Add-In: Drive Bender v2.0.2.6 Beta

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A new beta of Drive Bender is available for WHS2011 and SBS Essentials 2011 which has a bunch of backend fixes:

  • [Bug fix] A number of thread locking changes to fix possible client / server errors.
  • [Bug fix] Drive letters now managed correctly when adding drives to the pool.
  • [Updated feature] Improved drive removal and drive swap speeds.
  • [Bug fix] The health monitor thread can prevent the balance monitor from executing.
  • [New feature] You can now perform a forced drive removal directly.

Version beta can be downloaded from here.

The Home Server Show Podcast Episode 244


Episode 244 of the Home Server Show podcast is a gift guide special for the Surface geek and Home Server guy:

“If you asked a Surface Geek what to get someone for Christmas, this is what you would hear!  It’s not just a list of Surface Pros but actually a nice list of stocking stuffers, under $100, under $500, and a list of large gifts.  It starts with a bang and I almost got laughed off of the podcast!  You will have to tune in to find out why.  We also cover the news of the week. Start Menu returning and Nokia forks the Droid.  Enjoy!”

You can find episode 244 here.

Sync SharePoint Online with Ws2012 R2 Essentials

If you have Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials and want to sync it with SharePoint Online then Sharon Bennett explains the steps to us:

SharePoint Libraries in WS2012 R2 Essentials

“I’m so happy to see this feature has been added to the overall offering.  I had several requests for this type of functionality with several of my Office 365 and Server Essentials clients.”

A great tutorial which can be found here.

Installing 16GB RAM in HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer

John Stutsman has uploaded another video to YouTube, and this time he moves 16GB ECC RAM (that had been working successfully in his HP ProLiant N40L MicroServer and HP ProLiant N54L Gen7 MicroServer) to his HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer Celeron G1610T. John then then Installs 4GB of ECC RAM in the HP ProLiant N40L MicroServer:

Seagate’s 4-Bay Business Storage NAS Features

More details on Seagate’s New 4-Bay Business Storage NAS which runs Windows Storage Server 2012 is available from Microsoft’s Windows Storage Server blog.

The article highlights the extra features which Seagate have included in their 4 bay NAS:

  • Seagate System Monitor

 Seagate System Monitor

  • Free EVault Offsite Cloud Backup
  • Built-In Universal Storage Module (USM) Slot

You can read about them here.

The Home Server Show Podcast Episode 243


It’s time for another episode of the Home Server Show podcast:

It’s been a while since the last show so Jim and I are back to wrap up our visit to Redmond Washington.  We talk a little bit about that, a brief chat about Surface, and then straight to news, Azure, and Synology.  I’ll then go over a give away that The Geeks Network and Surface Geeks have going on.

You can find episode 243 here.

Down Time and Up Time


We apologize for the 18 hours of downtime yesterday. we moved hosts and had the site optimized for quicker loading but unfortunately a PHP setting took the site off line. When this happened I was away with bad cell coverage and our WordPress guru Parvesh ( was also away when I returned, thus causing the 18 hours of having no

He has thankfully has got things up and running again, (because otherwise you would not be reading this!) and we apologize again for any inconvenience this may have caused you.

WS Essentials Experience Role Post-Deployment Configuration Wizard Error

The Windows Server Essentials and Small Business Server Blog explains the issue where you may be unable to run the post-deployment configuration wizard after you install the Windows Server Essentials Experience role.

WS Essentials Experience Role Post-Deployment Configuration Wizard Error

Thank fully it is resolved by changing a Group Policy.

All the details are here.

Add-In: Drive Bender v2.0.2.4 Beta

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A new beta release of Drive Bender is available for users of WHS2011 and Small Business Server Essentials 2011.

Here is the change log for version beta:

  • Bug Fix – File balancing not identifying drives correctly. This could cause files to be moved to the wrong drives.
  • Bug Fix – An internal worker thread can deadlock causing the task to stall.
  • Updated feature – A number of performance improvements with both the file health and balance monitors.
  • Bug fix – A number of fixes to the Drive Bender Manager.
  • Bug fix – Drive Bender console compatibility issue.
  • Bug fix – The WHS Drive Bender health service had an error when starting.

You can find this beta release here.

Add-In: My Movies Home and Essentials Server Solution v2.14 PR7 Build 2

My Movies Home and Essentials Server Solution

The pre release version of My Movies Home and Essentials Server Solution for users of WHS2011 and WS2012 Essentials has had an update.

Here is the change log for version 2.14 PR7 Build 2:

  • Added: Event handlers have been changed to receive 3d and aspect ratio information on playback.
  • Change: Various improvements to MKV processing.
  • Fix: Some MKV conversions could fail due to special characters in path.
  • Fix: Issue that could cause some music cds to stop processing.
  • Fix: Converter now sets mobile paths depending on destination (Local vs. network path).
  • Fix: Converter could fail due to a logging issue.

You can download this pre release from here.