Author Archive for Philip Churchill


The BYOB Podcast Episode 89

Another episode of the "Build Your Own Box" podcast is available: “Microsoft Surface, more Windows 8 discussion, Update on storage spaces for both Windows 8 and Server 2012, portable SSDs and stut stut stuttering issues resolved. All on this weeks BYOB podcast.” BYOB episode 89 can be found here.


Drobo Announce the 5D and Mini

As Home Server enthusiasts I am sure most of us have heard of Drobo? And they have just announced the availability of both the Drobo 5D and the Drobo Mini which will deliver industry firsts with automated SSD integration, Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 interfaces, and the world’s smallest, full-featured storage array. Drobo, maker of award-winning […]


Server Backup Issues and Resolutions

Microsoft have published a TechNet Wiki article on known issues and resolutions for server backup. This document summarizes the reported issues and resolutions of Server Backup feature for Window Small Business Server 2011 Essentials, Windows Home Server 2011 and Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials. In order to isolate and fix these issues, you need […]


Free 60GB SSD with Viridian Server’s

ViridianPC have announced that all HomeServ and OfficeStor systems now come with a 60GB SSD system drive as a no cost option. The HomeServ range come pre-installed with Windows Home Server 2011 whilst the OfficeStor range come with Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials.


SBS 2011 Administrator’s Companion at 50% Off

A good read for any Home Server lover is the Windows Small Business Server 2011 Administrator’s Companion by Microsoft Press. Written by Charlie Russel and Sharon Crawford the book is a comprehensive guide to planning, deploying and administrating SBS 2011. Here’s the details: Get the critical information you need to build and manage a network […]


LaCie 5big Office: The affordable Home Server have a review of the LaCie 5big Office based on Windows Home Server 2011. With room for 5 disks awarded the LaCie 5big Office a bronze award after looking at its energy consumption and performance. The 5big Office got top marks for its disk write and read speeds and is an ideal solution […]


WHS 2011 Will Not Connect to an XP PC

If one of your client computers is running XP which is connected to WHS 2011 then the client connector installation may not complete, instead displaying the following error: The Connector has encountered an unexpected error. Additionally, the NetTCPPortSharing service will be stuck in the "Starting" state and will not successfully start. If you encounter this […]


Get PerfectDisk Defragger with 25% Off

Fancy a copy of of PerfectDisk Home Premium, Pro or Home Server to defrag your computer with 25% off? If so hurry as this coupon code expires soon and with it (for example) you can get a copy of PerfectDisk Home Server for just $29.99 instead of the usual $39.99 saving you $10. Just use […]


Add-In: StableBit Scanner v2.0.0.2384 BETA

An update to StableBit Scanner is available for download for WHS 2011, SBS 2011 Essentials and Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials. Version BETA has the following changes: Added setting to limit the number of disks that are scanned concurrently with Direct I/O in Scanner Settings. Added new Disk Queue column. Shows how many […]


The Performance of Storage Spaces in Server 8

PCDoc tested Storage Spaces on the Server 8 Beta back in March and was not impressed with the results, but now with the release of a new version PCDoc wanted to see if performance was improved, BUT was it? You can find out by reading PCDoc’s article Storage Spaces Performance–Server 2012.