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Multimedia Activities may Cause a Computer that is Running WS2012e to Stop Responding

Microsoft have issued a fix for Windows Server 2012 (which includes WS2012e) and Windows 8 Release Preview where Multimedia or communication activities may cause the computer to stop responding.

Multimedia Activities may Cause a Computer that is Running WS2012e to Stop Responding

The system may randomly stop responding (hang) when you work on multimedia or communication activities. This problem may occur during video editing, unified communications, or any other multimedia activities.

This problem occurs because of an issue in the interaction between the state-machine driving dynamic tick transitions and the state-machine-driving clock rate changes.

Microsoft have released an update via the optimal updates panel in Windows Update to fix this problem. More details are available from here.

Multimedia Activities may Cause a Computer that is Running WS2012e to Stop Responding is a post from: MS Windows Home Server - Your Personal Guide to Microsoft Windows Home Server!



Video: WS2012e Unattended Installation (using unattended.xml)

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The tinkerguy is back and this time he shows us how to automate the Windows Server 2012 Essentials installation so that toy have an unattended installation by using unattended .xml.

Interested in learning some of the steps to being an OEM custom PC builder, or Windows Deployment automation sysadmin?

Recently, I became interested in getting Windows Server 2012 Beta Essentials to install without asking me a lot of questions.

Accompanied by a video, tinkerguy also explains how to inject the auto unattended.xml into your install ISO by using UltraISO also.

Video: WS2012e Unattended Installation (using unattended.xml) is a post from: MS Windows Home Server - Your Personal Guide to Microsoft Windows Home Server!



The BYOB Podcast Episode 92

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Episode 92 of the BYOB podcast is up, and this week:

"Haswell, Server 2012 storage spaces testing and the great domain debate rages on. eVGA mini motherboard, and the Google Nexus hands on..."

You can find episode 92 here.

The BYOB Podcast Episode 92 is a post from: MS Windows Home Server - Your Personal Guide to Microsoft Windows Home Server!



Video: Removing Active Directory Domain from WS2012e to Restore the Simplicity of Workgroup

Tinkerguy explains to us how to remove the Active Directory Domain from Windows Server 2012 Essentials itself, in a attempt to restore the simplicity of Workgroup.

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As well as lots of detailed information, Tinkerguy has also posted this 8 minute video BUT please note as of the 27th July 2012 this method of removal is causing a few problems .

See here for more details.

Video: Removing Active Directory Domain from WS2012e to Restore the Simplicity of Workgroup is a post from: MS Windows Home Server - Your Personal Guide to Microsoft Windows Home Server!



Add-In: Integrity Checker v1.50

Integrity Checker the add-in which automatically generates hash-stamps to guarantee the integrity of your data has had an update.

Integrity Checker Scan Complete

Version 1.50 is now publicly available and includes the following changes:

  • Updates for Server 2012 Essentials and "Windows Server Logo" certification
  • Fixed issue where files located within very long paths wouldn't be scanned
  • Code tuning and performance improvements

Existing users can upgrade for free directly within the add-in by selecting More Settings | Check For Software Update. 

Integrity Checker is available for WHS v1, WHS 2011, SBS 2011 Essentials and the newly released Windows Server 2012 Essentials.

Add-In: Integrity Checker v1.50 is a post from: MS Windows Home Server - Your Personal Guide to Microsoft Windows Home Server!



Long Live Windows Home Server

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Podcast Entertainment 2.0 has Windows Home Server MVP Dave McCabe talking about (you guessed it) Windows Home Server:

David brings with him his vast Home Server experience to discuss what the death of Home Server means for its fans, and for the Media Center community. Many Media Center users, including Josh and Richard, also incorporate Home Server into their home computing environment, so bringing on the host of The Home Server Show podcast was really helpful in clearing up what all of this news means.

Entertainment 2.0 #186 : Long Live Windows Home Server can be found here.

Long Live Windows Home Server is a post from: MS Windows Home Server - Your Personal Guide to Microsoft Windows Home Server!



WD Red NAS Hard Drives show 10% Reduction in Temperature

Another review on Western Digital's (WD) Red hard drive designed specifically for NAS users and this time its from Serve The Home.

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We are told about 3D Active Balance Plus, TLER - time limited error recovery and Command Completion. This of course is backed up with some performance numbers too.

Western Digital are also claiming a noticeable reduction in temperature for the new WD Red drives and in testing it shows a 10% reduction.

More details are available from Serve The Home.

WD Red NAS Hard Drives show 10% Reduction in Temperature is a post from: MS Windows Home Server - Your Personal Guide to Microsoft Windows Home Server!



Add-In: In: StableBit DrivePool v1.1.0.6326v1.1.0.6326

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StableBit DrivePool the Drive Extender type add-in for WHS 2011 users has been released as a release final (out of beta), and includes the following changes:

  • Final release build.
  • Major new items since last release (1.0.1):
    - Improved read striping algorithm.
    - Network I/O prioritization for smoother streaming video.
    - Fast drive removal (option) for setups with many duplicated folders.
    - Improved balancing algorithm which will actively keep drives from getting full.
    - Many CoveFS changes / fixes, including an overhauled buffering and an updated locking model.

More information on StableBit DrivePool and what it can do for you is available from here.

Add-In: In: StableBit DrivePool v1.1.0.6326v1.1.0.6326 is a post from: MS Windows Home Server - Your Personal Guide to Microsoft Windows Home Server!



Add-In: StableBit Scanner v2.1.0.2601

StableBit Scanner the advanced hard disk surface scanner add-in has been updated with a power management fix and installer updates.

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Here is the full change log for users of WHS 2011, SBS 2011 Essentials and Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials:

  • Scanner ported to Vista+ (public BETA in a few weeks).
    - Columns / window sizes will get reset because we now store per-user settings in a non-administrative location.
  • Added automatic updating (Vista+).
  • Added tray notifications (Vista+).
  • Added option to prevent system from sleeping while scanning (enabled by default).
  • Added option to wake up system before scan time (enabled by default).
  • Updated installer for compatibility with the next DrivePool release.

More information on StableBit Scanner is available from here.

Add-In: StableBit Scanner v2.1.0.2601 is a post from: MS Windows Home Server - Your Personal Guide to Microsoft Windows Home Server!



Add-In: My Movies for WHS 2011 v2.11 PR6

My Movies for Windows Home Server 2011 has a new pre release version.

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Version 2.11 PR6 has the following changes:

  • Added: Better messages when attempting to start services without the required amount of points.
  • Change: Event handling functionality now requires 2500 points or integrator license.
  • Change: New handbrake version for video converter.
  • Change: Ability to process unidentified discs have been split into when system was online, available for all, and when system was offline (boat functionality), which is available only for users with 2500 points or installer integrators version.
  • Change: MPEG-2 option deprecated as copy target, and instead added as part of video converter.
  • Fix: Video converter only checked for 1250 points, despite it requiring 2500.
  • Fix: Some requests could time out when downloading from WHS to apps.
  • Fix: AnyDVD panel did not show for installers when clicking for it.
  • Fix: If you hit update on your account to update points, it did not always correctly enable the service options.
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Open Source alternatives to Windows Home Server

bit-tech.net has a 5 page listing of open source alternatives to Windows Home Server.

Most Features of WHS can be Easily Duplicated

Most Features of WHS can be Easily Duplicated - But would you want too?

It takes a look at OpenMediaVault and VortexBox for Media Streaming. FreeNAS and Openfiler for file sharing. Nagios for host health monitoring and for centralised backup Areca Backup, Amanda Community Edition and Bacula are taken a look at.

Its an informative list (you traitors!) which you can find here.

Open Source alternatives to Windows Home Server is a post from: MS Windows Home Server - Your Personal Guide to Microsoft Windows Home Server!



The Home Server Show 190 - Storage Spaces and Domain vs. Workgroup

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Episode 190 of The Home Server Show podcast is available and this week the guys are breaking down domain vs. workgroup and Storage Spaces in the new beta of Windows Server 2012 Essentials.

"It's another Windows Home Server post-mortem but there are no tears; only celebration. Well, maybe not that happy but we are looking more in depth at Windows Server 2012 Essentials. The more it's torn apart the more comfortable it gets. We talk about domains, workgroups, Storage Spaces, RAID, SSD, and TechNet. The one question we have however, is this a product for the home or not? Listen in and find out."

You can find the audio here or view the video below:

The Home Server Show 190 - Storage Spaces and Domain vs. Workgroup is a post from: MS Windows Home Server - Your Personal Guide to Microsoft Windows Home Server!



Video: Domain Complexity can be Entirely Hidden in WS2012e

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Tinkertry has another great video on Windows Server 2012 Beta Essentials, this time explaining that it works fine with PCs in the domain or in a workgroup.

Domain complexity can be entirely hidden from the average PC user whose system is being backed up with Windows Server 2012 Beta Essentials as is demonstrated in this 27 minute video:

Video: Domain Complexity can be Entirely Hidden in WS2012e is a post from: MS Windows Home Server - Your Personal Guide to Microsoft Windows Home Server!



Add-In: Lights-Out for WS2012e v1.5.2.1755 Beta

Martin Rothschink has released a beta build of his add-in Lights-Out with full Windows Server 2012 Essentials Support.

Lights-Out is a power management add-in that allows you to place your server into suspended mode or hibernation and resume on user defined events.

Lights-Out (non beta) will officially support Windows Server 2012 Essentials with one of the next updates but in the meantime you can download this beta release from here.

Add-In: Lights-Out for WS2012e v1.5.2.1755 Beta is a post from: MS Windows Home Server - Your Personal Guide to Microsoft Windows Home Server!



Windows 8 General Availability October 26th 2012

Steven Sinofsky announced at Microsoft's annual sales meeting that customers will be able to get Windows 8 on October 26th, 2012 either on  a new PC or as an upgrade.

Windows 8 GA Save the Date

Earlier this month at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference, Tami Reller told attendees Windows 8 would be available in October and now we have a specific date which naturally also applies to Windows Server 2012 but we will have to wait a little longer after that date for WS2012e as was the case with Windows 7 and SBS 2011 Essentials.

Windows 8 General Availability October 26th 2012 is a post from: MS Windows Home Server - Your Personal Guide to Microsoft Windows Home Server!



Video: Are Your Green Drives Killing Your NAS?

Revision3′s TEKZiLLA twice weekly tech show have a segment entitled "Are your Green Drives Killing Your NAS?"

In this 10 minute segment PCPer.com's Allyn Malventano talks about Western Digital's new Red NAS Drives with their Time Limited Error Recovery - TLER (normally only available in enterprise RAID edition drives) and automatic dynamic balancing. Allyn also talks about the Scrubbing your RAID feature and if you should replace your the Green drives in your home server right now.

In conclusion:

  • If you are in the market right now for new hard drives buy the WD Red's
  • If you currently have WD Green, Black or any other hard drives just replace them as they go dead with the WD Red drives

TEKZiLLA - Are Your Green Drives Killing Your NAS

You can listen to this segment here. (08:43 in)

Video: Are Your Green Drives Killing Your NAS? is a post from: MS Windows Home Server - Your Personal Guide to Microsoft Windows Home Server!

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Windows Server 2012 Essentials Feature List

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

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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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Add-In: StableBit DrivePool v1.0.2.6324 BETA

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StableBit DrivePool version 1.0.2.6324 BETA is available with finalized translations plus an installer update.

StableBit DrivePool is the Drive Extender type add-in for WHS 2011 users that allows you to both pool multiple hard drives into one big virtual drive and to easily add or remove drives at any time whilst providing file protection in duplicated folders.

Here's the change log for this latest beta release:

  • Finalized translations.
  • Updated UI controls to latest.
  • Updated installer for compatibility with the next Scanner release.

More information on this beta release is available from the DrivePool Development BETA Wiki.

Add-In: StableBit DrivePool v1.0.2.6324 BETA is a post from: MS Windows Home Server - Your Personal Guide to Microsoft Windows Home Server!



MultiPoint Server 2012 Beta Available

Totally unrelated to both WHS and WS2012e, but for those of you who like tinkering with new products Microsoft's Windows MultiPoint Server 2012 Beta went live yesterday.

MultiPoint Server is designed for schools and allows a single computer to support multiple users at the same time, each working independently using their own monitor, keyboard and mouse.

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MultiPoint Server 2012 provides a new MultiPoint dashboard, hands-off recovery with disk protection, a Windows 8 desktop experience, allow you to monitor Windows 8 (and 7) clients and also allows virtualized Windows 7 or 8 Desktops.

More details are available from the Windows MultiPoint Server Team Blog.

MultiPoint Server 2012 Beta Available is a post from: MS Windows Home Server - Your Personal Guide to Microsoft Windows Home Server!



HP Windows Server 2012 Essentials Webcast

HP have a webcast on Windows Server 2012 Essentials this Wednesday July 18th at 8:00PM PT.

Topics covered will be the features and benefits of Windows Server 2012 Essentials , customer scenarios, the HP Product portfolio and their transition plans, plus a 20 minute Q&A session.

More details are in this demo video:

Here is the information for the meeting:

https://join.microsoft.com/meet/v-jatake/WY9LK1DN

Join by Phone

+14257063500
+18883203585

Find a local number

Conference ID: 25291428

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



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