Add-In: WHS 2011 Media Collector v2

WHS 2011 Media Collector is a replacement for the HP Media Collector that was included with the HP MediaSmart Server and, unfortunately, not ported to WHS 2011.

WHS 2011 Media Collector

Made by "Viros", here are some notes:

  1. It assumes (and in fact only works on) the standard media folders (i.e., SERVER\Music, etc).
  2. Upon installation, you need to run the included Config program (need Administrator rights) to specify your user collection settings, as well as the server.  To make it more flexible, you MUST include the "\\" prefix to the server name for standard setups.
  3. It will install as a scheduled task, so if you feel it hasn’t run in some time, then you can check there for issues.
  4. If you go to the media folder and see a file named something like "Music – Username.LOCK", then it’s most likely running.  If you know it’s not running on any of your machines, then something likely interrupted the process.  9 times out of ten, you can safely delete this file if nobody is running it.
  5. It organizes your collections by username, so if your usernames are the same across all machines, then it will drop them into the same folder, otherwise, it will have one per account.
  6. The installer checks for this, but you need .NET Framework 3.0 or higher and Windows Vista or higher (x86 or x64).
  7. You can add additional formats!  On the clients, all you need to do is open "%ProgramFiles(x86)%/Nick Radtke/WHS 2011 Media Collector/formats.txt".  Add the extension you want to add to the appropriate section and make sure you precede it with a "-".
  8. I’ve only tested it with WHS 2011, but other members have tested it on WS2012E and state it works

System Requirements:


  • Windows Vista, 7 or 8 (32 or 64-bit)
  • .NET Framework 3.0 or newer


  • Windows Home Server 2011 or newer
  • Gigabit Ethernet recommended

You can download WHS 2011 Media Collector from here.

Windows Server Essentials Media Pack Released

Microsoft have released the Windows Server Essentials Media Pack.

This pack enables the media streaming functionality for Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials and the Windows Server Essentials Experience server role in Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard and Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter.

Windows Server Essentials Media Pack

This functionality was available before the R2 release from within the program, and this pack restores this functionality.

You can download the Windows Server Essentials Media Pack from here.

Installing WSUS on Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials

Tom on Tech has published a how-to on installing Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) on Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials.

Install WSUS on Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials

Tom has available a 22 page PDF on how to accomplish this, which you can find here.

P.S. To configure your client workstations to connect to WSUS, it is highly recommended to use Group Policy. PDF’s of the setting’s are available from here.

Test Lights-Out Mobile Client for Windows RT and Windows 8


If you would like to beta test the Lights-Out Mobile Client for windows RT and Windows 8 then the developer would like to hear from you.

So if you would like to do this, send an email to beta at homeserversoftware dot com to apply.

WS2012 R2 Essentials 180 Day Trial Available

If you would like to try out Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials, then a 180 day trial has become available at the TechNet Evaluation Center.

WS2012 R2 Essentials 180 Day Trail Available

This is a great way for you to test this latest version of WS2012 Essentials for 6 months and if you decide to purchase there is no need to reinstall either.

You can download your copy from here.

The Home Server Show Podcast Episode 239


The latest episode of the Home Server Show podcast is up:

“A lot to cover in a short amount of time on this show. New gear and a lot of media related topics tonight.  I almost forget the lead! A new bare metal backup option is available for you although it will be for a limited crowd.”

Episode 239 can be found here.

Microsoft Discusses Windows Server 2012 R2 Storage Features

Microsoft’s Elden Christensen discusses the storage features in Windows Server 2012 R2.


Jeff James from the Petri IT Knowledgebase had the opportunity of interviewing Elden, and the transcript can be found here.

More Windows Server 2012 R2 Storage

As a follow up from part 1, the second part of "A First Look at Windows Server 2012 R2 Storage" has been published.

New Virtual Disk Wizard

This second part goes into creating a Storage Pool and creating a Virtual Hard Disk alongside it, which you can find here.

More Info on Drive Bender v2 Beta 1

For more information on Drive Bender v2 beta 1, which we mentioned yesterday, then their blog post gives more information on this latest beta release.


All the details can be found here.

Add-In: Drive Bender v2 Beta 1

Drive Bender v2 beta 1 is here for users of WHS 2011.

Drive Bender Logo

Remember this is beta software.

Beta change log key:

[*] General information.
[b] Bug fix.
[u] Updated feature.
[n] New feature.
[d] Driver change.
[k] Known issue or limitations.

Release v2.0.1.0 beta (2013-10-08):

  • [u] Much of the core Drive Bender service has been rewritten to accommodate the new features coming in v2
  • [u] New Interface for both the Windows client and the Windows Server Dashboard client (i.e. WHS client).
  • [a] Added support for networked drives to be added to a pool.
  • [u] Alternate (named) streams are now enabled by default.
  • [u] Support for physical drive number emulation is now enabled by default (this allows Drive Bender to support TrueCrypt volumes).
  • [k] The new "Landing Zone" feature has been disabled due to a last minute bug, it will be re-enabled in a minor update.
  • [k] Pie charts not rendering correctly, this is being sort for the next update.
  • [k] Mapped pooled drive do not support network security, as a result the user name and password fields in the clients are disabled for this beta.
  • [k] The pool restore option does not restore mapped drives (you can manually do this by simply adding the drive to the restored pool).
  • [k] Themes support has been disabled in this beta for the Windows client.
  • [k] The drive merge option has been removed, it is becoming an option when adding a drive.
  • [*] This beta’s license is set to a fixed expiry date.

You can find this beta release for download here.