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Thecus Announce Windows Storage Server 2012 R2 Essentials

Thecus Announce Windows Storage Server 2012 R2 Essentials

NAS producer Thecus (and surprisingly not Microsoft) has announced a NAS sporting the unknown until now, Windows Storage Server 2012 R2 Essentials. “The Windows Storage Server 2012 R2 Essentials software allows small businesses to protect, centralize, organize, and access their data anywhere by using almost any device,” said Peter Han, Vice President of Worldwide OEM […]

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A 10TB Hard Drive

A 10TB Hard Drive

Seagate announced last month its plans to ship a 8TB hard drive on a single 3.5" platter and now Western Digital have announced its 10TB HelioSeal hard drive. WD are the first to ship a hermetically sealed, helium-filled HDD, which reduces internal friction and power use, runs about 5 degrees cooler than today’s 7,200 rpm […]

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Microsoft Re-Releases 3 Security Updates

Microsoft have re-released its 3 security updates that were withdrawn shortly after release in August for WS2012 R2. The downloads are available from Windows Update or from the Download Centre: August 2014 update rollup for Windows RT 8.1, Windows 8.1, and Windows Server 2012 R2 (KB2975719) August 2014 update rollup for Windows RT, Windows 8, […]

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Storage Related Hotfixes Post RTM for WS2012 R2 Essentials

Storage Related Hotfixes Post RTM for WS2012 R2 Essentials

TechNet have available an updated list of storage related Hotfixes post RTM for WS2012 R2, which naturally also includes WS2012 R2 Essentials. Remember that these are not available in Windows Update and that a hotfix is intended to correct only the problem that is described in the relevant article. You should not apply the hotfix […]

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Updating the WD DX4000 to WS2012 R2

Updating the WD DX4000 to WS2012 R2

Troy Walker a WD DX4000 owner updated the device to Windows Server 2012 R2 and decided to do some testing: Troy’s post highlights the subsystem and the latest RST drivers from Intel: There are a few things to mention that are potential headaches. The script that I created to send system vitals to the LCD […]

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Office 365 and Azure AD Can Now be Enabled in a Multi DC Environment

Office 365 and Azure AD Can Now be Enabled in a Multi DC Environment

The Windows August update released this patch Tuesday includes a patch for WS2012 Essentials R2 which now allows Office 365 and Windows Azure Active Directory to be enabled in a multi domain controller (DC) environment. Here are the details from Microsoft: In Windows Server Essentials 2012 R2, all of our online services integration features, including […]

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Synology Devices Running DSM 4 Compromised

Synology Devices Running DSM 4 Compromised

Twitter user Mike Evangelist (‏@MikeEvangelist) posted the following on August 3rd:  Lovely. My @Synology NAS has been hacked by ransomware calling itself Synolocker. Not what I wanted to do today. The CryptoLocker deviation attacks Synology NAS devices by scanning the hard drives and encrypting the data. The only way of decrypting it is to pay […]

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The Seagate 6TB Hard Drive

The Seagate 6TB Hard Drive

With all the news of WD’s 6TB Red hard drives, its quite easy to forget about the other hard drive producer Seagate, and their 6TB monster: •World’s fastest 6TB nearline hard drives •10× the workload rating of desktop drives •High reliability with an MTBF of 1.4M hours on all drives •12Gb/s SAS and SATA 6Gb/s […]

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WD Announce 5TB and 6TB Red Hard Drives

WD Announce 5TB and 6TB Red Hard Drives

Western Digital have announced the Red NAS hard drives in 5TB and first to market 6TB capacity drives, along with a Red Pro series. The WD Red 3.5-inch hard drives are now shipping in 1 TB to 6 TB capacities; and the new WD Red Pro 3.5-inch hard drives which are ideal for medium to […]

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WD Red NAS 3TB Hard Drive for $122

WD Red NAS 3TB Hard Drive for $122

amazon has the WD Red 3TB hard drives for just $122. This WD Red NAS hard drive is the SATA III, 64 MB Cache, WD30EFRX version which normally sells for $199.99. So at this price you are saving over $77. Capacity: 3 TB Rotational Speed (RPM): IntelliPower Microsoft operating systems prior to Vista, 32-bit operating […]