The Week in Review – Sunday’s Summary

What was going on this week at mswhs.com? Here’s your chance to catch-up if you missed something!

  • HP MediaSmart Server Page Updated
    • The MediaSmart Server page at HP has been updated to include links to reviews on the EX470 and EX475.
  • Home Server Media Server and TV Recorder all in one
    • The Media one (M one) is the new offering from Tranquil PC. It’s a Home Server, Media Server and TV recorder all in one. This single “One Box” solution from Tranquil PC enables you to: Watch live DVB-T television with time shifting (TV Pause)Playback of recorded TV programs Setup TV recording…
  • Add-In: Photo Timeline
    • Photo Timeline is an add-in by French developer Atomusk which allows you to show your pictures in a timeline and enables you to to zoom in and out using the mouse wheel. Full installation steps and additional information is available at the following forum post.
  • Fujitsu Siemens Scaleo Home Server FAQ
    • We Got Served has stated that Fujitsu Siemens have posted a Scaleo Home Server FAQ For which user is the SCALEO Home Server?How does the data protection work?What is SCALEO Power Management?What makes the SCALEO Home Server special?How many clients can be accessed with a SCALEO Home Server?Do I need…
  • “Invalid file handle” Error Message – Help is at Hand
    • Have you ever experienced the “Invalid file handle” error message when moving, copying or trying to delete files that reside on your Windows Home Server?We have a couple of ways for you to correct this problem. The 1st is a blog entry on the site “My Name is better than yours” that takes you…
  • Windows Home Server saves Whiist!

    Even experienced PC users like Whiist developer Andrew Grant can accidentally erase their Vista install. Luckily the Windows Home Server restore CD comes to the rescue! http://www.andrewgrant.org/2008/03/19/windows-home-server-saves-whiist.html

  • Backup Data and More
    • Tranquil PC have put up two some flash demos on Windows Home Server.The first is dedicated to the home user and takes you through backing up, streaming, centralizing storage, remote access, adding hard drives, network health and user accounts.The business use demo takes us through some amazing facts…
  • Add-In: LightsOut
    • The power management add-in LightOut  is now available for download. The add-in allows you to place your home server in standby or hibernation mode at specific times as set via a calendar. To avoid the risk of data loss, the server will cleverly never go to sleep during an active data backup or…
  • WHS Can tell you when it’s about to shut off due to a power outage

    Have you ever wished that your Windows Home Server would tell you when it’s about to shut off due to a power outage? Well it can be done. Blogger Sean Daniel shows us by using a UPS, configuring the alerts in the power management control panel and by using 1 of 2 VBS scripts. All the […]

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  • Tranquil PC T2-WHS-A3 Harmony Home Server Wins A List Award
    • In the May (2008) edition of the magazine PC Pro, the Tranquil PC T2-WHS-A3 Harmony Home Server wins a PC Pro A List award. To celebrate for this weekend only Tranquil PC are offering their acclaimed Recovery Kit  valued at £29 FREE of charge on all Home Server orders.the review concludes that:…
  • AnandTech – Data Corruption due to Faulty Algorithm in the Drive Extender software
    • The IT source for hardware analysis and industry news AnandTech has a look at the data corruption bug in a more technical light taking us through the Drive Extender technology. What you shall read is a mixture of things they know for sure, along with some educated guessing based on what sources told…
  • Home Center from Iomega Delayed due to Market Conditions
    • After our post yesterday regarding an article in Personal Computer World, George Melissargos from Iomega who was interviewed for the piece contacted us.  Iomega’s Windows Home Server product called the Home Center has been placed on hold for now due to market conditions and was not delayed due to…
  • Existing Connector Software works on Windows XP x64 SP2
    • We have shown you before how to install the Connector Software on Vista x64 machines even before Power Pack 1 with that technology is released.Readers leaving comments found that it also worked on Windows XP x64 SP2 also. One by the name of budious said: …to my surprise, found that it detected the…
  • Power Pack 1 could be available end of April
    • As announced previously Todd Headrick the Product Manager of the Windows Home Server Team  posted a question over on the WHS forums asking if you would like Power Pack 1 released prior to June 2008, the date when the Data Corruption fix is due.More than 220 replies later and with Windows home…
  • Iomega Drops Windows Home Server
    • Storage company Iomega has dropped it’s Windows Home Server product because it could not be made at a price low enough for its target audience. The 500GB unit would have sold at approx 600 euros (£450), but price was not the only factor in the decision to drop it from its range. George…
  • General Manager Charlie Kindel talks Windows Home Server
    • General Manager of Windows Home Server Charlie Kindel talks about what’s in Home Server for IT Pros on Microsoft’s Edge site. Charlie runs 5 servers at home, and had no problem integrating Home Server and its functionality. He talks about two guys, Jeff and Oliver, that don’t really exist, but…
  • How to make VCalendar run on Windows Home Server
    • Our Norwegian friend Sgaah has posted a guide on how to make VCalendar run on Windows Home Server. VCalendar or Virtual Calendar is an open source Web calendar application for posting and maintaining events and schedules online, in calendar format.The guide is in Norwegian but as Sgaah says pictures…
  • Windows Home Server Presentation – New York
    • The Mid-Hudson Computer User Group is holding a presentation on Windows Home Server this Thursday 13th March at Poughkeepsie in New York.John Bickford you tell you all you need to know about Home Server with a Q & A session beginning at 6:30 p.m., followed at 7:00 p.m. by business announcements.…
  • Add-In: TiVo Publisher 1.3
    • The latest version of the add-in TiVo Publisher is available for download. Version 1.3  fixes numerous bug fixes and adds the following features: FLAC, OGG, M4A (AAC unprotected) audio formats are now supported. Video Aspect Ratios are preserved. Updated ffmpeg to newer release (2/5/2008, r11870).…
  • Windows Home Server Bible – Sample’s
    • The new book by Greg Kettell and Jennifer Ackerman Kettell is about to be published by publishers Wiley. The Windows Home server Bible is a 600 page comprehensive guide that covers all the techniques and step-by-step instruction you need to succeed with Windows Home Server. Choose the out-of-the-box…
  • Connect Your xBox 360 to Your Home Server

    Website Train Signal Training have a post detailing How to Connect Your xBox 360 to Your Home Server taking you through from the physical connection to the xBox 360 configuration setup. Read it here.

  • Would you like Power Pack 1 sooner rather than later?
    • The Product Manager of the Windows Home Server Team Todd Headrick has posted a question over on the forums asking if you would like Power Pack 1 released prior to June 2008, the date when the Data Corruption fix is due.With already over 100 replies to the question, the consensus seems to be yes…
  • Data Corruption Issue Q&A
    • With the Knowledge Base Article (KB) 946676 detailing the data corruption issue being updated today (see here) we have more detailed information available for you in a question and answer format that should help you understand the problem easier.What is the issue?When certain programs are used to…
  • Data Corruption Knowledge Base (KB946676) Article has been Updated
    • The data corruption Knowledge Base (KB946676) Article has been updated today to revision 5.0 with updated information about symptoms, the cause and giving the status on the issue with guidance also.When certain programs are used to edit or transfer files that are stored on a Windows Home…

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  • Add-In: Vista Caller-ID Public Beta
    • Good news for those of you after a caller ID add-in for Windows Home Server Add-in. After a lot of interest, the closed beta of Vista Caller-ID WHS Add-in has now been made publicly available, although still in beta.Developer Alexander Kent hopes that users will continue sharing ideas, and that…
  • No Leap of Joy for Home Server Users
    • February 29th caused a few problems for Windows Home Server owners last week. Installations of the software went fine until the Welcome/Setup screen requesting the initial WHS password appeared, it would carry on appearing after every login continuously. Users like Julian B and patterson76 posted on…
  • Beginner Mini Series Continues

    Steven Warren’s beginner mini series Real World this time looks at how to connect your computers to your Windows Home Server which basically looks at installing the connector software on one of your networked PCs. Read it on TechRepublic.

  • HP MediaSmart Server Survey
    • If you own a MediaSmart Server then HP would like to understand how they are using the product and what your experience has been so far. They state that their goal is to understand how people have adopted the product into their homes and what they are doing with it. If you take the 10 […]
  • Recommended Routers for Windows Home Server

    We Got Served has a list available (including a PDF file) of HP’s top 10 recommended routers for Windows Home Server that auto-configure the OS, including a list of 6 others that DONT! Available from here.

  • Medion Hold Off Until Data Corruption Flaw is Fixed
    • UK magazine site Personal Computer World are reporting that the Medion will be held off until Microsoft can fix data corruption flaw.Medion’s Home Server was on display at Cebit in Germany where UK product manager Rick Munday said it would not sell the device until Microsoft fixed the data…
  • Belinea O.center Available for Order
    • It’s nice to see Belinea’s new white and orange Windows Home Server called the Belinea’s O.center is now available to order. Using a AMD Sempron LE-1100 processor running at 1.6GHz, with 512MB DDR2 Ram and a 500GB hard drive all for €499. More info in German and English.
  • Tranquil T7-HSA Server Mini Review
    • Blogger Hamish has been using Linux with his Tranquil T7-HSA Server (naughty boy!). His mini review can be found here.
  • PerfectDisk 2008 SP1 Available
    • PerfectDisk 2008 the defrag tool for Windows Home Server was pulled after we reported about it last week due to a bug. The good news is that PerfectDisk 2008 SP1 (Build 44) is now available. To update your current PerfectDisk 2008 build to SP1, simply launch the product, click on the Product…
  • PerfectDisk 2008 to be Integrated into WHS Console
    • Good news for PerfectDisk 2008 users. During Q2 (April-June) of this year the defragmentation tool will integrate into the Windows Home Server console. A spokesperson for Raxco the manufacturer behind PerfectDisk also added that they will maintain their existing pricing, which they believe to be of…
  • Add-In: Media Connect Controller
    • With Windows Home Server you can share your Music, Photos and Videos using Windows Media Connect (WMC) via the Media Library Sharing tab. But what about if you want a more appealing name like Tunes, Tunez or MP3z instead of Music etc.  Using Brendan Grant’s new add-in Media Connect Controller…
  • Add-In: PowerSwitch Updated
    • The add-in PowerSwitch that puts WHS into standby and resumes it at user defined times has been updated to version .810 which contains the following bug fixes: Removed string usage and replaced with enumerated types.  Hopefully this fixes an issue where the German WHS was not entering sleep or…
  • Win a HP Windows Home Server

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  • New Add-In will Integrate MCE and WHS
    • Microsoft employee Steve Lindsay passion in his spare time is Media Center and Home Server, so it makes sense that Steve is about to go into beta with a MCE Home Server Manager application, which does the following: Simple install.Move recordings to Windows Home Server drive on scheduled…
  • Exclusive 25% Discount on WHS Training Videos
    • We brought details of the new video training from Train Signal on Windows Home Server the other day and we have negotiated a discount code with them which will enable you to receive a 25% discount of the already discounted price of $199.95 saving you an extra $49.99, bringing the total cost down to…
  • Add-In: Vista Caller-ID
    • The Vista Caller-ID WHS Add-in is designed specifically for Windows Home Server networks that include one or more Vista Caller-ID client machines. Vista Caller-ID is an on-demand Caller ID log file aggregator add-in where the Caller ID history is centrally stored on the WHS Caller ID database with…
  • Data Corruption Issue (946676) Updated
    • The Microsoft Knowledge Base article 946676 has been updated today regarding When you use certain programs to edit files on a home computer that uses Windows Home Server, the files may become corrupted when you save them to the home server.Microsoft has successfully reproduced corruptions for the…
  • Windows Small Business Server 2008 looks very similar to WHS
    • We have some screen shots of the new Windows Small Business Server 2008 for you. Do they look familiar to you? Taken from the Microsoft Windows Small Business Server 2008 pages. Thanks to Bob Crook for bringing it to our attention.
  • Windows Home Server Training Videos
    • The leading provider of IT training products Train Signal Inc have released over 12 hours of instructor-led training videos for Windows Home Server which show you how to take advantage of WHS to make your digital environment simpler, more organized and more secure.The training is designed for…
  • Norco DS-520G Network Storage Appliance Review
    • Back in October (2007) of last year we gave you details of the DS-520 Home Server NAS Appliance from Norco Technologies which is available as two separate models the DS-520F provides Dual 10/100 Ethernet and a 600MHz Processor whilst the DS-520G has Dual Gigabit Ethernet and a 1GHz Processor and in…
  • How To Use Time Machine with Windows Home Server
    • Blogger Jeremy Jones has a Mac Mini, MacBook and a MacBook Pro and shows us how to back them all up using iTimeMachine to Windows Home Server. Read the full post here.
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    • Add-In: Client Info 2.0.0.1
      • Client Info by Eric Maurer has been updated to version 2.0.0.1. The add-in enables you to see hardware information about your home server and all client computers; including processor, memory, IP address, drive size, drive temp, and if a drive SMART failure is predicted.Fixed in this version is the…
    • Add-In: To Desktop
      • Another new add-in is has been announced called To Desktop which enables you to either minimize, close or exit full screen from the Windows Home Server console. Very handy for when you remote desktop from the web to your server machine where the console occupies the entire screenThe plug-in is in…
    • Add-In: Windows Home Server Disk Management 1.0.6.0
      • The Windows Home Server Disk Management add-in has been updated to version 1.0.6.0 what have either added, changed or fixed the following: Added: Each drive bay now has a user-editable comment field (currently only displayed in the Settings dialog)Changed: Drive bay settings dialog now has…
    • World Cup – Windows Home Server Style!
      • The Windows Home Server Team Blog has posted the results (so far) of the top 16 countries in the Windows Home Server World Cup Competition from the 40+ countries where the software has been purchased in the world.In third place its   DenmarkIn the runner up position its   New ZealandAnd in top…
    • Tranquil PC T2-WHS-A3 Harmony Home Server Review

      PC Pro magazine reviews the Tranquil PC T2-WHS-A3 Harmony Home Server which gets an impressive 5 out of 6 stars and it receives a “PC Pro Recommended” award as well. Read the full review here.

    • Home Server Setup Recommendations
      • Blog “Respect Sakura” has listed 4 important rules in her article entitled Home Server Recommendations Part 1, which include: Buy the biggest drive you can afford for your SYS volume Why you should Keep your total amount of volumes low e.g. maximum of 4 to 6. Use the onboard SATA, and don’t…
    • HP MediaSmart Server Unboxing Video

      Blogger Ian Dixon of TheDigitalLifestyle.com has posted a video of the unboxing of the HP MediaSmart Server. Unboxing of a HP MediaSmart Windows Home Server

    • Tamba Bay SBS User Group Q&A
      • Small Business Server MVP (Most Valuable Professional) Kevin Weilbacher gave a two and a half hour presentation and demo on Windows Home Server at his local Tamba Bay SBS User Group and has kindly posted for us the Q&A from the event which can be found here.
    • Tranquil PC T7-HDX Provides addon Storage
      • The T7-HDX Home Server Extender, is a storage extension unit designed specifically for the T7-HSA from Traquil PC. The T7-HDX slides on to the T7-HSA’s chassis to form one integral unit, and can be configured at purchase with a range of storage options.  Along with the 2TB storage capability this…
    • HP EX470 Review
      • UK Mag Computeract!ve reviews the HP MediaSmart Server EX470 and gives it 4 out of 5 stars. Here’s an excerpt:  Power consumption was higher than other network hard disks – we estimate annual energy bills of £39 for the Mediasmart EX470. These niggles, and the £400 price tag, mean it’s only…
    • It’s Electric
      • Green Computing is given a look at in an article at Economist.com who state It’s about saving money, not the environment.Following on from this article is the RandomElements Blog entry on Conserving power in a multi-PC household which has even more on saving how much electric our servers may…
    • Add-In: Advanced Admin Console Update
      • The add-in Advanced Admin Console has been updated to 0.2.0 Beta which now allows you to add custom program shortcuts to the drop down menu. Details and the download are available from here.

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  • Add-In: Windows Home Server Disk Management has been updated to version 1.0.5.0
    • The Windows Home Server Disk Management Add-In has been updated to version 1.0.5.0. This add-in helps you to identify the physical disc that your working with in the WHS console.For this version:  Added: Disk Information now includes Volume Shadow Copy size Changed: Storage information panel on…
  • Vancouver Talks Windows Home Server
    • The VANTUG (Vancouver Technology User Group) Windows Home Server event which we mentioned here was well received by the 220 attendees who had the pleasure to listen to Microsoft’s Kevin Beares in BC in Canada. Graham Jones kindly sent some pics of the event and says:Apart from the lucky 40 winners…
  • WHS Version 2 – Between June and December 2008
    • Many thanks to whsuser who left a comment yesterday (07 Feb 08) highlighting the blog entry by Neil Hutson on the MSDN blog entitled Neil Hutson – Windows Server 2008, Visual Studio 2008 and .NET 3.5 for developers. On this post Neil states that he has had a number of customers and partners asking…
  • Two New WHS Solutions from S1Digital
    • Company S1Digital’s new website has an interesting PDF file for download that introduces 2 new Windows Home Server solutions from the company. The first is a high end slim 1U rack mount unit aimed initially at the custom installation market, with a capacity of 4TB. Also available will be an add on…
  • Available for Download – Windows Home Server Toolkit User Manual

    Microsoft has released a new white paper for us WHS users. Entitled the Windows Home Server Toolkit User Manual, it goes through the installation and configuration of the Toolkit diagnostic software. Download the .doc file. Download the Toolkit diagnostic software V1.   

  • Happy Birthday to you Both
    • Congratulations to Terry Walsh of We Got Served who are one year old on the 7th February and also to Christoph Dommermuth and the team from the German  language Home Server Blog who were also one on the 5th February as well.Wow, time goes so quick. For us at mswhs.com, we’ll have to wait till…
  • Add-In: How to add Suspend and Hibernate to Wake On Lan

    Poster ROUZA from the Windows Home Server Forums has posted some details on how to extend the add-in Wake on Lan to allow Suspend and Hibernate modes as well. ROUZA has available DOCX and PDF files which both include some screenshots, which are available from here.

  • Diskeeper TV
    • Diskeeper TV from the defrag people will be a series of short video clips on a variety of subjects that relate to system performance and the role Diskeeper plays. The purpose is really to shortcut reading a manual or white paper to find out some information – quickly.They have started with a few…
  • Microsoft Senior Product Manager Joel Sider talks Windows Home Server
    • The Computer Outlook Radio Talk Show host John Iasiuolo interviews Senior Product Manager Joel Sider about Windows Home Server. Joel discusses the basic purpose of Home Server, who it was built for, some of the Add-In applications available, such as tools that help you publish your own websites, to…
  • PC Advisor Magazine review the HP MediaSmart Server EX470
    • UK Magazine PC Advisor has a 2 page review on the HP MediaSmart Server EX470. Their verdict is: It’s early days yet for WHS, and it’ll be interesting to see what HP’s rivals can come up with. But as a first version the HP MediaSmart Server EX470 is extremely promising. It’s a good match for…
  • Third Party Software for WHS

    The blog “Bite my bytes” has details on their particular Windows Home Server setup and lists third party software that they use including Hamachi, FolderShare and TrueCrypt. They also use mRemote to remote access their WHS, instead of using the default option. The blog entry.

  • Add-In: WHS Disk Management Update 1.0.4.1
    • The Windows Home Server Disk Management Add-In has just been updated to version  1.0.4.1. From version 1.0.3.0: Added: Editable disk names – open the Disk Info window (double-click the disk), edit the disk’s name in the drop down at the topAdded: Disk SMART status and temperature in the Disk Info…
  • 20% OFF Raxco PerfectDisk for Windows Home Server
    • As we know, the new 2008 version of Raxco PerfectDisk for Windows Home Server is now available for a very respectful price of $39.99, and this includes a copy of PerfectDisk 2008 Professional for one of your networked PCs. Also available  for just $99.99 is a home site license which provides a…
  • How To Automatically Download Audio and Video Podcasts Via RSS With Windows Home Server
    • We Got Served has posted a tutorial on How To Automatically Download Audio and Video Podcasts Via RSS With Windows Home Server by using the Community Feeds for Windows Home Server add-in. The walkthrough covers audio podcasts and video podcasts in easy steps, so even I can follow along. […]

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    • Add-In: Recorded TV Manager available for Purchase
      • Rick Drasch has been in touch to announce that the add-in Recorded TV Manager is now up on his site and is available for $24.95 in its final release. For more info on Recorded TV Manager see our previous post.
    • How to Build Cheap Linux and Windows Home Media Servers in Three Easy Steps
      • Popular Mechanics have posted How to Build Cheap Linux and Windows Home Media Servers in Three Easy Steps in the February (2008) issue of the mag.
    • PerfectDisk for Windows Home Server Updated
      • The new version of PerfectDisk for WHS is now available. The 2008 version of the defragmentation toll for Windows Home Server is priced at $39.99, and also includes a copy of PerfectDisk 2008 Professional for one of your networked PCs. A home site license is also available for just $99.99, and…
    • “Path too Deep” Error Message – We have the Answer
      • Windows Home Server does not play nice with large files above 4GB or 5GB. Using the simple copy-and-paste in Windows Explorer or by dragging and dropping from the source to the destination causes the system to either completely lock up or results in a “Path too deep” error message. And others…
    • Changing the Port your Certificate applies to.
      • Your Windows Home Server website by default uses SSL port 443 and if changed your security certificate will need to be configured to apply to that port also. Colin Walker has the details on how to do this at his RandomElements Blog.
    • Do you have KB941644 Installed?
      • We bought to your attention the other day that the vulnerabilities detailed in the MS08-001 security bulletin also affect Windows Home Server.The security bulletin which was first issued on January 8th was revised on January 25th when Microsoft announced that Windows Small Business Server and…
    • Video Chat
      • Bob Muglia is the Senior Vice President of our Server and Tools division at Microsoft during the day and is an IT pro at night. Why? Well he needs to be when he runs 9 servers at home! Bob chats about Windows Server 2008 and Windows Home Server. The video can be viewed at the […]
    • How Small Can You Go!
      • VIA ARTiGO Pico-ITX Builder Kit provides the starter hardware for a fully functional PC that’s small enough to fit in a desktop PC’s 5.25-inch drive bay. Based on Via’s Pico-ITX motherboard form factor, the motherboard is just slightly larger than a credit card and uses Via’s VX700 chip set…
    • Add-In: Windows Home Server Disk Management Updated
      • The Windows Home Server Disk Management add-in which we discussed here has been updated to version 1.0.3. for those of you not in the know, this add-in is an extension of the server storage interface, making it easier to identify the hard drives via a visual display. Seeing which drive is the system…
    • Add-In: TiVo Publisher Update
      • The add-in TiVo Publisher for WHS makes your music, photos, and videos shares on the Home Server browsable from any TiVo that supports home networking. Updated version 1.21 is available which has fixed some bugs including a uninstall problem as well as correcting a problem with pressing “Play”…

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