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Home Tech Podcast Episode 129

Home Tech Podcast

Home Tech 129 is a special first look at the HP ProLiant MicroServer Gen8 Ultra Micro Tower Server:

"A special edition to Home Tech that was recorded after show 128, Jim stayed live with Andrew Morris, John Zajdler, John Stutsman and Kevin Schoonover to talk about the newly released HP ProLiant MicroServer Gen8 Ultra Micro Tower Server G1610T.  Since we didn't know this would become a podcast, there is no intro to the show."

You can find the audio here or watch the video below:

Home Tech Podcast Episode 129 is a post from: MS Windows Home Server - Your Personal Guide to Microsoft Windows Home Server!


Add-In: StableBit Scanner v2.5.0.2940 /2941

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The beta build of StableBit Scanner for WHS2011, SBS 2011 Essentials, Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials and WS2012 Essentials has had an update.

Version 2.5.0.2940 / 2941 has the following change log:

  • Added .config setting to further limit the automatic scan window to certain days of the month, as requested. (See Scheduler_LimitToDaysOfMonth)
  • Added option to only scan on certain days of the week, as requested.
  • Rewrote the way that we associate disk check metadata and disk settings with disks.
    Previously we only used the disk signature that is located in the MBR or GPT to uniquely identify disks in order to associate past disk health data with that disk. This works most of the time but has issues when you want to identify a disk uniquely that has not been initialized yet, or a disk that has been cloned. The new system uses various points of identification, each having a higher priority than the next.
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The HP MicroServer Gen8 and PS1810-8G Switch

ProLiant MicroServer Gen8

Windows IT Pro have a review of the HP ProLiant MicroServer Gen8 and the HP PS1810-8G Switch.

"The HP ProLiant MicroServer and PS1810-8G switch is a great choice for small businesses looking to put in their first server, a home office server or for organizations looking to add manageable low cost servers for departmental computing."

A nice combination from HP, which you can read about here.

The HP MicroServer Gen8 and PS1810-8G Switch is a post from: MS Windows Home Server - Your Personal Guide to Microsoft Windows Home Server!


Add-In: StableBit DrivePool v2.0.0.345 BETA

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Various fixes in StableBit DrivePool for users of Windows Server 2012 Essentials.

Version 2.0.0.345 BETA has the following change log:

  • Fixed disk enumeration failure.
  • If a directory was marked as read-only on the pool (not in Explorer, but actual attribute), when removing a disk, that directory would get migrated properly, but would not be deleted from the pool part folder on the disk being removed. We now delete empty read-only folders as well. Windows uses the "read-only" flag on directories to indicate a special folder (such as My Documents or My Pictures).
  • Fixed a service lock up when it was being stopped.
  • The UI will now remember which computer is was connected to last, and on startup it will automatically connect to that computer (unless it's unavailable).
  • Disk performance is now being reported per-pool (not for all pools).
  • Extended integration DLL to expose the "first seen" time of a pool part. The ordered file placement plug-in makes use of this.
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The Home Server Show Podcast Episode 232

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Another episode of the Home Server Show is available, and this week it's Chromecast and 2012 Essentials R2:

"It's a packed show this time.  We are showing off the new Chromecast and talking about the network issues with 2012 Essentials R2.  Got some Drobo and SkyDrive news for you and we are in the forums a lot!  Big show, no Meetup talk this time so enjoy!"

You can enjoy episode 232 here.

The Home Server Show Podcast Episode 232 is a post from: MS Windows Home Server - Your Personal Guide to Microsoft Windows Home Server!


The HP Gen8 MicroServer In and Out

TechHead have an article on the HP ProLiant MicroServer G8 where they take a look at the CPU, the disks and controller, the memory and networking capabilities as well as all the other hardware features in HP's newest MicroServer.

MicroServer G8 Rear View from TechHead

Also on the G8 is ServerWatch which takes a look at the setup and configuration including the embedded Smart Array B120i disk controller for enhanced hardware-assisted RAID.

Gen8 MicroServer - Array Configuration Utility

http://www.serverwatch.com/server-reviews/hp-builds-enterprise-features-into-new-gen8-microserver.html
http://techhead.co/hp-proliant-microserver-g8a-decent-home-lab-server/

The HP Gen8 MicroServer In and Out is a post from: MS Windows Home Server - Your Personal Guide to Microsoft Windows Home Server!


Add-In: StableBit DrivePool v2.0.0.333 BETA

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Another update for StableBit DrivePool for Windows Server 2012 Essentials

Version 2.0.0.333 BETA has the following change:

  • Fixed service crash after removing the last disk in the pool.

You can download StableBit DrivePool from here.

Add-In: StableBit DrivePool v2.0.0.333 BETA is a post from: MS Windows Home Server - Your Personal Guide to Microsoft Windows Home Server!


The BYOB Podcast Episode 128

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Its time for another episode of the BYOB podcast:

"This week Michael and I are joined by John Zajdler as we talk Server 2012 R2 and Server Essentials 2012 R2.  We also have a few updates from prior shows on Haswell, and some new hardware and services to discuss."

Interesting content, which you can find in episode 128 of the BYOB podcast here.

The BYOB Podcast Episode 128 is a post from: MS Windows Home Server - Your Personal Guide to Microsoft Windows Home Server!


Add-In: StableBit DrivePool v2.0.0.332 BETA

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StableBit DrivePool for WS2012 Essentials has been updated.

Version 2.0.0.332 BETA has Windows 8.1 support, a duplication tag check and other fixes. Here's the full change log:

  • Duplication tag consistency check now also works with legacy pools (pre 1.3).
  • Converted the duplication tag consistency check to a pool task. It will run when each pool arrives, and not on service startup.
  • Changed "Duplicating..." to "Checking..." in the pool organization bar when we're not actually duplicating anything.
  • Added a comprehensive duplication tag consistency check and repair. Every time that the service starts up it will traverse all of the existing duplication tags on each pool and ensure that each tag on every pool part folder (and sub-folder) is consistent with all of the other pool parts.If a conflict is found it is resolved by examining both tags and constructing a new repaired and valid tag from the contents of the existing tags. Then both tags are overwritten with the repaired tag and a full duplication check is then scheduled to be immediately run over the entire pool.
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Office Maven Updates Add-Ins for Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials

The Office Maven has released all new versions of their Windows Server Solutions add-ins for use with Microsoft's Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials and Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard/Datacenter (with WSEE) server operating systems.

WSE RemoteApp 2012 R2 Dashboard Users

Here are links to the new add-ins (note the "R2" designation in their names) where fully-functional 21-day evaluations can be downloaded by anyone who'd like to try them out with the "Preview" release of Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials or Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard/Datacenter (with the Windows Server Essentials Experience server role enabled):

WSE RemoteApp 2012 R2 (Version 1.71.711)
http://www.TheOfficeMaven.com/products/wse-remoteapp-2012-r2

WSE Office 2012 R2 (Version 1.71.711)
http://www.TheOfficeMaven.com/products/wse-office-2012-r2

WSE QuickBooks 2012 R2 (Version 1.71.711)
http://www.TheOfficeMaven.com/products/wse-quickbooks-2012-r2

WSE Quicken 2012 R2 (Version 1.71.711)
http://www.TheOfficeMaven.com/products/wse-quicken-2012-r2

Office Maven Updates Add-Ins for Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials is a post from: MS Windows Home Server - Your Personal Guide to Microsoft Windows Home Server!


HP Tech Talk - MicroServer Gen8

HP Tech Talk is a weekly webcast with Andy McCaskey from SDRnews, and this week's edition features the new HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer.

In this 14 minute video Andy talks with Greg Starks from our ProLiant team and Greg shares some insights about the new Gen8:

HP Tech Talk - The Gen8 MicroServer

HP Tech Talk - MicroServer Gen8 is a post from: MS Windows Home Server - Your Personal Guide to Microsoft Windows Home Server!


Add-In: StableBit DrivePool v1.3.3.7563

StableBit DrivePool for WHS2011, SBS 2011 Essentials and Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials has been updated to version 1.3.3.7563.

StableBit DrivePool v1.3.3.7563 Final for WHS2011 - NFS Server Support

This release is the same as the last RC but is now final:

  • [D] When setting a duplication count, always write through the number to disk before considering the set successful (i.e. bypass the cache).
  • [D] Changed how pools are enumerated at boot time to get rid of the 1 second delay between when the virtual disk driver is loaded and when it spawns its disks.
  • Put error handler around background duplication size change reporting.
  • [D] Fixed drive removal issue where volume manager would not let DrivePool read the pool part ignore tag due to the pool part being marked for deletion. This would cause a removed disk to remain in the pool until a reboot.

You can download this final release from here, and you can also find a blog post on this release

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The HP PS1810-8G Switch for the ProLiant MicroServer Gen8

HP have announced the PS1810-8G Switch for the HP ProLiant MicroServer Gen8.

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The PS1810-8G Switch was designed with small businesses in mind and is an easy-to-use, affordable solution. Custom designed to work with the HP ProLiant MicroServer Gen8, this 8-port switch has an innovative design that allows it to physically stack on the HP ProLiant MicroServer Gen8, helping you save valuable office space.

The PS1810-8GS has many other features that make it ideal for office deployment, including a fanless design and the latest energy-saving capabilities-Energy Efficient Ethernet (EEE) and idle-port power down. Making it a perfect match for the HP ProLiant MicroServer Gen8, the PS1810-8G has built in technology that will enable automatic discovery of ProLiant Gen8 Servers. In addition, this switch offers many customizable features including VLANs, Spanning Tree, and link aggregation trunking, and can optionally be powered by an upstream Power over Ethernet (PoE) switch.

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  • Customized operation using intuitive Web interface - allows easy management of device by even nontechnical users with its intuitive Web GUI
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The BYOB Podcast Episode 127

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Episode 127 of the BYOB podcast is available:

...Michael Martis and I talk about a variety of short topics.  We get into some hardware and even cell phone plans.

You can find episode 127 here.

The BYOB Podcast Episode 127 is a post from: MS Windows Home Server - Your Personal Guide to Microsoft Windows Home Server!


Add-In: StableBit DrivePool v1.3.3.7563 RC

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The beta build of StableBit DrivePool for WHS2011, SBS 2011 Essentials and Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials has had an update.

Version 1.3.3.7563 RC has the following change log:

  • [D] When setting a duplication count, always write through the number to disk before considering the set successful (i.e. bypass the cache).
  • [D] Changed how pools are enumerated at boot time to get rid of the 1 second delay between when the virtual disk driver is loaded and when it spawns its disks.
  • Put error handler around background duplication size change reporting.
  • [D] Fixed drive removal issue where volume manager would not let DrivePool read the pool part ignore tag due to the pool part being marked for deletion. This would cause a removed disk to remain in the pool until a reboot.

You can download this release from here.

Add-In: StableBit DrivePool v1.3.3.7563 RC is a post from:

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Add-In: My Movies Home and Essentials Server Solution v2.14 PR4

My Movies Home and Essentials Server Solution

The beta version of My Movies Home and Essentials Server Solution for users of WHS2011 and WS2012 Essentials has had an update.

Version 2.14 PR4 has the following changes:

  • Added: Remote Event Handler for Yamaha Receivers.
  • Added: Remote Event Handler for Pioneer Receivers.
  • Added: Mi Casa Verde Event Handler for Lights and Curtain Controls.
  • Added: Remote Event Handler for JVC D-ILA Projectors. Notice! This one may not be fully functional yet.
  • Change: Remote Event Handler for Onkyo Receivers renamed for Onkyo and Integra.
  • Change: Remote Event Handler for Denon Receivers renamed for Denon and Marantz, which share technology.

This version can be downloaded from here.

Add-In: My Movies Home and Essentials Server Solution v2.14 PR4 is a post from: MS Windows Home Server - Your Personal Guide to Microsoft Windows Home Server!


The Home Server Show Podcast Episode 231

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Episode 231 of "The Home Server show" is available with alternative backup ideas:

"I've got an alternative backup idea for you and will share that as well as a little follow up on last week's show.  A lot going on in the forums and we will talk about some posts..."

You can find episode 231 here.

The Home Server Show Podcast Episode 231 is a post from: MS Windows Home Server - Your Personal Guide to Microsoft Windows Home Server!


Deploying and Managing your Small Business with WS2012 R2 Essentials

TechNet have a virtual lab on deploying and managing your small business with Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials:

In the first part of this 2-part lab, you will deploy and configure a server with the Windows Server Essentials Experience role. There are two paths for this lab - deploying and configuring through the Server Manager UX, or deploying and configuring via Windows PowerShell. 

In the second part, you will learn how the Windows Server Essentials Dashboard provides an easy way to manage users, groups, and devices in the network. In this part of the lab, you will explore the dashboard to learn about some of the management capabilities that are offered by the Dashboard that make it ideal for organizations that may not have experienced full-time IT administrative staff to manage day-to-day network operations.

Deploying and Managing your small business with Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials

The lab is estimated to take 90 minutes to complete and can be found here, alongside the 21 page manual.

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Video: IOSafe N2 Fireproof and Waterproof NAS

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Linus techtips has a great video on the IOSafe N2 fireproof & waterproof NAS.

In this unboxing and overview video they explain the technology which keeps the box safe from fire for 30 minutes, giving time for the fire department to arrive and distinguish the fire and whilst they are using their hoses the IOSafe N2 is also protected from the water too.

Video: IOSafe N2 Fireproof and Waterproof NAS is a post from: MS Windows Home Server - Your Personal Guide to Microsoft Windows Home Server!


Add-In: StableBit DrivePool v1.3.3.7558 RC

Stablebit_drivepool_M4_logo

The beta build of StableBit DrivePool for WHS2011, SBS 2011 Essentials and Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials has been updated.

Version 1.3.3.7558 RC has the following change log:

  • Made the error message more clear when re-indexing is not working due to the Windows Search service being disabled.
  • Added FolderSizes_Disable to disable folder size queries in the Dashboard for slower servers.
    Folder sizes are only queried while the Dashboard is open.
  • [D] Fixed crash when removing the last disk in the pool.
  • [D] Fixed rare crash in pool part find files, as reported.

You can download this beta release from here.

Add-In: StableBit DrivePool v1.3.3.7558 RC is a post from: MS Windows Home Server - Your Personal Guide to Microsoft Windows Home Server!


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