Category: News


The Client Experience in WS2012 Essentials

Paul Thurrott continues his series looking at WS2012 Essentials by taking a look at the client experience. Paul goes through the install steps and tells us what’s it like to what it’s like to join and use a domain and explains the Launchpad and Dashboard for WS2012e users. You can read Paul’s article here.


WD New Enterprise HDD with a 1.2 million hour MTBF

WD has released a new range of enterprise 3.5" hard drives running at 7200RPM with a 1.2 million hour MTBF. Available in 2TB, 3TB and 4TB capacity the WD RE SATA hard drives have the following features: Dual port, full duplex connectivity: For business-critical enterprise topologies. 1.2M hours MTBF: Provides high level of reliability for […]


The Home Server Show Podcast Episode 199

Episode 199 of "The Home Server Show" podcast is up: One Ninety Nine. Jim has the night off so John and Dave tear through the news and discuss a lot of Essentials 2012.  If you have needed a shot of Essentials then fear not! Big news at the end of this show that will lead […]


10 Features Needed In Small Server Hardware

ServeTheHome gives us 10 features which we need in small business servers, which could equally apply to home servers too. Mini ITX or Micro ATX motherboard support. 8 Hot-swap drive bays. 8x 3.5 hot swap bays plus 2x 2.5″ bays minimum. Support for ECC memory. IPMI 2.0 or equivalent remote management built-in (vPro would be […]


Why you may or may not want to Skip Domain sign-in on WS2012e

We mentioned earlier this month a way to connect WS2012e to client machines without joining a domain by using a registry key. As a follow up Paul Thurrott has written an article explaining more behind why you may or may not want to skip domain sign-in. You can read Paul’s pot here.


Replacement Tools for WHS

Replace Windows Home Server With These Great Free Tools. That’s the title of an article at MakeUseOf who give us some other options for those of you who will not be upgrading to the 450 dollar Windows Server 2012 Essentials. For backup they suggest CrashPlan and Windows 7 native system imaging, for media streaming its […]


The History of Digital Storage Infographic

Mashable have made a great Infographic on the history of digital storage. From punch cards to cloud storage with lots of great information in between. For example a 8MB thumb drive would cost you $50 in 2000 whilst a 2GB one will now cost you just $7. Also a 4.4MB hard drive would cost you […]


Sooner or Later, your Hard Drive will Fail

The verge have an article on the options available to backup your PC or Mac. The article takes a look at both hardware and software solutions as well as The cloud, RAID, and NAS with some interesting facts thrown in for good measure: Google did an extensive, five-year study on the failure rate of consumer […]


WD Sentinel DX4000 Now Shipping with 16 TB Capacity

WD are now offering their Sentinel DX4000 with 16 TB Capacity for £1,749. Here’s their press release: WD® now offers its WD SentinelTM DX4000 small office storage server with a capacity of 16TB, in addition to existing shipping capacities of 4TB, 6TB, 8TB and 12 TB. WD Sentinel is a storage server designed specifically to […]


Windows Storage Server 2012 Released

Microsoft have released Windows Storage Server 2012 to its hardware partners. You can get your hands on an evaluation version from the Microsoft Download Center and full OEM versions from TechNet, MSDN and MAPS. Our goals for storage were to deliver innovations in four areas: Reducing the cost of storage Storage management efficiency Performance and […]