Author Archive for Philip Churchill


Advanced Admin Console v1.5.7

The add-in Advanced Admin Console has had its final release with all the licensing and activation code removed. With Advanced Admin Console you gain access to all administrative areas of your server like Control Panel, Administrative Tools, Network Places and many more. It integrates Windows Explorer and Internet Explorer right into the server’s Dashboard. You […]


Add-In: Lights-Out v2.0.1

The add-in Lights-Out has had a maintenance release, and version 2.0.1 is now available. This release fixes issues reported by users since release of 2.0.0 and also includes a new feature for waking multiple computers. Here is the complete change log: Fix #386490 Crash in Acronis detection Fix #734008 Dashboard Crash on Essentials 2016 Fix […]


Hard Drive Reliability Report

Cloud backup provider Backblaze has released quarterly hard drive reliability and replacement rate reports for the last few years. In its latest report, we find out yet again what is the most reliable hard drives to use in our home servers. Its an interesting read, which you can find here.


Add-In: Lights-Out 2.0

The plugin Lights-Out which minimizes energy consumption on your home server has been updated to version 2.0. What Lights-Out can do for you: Save energy and money Lights-Out runs your server and computers on demand and not 24/7. Lights-Out reduces your carbon footprint and saves your money. Lights-Out implements Green-IT for Home and Small Business […]


Add-In: Drive Bender v2.5.0.0a

The storage pooling add-in Drive Bender has been updated to version with the following change log: [u] Windows 10 Anniversary update driver issue fixed, we are now using the stock Eldos driver for Windows 10 / Server 2016. [b] Drive Bender leaking Windows handles. [n] Added “most space” balancing option. Put simply, when new […]


Free Windows Server 2016 eBook

The Microsoft Press blog have details about a free ebook: Introducing Windows Server 2016. Available in PDF format for standard and mobile devices, the free 181 page ebook can be downloaded from here.


Nano Server Image Builder

Microsoft have released the Nano Server Image Builder. This new tool helps you create a custom Nano Server image and bootable USB media with the aid of a graphical interface. “Based on the inputs you provide, it generates images for deployment and creates reusable PowerShell scripts that allow you to create installations of Nano Server […]


Window Server Webcast

The Windows Server webcast from October 13th is now available for your viewing pleasure. Jeffrey Snover, Jeff Woolsey, Erin Chapple, and the team behind Windows Server discuss and demo the new security, application, and datacenter innovations found in Windows Server 2016. You can catch it here.


Windows Server 2016 Editions

Details on the various Windows Server 2016 editions are available from the Microsoft Australia OEM Team. As well as the edition, licensing model and CAL requirements are also listed, as well as feature differentiation between Datacenter and the Standard Editions You can find the details here.


Windows Server 2016 Documents

Microsoft’s Australia OEM Team have released a list of documents relating to Windows server 2016. Available for download are the following: Windows 10 and Windows Server 2016 security auditing and monitoring reference Hyper-V Shielded Virtual Machines Compliance white paper Privileged Identity Management Compliance white paper Shielded Virtual Machine infographic Containers 101 infographic Introducing Windows Server […]