The BYOB Podcast Episode 140

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Episode 140 of the BYOB podcast is about the iHomeserver add-in for WHS users:

I am joined by special guest Ed from Bizmodeller, Director and Lead Developer of iHomeserver.  Ed talks in depth about his new upcoming version as well as key features of the existing version.  iHomeserver has always an outstanding product addressing a specific need and the upcoming version takes is to a whole new level.

You can find episode 140 here.

EaseUS Partition Magic Server for WHS and Essentials Released

EaseUS have launched their Partition Magic software enabling you to resize disk partitions on Windows Server 2012, 2008 and 2003 including Windows Home Server v1, WHS2011 and WS2012 Essentials.

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Available for $159, here is the details on EaseUS Partition Master Server:

EaseUS, a leading provider of affordable data backup, disaster recovery and storage management solutions, launches a partition magic server software – EaseUS Partition Master Server that provides server users with powerful partition and hard disk management utilities to ensure their servers are running efficiently.
The software is available for Windows Server 2012/2008/2003/Home Server and Windows 8/7/Vista/XP/2000 Professional SP4 users while it includes three main functions:
Partition Manager, Disk and Partition Copy and Partition Recovery Wizard, with all hardware RAID, MBR and GPT disk supported.
A Softpedia editor said "EaseUS Partition Master Server is a comprehensive partition piece of software, which not only provides you with a convenient user-interface simplifying your tasks, but also enables you to perform basic and advanced partition operations on your servers without data loss."
Benefits of this partition magic server:
– For Server users to easily
resize server partition in Windows Server 2012/2008/2003/Home Server.
– Cost-effective Windows partition manager and disk management toolkit with only 50% of the price of competitors.
– Easy-to-use wizard allows implementation of professional and reliable system optimization and disk management in minutes.
– Enhanced data protection technology helps you resize and merge partition without data loss
– Hot resize feature helps you extend NTFS partition without reboot to suspend Server running.
Extend system partition to maximize computer performance.
– Partition Recovery Wizard easily recovers deleted or lost partitions.
– Safely merge adjacent partitions into one without data loss.
– Repair RAID-5 volume by reconstructing the data of the failed member on another disk.
– Support command line, special for running a batch file to manage partitions.
Pricing and Availability:
– EaseUS Partition Master Server ($159) is for Windows Server 2012/2008/2003/Home Server users.
– EaseUS Partition Master Unlimited ($399) allows unlimited usage within one company.
– EaseUS Partition Master Technician ($699) is for service provider, system administrator, IT professionals and consultants to provide technical service to clients.

The Home Server Show Podcast Episode 251


Episode 251 of the Home Server Show podcast is up, and this week its on Drive Extender replacements:

A couple of guys talking storage for Windows Home Server and Essentials.  Are you interested in a Drive Extender type replacement?  That’s the subject on episode 251. John Zajdler and Chris Courtney join to talk Drive Bender, StableBit, and Storage Spaces.    We also take a look at large hard drive prices and go over some end of life situations for Home Server products.

You can grab episode 251 from here.

Video: Windows Server 2012 R2: The Essentials Experience

Channel 9 has a series of videos on Windows Server 2012 R2: The Essentials Experience.

Windows Server 2012 R2 - The Essentials Experience

Available as 7 videos or modules, here’s the details:

Join us for this session for an introduction to Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials and the new Windows Server Essentials Experience role available on the Standard and Datacenter editions of Windows Server 2012 R2. You’ll get an overview of its main feature areas: data protection, secure remote access, and cloud service integration.

This series is part of the Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA). The MVA is a free program delivering structured learning paths on various Microsoft products and solutions. Enroll in this course and take the self-assessment. For every module you take and every self-assessment you complete, you will be awarded points. These points build up to levels and the higher the level you achieve, the more opportunities you have to participate in MVA offers.

  • Module 1 is an overview lasting 36 mins.
  • Module 2 on Deployment Options and Licensing lasts 36 mins.
  • Module 3 is Installation, Migration, and Getting Started which lasts 48 mins.
  • Module 4 is on Server Management and Monitoring lasting 46 mins.
  • Module 5 is entitled Cloud Integration and Add-ins and lasts 39 mins.
  • Module 6 User and Computer Management lasts 32 mins.
  • Finally  Module 7 is on User Experience and lasts 33 mins.

You can find all the modules in this series here.

The BYOB Podcast Episode 139

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Episode 139 of the BYOB podcast is a show on why you should run a domain using WS2012 Essentials:

The PCDoc is joined by Drashna to dig deeper into the topic of running a domain at home.  As enthusiasts, we will be faced with the potential of making the choice to either upgrade to Windows Server 2012 Essentials or possibly to look for other solutions.  Our discussion today deals with exploring all the benefits and drawbacks to running a domain at home.

This episode along with the show outline can be found here.

Video: Drobo vs. QNAP vs. Synology vs. G-Drive and MORE! Which Storage Should You Choose?


Drobo vs. QNAP vs. Synology vs. G-Drive and MORE! Which Storage Should You Choose? is a 15 minute video from which takes us through the various Direct Attached Storage and Network Attached Storage solutions.

You can find all the details here.

The Home Server Show Podcast Episode 250


Episode 250 of the Home Server Show podcast looks at the Thecus N2310, 6TB Drives and the HP Gen 8 Drive Bracket.

Here’s the details:

It’s episode 250 and it’s full of information for you! John Stutsman joins me to talk about the Thecus N2310 a little bit and we try to figure out what to do with a 6TB hard drive. What would you do with a couple? Do you know how much they cost?  Also, a little more on the HP Gen 8 Microserver and the drive bracket created by Kevin Schoonover.  Lastly, have you ever sanded the bottom of your CPU heatsink? Stutsman did, for days! He will tell us a little bit about that too.  Plex, ripping blu ray disks and more! Enjoy.

You can find episode 250 here.

Video: More Hard Drives that Last

After BlackBlaze recommending hard rives that last, GeekBeat TV follow it up with a 8 minute video on their take on the article with their own recommendations:

You can read their analysis here.

Add-In: CloudBerry WHS Backup v3.7

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CloudBerry Lab have released version 3.7 of CloudBerry WHS Backup for v1, WHS2011 and WS2012 Essentials.

Here is what’s been added to this latest release:

  • NEW Free Restore – From version 3.7 all CloudBerry Backup users can restore their data without buying a license. Even expired trial version allows to run a restore job.
  • NEW Integrated SQL Restore* – Now CloudBerry Backup allows to configure regular or single MS SQL databases and backup files restore with integrated Restore Wizard.

* Integrated SQL Restore feature applies only for MS SQL and Enterprise editions of CloudBerry Backup v3.7.

More information on CloudBerry WHS Backup plus, download links plus a free trial can be found here.

Paul Thurrott Rethinks his Storage Needs

Paul Thurrott of Supersite for windows has been rethinking his home server storage needs.


Paul is thinking of using Amazon Glacier for his "deep archive" data and thinking of using a small NAS device such as a WD My Cloud for his day to day needs. This all adds in to his use of SkyDrive and SkyDrive Pro for his daily activities.

An interesting read, which you can find here.