Category: News


The Home Server Show Podcast Episode 113

Episode 113 of "The Home Server Show" podcast is available with the weeks WHS news and views from Dave and the gang, which you can listen to (or download) from here.


THE HP Drobo?

The HP Small Business Direct online store is now selling the Data Robotics’ Drobo S. The new Drobo S solution supports USB 3.0, Drobo Sync (their easy to use remote backup software), hard drive capacities up to 32TB, backwards compatibility for USB 2.0 systems along with the Drobo’s BeyondRAID technology. HP call centers already have […]


CloudBerry Backup for Vail in the Works

CloudBerry Lab have today announced that they will have a CloudBerry Backup add-in for Windows Home Server "Vail" available shortly. The team are currently working on the add-in, as well as a version for "Aurora" and the good news is that both will be free for existing Windows Home Server customers.


Home Server Vail – The Video

From the 8th – 12th November (2010) TechEd Europe was taking place in Berlin, Germany for technology professionals who are involved in building, deploying or maintaining IT solutions using Microsoft technologies. There this year was Microsoft’s Senior Product Manager Michael Leworthy who gave a 45 minute presentation on Windows Home Server "Vail". Want to know […]


Aurora Presentation Slides

Sean Daniel has posted the presentation material on Aurora (Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials) from SMBNation 2010. The slide deck can be downloaded from Sean’s site here.


Acer Aspire easyStore H341-H342 Service Manual

For those of you with the Acer Aspire easyStore H341 or H342 models, then here is a link to the 74 page Service Guide. The service manual takes a look at the Acer supplied system utilities and goes through system troubleshooting. Disassembly of the unit as well as a system block diagram are included as […]


The Home Server Show Podcast Episode 112

Episode 112 of The Home Server show has details on the new SBS products, add-ins and controlling your Windows Home Server from the new Windows Phone 7. Pop over here for the goodness!


Vail, Breckenridge and Aurora Compared

Sean Daniel has a great article explaining the differences between WHS v2 (Vail), WSS 2008 R2 Essentials (Breckenridge) and SBS 2011 Essentials (Aurora) and asks the question: So why should you consider WSS 2008 R2 Essentials for your small business or customer? It’s a great read to find out how each version compares to each […]


Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials Announced

Microsoft’s "Windows Storage Blog" today announced “Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials”, with similar features to Windows Home Server Vail. This newest member is part of the Windows Storage Server family of network attached storage appliances and was previously known under the code name of Breckenridge. It shares common features from both Windows Home Server […]


Vail Mini-ITX Build Log

We love home builds here at, and it’s great to see "Black Jacque" contribution to the community. Posting on the Ars Technica forums, "Black Jacque" gives his parts list for a Vail mini-itx Windows Home Server utilizing an Intel Atom D525 CPU. Its a fully comprehensive guide which covers why each individual component was […]