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WS 2012 Essentials Client Restore with a USB Flash Drive

Dell's TechCenter have an article on the Windows Server 2012 Essentials client restore process.

The article explains how to create a Client Restore USB Flash Drive and how to use it on a client system to perform a restore of that client system.

Server 2012 Essentials Client Restore Create USB Key

All 26 steps are presented to us with plenty of pics to guide you through the process, which you can find here.

WS 2012 Essentials Client Restore with a USB Flash Drive is a post from: MS Windows Home Server - Your Personal Guide to Microsoft Windows Home Server!


HP MicroServer System Hang with WS2012 Essentials R2 FIXED

Ed Bott is highlighting a firmware upgrade from HP which enables the MicroServer to continue on with the installation of WS2012 Essential R2 without the system hanging.

HP ProLiant MicroServer

So if you want to install Windows 8.1 or Server 2012 Essentials R2 onto the ProLiant MicroServer N40L or the newer Gen8 N54L then make sure you update the firmware otherwise the system will hang after the first re-boot.

More details from Ed Bott.

HP MicroServer System Hang with WS2012 Essentials R2 FIXED is a post from: MS Windows Home Server - Your Personal Guide to Microsoft Windows Home Server!


Deploy WS2012 R2 Standard or Datacenter with WS Essentials Experience Role in an Existing Active Directory Environment

If you would like to deploy Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard or Datacenter with Windows Server Essentials Experience role in an existing Active Directory environment then the Windows Server Essentials and Small Business Server Blog have a post just for you.

Add Roles and Features Wizard

The post takes us through the necessary steps to get this configured, which you can find here.

Deploy WS2012 R2 Standard or Datacenter with WS Essentials Experience Role in an Existing Active Directory Environment is a post from: MS Windows Home Server - Your Personal Guide to Microsoft Windows Home Server!


Add-In: Drive Bender v2.0.2.9 Beta

Drive Bender Logo

The beta release of Drive Bender has a new release.

Version 2.0.2.9 beta has the following change log:

  • [New Feature] Unified installer (Windows and WHS versions of the installer are now merged).
  • [Bug Fix] Multiple instances of the balancing queue can be created causing a resource issue, and file balancing conflicts.
  • [Bug Fix] Many interface issues have been fixed with both the Manager and Windows server addin.
  • [Updated feature.] More improvements to the drive add, remove, merge, convert and swap routines.
  • [Updated feature.] The drive merge feature is now integrated into the drive add feature (if files are detected, the merge option is shown).
  • [Driver Change] Driver upgraded to the production release version.
  • [Bug fix] Improved driver upgrading when going from Drive Bender v1 to Drive Bender v2.
  • [Bug fix] Fixed a potential interface deadlock when running add, remove, merge and swap routines.
  • [Bug fix] When balancing files on a system that contains duplicates, there can be a conflict between the primary and duplicate.
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WS2012 Essentials DNS Fix after UR3 is Installed

After installing Update Rollup 3 (UR3) for WS2012 Essentials you may have to clean up DNS on your remote machines. Thankfully Microsoft have issued a fix and Paul Braren from TinkerTryIT explains the procedure:

After installing UR3...If you have to reboot or take down your Window Server 2012 Essentials system, your remote systems will be stuck, with no way to surf the web. That's not good. This article is all about breaking that dependency, giving back your independency!

KB2883201-is-installed-already

Paul then explains a server-side and client-side registry fix and a TCP/IP reconfiguration which will solve this problem.

WS2012 Essentials DNS Fix after UR3 is Installed is a post from: MS Windows Home Server - Your Personal Guide to Microsoft Windows Home Server!


Lights-Out for Windows 8 "Home Server" Announced

If you are thinking of using Windows 8 as a Home Server then the guys behind the add-in Lights-Out have a preview of Lights-Out for Windows 8 "Home Server" available to beta testers.

Lights-Out for Windows 8

Lights-Out for Windows 8 "Home Server" (but will also run on Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 and later) will be available for all to beta test in the future.

Lights-Out for Windows 8 "Home Server" Announced is a post from: MS Windows Home Server - Your Personal Guide to Microsoft Windows Home Server!


N54L MicroServer Cashback - Again

UK based Servers Plus have the N54L with £100 cashback for purchases between 1st and 30th September 2013.

HP ProLiant MicroServer

They are also offering a 3 Year Warranty Upgrade for just £20 extra. Just purchase the warranty for £96 ex VAT and claim a further £76 cash back, effectively making the care pack just £20 ex VAT!

More details are available from here.

N54L MicroServer Cashback - Again is a post from: MS Windows Home Server - Your Personal Guide to Microsoft Windows Home Server!


Hitachi First to Market 4TB Hard Drive

It appears that Hitachi are coming out with an internal 4TB hard drive as part of its Deskstar line of drives.

Hitachi 4TB HArd Drive Specs

Its the first 4TB HDD and was spotted on the Akiba PC Watch website selling for 26,800 yen (approx. $343). The 0S03361 drive has 32MB of cache, a SATA 6Gbps interface and has Hitachi's CoolSpin technology which automatically controls the rotational speed of the spindle motor to balance power consumption and the noise level. The  4KB sector "Advanced Format" technology has also been adopted.

We are now just waiting for an official announcement from Hitachi, which as yet has not surfaced.

Hitachi First to Market 4TB Hard Drive is a post from: MS Windows Home Server - Your Personal Guide to MicroSoft Windows Home Server!



HP Gen8 MicroServer System Board Removal

John Stutsman has a video on the HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer where he shows us the easy way of taking out the System Board:

HP Gen8 MicroServer System Board Removal is a post from: MS Windows Home Server - Your Personal Guide to Microsoft Windows Home Server!


Manage More than One User Simultaneously in WS2012 R2 Essentials

Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials now allows you to manage more than one user simultaneously by grouping users together into a user group or distribution group by using the dashboard.

Manage More than One User Simultaneously in WS2012 R2 Essentials

the The Windows Server Essentials and Small Business Server Blog takes up the story and explains to us how to accomplish this, which you can find here.

Manage More than One User Simultaneously in WS2012 R2 Essentials is a post from: MS Windows Home Server - Your Personal Guide to Microsoft Windows Home Server!


Running a WS2012 Essentials VPN without Port 1723

Website Title (Required) have a post about running a Windows Server 2012 Essentials VPN without port 1723.

Set up Anywhere Access in WS2012e

Its completed via through the Anywhere Access wizard by clicking on Virtual private network (VPN):

"Just put a tick in that box, and that is literally all you need to do. You don't need to open any additional ports on your firewall, Port 80 and Port 443 should already be open for the RWA but for the VPN you don't need port 1723."

All the details can be found in this tutorial which can be found here.

Running a WS2012 Essentials VPN without Port 1723 is a post from: MS Windows Home Server - Your Personal Guide to Microsoft Windows Home Server!



Slow Performance in Storage Spaces

It seems more people are experiencing slow performance when using The new feature Storage Spaces which is in Windows 8, Windows Server 2012 and WS2012e.

Storage Spaces - Physical Drives

One user by the name of David Trounce in a thread on the TechNet forums is stating that the performance issue is being caused by controller configuration and is suggesting using disks in pools in multiples of 8 and making sure these disks are as similar in size as possible.

Another article looks at possible design flaws in Storage Spaces, stating:

"A Storage Space operates at the block level while it should work at the file level instead. The benefit of potentially high read speeds (chunks from larger files are stored on different drives and can be read concurrently) is not relevant in SOHO scenarios. But the increased probability of error is."

More on that article can be found here.

Storage Spaces may not be fast but at least it is as good if not better than our old friend Drive Extender.

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Installing SQL Server 2008 on WHS2011

If you need a database to run on your WHS2011 box then the HomeServerShow has a guide on how to install SQL Server 2008 onto your Home Server.

SQL Server 2008

Its a guide by "jvk" who will take you through the SQL Server setup with the help of lots of screen shots which you can find here.

Installing SQL Server 2008 on WHS2011 is a post from: MS Windows Home Server - Your Personal Guide to MicroSoft Windows Home Server!



Windows Server Essentials Connector for WS2012 R2

A few people have asked me where they can download the Windows Server Essentials Connector for Windows Server 2012 R2.

Windows Server Essentials Connector for WS2012 R2

This is an easy one. Just head on over here to the Microsoft Download Center where you will find the download.

Windows Server Essentials Connector for WS2012 R2 is a post from: MS Windows Home Server - Your Personal Guide to Microsoft Windows Home Server!


WHS 2011 and Windows 8 Install Problem

WHS 2011 and Windows 8 Developer Preview

If you are thinking of installing the WHS 2011 connector software onto the Windows 8 Developer Preview then you may come across a small problem.

It seems the connector software from Windows Home Server 2011 will install onto the Developer Preview version of Windows 8 but "http://<SERVER_NAME>/connect" wont let you install the connector software. Luckily there is a workaround, which you can find out about here.

WHS 2011 and Windows 8 Install Problem is a post from: MS Windows Home Server - Your Personal Guide to Microsoft Windows Home Server!



Should you Upgrade to WHS2011

Both WeGotServed and TheDigitalMediaZone have guides on should you be upgrading to WHS2011 and if so, how to plan that migration across.

whs2011

The WeGotServed guide takes a comparison between version 1 and WHS2011 looking at areas such as cost, hardware requirements and support. It looks at how remote access and the Dashboard/Launchpad compare with the Console and other key feature areas such as storage and backup/restore.
At the end of the comprehensive 5 page document you then have the option of scoring these areas your self to see if you should be upgrading to WHS2011 or staying with version1.

TheDigitalMediaZone guide looks at the pros and cons of going over to WHS2011 and if you do, looks at planning for the upgrade and redundancy without Drive Extender.

Finally, ‚??Windows Home Server 2011: To Upgrade or Not To Upgrade‚?? is another article at WeGotServed where writer Jim Clark finally decides to go with WHS2011, taking us through his upgrade process. Starting on the Friday with the OS install, Saturday with the data migration and Sunday with the copy over one more share, setup the backups and install an add-in or two. You can read Jim

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WD Announce the Red Hard Drive Specifically for NAS

WD have announced their first hard drives specifically for NAS devices.

Designed for the always-on 1 to 5 bay NAS devices, these WD Red hard drives are now shipping in 3.5-inch 1 TB, 2 TB and 3 TB capacities for the home and small office user on the SATA 6 Gb/s interface with 64 MB of cache and IntelliPower RPM.

These WD Red drives feature:

  • NASware‚?Ę technology, designed to improve reliability and system performance, reduce customer downtime and to simplify the integration process.
  • 3D Active Balance Plus, an enhanced balance control technology, which significantly improves the overall drive performance and reliability.
  • Streaming support - NASware provides built-in compatibility with the ATA Streaming Feature Set which is important for AV storage applications such as Windows Media Center.
  • SMART Command Transport (SCT) support - NASware allows monitoring and measuring of drive performance via the SMART command set. SMART can return data like thermal profiles, drive access statistics and more. NASware also delivers temperature accuracy within 1¬įC.
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First Book on WS2012 Essentials Published

Fellow MVP Boon Tee has released the first book on WS2012 Essentials, entitled "An Administrator's Guide to Windows Server 2012 Essentials".

An Administrator's Guide to Windows Server 2012 Essentials Cover

The 190 page eBook is a step by step guide for administrators and IT Professionals who are deploying, installing, configuring and managing Windows Server 2012 Essentials.

Here are the details:

The book takes a pictorial guide through the various components and functionality of the operating system and provides the user with a comprehensive overview of the different options available in configuring and maintaining the server. Readers with a very basic understanding of networking may find some of the concepts challenging, but not overwhelming. Ideally, the reader should have a decent understanding of computer operations, and be able to perform standard computer tasks without much reference to manuals. Advanced readers will find this book a useful reference guide.
 
Table of Contents:

  • Chapter 1: What is Windows Server 2012 Essentials
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Update Rollup 4 for Windows Server Solutions BPA Available

For users of SBS 2011 Essentials and Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials, the Windows Server Solutions BPA has been updated for January 2013.

Update Rollup 4 for Windows Server Solutions BPA include the following 3 new rules:

  • DefWebSiteExtended - This rule checks whether the default website is extended correctly.
  • RemoteVDirAuthentication - This rule checks whether Anonymous Authentication is disabled.
  • SelfUpdateVDirSSL - This rule checks whether the SSL protocol is enabled or Anonymous Authentication is disabled in the SelfUpdate virtual directory.

For directions on how to install plus links to the issues fixed, see here.

Update Rollup 4 for Windows Server Solutions BPA Available is a post from: MS Windows Home Server - Your Personal Guide to Microsoft Windows Home Server!


Add-In: WHS Outlook 2.5.7.7

WHS Outlook has been updated to version 2.5.7.7, with the biggest change being support for Outlook 2010.

WHSOL2010 Inbox

One of the other changes in this new version is that calendar sharing is now supported if you are using either Outlook 2007 or 2010:

First, WHS Outlook can automatically setup your Windows Home Server as a WebDAV server allowing you to publish and consume Outlook calendars as Internet Calendars directly on your very own Windows Home Server. Second, WHS Outlook now supports SharePoint site integration allowing you to use SharePoint’s "Connect to Outlook" feature from within WHS Outlook so that you can access all of your SharePoint Lists (i.e. shared calendars, contacts, tasks, etc.) from within Outlook. WHS Outlook takes care of all the dirty details for you behind-the-scenes allowing you to focus on getting your work done instead of having to spend time configuring your home server.

WHSOL2010 Settings

Other changes include:

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