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The World's Fastest HP MicroServer

The worlds fastest Small Business Server lives in the trunk of a supercharged 2008 SRT8 Dodge Challenger.

The Worlds Fastest HP MicroServer

A HP ProLiant MicroServer runs SBS 2011 which is mounted on a SSD to mitigate vibration from the car:

"Using the netbook back at the pits, we logged into the HP MicroServer via RDP and ran System Information for Windows (SIW) to keep an eye on the internal temperature of the CPU and SSD drive with the trunk closed. Since it was such cool day, all the temps stayed nice and chilly in the server. In fact, the only moving parts in the entire trunk were one cooling fan in the server and another one in the UPS. The rig doesn't build up much heat anyway."

If you would like to read more about the world's fastest server, you can find the info here.

The World's Fastest HP MicroServer is a post from:

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Add-In: Drive Bender v1.8.6.0

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Drive Bender for WHS2011, SBS Essentials 2011 and Server 2012 Essentials has been updated.

Version 1.8.6.0 has the following change log:

  • Bug fix: Under some conditions the mount point can fail to mount.
  • Bug fix: When removing a drive a message is incorrectly stating that the mount point will be unmounted.
  • Bug fix: If there is an issue with the first drive enumerated at start up, it can prevent the pool from starting correctly.
  • Update: High transaction I/O performance has been dramatically improved.
  • Update: A number of changes have been made to the way file system security is handled.
  • Update: When restoring a pool, there is no longer a prompt regarding the deleting of existing configuration.
  • Update: The email notifications now reference the server name in the email message.
  • Bug fix: An update in v1.8.1.0 to improve boot times can cause the pool to fail on load on some machines.
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Media Browser Server Public Beta

Media Browser Server has been released for users of Server 2008, Server 2012 and WHS2011.

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Media Browser 3 Server is a centralized solution. Maintain your library just once no matter how many devices you have accessing it. Manage plug-ins and everything else in one place for your whole home - all with a sophisticated but dead-easy-to-use web configuration platform.

If you fancy public beta testing Media Browser Server, then you can find it here.

Media Browser Server Public Beta is a post from: MS Windows Home Server - Your Personal Guide to Microsoft Windows Home Server!


Windows Server 2012 Editions Chart

If you would like to know the difference between the Windows Server 2012 products and editions then Microsoft have a chart available for download.

WS2012 Product Family Chart

The chart includes WS2012 Essentials and details the different limits, server roles and features in all the Server 2012 editions.

You can download the chart in PDF form directly from here.

Windows Server 2012 Editions Chart is a post from: MS Windows Home Server - Your Personal Guide to Microsoft Windows Home Server!


Add-In: StableBit DrivePool v1.3.2.7551 RC

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

Version 1.3.2.7551 RC has the following change log:

  • [D] Fixed "Reached the end of file" error when enabling duplication on a folder that was previously duplicated, then was moved off of the pool and then moved back onto the pool (and so is no longer duplicated).

[D] = Driver was modified (reboot required after update)

You may download this release from here.

Add-In: StableBit DrivePool v1.3.2.7551 RC is a post from: MS Windows Home Server - Your Personal Guide to Microsoft Windows Home Server!


The Home Tech Podcast Episode 113

Episode 113 of the Home Tech Podcast is up.

Home Tech Podcast

Host Jim Collison Jim was able to spend time at the Cali Lewis / Drobo meet up in Omaha recently.  He recorded several interviews from that event and they have been added to the end of this episode.

You can find this episode here.

The Home Tech Podcast Episode 113 is a post from: MS Windows Home Server - Your Personal Guide to Microsoft Windows Home Server!


Installing Synology Software onto a HP Proliant N40L MicroServer

For those who dream of acquiring a Synology NAS but lack the financial stamina, a solution may be available if you do not mind tinkering.

XPEnology brings the DiskStation Manager to your PC/Server which also includes native support for the HP Proliant N40L MicroServer.

XPEnology DiskStation Manager

Interested? If so more details on how to download and install this can be found here, whilst information specifically for HP N40L MicroServer users can be found here.

Installing Synology Software onto a HP Proliant N40L MicroServer is a post from: MS Windows Home Server - Your Personal Guide to Microsoft Windows Home Server!


The Home Server Show Podcast-Streaming

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Its that time again for another episode of "The Home Server Show" podcast:

"Richard Gunther from The Digital Media Zone joins me to talk streaming services and devices.  We are tossing a very wide net on this show in order to come up with what might be the best hardware and services for streaming of TV and Movies whether they are rented or your own."

You can catch this weeks episode here.

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


Upgrading the Acer easyStore H342 to WHS2011

A user explains how he upgraded his Acer easyStore H342 from v1 of Windows Home Server to WHS2011.

Acer Aspire easyStore H342

The article explains how to change the workgroup name using PowerShell and includes links to the relevant drivers which you will need.

The author explains that the reason he created the post is that in a short period of time we might lose access to the files he is linking too. If you try to do this with the newest version of the RST from Intel it will not work.

All the details can be found here.

Upgrading the Acer easyStore H342 to WHS2011 is a post from: MS Windows Home Server - Your Personal Guide to Microsoft Windows Home Server!


Play Videos from WHS Directly to an Xbox 360

The groovyPost have a blog post on how to play videos from Windows Home Server directly to an Xbox 360:

"The Play To feature in Windows 8 and Windows RT allows you to stream music, movies, and photos from your PC to Xbox 360 and other compatible devices. If you have a home server or NAS set up, you can stream digital content directly to your Xbox 360 too."

Play-To-Context

All the setup details can be found here.

Play Videos from WHS Directly to an Xbox 360 is a post from: MS Windows Home Server - Your Personal Guide to Microsoft Windows Home Server!


The BYOB Podcast Episode 120

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Its time for another episode of the BYOB podcast:

"Haswell and Durango are, and we're excited! Seagate central. Automatic will it improve your gas mileage and make you a better driver? We discuss RAID, HDDs, SSDs and storage configuration."

You can find episode 120 here.

The BYOB Podcast Episode 120 is a post from: MS Windows Home Server - Your Personal Guide to Microsoft Windows Home Server!


zebNet Home Server Backup 2012

Supported on Windows Home Server and Windows Home Server 2011 is Home Server Backup 2012 from zebNet.

zebNet Home Server Backup 2012 is the optimal backup, recovery and synchronization solution for professional home users, that easily want to back up, recover and synchronize their files and folders on a Microsoft Windows Home Server.

Home Server Backup 2012 - Backup Settings

Key Features

  • Creates full, incremental, differential and mirror backups
  • Fast and reliable recovery with advanced options
  • Synchronizes local and remote folders
  • Plug and run backup feature for external drives
  • Can easily be extended through add-ons
  • Continuous Data Protection (CDP)
  • Native 64-bit backup and synchronization components
  • Intuitive user interface with advanced management options

It is currently on sale for 10 whilst a evaluation copy with limited functionality is also available.

More details are available from here.

zebNet Home Server Backup 2012 is a post from: MS Windows Home Server - Your Personal Guide to Microsoft Windows Home Server!

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Add-In: StableBit DrivePool v2.0.0.230 BETA

StableBit DrivePool have released version 2.0.0.230 BETA for users of WS2012 Essentials.

This latest beta release includes horizontal UI updates and disk remove options.

StableBit DrivePool v2.0.0.230 BETA

Here is the full change log:

* Added disk remove options. SHIFT+Click on "Remove" to bypass, if you need to quickly remove many
  disks.
* Added re-balance markers and disk usage, for each disk in the pool, in the horizontal UI.
  (stretch the window wide).

You can download this from here.

StableBit has also published a blog post on the UI updates in this release, which you can find here.

Add-In: StableBit DrivePool v2.0.0.230 BETA is a post from: MS Windows Home Server - Your Personal Guide to Microsoft Windows Home Server!


The Home Server Show Podcast Episode 222

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Drive Bender, the QNAP TS-269L, Windows Server Status, Syncberry v1 (very much like synctoy), Cloudberry new features and StableBit Scanner Beta are all talked about on this weeks episode of "The Home Server Show" podcast.

Episode 222 can be found here.

The Home Server Show Podcast Episode 222 is a post from: MS Windows Home Server - Your Personal Guide to Microsoft Windows Home Server!


Add-In: My Movies Home and Essentials Server Solution v2.13 Build 6

My Movies for WHS 2011 conversion for Apple TV

My Movies Home and Essentials Server Solution has had an update.

Version 2.13 Build 6 has the following change log:

Fix: Incorrect check could lead to icon not showing in dashboard.
Fix: Deletion of BDMV folders did still not work correct after video conversion if enabled.

This latest release can be downloaded from here.

Add-In: My Movies Home and Essentials Server Solution v2.13 Build 6 is a post from: MS Windows Home Server - Your Personal Guide to Microsoft Windows Home Server!


Storage Spaces FAQ on TechNet

TechNet have a great FAQ on Storage Spaces, and go give you an idea of what's in it, here's the table of contents:

How can I manage Storage Spaces?
What are the recommended configuration limits?
What are the best uses of simple, mirror, and parity spaces?
What types of drives can I use with Storage Spaces?
What types of storage arrays can I use with Storage Spaces?
What types of storage spaces can I use with a failover cluster?
What properties can I change after creating a storage space?
How does Windows let me know of a disk failure?
How do I replace a physical disk?
What are columns and how does Storage Spaces decide how many to use?
     Example 1: A Two-Column Simple Space
     Example 2: A Three-Column Parity Space
     Example 3: A Two-Column Two-Way Mirror Space
     Controlling the Number of Columns
Why do I have a low capacity warning even though I still have unused pool capacity?

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What's New in StableBit Scanner 2.4.0 BETA

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As you may have noticed the other day, version 2.4.0 beta of StableBit Scanner has been released which has some interesting new functionality. And to guide us through what's new, the guys at StableBit (Covecube) have documented the details in a blog post.

Explaining file system scan, file system repair and looking at the age of the sector scan makes StableBit Scanner even better than it was before.

You can read their blog post here.

What's New in StableBit Scanner 2.4.0 BETA is a post from: MS Windows Home Server - Your Personal Guide to Microsoft Windows Home Server!


Add-In: Windows Server Status v1.0.0.0

The add-in Home Server Status has been renamed to Windows Server Status and the developer has put up a version for testing.

The freeware add-in is for Windows 8 and WS2012 Essentials only, and this is what the developer had to say about it:

This is merely the start of a new app. It is not alpha software, barely beta, and is just a step or two from being considered final. This step is using you guys to test it out. Why have I not put out the Windows 7 version yet? Well, I am focusing on those Toast Notifications and some other items on the back-end. So, when I am comfortable with this, then the Windows 7 version isn't much different and will be released.

So, what does it do?

  1. Tray icon (Best used if you allow it to be shown all the time)
  2. Context menu for quick access to MS Launchpad items
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Add-In: StableBit DrivePool v1.3.2.7550 RC

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StableBit DrivePool for WHS2011, SBS 2011 Essentials and Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials has been updated to version 1.3.2.7550 RC.

This is the Release Candidate (RC) build and has no changes, and the good news is that Release Candidate is one step away from a final build.

This release can be downloaded from here.

Add-In: StableBit DrivePool v1.3.2.7550 RC is a post from: MS Windows Home Server - Your Personal Guide to Microsoft Windows Home Server!


Add-In: StableBit Scanner v2.4.0.2908 BETA

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The beta build of StableBit Scanner for WHS2011, SBS 2011 Essentials, Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials and Windows Server 2012 Essentials has been updated.

Version 2.4.0.2908 BETA (WSS) has the following change:

  • ESET's NOD32 anti-virus was incorrectly flagging the .wssx file as a trojan.
    Only their anti-virus was doing it, and no one else's. The problem was an EXE that stops / starts the service during the upgrade process. Recompiling the EXE with the zlib compression and no code changes resolved the false positive. Otherwise this version is identical to 2.4.0.2905.

As always this latest release can be downloaded from here.

Add-In: StableBit Scanner v2.4.0.2908 BETA is a post from: MS Windows Home Server - Your Personal Guide to Microsoft Windows Home Server!


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