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Mac Backup with a EX48x MediaSmart Server


If you would you like to know how to back up an Apple Mac with the new range of HP MediaSmart Server’s, then the Using Windows Home Server site has the details.

HP Software on Macintosh
Author Andrew Edney takes us through the steps necessary to get your Mac backups working with the EX485 or EX487 from HP.

You can read the guide here.

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Drive Balancing Tool


The AV Science Forums have a post for Windows Home Server users about a new tool that helps with drive balancing.

The utility balances all the data on your drive pool equally, the main purpose being that when a person adds a drive to the pool, it doesn’t necessarily start getting used for a while. While Microsoft has made changes to the usage of the Landing Zone (as in it doesn’t exist anymore), some people’s systems might still be in a non "evened out" state and wish to correct this. On the authors own system, he routinely gets within 2% of perfect balancing on all pooled drives.

NOTE: Usage instructions are available in the following forum post. Make sure you download the latest version, which at the time of publishing is version 1.01 and remember it can take a few hours to balance some systems.

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SharePoint on Windows Home Server Update


Tom Ziegmann has updated his guide and scripts for installing SharePoint on Windows Home Server. The document is now at revision 2.02 and the scripts at 1.1 and include the following changes:

  • Scripts have been updated to correct a typo in the filename location of the Search Database and Log files
  • Guide has been linked to the blog post detailing how to modify the database scripts if the server name is something other than ‚??SERVER‚??
  • Link has been corrected for download of SharePoint Database scripts.

The guide and scripts can be downloaded from the following location.

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The Wild Home Server


The February 16th print edition of BusinessWeek magazine has a Windows Home Server article in Wildstrom’s Technology column which is now up on their website alongside a HP MediaSmart Server Podcast.

Thanks to Mike McGeehan for the link which can be found here.

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Windows Home Server Offsite Backup


Microsoft employee Omar talks a little about the backup methods employed in Windows Home Server and looks at a few of the different company’s which you can use for offsite backup for Windows Home Server. Omar also checks which of these support block level backups. And if your not sure what that is then the full article is available to read here.

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The WHS that Fits in your Hand


The Fanless Aleutia F5 is a 2TB Windows Home Server that fits in your hand.

Aleutia F5

Powered by a Via Eden Ultra Low Voltage 1.5GHz CPU and 1GB of RAM, it has a 12V DC input and a thick solid aluminum case that is unbreakable in case you decide to drop it.

The Aleutia F5 will be available as 4 separate versions, either without a hard drive or with, and if so with either a 2.5" ultra high-speed SSD drive or space for a 3.5‚?≥ desktop drive.

The 3.5" unit is equipped with a 1TB WD hard drive and will be available for $499 which consumes just 17 Watts of power compared to 40W for a Mac Mini.($395 without any drive).

The 2.5‚?≥ system will be $375 without a drive and $449 with a 250GB 7200RPM 16MB Cache drive running Ubuntu 8.10, which would have to be wiped for an install of Windows Home Server.

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Tekzilla and Windows Home Server


The 3 part series on Windows Home server continues over at Tekzilla, the On-demand digital technology TV show.

Tekzilla - Episode 75

In this episode, Roger Chang goes over the parts for his Windows Home Server along with setting up and installing the WHS, while Patrick Norton talks about Windows Home Server Add-Ins.

It‚??s available from here.

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$600 HP MediaSmart Server EX485 for $467.49


How do you fancy one the the new HP MediaSmart Server EX485 for only $467.49!

EX485

Hp is selling the $599.99 home server for the sale price of $549.99, which includes an instant $50 rebate but thanks to Paul Schweitzer if you use the coupon code SV0708 you get 15% off this price (or $82.50), so the total cost including free 2 day shipping is (not including tax) a super $467.49 ‚?? WOW

Order from here.

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Via ARTiGO A2000 Video's


Website EDN has a evaluation of the ARTiGO A2000 from Via as well as 3 short videos of the unit too. The videos show the A2000 being unboxed, a look inside the unit and also a Via rep describing the little unit as well.

The review is here.

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The Home Server Show Podcast #34


The Home Server Show Podcast

The Home Server Show podcast #34 is out. In this episode is an interview the VIA about their new hardware release as well as some very interesting tidbits that you won‚??t learn from anywhere else.

It‚??s available from here.

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iTunes Library Sharing on the HP MediaSmart Server


MediaSmarthome.com has a 3 page tutorial on sharing your iTunes library with your HP MediaSmart Server to a Mac and a PC.

The guide takes you through setting up the iTunes music server on the MediaSmart Server and how to get your music onto it either by drag and drop or by using the new Media Collector on the EX485/EX487 models.

The full tutorial is available to read here.

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Add-In: My Movies for Windows Home Server 1.05 Build 1


My Movies for Windows Home Server has just been updated to version 1.05 Build 1. This version adds German and Spanish languages, which are automatically applied based on your WHS software language.

Additional additions include:

  • Edit Data option for audio discs. Allows you to edit embedded meta-data, as well as automatically move files if automatic added meta-data is missing or incorrect.
  • Change Data option for audio discs. Allows you to change meta-data to a different data provider, or a different title if a disc has multiple meta-data results.
  • Change Data and Edit Data buttons for movie discs, instructing users to use the Collection Management program of a My Movies Client.

Changes include an improved performance on movie disc identification and a minor license changes for installers

Fixes in this release are an:

  • Issue that could lead to no lookups on GD3 for some discs that was available in GD3 database on installer version.
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WHS Users Banquet in Tokyo Japan


On Friday 6th March in Shinjuku near Tokyo in Japan, there will be a presentation on Windows Home Server by Microsoft as well as various hardware manufacturers including Acer, Epson Direct, and the one that caught my attention; Dell. Does this mean that Dell is going to have a WHS unit in the near future?

Acer in Japan

The Windows Home Server Users Banquet will be taking place at the Shinjuku Keio Plaza Hotel from 7PM.

P.S. I want one of those Windows Home Server Teddy Bear’s, not for me of course!

More information is here, if you can speak Japanese.

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Low Cost, Low Energy WHS


A guy by the name of Rutger is listing his build sheet for a low cost, low energy Windows Home Server.

He says what his requirements are:

  • Very low energy use.
  • Very silent (it will stand in my bedroom)
  • Cheap

His parts list has some useful links to a CPU cooler chart and specs of a quiet 80+ rating power supply.

You can read it here.

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Add-In: RipNAS Essentials R1.5


RipNAS Essentials the add-in which adds ripping capabilities to Windows Home Server has been updated to version R1.5 and includes:

  • Inclusion of SqueezeCenter update DSP (to automatically inform SqueezeCenter when new tracks a ripped)
  • Asset On / Off added to control page
  • CD Ripping Engine on / Off added to control page
  • DSP effects button to access DSP effects
  • Fixed Batch Ripper crash when unloading (from restarting WHS)

The update can be downloaded using your order number from here, making sure to uninstall the older version, and rebooting WHS before installing the new version.

RipNAS Essentials

Otherwise the RIPNas Essentials software is available from $45. More information is available from here.

Original information courtesy of We Got Served.

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Add-In: SqueezeCenter Windows Home Server 7.3.3


If you are one of the many who use a Logitech Squeezebox to play your digital music throughout your home using your wireless network connection then we have some good news for you. Their SqueezeCenter software for Windows Home Server is in beta and can be downloaded from here.

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Windows Home Server Has A New GM


After our post the other day about Charlie Kindel the General Manager for Windows Home Server leaving for pastures new, we can now inform you that Kevin Kean is taking over Charlie’s position.

Kevin Kean
Kevin is a Microsoft veteran and has worked as a Group Product Manager, a Partner Relations Manager and as the Director of Security Response.

Welcome aboard Kevin.

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The Home Server Show Podcast #33


The Home Server Show Podcast

The Home Server Show Podcast #33 is out with the latest news and your email questions. This latest episode asks the question, which is better home builds or manufacturer boxes and has some handy advice for you would be self builders.

You can listen to it here.

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Windows Home Server Video Challenge


On-demand digital technology TV show Tekzilla are doing a Windows Home Server challenge over the next 3 episodes, looking at the HP MediaSmart Server vs the DIY route. HP actually challenged the presenters to build up something better from scratch and next week they will also look at the ebox as a low power alternative and a Core 2 Duo motherboard as a high power alternative to the HP unit.

Tekzilla Episode 74

This will be followed by the final installment which will be on tweaking and customizing your WHS, but this first episode (74) is an overall on Windows Home Server which is available to view here and starts approx. 13 minutes into the video.

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Microsoft Code Name List


Mary-Jo-Foley, the tracker of Microsoft code names has a free 11 page PDF file for download which lists all the current code names in use by the corporation, including links to further information.

CodeTracker

Included is information on Snoqualmie (Power Pack 2) and Vail the next major release of Windows Home Server.

Download is available from here.

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