DVBLink v5.1 Released

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The DVBLink product suite has been updated to version 5.1

New features and fixes at a glance:

  • DVBLink TV Adviser products
  • Support for Synology DSM5.1 firmware
  • Support for NETGEAR 6.2.0 firmware
  • Support for ASUSTOR ADM2.3 firmware
  • Support for "avoton" and "comcerto2k" Synology platforms (DS415+ and DS414j NAS models)
  • Various bug fixes and improvements

Full list of the new features and bug fixes can be found at the following link.

DVBLink TV Adviser

DVBLink TV Adviser products make it easier to find the TV programs that you like – they provide EPG information and personalised TV recommendations for your favourite TV channels.
At the launch time there are two regional flavours of the DVBLink TV Adviser products available:

  • DVBLink TV Adviser (DE, AT, CH), which serves EPG information and TV recommendations for 130+ channels, broadcast in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
  • DVBLink TV Adviser (GB), which serves EPG information and TV recommendations for 280+ channels, broadcast in the UK and Northern Ireland.

Product key features:

  • Comprehensive TV program metadata with the availability of up to two weeks in advance.
  • Suggestions for programs, which are similar to some specific program.
  • TV recommendation profiles, which can be tuned to user’s personal tastes by liking or disliking TV programs.
  • Subscription-based, with available subscription periods of 3 (10 euro) and 12 months (25 euro).

Check out this DVBLink TV Advisor set up and usage video for details on how it works:

More details including update instructions can be found here.

Run a VM and Applications as a Service on Server Essentials

We Got Served have released 2 new how-to guides for Server Essentials users

Run Virtual Machines on Windows Server Essentials

Run Virtual Machines on Windows Server Essentials is our step by step guide to running multiple operating systems virtually on Microsoft’s small server platform. Whether you need to support old applications running on legacy operating systems in your business, or you want to create test environments for Windows PCs, Windows Servers, Linux or Unix computers then forget about buying dedicated hardware – simply run them as virtual machines on Windows Server 2012 Essentials or Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials!

In this guide, we walk you through the basic principles of virtualization, and get you up and running with a powerful, free application called VirtualBox on Windows Server Essentials (2012 and 2012 R2 both supported). You’ll learn how to install and configure the VirtualBox application, and manage your virtual machines through the web browser on any compatible network-connected device.

You’ll also learn how to set-up and install a guest operating system, such as Ubuntu, in VirtualBox from an ISO file, configuring and tweaking your virtual hardware settings for optimum performance.

Also released this week is Run Any Application as a Service – also for Windows Server (Essentials, Home Server and standard Server platforms).

Run Any Application as a Service on Your server

Ask any home or small business server expert, and they’ll tell you that one of the essential skills to learn – making life with a server much more convenient – is the ability to run an application as a service: that is, configuring programs to run when a server starts-up without the need for any users to log-in. 
Servers, unlike client computers, are generally designed to be set-up and then locked away securely – unless you’re really attached to your server, you may not log-in and use it directly on a day to day basis.

You may need to install a program that normally requires a user to log-in to the server for it to run. That can be a real hassle – who wants to have to log-in every time you need to use the app? Sure, you can log-in remotely, but wouldn’t it be easier if this application started automatically when the server boots, without the need for a user to log-in to the server?

How do you do get a application that is not installed as a service to behave like one? We will show you a variety of methods, using both free and commercially available software that makes it very easy to do so on Windows Server Essentials, Windows Server and Windows Home Server.

Both these guides are available for just £2.99 each

The Average Guy Network talk Windows 10, Home Servers and More

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The Average Guy Network talk Windows 10, Microsoft Band and Home Servers on Open Mike Night.

Host Jim Collison and Mike Wieger talk about the latest with Windows, both Windows 8 and the new Windows 10 Tech Preview, a bit about the new released Microsoft Band, some about Home Servers and NAS devices and a little preview on some future chat about podcasting.

You can find this podcast here.

Seagate Preps for 30TB Hard Drive

Seagate is prepping for a 30TB laser-assisted hard drive.

HAMR Enabled Hard Drive

The laser technology, known as heat-assisted magnetic recording (HAMR), is able to write smaller, more-stable bits onto the magnetic surface of a spinning disk. Today, Seagate’s largest capacity drive using conventional recording is 6TB. Using HAMR, that capacity could theoretically increase to 30TB.

More information is at Compterworld.

The Home Server Show Podcast Episode 273


You know those blog posts that detail all the hardware the guy has in his house?  That’s what I’m doing except it’s in audio format.  It also turned out to be more personal than I originally had planned.  I talked a little about myself and how I got into computing.

You can find episode 273 here.

DVBLink v5.1 Beta 1

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DVBLink products are available in a new public beta release.

Version 5.1 beta 1 has the following change log for TVSource:

  • (Synology) Added: Support for "avoton" x86_64 Synology platform (DS415+ NAS)
  • (Synology) Added: Compatibility with the DSM5.1
  • (All) Added: Support for CI control in DD Octopus.NET network tuner
  • (Synology) Added: Support for Synology ARM Comcerto platform (DS414j NAS)
  • (NAS, Linux) Fixed: Stuttering playback of multiple sat2ip streams
  • (All) Fixed: sat2ip scan skips transponders

All includes Synology, Windows and NAS platforms.

More information on this release, including download links, can be found here.

Cloud Xtender, Drive Bender v2 and PoolHD v2

The guys at Drive Bender have released information about Cloud Xtender and versions 2 of both Drive Bender and PoolHD.

Cloud Xtender

You can find more info from here.

CloudBerry Backup v3.9.6

CloudBerry Backup has been updated to version 3.9.6.

This latest version now brings support for both the AWS China (Beijing) region and the AWS EU (Frankfurt) region.

CloudBerry Backup EU (Frankfurt) Region Support

Users of all standalone CloudBerry Backup products have an option to store files in the China (Beijing) Region. All the functions and features of AWS and CloudBerry Backup are fully supported. CloudBerry Backup also supports the new region – AWS EU (Frankfurt) – that was recently announced by AWS Amazon. You can either create or select an existing Amazon S3 bucket or vault in Glacier located in the AWS EU (Frankfurt) region.

More details are available from here.

The Home Server Show Podcast Episode 272


Episode 272 of the Home Server Show is available, and this week its on Green Drives plus there is NAS news:

Should you run Green Drives in your NAS? Tons of NAS news and something new to share with you on Synology…

You can catch episode 272 here.

Add This PC or Computer to Your Desktop in Windows Server 2012

Add This PC or Computer to Your Desktop in Windows Server 2012 Via Powershell

If you would like to add "This PC" or "Computer" on your desktop in Windows Server 2012 then a Powershell script is available for you:

Although Windows has provided File Explorer, users and IT Pros used to use computer (This PC) on desktop. However, it is not convenient to show the icon through GUI in Windows server 2012 or later version. This script is used to show This PC on desktop easily.

You can grab the script from here.