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Add-In: ISO Mounter v1.20

The ISO Mounter add-in for WHS V1 and WHS 2011 has been updated to version 1.20

ISO Mounter for WHS 2011

The add-in allows you to mount ISO files (DVD and CD images) stored on your home server so they can be viewed directly through your servers folder share on all of your PC's and laptops.

Here are the release notes for this release:

New Features:

  • Burn ISO images to removable USB devices
  • New "Unmount all" button to simplify unmounting of multiple images from the server Dashboard
  • New "Rescan watch folder" to allow mounting of all pre-existing ISO image files in a watch folder

Enhancements:

  • Cleaned up the user interface.  Moved some tasks from the main view into a separate "More Settings" dialog view
  • Fixed crash when browsing for ISO files on Servers with a non-standard Share layout (e.g. server Shares are not stored in D:\ServerFolders)

Installation tips for WHS/SBS 2011:

  • Uninstall the previous version of the add-in.
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Update Rollup 3 for Essentials 2012 Released

Update Rollup 3 for Server Essentials 2012 has been released.

UR3 for WS21012 Essentials Available

UR 3 includes new solutions to skip DNS auto-detect and configuration on the client, contains new Best Practice Analyzer (BPA) rules and introduces a new Branding name for the Windows Azure Backup integration add-in.

The following 12 issues are resolved with this release:

  1. Windows Server Essentials Group Policies do not work in Windows 8.1.
  2. Client Backup stops at the "In progress" status when the destination disk is full.
  3. When you run Microsoft Office 365 Windows PowerShell cmdlets by using non-administrator permission, Windows Server Office 365 Integration Service crashes.
  4. When you delete users who have a Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 mailbox assigned, the Windows Server On-Premises Exchange Integration Service crashes.
  5. Assume that an Office 365 user tries to change their password. If the password cannot synchronize to the Office 365 servers, the user cannot change their password.
  6. Assume there is a situation in which the password synchronize service is stopped. When password synchronization is attempted, the synchronization failure is not reported.
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FREE Windows Server 2012 R2 Preview Release eBook

The 'Introducing Windows Server 2012 R2 Preview Release' book from Microsoft Press is now available as a free download and is a great way for you to see what's new in Windows Server 2012 R2.

Windows Server 2012 R2 Preview Release eBook

You can download the 108 page PDF from here: http://aka.ms/IntroWinServ2012R2Preview/PDFebook

FREE Windows Server 2012 R2 Preview Release eBook is a post from: MS Windows Home Server - Your Personal Guide to Microsoft Windows Home Server!


WD Sentinel DX4000 Now Shipping with 16 TB Capacity

WD are now offering their Sentinel DX4000 with 16 TB Capacity for £1,749.

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Here's their press release:

WD® now offers its WD SentinelTM DX4000 small office storage server with a capacity of 16TB, in addition to existing shipping capacities of 4TB, 6TB, 8TB and 12 TB.

WD Sentinel is a storage server designed specifically to meet the storage needs of small-to-medium sized businesses (SMBs). The WD Sentinel 16TB unit includes four 4TB hard drives, which offers small business owners the capacity, performance and capabilities they need to support their business. The WD Sentinel DX4000 small office storage server acts as the "on-premise cloud storage" solution for the SMB.

WD Sentinel offers SMB clients an easy to set up and easy to administer solution for managing their growing data storage requirements. It comes preconfigured from WD and can be easily setup into an existing SMB environment within 30 minutes. The WD Sentinel includes backup

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The NAS HDD Showdown

TweakTown have a NAS HDD showdown between the WD Red vs the Seagate NAS.

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A very thorough 6 page review can be found here, but in conclusion they are both as good as each other.

The NAS HDD Showdown is a post from: MS Windows Home Server - Your Personal Guide to Microsoft Windows Home Server!


LaCie 5big Office + with Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials Reviewed

WeGotServed has a review on the LaCie 5big Office + which uses Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials.

The 7 page review looks at what is included in the box, the units features and specifications, the initial setup process, which is then followed by plenty of performance testing.

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The LaCie 5big Office + was awarded 7/10 by WeGotServed. You can read their full review here.

LaCie 5big Office + with Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials Reviewed is a post from: MS Windows Home Server - Your Personal Guide to Microsoft Windows Home Server!



The Computer Failed to Take a Snapshot of the Volume for Backup

Joe’s backups started to fail on his Windows Home Server, with the following message:

"The computer failed to take a snapshot of the volume for backup."

Joe found out that the error was due to his Windows 7 PC not having enough free space on the system reserved partition, with the solution to expand  this 100MB partition to a bigger size, which worked in Joe’s case.

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You can read Joe??s story here.

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Windows Home Server 2011 Shadow Copies

Windows Home Server 2011 now includes a Previous Version feature which enables users to recover files which they may have accidently deleted. Also known as Shadow Copies this OS feature is enabled for shared folders by default and are created twice a day at 06:00 and 13:00 hours.

WHS2011 Shadow Copies

If you now accidently delete a file on a share or on a folder, you can use previous versions to recover that file without relying on a server backup. A nice addition for WHS users!

Windows Home Server 2011 Shadow Copies is a post from: MS Windows Home Server - Your Personal Guide to MicroSoft Windows Home Server!



Add-In: Lights-Out v1.5.4

Lights-Out version 1.5.4 has been released today and now supports a third platform, Windows 7/8 and Standard Windows Server.

Lights-Out for WHS2011

Here's the full change log:

  • Fixed a timing problem in command line application
  • Fixed scrambled task editor dialog
  • Fixed default backup window for WSE 2012
  • Fixed a deadlock condition in service and dashboard
  • Fixed detection of Windows Server 2012 Standard after transmog of Essentails
  • Fixed properties dialog scaling if font size is > 100%
  • Fixed a bug in file monitor (reported activity while disabled)
  • Split RDP and console monitoring into 2 options
  • Added RDP and console monitoring to uptime chart
  • Completely reworked wake-on-lan code to fix issues with changing network adapters (LAN -> WLAN -> LAN)
  • Added task list cleanup for outdated calendar events (older than 2 months)
  • Changed calendar colors for WSE 2012
  • Lights-Out client can now be operated in parallel with another Lights-Out server installation
  • In place license upgrade (discount code)
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Add-In: My Movies Home and Essentials Server Solution v2.14 PR7 Build 2

My Movies Home and Essentials Server Solution

The pre release version of My Movies Home and Essentials Server Solution for users of WHS2011 and WS2012 Essentials has had an update.

Here is the change log for version 2.14 PR7 Build 2:

  • Added: Event handlers have been changed to receive 3d and aspect ratio information on playback.
  • Change: Various improvements to MKV processing.
  • Fix: Some MKV conversions could fail due to special characters in path.
  • Fix: Issue that could cause some music cds to stop processing.
  • Fix: Converter now sets mobile paths depending on destination (Local vs. network path).
  • Fix: Converter could fail due to a logging issue.

You can download this pre release from here.

Add-In: My Movies Home and Essentials Server Solution v2.14 PR7 Build 2 is a post from: MS Windows Home Server - Your Personal Guide to Microsoft Windows Home Server!


Update Rollup 3 (UR3) for WHS 2011 is Available

UR3 has been made available for WHS 2011. This update rollup contains server-side fixes. After installation, the client-side package is installed on all Windows client computers automatically.

UR3 for WHS 2011

You can now configure the Launchpad to start in a minimized state which was a nuisance for most users. This can be accomplished by selecting the "Always minimize the Launchpad at start" check box.

Major issues that are resolved by this update

  • Issue 1 - When you try to connect a Windows 8-based client computer to Windows Home Server 2011, you receive an "Unexpected Error" message.
  • Issue 2 - On a computer that is running Windows 8 and that has Internet Explorer 10 installed, thumbnails for Remote Web Access (RWA) media files and folders are not displayed correctly. Specifically, the thumbnails are displayed as black squares.
  • Issue 3 - Assume that you connect a Windows 8-based client computer to a Windows Home Server 2011-based server, and then set the client backup property to
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Add-In: Dell AMT vPRO Plugin for SBS 2011 Essentials

For those of you using SBS 2011 Essentials in a business environment, Dell have released an add-in that provides an out-of-band management solution for select Latitude, Optiplex and Precision Systems.

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Here is the spill on the Dell AMT vPRO Plugin for SBS 2011 Essentials:

The application allows you to remotely manage client systems regardless of the state, the system power, or operating system is in. You can use Intel AMT vPRO Plugin management utility to perform the following tasks:

  • USB Provisioning
  • Perform client configuration like-
    ?Configuring power profile
    ?Configuring the boot order
    ?Configuring the BIOS settings
    ?Configuring BIOS passwords
  • Perform remote operations like ?Perform KVM sessions
    ?Remotely manage power settings
  • Generate reports for Hardware Inventory, Battery information, Out-of-band Manageability, and system provisioned.
  • Monitor task progress and details

You can download the add-in directly (exe) from here.

Add-In: Dell AMT vPRO Plugin for SBS 2011 Essentials is a post from:

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Video: HP N40L MicroServer with a Sans Digital Attached

A couple of videos for you courtesy of the Home Server Show.

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The first is a demonstration on how to add 3TB HDD's in WHS-2011 with Disk Management on a N40L MicroServer with the Sans Digital attached. During the video a RAID1's with the 3TB drives in the MicroServer and the Sans Digital is also created:

The second video is a tear down oft the Sans Digital TR4M+BNC which is then put back together attached to the N40L, the same N40L demonstrated in the above video, and powering the whole system up:

More details on these configurations can be found here.

Video: HP N40L MicroServer with a Sans Digital Attached is a post from: MS Windows Home Server - Your Personal Guide to Microsoft Windows Home Server!


No Longer a WHS MVP, but...

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Today is the day that my MVP status was up for renewal and unfortunately with the demise of Windows Home Server as a product offering from Microsoft I am no longer a Windows Home Server MVP.

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The good news is that I am still am MVP but in the category of Windows Server for Small and Medium Business which this blog caters for as well as for Home Server of course.

"The Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) Award is our way of saying thank you to exceptional, independent community leaders who share their passion, technical expertise, and real-world knowledge of Microsoft products with others. It is part of Microsoft's commitment to supporting and enriching technical communities. Even before the rises of the Internet and social media, people have come together to willingly offer their ideas and best practices in technical communities."

Many thanks to Microsoft for making me an MVP (again) and congratulations to the other MVPs both old and new who were given the MVP award today too.

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Add-In: Lights-Out 1.5.2 Build 1737 (Service Pack 2)

Service Pack 2 for the add-in Lights-Out has just been released.

Service Pack 2 adds many new features to this add-in which is used to put a Windows Home Server into suspended mode or hibernation and resume on user defined events, the most important one being the new Mac Agent which is supported on both WHS 2011 and v1.

What's new in version 1.5.2 Build 1737 (Service Pack 2)

New Mac Agent for OS X!

A client package is now available for all users running Apple Mac Computers with their Windows Home Server 2011.

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See here for installation and operation.

New option for client action after backup

Service Pack 2 introduces a new client option called "Force end action". This option is enabled by default to ensure the previous behavior. If you disable this option, the action after backup is only executed if a start-up or wake-up for a scheduled backup has been detected AND if there has been no user activity in the last 10 minutes or during backup.

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Add-In: StableBit DrivePool v1.3.2.7547 BETA

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The beta build of StableBit DrivePool has had an update.

Here is the change log for this latest release for users of WHS2011, SBS 2011 Essentials and Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials:

  • Fixed sporadic error when DrivePool_VerifyAfterCopy was enabled (disabled by default).
    Files were failing verification, even when they were identical.
    Some files were not getting re-balanced as a result.

Version 1.3.2.7547 beta can be downloaded from here.

Add-In: StableBit DrivePool v1.3.2.7547 BETA is a post from: MS Windows Home Server - Your Personal Guide to Microsoft Windows Home Server!


Add-In: iHomeServer v2 (for iTunes) v2.0.29.0

Version 2 of iHomeServer has been released.

iHomeServer 2 - Watch Folder View

iHomeServer 2 is a native WHS (WHSv1 and WHS 2011) add-in that runs and manages iTunes on your Home Server.

New features in this version include:

  • Watch Folder management
  • iTunes track management
  • iTunes playlist management
  • Metadata editing
  • Cover art editing
  • Native 64-bit support

All from within the familiar Windows Home Server dashboard.

iHomeServer 2 - Edit Track Metadata

iHomeServer v2 (for iTunes) is available as a 30 day trial, after which it will cost you $30

Further information on iHomeServer 2 is available here.

Add-In: iHomeServer v2 (for iTunes) v2.0.29.0 is a post from: MS Windows Home Server - Your Personal Guide to Microsoft Windows Home Server!



On The Move

We are currently moving webhosts and apologize for any down time - We will be right back!

On The Move is a post from: MS Windows Home Server - Your Personal Guide to Microsoft Windows Home Server!


Western Digital Black 4TB Hard Drive Review

TechSpot reviews the WD Black 4TB Hard Drive and at $350 its cheaper than a pair of WD Black 2TB drives and much more affordable than the previously released enterprise WD RE 4TB drive. But how does it perform?

WD Black 4TB Hard Drive

You can find out in this 7 page review from TechSpot.

Western Digital Black 4TB Hard Drive Review is a post from: MS Windows Home Server - Your Personal Guide to Microsoft Windows Home Server!


Services Integration in Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials

The Windows Server Essentials and Small Business Server Blog has a 2 part article giving an overview of services integration in Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials.

Enabling Services Integration from the Dashboard in WS2012e R2

Part 1 takes a look at Windows Azure Active Directory integration, as well as the major day-to-day management tasks associated with it, whilst part 2 looks at SharePoint Online library management and Exchange ActiveSync integration, a part of the Office 365 integration feature.

Services Integration in Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials is a post from: MS Windows Home Server - Your Personal Guide to Microsoft Windows Home Server!


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