Add-In: PerfectDisk 11 Service Pack 3 (Build 178)

The defragger for Windows Home Server users has been updated to Build 178 to include various bug fixes and minor enhancements.

You can “Check For Updates” from within the product or wait for Autoupdate.

 Client enhancements and fixes:

  • We corrected a bug when creating Auto Pilot schedules for Exchange Data stores on Exchange 2010. If individual stores were selected instead of all stores, you would get an error.
  • A new feature was added to allow controlling the behavior (display) of the registration dialog. This can now be blocked using group policy, the config.ini file or the Enterprise Console
  • A new feature was added to control the VSS settings from Group Policy or the config.ini file.
  • A new feature was added to control the custom SMARTPlacement settings from Group Policy.
  • We modified the behavior of the Screen Saver Auto-Pilot schedule to allow the monitor to power off. Prior to this version, Screen Saver schedules would not run if the monitor powered off as not screen saver was present. This behavior was modified to recognize the corporate need to have monitor power down to save energy.
  • The defragmentation logic was modified to minimize skipping files during a defragmentation pass. Prior to this version a file could be skipping after failing to move when requested. This logic was changed to only skip the file under more restrictive terms.
  • We corrected a flaw in the SmartDefrag logic where the proper defragmentation algorithm was not always being used.
  • We added support for Japanese translations.

Console enhancements and fixes:

  • When deploying patch files from the Enterprise console, the wizard would sometimes crash due to an un-initialized variable. This has been fixed.
  • We corrected a bug when downloading the latest PerfectDisk clients for deployment. The console did not use the proxy settings. This has been fixed.
  • New feature was added to allow controlling the behavior (display) of the registration dialog. This can now be blocked using group policy, the config.ini file or the Enterprise Console.
  • We corrected a bug when downloading PerfectDisk client packages from the deployment wizard. Previous versions did not support saving the package to a network share. This has been fixed.
  • A change was made to the deployment wizard to use the computer name if a domain is not specified when providing credentials.
  • Some user interface layout changes were made to avoid confusion.
  • We fixed a bug when specified specific sync periods which spanned midnight.
  • We added support for Japanese translations.

More details on PerfectDisk 11 for Windows Home Server is available from here.

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Add-In: Ten Atoms DNS Updater 1.0.0.41

DNS Updater is an add-in which enables you to remote access your Home Server website using a vanity URL instead of the default supplied http://xxxxx.homeserver.com sub domain.

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The add-in by company "Ten Atoms" supports the following hosts:

  • DynDNS
  • NO-IP
  • ZoneEdit
  • DNS-O-Matic
  • Open DNS

The add-in is $19.99 and a 30 day trail is also available as well as additional information from here.

IMPORTANT NOTE: I cannot recommend this version (1.0.0.41) as the Ten Atoms DNS Updater service continually crashed the WHS console and the add-in had to be uninstalled on my test system.

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Get 3 months HomeServerSync Online Backup For Your Home Server FREE

The HomeServerSync add-in from Tranquil PC is now available for Windows Home Server users.

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HomeServerSync allows you to access your Home Server services from anywhere in the world, protect your files even more, and sync data between PCs, using the Home Server itself as a ‘personal cloud data server’ !

There are 3  components to HomeServerSync, that provide the ultimate in data security, remote access and PC to WHS to PC synchronization:

  1. 100GB of offsite backup storage is included with more available if needed.
  2. Provision of a unique private network, allowing full access to WHS Console and WHS Shares from anywhere in the world, via internet connection.
  3. Multi PC synchronization system that not only protects data but means that one PC can receive or send updates to ‘shared’ files and folders on other PCs

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And the pricing is good too with the annual subscription costing just £139 with 100GB of storage for your data.

And now the best news of all… as an MSWHS.com reader we have a special deal for you, by using the promo code M023 when registering your details you’ll receive an additional 100 extra days absolutely FREE, which means 465 days instead of the standard 365 days.

How to Get your 100 Days FREE:

  1. To find out more request the free 15 day trail by emailing trial@homeserversync.co.uk
  2. You will then receive an email with the registration link, which you should visit and enter the promo code M023
  3. Once the subscription is purchased your 365 day subscription will be automatically extended by 100 days to 465 days for FREE

More information on HomeServerSync including its top 10 features, how it works, the data center used and the security of your data are available from here.

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F-Secure withdraw Home Server Security 2009 Suite

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F-secure have decided to withdraw their 2009 Security Suite for Windows Home Server.

Although they have not given any reason for the withdrawal, they have issued this statement:

End of Sales and End of Life Announcement for F-Secure Home Server Security 2009

Dear Customer,

F-Secure announces the End of Sales for F-Secure Home Server Security 2009. The End of Sales date for the product is March 15th 2010. After this date, the product will no longer be available for purchase or renewal from our partners or from our web sites.

This also means that F-Secure will no longer provide solutions for Windows Home Server operating system.

We will continue to support our existing licensed customers.

F-Secure also announces the End of Life date for F-Secure Home Server Security 2009. The End of Life date for the product is March 15th, 2011. After this date, F-Secure will no longer provide support for the product.

Best Regards,
F-Secure Corporation

I am not sure what to make of this so I am hoping to get some further clarification early next week, it seems a strange decision and I can only presume they experienced a lack of take up of the product.

Written by
Matthew Glover

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ASUS Business Cloud Storage

ASUS have released a business only cloud storage service, unlike the consumer version, the business service offers three new features:

Administrator Control Panel
Through this Administrator Control Panel, you can add in new users, delete existing users, monitor the group usage status, examine Administrator operating records, check through bills and make payments.

Group Sharing
One single folder for collaboration: more effective communication

Pay-As-You-Go
An affordable usage-based price model.

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The monthly pricing is $3 per user with a storage fee of $0.30 per GB and if you register before 31st August 2010 and get 2 months FREE too.

You can find out more here.

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WHS Folding@home 1.0.2

WHS Folding is a Windows Home Server add-in wrapper for the popular Folding@home distributed computing medical research project by Stanford University.

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Folding@home essentially uses your Windows Home Servers processing power whilst your server is idle and not being used by yourself. Folding@Home is a great way to make your Windows Home Server do useful work even when you’re not using it.

For more information see here.

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Matthew Glover

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Windows Home Server Client Backup Notifier

Windows Home Server MVP Sam Wood has just released a new add-in that emails you about your backups. It will let you know when your backups have completed, failed or not run at all.

Example output:

CLIENT1 (192.168.1.22)

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Last Good Backup: 31/07/2010 2:58:01 p.m.

Last Backup Status: Complete

Current Health Status: Normal

 

CLIENT2 (192.168.1.23)

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Last Good Backup: 1/08/2010 4:31:20 a.m.

Last Backup Status: Complete

Current Health Status: Normal

 

CLIENT3 (192.168.1.24)

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Last Good Backup: 1/08/2010 6:11:19 a.m.

Last Backup Status: Complete

Current Health Status: Normal

Backup is running

I haven’t had chance to test this yet but I will try and get a review done sometime this week.

You can find out more here.

Written by
Matthew Glover

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