Add-In: StableBit Scanner v2.5.0.2954 BETA

The beta build of StableBit Scanner for Windows Server 2012 Essentials and Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials has been updated to now support remote control..

StableBit Scanner Remote Control

Version BETA has the following change log:

  • When saving remote credentials, if you entered the wrong credentials, you would not be able to bring the credential dialog back up.
  • Fixed some strange UI behavior with the disk details pane.
  • Added remote control.
  • If Windows is reporting an unusually small disk size, then update it with the disk IDENTIFY data.
  • Added “TemperaturePreferenceIsF” to WMI interface.

This release can be downloaded from here.

also more information on this release can be found in the following blog post.

The Home Server Show Podcast Episode 238


Its nearly an hour and a half this week for episode 238 of the Home Server Show podcast.

There’s news of a new add-in, a lot of talk on Synology, then there’s KeepVault and more on episode 238, which you can find here.

New Add-in: Add-ins Tab Extender (with Add-in Central)

The Office Maven (Mike Craven) has released Add-ins Tab Extender, a new add-in that extends and enhances the "Add-ins" ("APPLICATIONS") tab/page of the server Dashboard application.

The extended enhanced Add-ins APPLICATIONS subtab

Mike has also resurrected is Add-in Central, an add-in that The Office Maven wrote in conjunction with MVP Alexander Kent for use with Windows Home Server V1/2003. This add-in allowed you to discover and track useful add-ins for your home server. Mike has decided to write another version of Add-in Central for use with the newer editions of Microsoft’s Windows Server Solutions operating systems, and has included that venture in the new Add-ins Tab Extender add-in as well.

The new Add-in Central subtab

The built-in/existing "Add-ins" subtab is enhanced in the following ways:

  • The "Name" column now includes an image representing the installed add-in.
  • Adds back the "Version" column (showing the installed add-in’s current version number) that Microsoft removed under Windows Server 2012 Essentials and Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials.
  • The "Add-in status" ("Update status") column shows the type of update that is available (i.e. critical, important, or normal/standard), along with a corresponding image, and the version number of the available update.
  • The "Subscription status" column includes an image indicating when the add-in is about to expire, or if it has already expired.
  • Adds an "Installed on" column indicating the date on which the add-in was first installed on the server.
  • Adds an "Install on network computers" column indicating whether or not the installed add-in supports installation on client computers, and if so, if it is currently set to automatically perform those installations or not.
  • Adds a "Macintosh client support" column indicating whether or not the installed add-in supports client-side installation on Macintosh-based client computers.
  • Each time the Dashboard starts, Add-ins Tab Extender will automatically check to see if any installed add-ins have updates available, and if so, it will prompt the user if they would like to install the available updates.

Additionally, Add-ins Tab Extender adds a completely new "Add-in Central" subtab to the Dashboard’s "Add-ins" ("APPLICATIONS") tab/page, allowing you to discover and track useful add-ins right from within the server Dashboard application. Enhance your Windows Server Solutions Experience by browsing for add-ins by name, author, category, cost, or even community rated popularity (download counts, likes, and dislikes). Useful descriptions, as well as screenshot, homepage, support, and purchase links are provided to help with your add-in discovery process. Once you have located an add-in that looks interesting, Add-in Central can download its .WSSX installation file for you, allowing for a hassle-free installation process.

Add-in Central features:

  • Browse for add-ins by name, author, category, cost, or by community rated popularity.
  • Detailed add-in information ranging from add-in descriptions to screenshot, support, and purchase links.
  • Direct .WSSX download links available for most add-ins.
  • Seamless Dashboard integration; conveniently rate add-ins directly from inside of the Dashboard and more.
  • Quickly report any problems with an add-in (such as broken links, outdated description, etc.).
  • Easily submit new add-ins using a simple web-based form; if your favorite add-in isn’t in the list, you can submit it.
  • Optimized for performance using clever client-side caching.
  • Anonymous operation ensures no identifiable information is being transferred.

Add-ins Tab Extender was designed for use with the following Windows Server Solutions:

  • Windows Home Server 2011 (WHS)
  • Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials (SBS)
  • Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials (WSS)
  • Windows Server 2012 Essentials (WSE)
  • Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials (WSE)
  • Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard with the Windows Server Essentials Experience (WSEE) server role
    SEE: http://technet.micro…y/dn280940.aspx

Add-ins Tab Extender (with Add-in Central) can be used completely free of charge.

More information is available from here.

HP Gen8 MicroServer Picture Gallery have posted a portfolio of pics of the HP Gen8 MicroServer.

HP MicroServer Gen8 - Inside from Neowin

So if you would like to see the new Gen8 up close and personal, then you can browse the pics here.

Add-In: StableBit DrivePool v2.0.0.417 RC


StableBit DrivePool have announced version RC for users of WHS2011, Windows Server 2012 Essentials and Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials.

Here’s the full change log:

  • The UI will no longer lock up if WMI is not responding when querying the Scanner for data.
  • [D] Fixed inconsistent read oplock breaking with read striping enabled over duplicated files.
  • [D] Fixed crash due to race condition when processing oplocks.
  • The first pool message was erroneously popping up sometimes after connecting to a peer.
  • The first remote control attempt would sometimes spontaneously switch you back to local mode.
  • Fixed a race condition in the IPC layer that was causing a UI crash.
  • When you are not authorized to connect to a remote peer, the computer name that you’re connecting to is now shown in the message that prompts for credentials.
  • Sometimes when the remote peer was not authorized, "Connecting to service…" would be shown indefinitely, with no prompt to enter proper credentials.
  • When using remote control, clicking "Back to ‘…’" would not save the fact that you connected to the local service last.
  • When the Windows performance counters were corrupt, the UI was not able to connect to the service.
  • [D] Issuing a SetFileTime with 0xFFFFFFFF values would incorrectly report that a file has changed to anyone listening for file change notifications. In particular, this was causing an issue with NOD32 v6, where image files would get reloaded constantly using the Windows Picture Viewer.
  • Missing disk notifications were showing up even if the entire pool was disconnected.
  • Added DE, ES, FR, IT, PL localizations to Service and tray notifications and fixed some UI localizations.

This release can be downloaded from here.

The Home Tech Podcast Episode 136

Home Tech Podcast

Home Tech podcast episode 136 is a meetup 2013 wrap party – what we learned:

In this episode we talk about all things #meetup2013 with the host of the conference and a couple guys who were there.

It can be heard on HT136.

Drive Bender v2 Interactive Beta Program

Drive Bender Logo

Drive Bender have just released details of their v2 interactive beta program and the beta 1 release date.

The "interactive beta program" where a limited number of users will have a dedicated forum and more direct access to the lead developer on the project.

Beta 1 is set to be released on the 8nd of October and will have the following new features:

  1. A number of major internal upgrades with regards to file duplication and file system health monitoring.
  2. The ability to add networked (UNC) drives into the pool.
  3. Phase 1 of the new interface.
  4. Landing zone, the ability to specify a drive that files get written to, then redistributed around the pool at a later time.

More information on how to get into the beta program can be found here.

WD Sentinel DX4000 Software Update

WD Sentinel DX4000 Front

WD have released a software update for their Sentinel DX4000 running Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials.

Version has the following changes:

  • Added support for 4TB Enterprise drives (Model # WD4000F9YZ-09N20L0, WD4000F9MZ-76NVPL0)
  • Addressed issue of WD code signing certificate

You can download this update from here.

Drive Bender Adds File "Landing Zone" Feature in v2

After much user demand, Drive Bender has added a file "Landing Zone" feature in v2 of its Drive Extender type add-in:

“This is the ability to set a specific drive to be used for all writes to the pool, then at a later time, these files are to be moved from the landing zone drive to the rest of the drives in the pool. The idea here is that a fast drive can be set as the landing zone to improve overall write speeds to the pool.”

More information on what’s coming to Drive Bender can be found here.

The BYOB Podcast Episode 132

BYOB Podcast Logo

Its time for another episode of the BYOB podcast:

This week Michael and I talk about a variety of topics from Untangle 10, Server 2012/Essentials R2, Windows 8.1 and IOS 7, along a with a few side tracks down some other topics.  Michael hints about his new network setup.  Some pretty good stuff coming down the road as we both migrate to different platforms and completely different directions.

You can find episode 132 here.