Category: Tutorial


Media Sharing in WS2012 Essentials

Paul Thurrot is back, this time with a tip for the WS2012 Essentials user. How to enable and configure media sharing is Paul’s tip, who explains: You’re prompted to set up Essentials 2012’s media server as part of the initial setup tasks in the Dashboard. That said, if you skip over this step, you can […]


Time Machine back-up on WHS 2011 using iSCSI

A member by the name of josjev at has written up how they got Time Machine backup working on WHS 2011 using iSCSI: I am running WHS2011 as my home server and have been looking for a way to use it for Time Machine backups for my Mountain Lion Hack. For a while i […]


Domains and how they Compare to Workgroups for WHS Users

After writing about how to connect PCs without using a domain in WS2012 Essentials, Paul Thurrott is back asking the question what is a domain, and is such a thing useful in a home office or very small business. Its a great read for home server users, because as Paul states: Many of those who […]


My Movies for WHS 2011 and Apple TV Working Together

If you would like to know how to use My Movies for Windows Home Server 2011 to copy your DVD or Blu-ray movies for use with your Apple TV, then the My Movies guys have a guide for you. The guide explains how to create your existing movies to the special video format the Apple […]


One or More Services are not Running or Cannot be Started Health Alert

If you are running SBS 2011 Essentials, WHS 2011 or WSS 2008 R2 Essentials and receive the “One or more services are not running” health alert, then we have a solution for you. Firstly if there is a duplicated volume name, for example “local drive”, the Backup service will not handle this properly and you […]


Windows 8 – A Cheap, Effective Home Server

Instead of using Windows Home Server, tech writer Woody Leonhard suggests using Windows 8 as a cheap, effective home server. Woody takes us through the pieces required to build a Win8 server and how to install and run Win8 Pro as a server. He also includes details on how to setup SkyDrive and Fetch which […]


Back to Basics Guide for WHS 2011 have an article which takes a look at auto backups on your WHS 2011 box. The article first takes a look at setting up your server and setting up your client machines. Restoring files, recovering from a client disaster and triggering a manual backup are also taken a look at. And finally a look […]


Remove Default Shares in WS2012 Essentials

In Windows Server 2012 Essentials there is no way to remove the default shares from within the Dashboard – But there is a workaround. If you are fed up with the default "Company" or "Recorded TV" share for example, the following will get rid of any default shares which you no longer require. In the […]


Domain Configuration Wizard

Microsoft have an online Domain Configuration Wizard guide which will help you prepare your Windows Home Server 2011, Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials or Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials machine. The guide includes guidance about the options for obtaining the domain and certificate, and about the manual steps you must take before you […]


Skip Domain Join on WS 2012 Essentials with a Registry Key

If you are running Windows Server 2012 Essentials then any connected PC which is running Pro/Enterprise/Ultimate SKUs of Windows 7/8 will automatically be joined to the domain. Not so good for us previous Home Server users – But there is now a temporary workaround thanks to a registry key. Before we continue remember this only […]