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HP Gen8 MicroServer Picture Gallery

Neowin.net have posted a portfolio of pics of the HP Gen8 MicroServer.

HP MicroServer Gen8 - Inside from Neowin

So if you would like to see the new Gen8 up close and personal, then you can browse the pics here.

HP Gen8 MicroServer Picture Gallery is a post from: MS Windows Home Server - Your Personal Guide to Microsoft Windows Home Server!


Windows Server 2012 Essentials Feature List

Joe Nalewabau from the Windows Server Essentials Team has written a feature list for Windows Server 2012 Essentials

Windows Server 2012 Essentials Beta DashBoard Home Tab

Joe has listed lots of features, including:

  • Storage Spaces
  • File History
  • Microsoft Online Backup Service
  • Support for backing up 50 client machines
  • > 2 TB disk support
  • Remote Web Access (RWA)
  • Windows 8 Metro application.
  • Updated Windows Phone 7 application
  • Remote Connection Monitoring
  • Remote domain join
  • Simplified VPN configuration
  • Improved SDK extensibility with Web Services
  • Simplified moving past 25 users/50 devices
  • Media support
  • Dashboard Updates - Making the Home Page more useful
  • Dashboard Updates - Monitor security and update status for client PCs
  • Dashboard Updates - Servers in the dashboard
  • Add-ins
  • Email Integration - On-Premises
  • Email Integration - Office 365
  • Email Integration - Hosted Exchange

For all the detailed information regarding these features, see Joe's post here.

Windows Server 2012 Essentials Feature List is a post from: MS Windows Home Server - Your Personal Guide to Microsoft Windows Home Server!

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WD Sentinel DS 6100 Reviewed

The WD Sentinel DS 6100 is an update to the DX4000 but this one is using Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials.

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A nice unit, although pricey!

A 2 page review can be found at The Register.

WD Sentinel DS 6100 Reviewed is a post from: MS Windows Home Server - Your Personal Guide to Microsoft Windows Home Server!


What's New for Backup in WS2012R2 Essentials

Protecting data on the server and on the clients is an article available on the Windows Server Essentials and Small Business Server Blog for users of Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials.

File History Restore in WS2012 R2 Essentials

The article looks at what's new in both Windows Azure Backup integration, and Client Computer Backup as well as File History too.

You can find the article here.

What's New for Backup in WS2012R2 Essentials is a post from: MS Windows Home Server - Your Personal Guide to Microsoft Windows Home Server!


The BYOB Podcast Episode 139

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Episode 139 of the BYOB podcast is a show on why you should run a domain using WS2012 Essentials:

The PCDoc is joined by Drashna to dig deeper into the topic of running a domain at home.  As enthusiasts, we will be faced with the potential of making the choice to either upgrade to Windows Server 2012 Essentials or possibly to look for other solutions.  Our discussion today deals with exploring all the benefits and drawbacks to running a domain at home.

This episode along with the show outline can be found here.

The BYOB Podcast Episode 139 is a post from: MS Windows Home Server - Your Personal Guide to Microsoft Windows Home Server!


Updated WHS2011 SDK Available

With the RC release of Windows Home Server 2011 also comes an updated Windows Server Solutions SDK which provides tools and information to help developers develop their add-ins, and extend the functionality of Windows Home Server 2011.

Windows Server Solutions Website

You can find it here.

Updated WHS2011 SDK Available is a post from: MS Windows Home Server - Your Personal Guide to MicroSoft Windows Home Server!



MultiPoint Server 2011 Runs Windows Home Server 2011 Add-Ins

MultiPoint Server 2011 runs Windows Home Server 2011 Add-Ins.

AAC on MultiPoint Server 2011

After some testing Andreas M has discovered that his add-in Advanced Admin Console works in Windows Multipoint Server 2011 after he removed the update check from the add-in.

More details are available here.

MultiPoint Server 2011 Runs Windows Home Server 2011 Add-Ins is a post from: MS Windows Home Server - Your Personal Guide to Microsoft Windows Home Server!



The Home Server Show Podcast Episode 244

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Episode 244 of the Home Server Show podcast is a gift guide special for the Surface geek and Home Server guy:

"If you asked a Surface Geek what to get someone for Christmas, this is what you would hear!  It's not just a list of Surface Pros but actually a nice list of stocking stuffers, under $100, under $500, and a list of large gifts.  It starts with a bang and I almost got laughed off of the podcast!  You will have to tune in to find out why.  We also cover the news of the week. Start Menu returning and Nokia forks the Droid.  Enjoy!"

You can find episode 244 here.

The Home Server Show Podcast Episode 244 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!



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!


Add-In: Home Server SMART 2012 v2.2.5.2

Matt Sawyer the developer behind Home Server SMART has coded the last few SSDs into the final beta of Home Server SMART 2012.

Home Server SMART 2012 is an add-in for Windows Home Server 2011, Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials and Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials.

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The free add-in automatically and continuously monitors the health of most of your hard disks attached to WHS. Home Server SMART examines the S.M.A.R.T. data exposed by your disks and determines the health of the disk. If problems are detected, Home Server SMART informs you which attribute(s) are critical or problematic, and it presents a summary of problems found. If the problems are serious, Home Server SMART will make a recommendation to you that you replace the disk.

More information is available from here.

Add-In: Home Server SMART 2012 v2.2.5.2 is a post from: MS Windows Home Server - Your Personal Guide to Microsoft Windows Home Server!

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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

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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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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!


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!

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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!


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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Installing and configuring the Personal File Sync client

This is the fifth article of this series on using the Personal Online Storage Host (POSH). Previous articles provided an overview of the Personal Online Storage Host service, Archive Manager backup software, Explorer file-sync add-in as well as configuring your server for web hosting. This article assumes you have your server configured for web hosting and the POSH host setup.

This article describes setup and configuration of the Personal File Sync client software on a Windows-based PC to enable private file synchronization between two or more PC's using your POSH server. This feature is similar to the Dropbox and Sugarsync services except your data is kept private; hosted and staged by your own personal server without the use of any third party hosting. For maximum security and privacy, all data is encrypted with AES 256-bit encryption on the source PC before being transmitted over the internet and is only decrypted once the data arrives at the target PC. All data remains encrypted even when stored on your privately hosted POSH server.

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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!



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!


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