The NAS HDD Showdown

TweakTown have a NAS HDD showdown between the WD Red vs the Seagate NAS.


A very thorough 6 page review can be found here, but in conclusion they are both as good as each other.

The WS Sentinel DS5100 / DS6100

The Sentinel DS5100/DS6100 are 2 new offerings from WD.


Similar too the WD Sentinel DX4000 these 2 new offerings come with Windows Server
2012 R2 Essentials instead of Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials. A Intel Xeon processor with RAID JBOD, 0, 1, 5 or 10.

The WD Sentinel DS5100 is available in 4TB ($2,560) and 8TB ($3,200) configurations, both with 8 GB of ECC RAM. Mean while the WD Sentinel DS6100 is available in 8TB ($3,440),
12TB ($3,960) and 16TB ($4,560) configurations, all with 16GB of ECC RAM.

The DS5100 also includes a 2.5" boot drive and the DS6100 has 2 2.5" boot drives configures as mirrored, RAID-1.

More information is available from WD, and a PDF data sheet is also available.

WD Sentinel DS 6100 Reviewed

The WD Sentinel DS 6100 is an update to the DX4000 but this one is using Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials.


A nice unit, although pricey!

A 2 page review can be found at The Register.

Update Rollup 3 for Essentials 2012 Released

Update Rollup 3 for Server Essentials 2012 has been released.

UR3 for WS21012 Essentials Available

UR 3 includes new solutions to skip DNS auto-detect and configuration on the client, contains new Best Practice Analyzer (BPA) rules and introduces a new Branding name for the Windows Azure Backup integration add-in.

The following 12 issues are resolved with this release:

  1. Windows Server Essentials Group Policies do not work in Windows 8.1.
  2. Client Backup stops at the "In progress" status when the destination disk is full.
  3. When you run Microsoft Office 365 Windows PowerShell cmdlets by using non-administrator permission, Windows Server Office 365 Integration Service crashes.
  4. When you delete users who have a Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 mailbox assigned, the Windows Server On-Premises Exchange Integration Service crashes.
  5. Assume that an Office 365 user tries to change their password. If the password cannot synchronize to the Office 365 servers, the user cannot change their password.
  6. Assume there is a situation in which the password synchronize service is stopped. When password synchronization is attempted, the synchronization failure is not reported.
  7. Windows Server Password Synchronization Service crashes when the service evaluates password synchronization alerts.
  8. After update 2804583 is installed, mailbox management of web APIs does not work.
  9. When Windows Server 2012 Essentials is installed on a remotely administered server, an incorrect time zone is used.
  10. The Remote Web Access (RWA) File Sharing folder and media page do not work correctly.
  11. User State Micgration Tool is not updated for the Windows 8.1 client.
  12. When the name of a certificate does not match the fully qualified domain name (FQDN), ARRConfig does not provide a clear error message.

UR3 is available from Windows Update. More details are available from here.

Windows Server Essentials Connector for WS2012 R2

A few people have asked me where they can download the Windows Server Essentials Connector for Windows Server 2012 R2.

Windows Server Essentials Connector for WS2012 R2

This is an easy one. Just head on over here to the Microsoft Download Center where you will find the download.

WS2012 Essentials Connector Installed but cannot Download the Package

If you running Windows Server 2012 R2 RTM with the Essentials role added, or are running Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials RTM you may experience an error when trying to run http://server/connect on each workstation.

WS2012e Connector Error Message

This error is due to an HTTP 404 error and a fix is available from Microsoft.

More information on why this occurs and how to fix it can be found at Lyle Epstein’s Systems Engineer Blog.

The Top 10 Cool Features in WS2012 Essentials R2

TechRepublic WS2012e R2 10 Cool New Features - Connect your Computer to the Server

TechRepublic list their 10 cool features in Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials:

  1. Server deployment
  2. Client deployment
  3. Pre-configured auto-VPN dialing
  4. Server storage
  5. Health Report
  6. BranchCache
  7. Office 365 integration
  8. Mobile Device Management
  9. Client Full System Restore
  10. Remote Web Access

For a more in depth look at these features, you can check out their article here.

Virtualization and WS2012 R2 Essentials

WS2012 Essentials Box Shot

The The Windows Server Essentials and Small Business Server Blog has a nice article on virtualizing Windows Server Essentials:

Windows Server Essentials enjoys all the same capabilities and benefits of virtualization as the Standard and Datacenter editions of Windows Server. In addition, there are some capabilities that are specific to Windows Server Essentials

You can find their article here.

Add-In: StableBit DrivePool v2.0.0.240 Release Final for WS2012 Essentials

Another update for StableBit DrivePool , this time for users of Windows Server 2012 Essentials and Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials.

StableBit DrivePool Release Final

Version Release Final has the following change:

  • When saving remote credentials, if you entered the wrong credentials, you would not be able to bring up the credentials dialog again.

This release can be downloaded from here.

More details on this release can be found in the following blog post.

Add-In: StableBit DrivePool v1.3.5.7572 for WHS2011


StableBit DrivePool for WHS2011 users has been updated to version with miscellaneous fixes.

Here’s the change log:

  • Do not allow folder duplication changes on the entire pool. This is not supported until 2.0.

This release can be downloaded from here.