Add-In: AWIECO RemoteLauncher 0.1.2 (Beta)

The add-in AWIECO RemoteLauncher allows Aurora and Vail users to access predefined System Tools directly from the dashboard, and just launched is version v0.1.2 (Beta) which offers an improved UI design and fixes a bug which was present within the installer.

AWIECO RemoteLauncher 0.1.2

More details on RemoteLauncher are available from here.

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Add-In: AWIECO WakeOnLAN 0.2.1 (Beta)

The add-in AWIECO WakeOnLAN has had an update.

The free add-in for Vail and Aurora users has the ability to turn on a computer remotely. It enables the Server to start up every computer attached to your network and automatically recognizes, if a computer is already turned on or if it is booting up.

WakeOnLAN 0.2.1 Screen 1

Version 0.2.1 (Beta) ChangeLog:

  • Added: Device management
  • Fixed: Update to VAIL refresh and Aurora

WakeOnLAN 0.2.1 Screen 2

More details are available from here.

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Add-In: Grid Junction 1.5

Kendome Technologies have released a new version of their uninterruptible power supply management add-in "Grid Junction".

Grid Junction 1.5 Actions

Changes in version 1.5 include:

  • Various UPS device support improvement and fixes (see supported list)
  • Improved existing communication protocols
  • New expert feature to sleep/hibernate or standby the server instead of shutdown
  • New expert debug mode toggle
  • User interface enhancements and fixes
  • Improved update checking and product feedback based on Add-in Central technologies

Grid Junction 1.5 Events

You can download version 1.5 from here, whilst a list of supported uninterruptible power supply’s is also available.

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Windows Home Server Updates

Microsoft have released an update today which is being pushed down from Windows Update to Windows Home Server (v1)users.

The update, known as KB 979453 addresses five issues which have been found since the release of WHS Power Pack 3:

    Issue 1

    You cannot restore a client computer without manually creating partitions or mapping the source and destination volume.

    After you install this update, you can then restore a client computer without manually creating partitions or mapping the source and destination volume. However, to enable this functionality, the following conditions must be true:

    • The backup must be stored on only one disk.

    • The destination computer must have only one hard disk.

    • The hard disk in the destination computer must be equal to or larger in size than the backup.

    • The hard disk drive in the destination computer must be an internal hard disk drive. For example, IDE, SATA or e-SATA.

      Issue 2

      2048-bit certificates will soon replace 1024-bit certificates. This update enables Home Server users to use 2048-bit certificates before 2048-bit certificates become the industry standard.

      After you install this update, you are asked to renew Website certificates if you have already registered the live domain for the websites. After you finish the renewal process, the website certificates are upgraded to 2048-bit.

      Issue 3

      You cannot change the backup settings if a volume that has backup-excluded folders is not available. In this situation, you must wait until the volume becomes available.

      After you install this update, you can remove a missing volume that has backup-excluded folders from the backup process.

      Issue 4

      You cannot remove all users’ permissions from a shared folder. When you try to remove the permissions, the Windows Home Server console reports that the operation succeeds. However, the permissions are not removed.

      After you install this update, you can successfully remove all users’ permissions from a shared folder. If you tried to perform this operation before you install this update, the permissions will be removed when you restart the computer after you install this update.

      Issue 5

      You may experience incompatibility issues when you use the next version of Microsoft Security Essentials on Windows Home Server. This is a precautionary update. Windows Home Server is currently not supported by the next version of Microsoft Security Essentials Beta or final release. This update will address some incompatibility issues.

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      Windows Home Server Themes

      The German language "Bjoerns Windows Blog" have posted 2 themes for Windows Home Server users. One for Aurora and the other for Vail.

      The background images contained within the theme matches the design of the two servers plus the window color and the sound scheme can also be changed.

      You just download and run either of the self-extracting files and the setup is done automatically.

      The Windows 7 design for Aurora can be downloaded here.

      Aurora Theme

      The Windows 7 design for Vail can be downloaded here.

      Vail Theme

      More details (in German) are available from here.

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      Advanced Format Drives Plus WHS – A Match NOT Made in Heaven

      We mentioned the other day a post by PricklyTech on how to add an advanced format drive to your Windows Home Server storage pool. But what he hadn’t considered was the performance of the drive, since one reader was only getting 40 Mb/s on his advanced format drive.

      So the writer tested his newly added Western Digital WD20EARS drive and found also that the its performance was slow, with testing not being able to complete and the drive totally disappearing from the disk management console.

      Conclusion – Although advanced format drives are fine in Vail DO NOT use them in Windows Home Server v1.

      More here.

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      Is My Movies the Ultimate Add-In?

      Home System Integration asks the question "Is My Movies the Windows Home Server and Media Centers Ultimate add-in?"

      My Movies HSI

      It possibly could be. The sites Senior Editor Tom Abell (a.k.a. Billy) had this to say:

      …if you are running a Windows OS centric home, you have a Windows Home Server, and want to have the richest movie management / watching experience for your HDTV I’ve found so far in the Windows Media Center / Windows Home Server world… My Movies is it!

      You can read their My Movies article here.

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