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My Movies 5 Pre Release 4

By Philip Churchill

My Movies 5 Pre Release Dashboard

Pre release 4 for My Movies 5 has just been released with the following change log:

  • Added: Access to API through marking on service. To take care of existing customers using the API.
  • Change: The requirement to have same username/password on server and client machines is no longer a requirement.BR} Change: Windows Defender and Essentials Security set to exclude the full My Movies storage dir.
  • Fix: In case of incorrect values in registry, AnyDVD could show as version 0.
  • Fix: The SQL Server now have the TCP/IP protocol enabled, and correct "Private" network firewall exceptions are added.
  • Fix: The dashboard link for the Collection Management program did not work.
  • Fix: Remove Element API command did not work.
  • Fix: Removed re-occurring logging that could quickly fill up the log.
  • Fix: Nimbie processing could not start.
  • Fix: Lack of localization on cover context menu.
  • Fix: The TV Series lookup dialog was not working.
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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!



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!


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!


Ask Matt: your questions answered

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Mailbag 18th January 2011

  • How can I install SmarterMail on Windows Home Server
  • How can I extract data from hard drives of a failed WHS?
  • Windows Home Server Vail 32bit
  • Setting up a VPN on Windows Home Sever
  • WHS console and share connectivity

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What will Sandy do for Windows Home Server? Sandy Bridge of course, what did you think I meant! Sandy Bridge is released and many people are raving about the performance increase over the original Core i* processors released, but can it really make a difference to Windows Home Server?

Well I can certainly see a place for it, the power usage will make a massive difference to a machine on 24/7/365 and with the power increase this will certainly allow innovation to flow when it comes to addins, it‚??s time to make that work horse work.

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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!



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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Add-In: StableBit DrivePool Build 3141

DrivePool_M3_Pool

More updates from the guys at StableBit DrivePool, with the release of build 3141:

  • Fixed renaming non-pooled shares.
  • Implemented a different way of monitoring WHS folders.
  • Resynchronize notifications for existing installs after last notifications fix.
  • Old M2 mount point was not being removed for some reason. Added code to forcefully remove it in M3. This used to cause your pooled shares to not show up after the upgrade.

More info on this Drive Extender replacement add-in are available from here.

Add-In: StableBit DrivePool Build 3141 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!



Add-In: StableBit DrivePool v2.0.0.387 BETA

StableBit DrivePool have released version 2.0.0.387 BETA for users of Windows Server 2012 Essentials.

whs_2011 dashboard tab

This latest build has the following change log:

  • Increased the default size of the main window to 750×300.
  • Fixed installation script for Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials.
  • [D] Fixed a memory leak of a few bytes when fully unloading the virtual disk driver.
  • Moved all persistent UI state information into the UI Store and out of the .config. (your UI state will reset)
  • Added the ability to sort the pooled disks list in the horizontal UI. The default sort order is now "By Name".
  • Ignore disk updates from disks that have no media. This was causing the service and UI to refresh too often. Observed this with a DELL USB flash card reader.
  • Persistent UI settings are now upgraded, so that you don't loose them when performing an update.
  • Added a new help window that shows up after you create your first pool that explains the basics of how the pool works.
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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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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!


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.

Gigabyte GR-EZI14H Front

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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Mount an SSD in a HP MicroServer drive tray

If you want to know how to mount an SSD into one of the four drive trays on a HP MicroServer, then the Tenniswood Blog has the answer.

At £12 a metal tray with a pass through card that matches where the SATA pickups are on a 3.5inch disk is the solution.

HP MicroSerrver SSD Tray

More details are available from here.

Mount an SSD in a HP MicroServer drive tray is a post from: MS Windows Home Server - Your Personal Guide to Microsoft Windows Home Server!


KeepVault 45% Discount

By Philip Churchill

Its backup awareness week 2014 and to start the celebrations online backup provider KeepVault are offering a 45% limited-time discount.

The discount applies to pricing for Windows Home Server 2011, WHS Original and Server Essentials.

The KeepVault WHS Dashboard Add-In

More details for WHS users can be found here and for Server essentials users here.

KeepVault 45% Discount 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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Video: IOSafe N2 Fireproof and Waterproof NAS

IOSAFE N2 Front

Linus techtips has a great video on the IOSafe N2 fireproof & waterproof NAS.

In this unboxing and overview video they explain the technology which keeps the box safe from fire for 30 minutes, giving time for the fire department to arrive and distinguish the fire and whilst they are using their hoses the IOSafe N2 is also protected from the water too.

Video: IOSafe N2 Fireproof and Waterproof NAS is a post from: MS Windows Home Server - Your Personal Guide to Microsoft Windows Home Server!


Windows Server 2012 R2 Products and Editions Comparison

The Windows Server 2012 R2 Products and Editions Comparison is a PDF detailing the differences between Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard and Datacenter and Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials and more 2012 R2 editions.

Windows Server 2012 R2 Products and Editions Comparison

You can download it from here.

Windows Server 2012 R2 Products and Editions Comparison is a post from: MS Windows Home Server - Your Personal Guide to Microsoft Windows Home Server!


Windows Server 2012 Essentials Public Beta Released

The Windows Server Essentials Team have just announced that Windows Server 2012 Essentials public beta is now available for download and testing from the following locations:

Available for download is the installation ISO at 4GB, the restore CD as well as the Windows Server SDK.

Windows Server 2012 Essentials Public Beta

Don't forget that the team would like you to file any bugs which you may find as well as any feedback at the Connect website.

Further helpful information on Windows Server 2012 Essentials is available from:

Windows Server 2012 Beta Essentials (formerly Windows Small Business Server Essentials) is a flexible, affordable, and easy-to-use server solution designed and priced for small businesses with up to 25 uses and 50 devices that helps them reduce costs and be more productive. Windows Server 2012 Beta Essentials is an ideal first server, and it can also be used as the primary server in a multi-server environment for small businesses.

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WD Sentinel DX4000 Software Update

WD Sentinel DX4000 Front

WD have released a software update for their Sentinel DX4000 running Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials.

Version 01.05.14.18 has the following changes:

  • Added support for 4TB Enterprise drives (Model # WD4000F9YZ-09N20L0, WD4000F9MZ-76NVPL0)
  • Addressed issue of WD code signing certificate

You can download this update from here.

WD Sentinel DX4000 Software Update is a post from: MS Windows Home Server - Your Personal Guide to Microsoft Windows Home Server!


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