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The Home Server Show Podcast #37


The Home Server Show Podcast

The Home Server Show podcast is back with episode 37 which along with the latest news has an interview with Terry Walsh from WeGotServed who chats about the latest WHS hardware and the next releases of Windows Home Server.

The 1 hour show can be downloaded or listened to from here.

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WL3 for Windows Home Server Wins Award


Home Automation Inc. (HAI), a leading manufacturer of home automation products won a Mark of Excellence Award at the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) for the add-in WL3 for Windows Home Server.

WL3 for WHS CD

Winning the Best Software Application (Platinum), WL3 allows you to monitor and control your HAI home from any device with a browser, including the iPhone, BlackBerry‚?Ę, Smartphone, etc.

More information on WL3 for Windows Home Server is available from here.

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Windows Home Server on MSDN and TechNet - Not Yet


As you are surely aware on Monday Windows Home Server finally appeared on MSDN and TechNet, only to disappear a day later.

The official word is that it only appeared for internal testing purposes to make sure that everything worked correctly but the good news is that it will be back very soon.

We can‚??t wait!

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WHS Now Available on TechNet and MSDN


Thanks to a comment left by tmanbt on our previous post "WHS Coming to MSDN", we can now confirm that Windows Home Server is now finally available to MSDN and TechNet subscribers.

WHS on MSDN and TechNet

Under the category of Operating Systems (and NOT Servers) the Windows Home Server with Power Pack 1 installation disc, connector disc and restore disc are all available for download.

This is great news as it enables WHS to get into more peoples hands ‚?? Excellent news!

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Product Guide for Windows Home Server


A new guide is available from the Microsoft Download Center for Windows Home Server users.

Product Guide for WHS

The Product Guide for Windows Home Server is a compilation of the Getting Started Guide and the Reviewer‚??s Guide which have been merged into this single docx document.

The 16 page guide provides an overview of the features and functionality of the WHS software and can be downloaded from here.

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Vote For The HP MediaSmart Server EX487 In The 2008 Engadget Awards


Website engadget has their 2008 Engadget Awards" open for your participation.

HP MediaSmart ex487 2008 Engadget Awards

Under the "Storage Device or Technology of the Year" category (near the bottom of the page) we will be voting for the HP MediaSmart Server ex487 which we absolutely love. So cast your vote and lets get the ex487 winning this category, but hurry as you only have until Wednesday, March 25th 2009 to do so.

From MediaSmarthome.com

You can cast your vote here.

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HP EX48x User's Guide Available for Download


If you own one of the new ex485 or ex 487 MediaSmart Servers then HP has just published a PDF version of the user guide which covers both models.

The 245 page guide covers the basics from getting started and getting to know your server as well as taking you through the various features of the units: The Server for iTunes, the Media Collector, Streaming Media and the Web Media Streamer and the HP Photo Publisher and Viewer.

Online Backup and the Mac Features are also looked at, and the guide is complimented with a Troubleshooting & FAQs section.

You can download a copy from here.

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Why no Email on Windows Home Server?


Have you ever wondered why Windows Home Server does not have built in support for hosting your own email on it?

Then you need wonder no longer. Microsoft’s Brendan Grant explains the 2 primary reasons in a recent blog post on his site "Brendan on Windows Home Server", which you can read here.

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Avast! 4.8 for Windows Home Server - A Review


IT Manager Jim Collison of the website "PC Stuff for the Average Guy! (or Gal!)" has just posted a review of Avast! 4.8 for Windows Home Server.

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Jim looks at the various purchase options for this antivirus solution for the Windows Home Server, and takes us through the installation and the features of the software finishing of with the pros and cons of this 4.8 version.

You can read it here.

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HP EX487 Gets Another Award


JusTech’n.com has just awarded the HP EX487 MediaSmart Server a Editor’s Choice award.

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The resource for PC hardware reviews and news has a full featured review which looks at the features, design as well as the performance of the unit from HP.

Read it here.

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How to Hack your HP EX470/475 MediaSmart Server


Tom’s Hardware has a comprehensive look at hacking the HP EX470 and EX475 MediaSmart Servers.

HP EX 4xx Models Compared

As well as comparing the EX47* and EX48* generations, the 12 page guide details replacing the memory to a 2GB module, adding Arctic Silver thermal compound to improve heat transfer from the Northbridge and also installing a replacement CPU in the AM2 socket which can also be a dual core model. Finally BIOS patching is also taken a look at.

You can read it here.

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Windows Home Server from the Dominican Republic


There is another blog in hyperspace dedicated to Windows Home Server and this one is from the Dominican Republic. So if you speak Spanish, then WHS.rd is where you can find the latest WHS news.

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Samsung EcoGreen F2EG Hard Drives


Samsung has launched the EcoGreen F2EG hard disks which deliver upto a massive 1.5TB of capacity on 3 x 500GB platters.

The blurb states:

‚??Lower platter count means less power to start the motor, less power to continuously spin the motor and a lighter head-stack which takes less power to seek,‚?? said Andy Higginbotham, director of HDD sales and marketing for the Samsung Semiconductor Storage Division. ‚??With fewer heads and disks, the F2EG hard drive has a lower probability of head-disk failures, enabling customers to build more reliable systems.‚??

As hard disk capacity increases from an increased number of disks, so does power consumption. However, Samsung‚??s F2EG drive offers low power consumption by using EcoTriangle‚?Ę, a low-power, low-heat, low-noise operation technology. With its advanced design and fewer components, the F2EG drive is 40% lower in power consumption in idle mode and 45% lower in reading/writing mode than competitive drives. Samsung‚??s Eco-Triangle‚?Ę technology offers more energy efficient and high performance hard drive options to manufacturers of home media PC, external HDD, set-top box, and personal NAS.

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Epson SV120h Windows Home Server


Epson Japan has a new Windows Home Server.

The SV120h comes with either a 2GHz Celeron 575 or a 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo P8600 with a 160GB  to 1TB (2×500GB) hard drive.

EPSON SV120h 

Powered by the Intel GM45 Express chipset, the SV120h has 1GB of RAM (expandable up to 4GB) and comes with multi DVD.

The entry price of the SV120h will be around 65,000 Yen for the Celeron version (‚?¨520).

Information courtesy of Akihabara News.

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ICYDock MB674SPF-B SATA Hard Drive Backplane Module


Website PCStats takes a look at the ICYDock MB674SPF-B, which is a serial ATA hard drive backplane module fitting four hard drives into a case with at least three open 5.25" drive bays.

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The 3 page review can be found here.

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Add-In: Grid Junction 1.4 RC


Kentdome Technologies has released a new version of the uninterruptable power supply (UPS) add-in for Windows Home Server. The 1.4 release candidate version of Grid Junction has the following changes:

  • New real-time Hardware Monitor feature
  • New Improve Grid Junction feature
  • USB unplugged GUI refresh fixed
  • Revised update checking workflow and mechanics
  • Potential memory leak in .NET garbage collector fixed
  • Various UPS device support improvement and fixes

More information is available from here.

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Windows Software Update Services on WHS


Kevin Royalty has updated his article on how to use Windows Software Update Services (WSUS) on your Windows Home Server.

Having WSUS on your Home Server enables WHS to store the downloaded Windows Updates and have them pushed out from there to your connected PCs, enabling you to preserve your bandwidth and control which updates are installed.

Kevin’s mega post can be found on blog Using Windows Home Server.

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Windows Home Server Restore CD 0√?0000007B Fix


If you are trying to fix a problem with your PC by using the Windows Home Server Restore CD and receive a BSOD with the STOP code 0×0000007B then there is a fix.

Blog "How Steve Got Burned Today" takes us through the problem, explaining the issue and what to do to resolve the problem, which can be found here.

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Using Time Machine with the MediaSmart EX47x


If you would like to know how to use the Mac Time Machine with the EX470 and EX475 MediaSmart Servers  from HP then MediaSmarthome.com has a 3 page post on how to accomplish it.

From enabling Time Machine for backup to the SMB Shares to relocating your backup to the MediaSmart Server this guide has all the details.

You can read it here.

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Microsofts CEO Loves Windows Home Server


Over the last few days iv been at a summit in Seattle for Microsofts Most Valuable Professionals (MVPs) as well as being on the Microsoft Campus in Redmond where iv been hanging out with the Windows Home Server Team and my fellow WHS MVPs (Nice to see you guys!).

The good news is that the next two versions of Windows Home Server are going to make those who only use another brands of NAS green with envy.

Unfortunately due to non disclosure agreements (NDA) I cant let you know just yet what is coming up but it wont be long until i can spill the beans to you.

But what i can share is that on the last day of the summit during a Keynote speech by Steve Ballmer, the CEO of Microsoft Corporation, Donavon West of Home Server Hacks planted a WHS sticker on Steve‚??s forehead before Steve decided to stick it on his arm instead.

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