chance of winning one of the two copies which are available. By just leaving a comment below telling us the top 2 or 3 things you would like to see in Windows Home Server which are currently not in the product.

More information on what’s new in version 11 of PerfectDisk can be found here. Winners will be announced Wednesday 10th March.

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Win PerfectDisk 11 WHS Bundle - Day 4

It’s day 4 and we have another 2 copies of PerfectDisk 11 Windows Home Server Bundle to give away.

PerfectDisk 11 is the ultimate defragmenter for Windows Home Server users, and with the Bundle up for grabs it means each copy entitles you to defrag WHS and a PC too.

For a chance of winning one of todays two copies, just leave a comment below telling us the top 3 resources/sites you use to find out news, tips or tutorials on Windows Home Server.

More details on what is new in version 11 of PerfectDisk can be found here. Winners will be announced Wednesday 10th March.

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4KB Sector Hard Drives are Coming

Tom’s Hardware has a great article on the new generation hard drives with 4KB sectors.

The norm has been 512 bytes, but now Western Digital have launched the EARS-series moving 4KB sectors into the mainstream.

Western Digital WD10EARS Hard Drive

Tom’s Hardware has picked a Western Digital Caviar Green 1TB (WD10EARS) hard drive as a case study, and look at its performance amongst many other things and you‚??ll find that the 10 page article has plenty of benchmarks too.

The spindle speed remains at 5,400 RPM, and power requirements have reached new record lows: 2.8W idle power is less than any other 3.5‚?? drive. Just keep in mind that this 1TB drive utilizes only two platters; three- or four-platter drives would not be this low on power. Active power is slightly higher than on the WD10EADS, but still very low.

Although there are no noticeable benefits for customers today in moving to 4K sectors, the step is an important one. Modern operating systems, such as Windows Vista or Windows 7, can handle different sector sizes and hence are immediately compatible with the modified technology without any performance impact. Older operating systems, such as Windows XP, can be forced to align their 512 byte sectors into the hard drives‚?? physical ones via tools that relocate partitions to have them start at a suitable sector. This is important to do if you don‚??t want massive performance impacts on your writes.

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WHS - The You Tube Channel

The Windows Home Server team have just announced that they have their very own Windows Home Server channel on YouTube.

WHS You Tube Channel

On the channel, you will find variety of different videos including:

  • Team interviews ‚?? learn about Windows Home Server‚??s team members and how they use the product in their day-to-day lives.
  • Windows Home Server overviews ‚?? if you are still learning about Windows Home Server, watch an overview on how it can beneficial in your home or even a small business.
  • Informational how-to screen casts ‚?? each how-to video will show you how to use various features of Windows Home Server. 

So to catch some Windows home server videos mosey on over to You Tube and don’t forget to subscribe to the channel so that you can watch all of the team’s newly added vids.

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Win PerfectDisk 11 WHS Bundle - Day 3

It’s day 3 of our mega PerfectDisk 11 WHS Bundle giveaway and for a chance of winning one of today’s two copies we want to ask you a couple of questions.

You just need to leave a comment below telling us how many hard drives you have in your Windows Home Server (and their sizes) and also tell us your top 3 or 5 add-ins which you always install.

And don’t forget the NEW PerfectDisk 11 for Windows Home Server Bundle includes 2 licenses, one for WHS itself and the other for one of your client PCs.

Two winners will be announced Wednesday 10th March – Good luck!

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Add-In: WHS QuickBooks

We brought to your attention last month that "The Office Maven" had a couple of new add-ins in the works, one of which was WHS QuickBooks.

WHS QuickBooks User Accounts Access

WHS QuickBooks Web Site Access

WHS QuickBooks enables you to use Intuit QuickBooks from your Windows Home Server.  Installing a copy of Intuit QuickBooks directly onto WHS, along with this add-in will allow you to access that installed copy of QuickBooks using a customized remote desktop connection from the desktop of any client computer that is attached to your work/home network

OR

Allow you to access that installed copy of QuickBooks from anywhere using just a web browser and a PC/Laptop with Internet access.

WHS QuickBooks Settings

WHS QuickBooks is the ideal add-in for keeping track of your books while you are away from home and your Home Server and allows full access to all the features of QuickBooks, without having to install a copy of QuickBooks on every machine that you want to use it from.

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Add-In: Squeezebox Server for Windows Home Server 7.4.2

The add-in Squeezebox Server for Windows Home Server has been updated to version 7.4.2.

The add-in allows the Logitech Squeezebox to playback music from Windows Home Server.

This release fixes Squeezebox Radio bugs found by 7.4.1 users. It is required when operating the Radio with the optional battery.

Squeezebox Server:

  • Improved alarm reliability.
  • Various scanner-related tag reading fixes.
  • Fixed audio glitches at the end of WAV/AIFF files.
  • Fixed gapless playback when playing PCM on Squeezebox 1.

Radio:

  • Improved alarm reliability
  • Improved network connectivity with MySqueezebox.com. Improves alarm reliability when connected only to MySqueezebox.com
  • Maintains battery charge

Software Versions:

  • Squeezebox Server: 30215
  • Radio: 8423
  • No change to software for Controller, Squeezebox 2 / 3, Transporter, Receiver and Boom

Bug Fixes:

  • Fixed UPnP compatibility with Simplify Media server.
  • Fixed FLAC seeking on files that contain ID3v2 tags.
  • Fixed sample rate detection for MPEG-4 files.
  • Changed Tag Version info to display all versions of ID3 tags contained within a file.
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Win PerfectDisk 11 WHS Bundle - Day 2

It’s day 2 of our great PerfectDisk for Windows Home Server Bundle giveaway and today we have 2 copies of the upcoming version 11 up for grabs. And the bundle version means you will have a license for Windows Home Server itself as well as a license for 1 of your PCs as well.

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To win one of the two copies available today just leave a comment below telling us about a new feature in Version 11. In the meantime you can check out some version 11 videos on YouTube with additional information available here.

Winners will be announced Wednesday 10th March.

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Intel Atom Processor Platform Supports WHS

Intel have today (March 4th 2010) launched its first Atom processor-based platform optimized for networked home and small office/home office (SOHO) storage devices.

The platform comprises either a single-core D410 Atom processor or a dual-core D510  with an Intel 82801IR I/O Controller. Which provide up to 50 percent power reduction and improved performance compared to Intel’s previous generation of Intel Atom processors.

The new platform features six PCI Express* lanes, 12 USB 2.0 ports, a port multiplier function and eSATA ports that give OEMs the ability to add peripheral devices and expand storage capacity outside of the box. It also features hot plug capabilities for easy capacity upgrades and an integrated gigabit Ethernet MAC controller for improved data transfers to and from the home server or small office NAS device. The storage platform also offers the flexibility to support Microsoft Windows Home Server

The full press release can be

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The Home Server Show Podcast Episode 79

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Episode 79 of The Home Server Show podcast have the gang discussing Icy Dock enclosures and the different methods of storage available to you. That’s as well as the latest news and views.

You can grab it from here.

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