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The Home Server Show Podcast Episode 227 - Gen8 MicroServer

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Episode 227 of "The Home Server Show" podcast is all about the new Gen8 MicroServer from HP:

"There is a new MicroServer in town but what makes it better than the last generation? Listen in to hear all the details and whether or not you should get the last gen or step up to the new Gen8 MicroServer."

You can find this latest episode here.

The Home Server Show Podcast Episode 227 - Gen8 MicroServer is a post from: MS Windows Home Server - Your Personal Guide to Microsoft Windows Home Server!


Add-In: StableBit DrivePool v2.0.0.266 BETA

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StableBit DrivePool for WS2012 Essentials has had an update.

Version 2.0.0.266 BETA has the following change:

  • [D] Fixed critical bug in FastIoQueryNetworkOpenInfo that was causing a system crash.

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

You can download this beta release from here.

Add-In: StableBit DrivePool v2.0.0.266 BETA is a post from: MS Windows Home Server - Your Personal Guide to Microsoft Windows Home Server!


Personal Online Backup Host (OBH) - Part 2

This second article

The first part of this article series provided a high-level overview of the Personal Online Backup Host service and its supporting technologies (Archive Manager and the Explorer add-in). Hopefully it also provided ideas on how the service can work for you at home or in your small business. This second article will focus on configuring your server for web hosting on the internet.

The OBH service is not for the typical computer end-user. While it does include easy to read documentation and simple one-click setup installer packages, there is a bit of "digging in" to configure your Windows operating system based web server and Internet Information Services (IIS). This setup is not too difficult but it does require a small amount of technical savvy, motivation, and attentiveness to detail.

The good news is that if your server is already enabled for internet web hosting then you can skip this article and jump directly to

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Personal Online Backup Host (OBH) Software Released

electrongoo the company behind add-in's such as Archive Manager, ISO Mounter, Snoop De Dupe, Integrity Checker and Time Traveler for WHS have today announced the release of Personal Online Backup Host (OBH) software. 

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OBH allows individual users and/or small business to host their own online backup service.  They provide the server, storage, and bandwidth and electrongoo provides the web hosting software (which runs on the server) and backup software (running on Windows PC clients to be protected online).

While supporting integrated dashboard support for WHS 2011 and Server 2012 Essentials, the software does support other versions of Windows Server as a native stand-alone application as well.  

OBH is a unique product allowing people to not only save money but to secure their data on their own server and remove third-party storage dependencies. 
  
A full-featured 60-day free trial is available for download, after which OBH will cost you $15 for 1 user, with discounts available for 3 or more users.

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Gen8 MicroServer Quick Specs

The quick spec guide for the new Gen8 MicroServer is up at HP's website.

The guide goes through the front and rear view of HP's newest incarnation of the MicroServer and gives us all the specification for the Gen8.

G8 MicroServer Quick Specs

There is lots of information here, for the would be purchaser or if you just want to check out the latest info on the Gen8 MicroServer.

http://h18004.www1.hp.com/products/quickspecs/14565_na/14565_na.HTML

Gen8 MicroServer Quick Specs is a post from: MS Windows Home Server - Your Personal Guide to Microsoft Windows Home Server!


Update Rollup 2 for WS2012 Essentials Released

Update Rollup 2 (UR2) for Windows Server 2012 Essentials has been released.

UR2 for WS2012e Available

UR2 fixes 3 major issues and also adds support for the Port Bonjour feature of Mac connector to Windows Server 2012 Essentials.

Here's the issues which are now resolved:

  • Issue 1 - Assume that you have the Microsoft Office 365 Integration feature enabled on a Windows Server 2012 Essentials-based computer. After you install update 2781267, and then restart the server, the Office 365 integration service crashes.
  • Issue 2 - Assume that you install update 2781267 on a Windows Server 2012 Essentials-based computer. When you change the user access level or folder permissions in the User Properties dialog box, a warning dialog box might appear, and the operation fails.
  • Issue 3 - After you install update 2781267, you cannot enable Office 365 by using the following Windows PowerShell cmdlet: Enable-O365Integration

The update is available for download from Windows Update on WS2012e machines.

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Add-In: My Movies v2.14 PR1

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My Movies Home and Essentials Server Solution has a pre-release version for users of WHS2011 and WS2012 Essentials.

Version 2.14 PR1 has the following change log:

  • Added: Title merge functionality, to better handle copying multi-disc titles.
  • Fix: If a copied disc was not first disc of a title, the online location got added to the wrong disc.
  • Fix: If AnyDVD was updated, which required a restart, and the server was not restarted, copied discs would be not functional. Now discs can't copy until the restart have been done.

You can find this latest pre-release here.

Add-In: My Movies v2.14 PR1 is a post from: MS Windows Home Server - Your Personal Guide to Microsoft Windows Home Server!


Add-In: StableBit Scanner v2.4.0.2926 / 2927 BETA

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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 been updated to version 2.4.0.2926 / 2927 BETA.

This release only has the 1 fix:

  • Fixed a bug in the UI causing excessive CPU consumption.

You can download this beta release from here.

Add-In: StableBit Scanner v2.4.0.2926 / 2927 BETA is a post from: MS Windows Home Server - Your Personal Guide to Microsoft Windows Home Server!


HP Announces the new Gen8 MicroServer

With the popularity of the HP ProLiant MicroServer, HP today announced a new generation of the MicroServer named Gen8. Available in 2 configurations the G1610T model comes with a 2 Core Intel Celeron G1610T processor (2.3 GHz, 2MB, 35W) and 2GB RAM for $449, whilst the $529 G2020T model comes with the beefier 2 core Intel Pentium G2020T processor (2.5 GHz, 3MB, 35W) and again 2GB of RAM.

ProLiant MicroServer Gen8

Both models will except up to 16GB of RAM across two DIMM slots, and have a Dynamic Smart Array B120i/ZM storage controller and Gigabit Ethernet controller with twin ports.  A nice addition to earlier models.

Gen8 MicroServer Slide

Overview

The HP ProLiant MicroServer Gen8 is a small, quiet, and stylishly designed server that is ideal as a first server solution for small businesses. With a form factor that is easy to use and service, it helps small businesses drive down their expenses while improving productivity, efficiency, and security.

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WS2012e and how it fits as a Modern SMB IT Solution

4SYSOPS have a three part series looking at WS2012 Essentials and how it fits as a modern SMB IT solution.

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The first part of the series covers installation and transmogrification, (which you can find here.) Part 2 looks at cloud integration with Office 365 and on premises systems. When published part 3 will look at advancements in Windows Server 2012 itself and how these can be applied in WSE as well as mobile management options.

WS2012e and how it fits as a Modern SMB IT Solution is a post from: MS Windows Home Server - Your Personal Guide to Microsoft Windows Home Server!


The BYOB Podcast Episode 124

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Episode 124 of the BYOB podcast is up:

"This week BYOB joins Jim Collision from the average guy network to talk about using VM's in the home environment.  Mike talks briefly about his first round with Haswell.  A special thanks to Jim for hosting and recording the show."

You can find it here.

The BYOB Podcast Episode 124 is a post from: MS Windows Home Server - Your Personal Guide to Microsoft Windows Home Server!


Video: Personal WHS Project

The Jwolf Tech Broadcast have a 11 minute video on his personal WHS project using some server components with an Intel i3:

"As the need for mass storage increases more and more people are looking into NAS units and home servers. Having built my own home server I wanted to give a review of my overall general experience with everything."

Video: Personal WHS Project is a post from: MS Windows Home Server - Your Personal Guide to Microsoft Windows Home Server!


Windows Server 2012 Essentials R2 Sneak Peek

Paul Thurrott has a review on the next release of WS2012 Essentials. Known as Windows Server 2012 Essentials R2 Paul has reviewed the Preview version on his site, Supersite for Windows.

WS2012e R2 Dashboard

Cloud related changes and integrated Office 365 are in this release. As are connecting Windows Phones, iPhones, iPads, and Android devices:

"These devices can be controlled (through Office 365) with Exchange ActiveSync (EAS) capabilities like Remote Wipe and device blocking, and you can configure EAS policies right from the Essentials R2 Dashboard."

Remote Web Access has had a makeover and looks like the SkyDrive web interface and the Launchpad is now closed on startup by default too.

Whilst Paul was allowed a sneak peek at this latest incarnation of WS2012 Essentials, the rest of us will have to wait until the end of June for the Preview release.

Windows Server 2012 Essentials R2 Sneak Peek is a post from:

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Add-In: StableBit Scanner v2.4.0.2922 / 2923

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

Version 2.4.0.2922 / 2923 has the following change log:

  • Disk temperature will now be reported in either Celsius or Fahrenheit (see Scanner Settings -> Heat). It defaults to your regional settings in Windows.
  • Added 'Case' and 'Bay' to email notifications.
  • If the disk's SMART data provides an attribute for temperature, then use that to determine if the disk is hot. Use the user specified value (in Scanner Settings) if it's lower.
  • Deselect any selected quick settings profiles when user makes a manual change to settings.
  • Added past due setting to quick settings profiles:
      - Server 14 days.
      - Generic 30 days.
  • If the service or the computer crashes while an ongoing scan is in progress, the scan progress prior to the crash will not be lost.
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The Home Server Show Podcast Episode 226

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It's time for another episode of "The Home Server Show" podcast, and on this week's episode:

"I finally join the Microserver club and we will talk about my new purchase and everything that has leaked about the new Microserver Gen8 server.  One forum member has an exclusive find about the new member to the Microserver family and we talk some more cloud offerings as well as a new entrant into the Windows Home Server 2011 market. Gigabyte?"

You can find episode 226 here.

The Home Server Show Podcast Episode 226 is a post from: MS Windows Home Server - Your Personal Guide to Microsoft Windows Home Server!


Add-In: Drive Bender v1.9.0.0

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Drive Bender for WHS2011, SBS Essentials 2011 and Server 2012 Essentials has been updated to version 1.9.0.0.

Here is the change log:

  • Bug fix: Under heavy load a mount point can hang requiring a reboot.
  • Update: Dependencies have been removed from a number of services.
  • Update: Improved service start up times.
  • Update: A number of changes have been made to the installer.
  • Bug fix: A number of minor bug fixes have been made to the core service.
  • Update: Major upgrade to a number of key components to support features coming in v2.
  • Bug fix: Changing the last accessed, modified and creation time stamp on a folder failed.
  • Added: A pool refresh button has been added to the pool tab.
  • Added: Email notifications can now be sent using a fixed server, therefore only a target email address is required.
  • Update: Improved driver upgrade process.

You can download this release from here

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Add-In: StableBit DrivePool v2.0.0.265 BETA

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StableBit DrivePool for WS2012 Essentials users had had an update.

Version 2.0.0.265 BETA has the following change log:

  • [D] Added support for:
          - FastIoQueryNetworkOpenInfo
          - FastIoQueryStandardInfo
          - FastIoQueryBasicInfo

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

As always you can find the download link here.

Add-In: StableBit DrivePool v2.0.0.265 BETA is a post from: MS Windows Home Server - Your Personal Guide to Microsoft Windows Home Server!


Personal Online Backup Host (OBH) - Part 1

About the Personal Online Backup Host (OBH) article series

This first in a series of six articles will describe Personal Online Backup Host (OBH) which is the latest software product released by electrongoo, llc. As of this writing the software is in final beta and due for release in June 2013. This first article will cover a high-level non-technical view of the OBH product and its supporting technologies. The articles that follow will dive deeper into the technology; with detailed how-to's and product-use ideas.

  • Article 1: High-level walk-through
  • Article 2: Configuring your server for web access
  • Article 3: Installing and configuring the Online Backup Host server and administration panel
  • Article 4: Installing and configuring Archive Manager for client data protection
  • Article 5: Installing and configuring the Windows Explorer add-in for drag-and-drop file sync
  • Article 6: Software lifecycle, maintenance, and tips-and-tricks

What is OBH?

Personal Online Backup Host (OBH) is a unique software solution that gives you the power to host your own private cloud storage directly on a 64-bit Windows-based server (WHS Server 2011, Server 2012 Essentials, Server 2012, Server 2008, or Windows Desktop (Vista, 7, or 8) + Internet Information Services (IIS) 7.0 or later). The Windows server can be located physically on-premises at your business or home; or in co-lo such as GoDaddy, Microsoft Azure, or 1and1.

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Add-In: Drive Bender v1.8.8.5 RC2

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The beta build of Drive Bender has a new release.

Version 1.8.8.5 (RC2) for WHS2011 and SBS Essentials 2011 has the following change log:

  • Bug fix: Under heavy load a mount point can hang requiring a reboot.
  • Update: Dependencies have been removed from a number of services.
  • Update: Improved service start up times.
  • Update: A number of changes have been made to the installer.
  • Bug fix: A number of minor bug fixes have been made to the core service.
  • Update: Major upgrade to a number of key components to support features coming in v2.
  • Bug fix: Changing the last accessed, modified and creation time stamp on a folder failed.
  • Added: A pool refresh button has been added to the pool tab.
  • Added: Email notifications can now be sent using a fixed server, therefore only a target email address is required.
  • Update: Improved driver upgrade process.

This beta release can be downloaded from

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Gigabyte GR-EZI14H 4 Bay NAS Running WHS2011

GIGABYTE famously known for its motherboards are now offering the GR-EZI14H 4 Bay NAS for the Home and SMB.

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Running WHS 2011, the 4 bay NAS can use up to $GB of DDR3 memory and is powered by a Intel? Atom D2550 1.86GHz processor.

It uses an external 90W/19V power supply and sports 2 x USB 3.0 connectors alongside 2 x USB 2.0 ones. There is also a Mini PCIe for a USB DOM whilst the insides are kept cool by two 60mm fans.

Gigabyte GR-EZI14H Rear

No details on pricing as yet and it's rather strange to see a product based on WHS2011 released now that we know its years are numbered, but the GR-EZI14H does look rather nice even if we say so ourselves.

More details are available from Gigabyte here.

Gigabyte GR-EZI14H 4 Bay NAS Running WHS2011 is a post from: MS Windows Home Server - Your Personal Guide to Microsoft Windows Home Server!

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