StableBit DrivePool and Antivirus Programs


If you are using WHS2011 with StableBit DrivePool and wish to to install an antivirus program then there’s a few things you will have consider.

Eset NOD32 and Microsoft Security Essentials are 2 good products to install on WHS (only one at a time though) but make sure that you exclude the drives in the pool, and you should definitely exclude the client backup folder.

To clarify, include the DrivePool virtual drive but exclude the poolpart folders on the physical drives (if a physical drive is exclusively used by drivepool, you can simply exclude the entire physical drive).

The Home Server Show Podcast Episode 235


Episode 235 of the Home Server Show is up and this week its mostly about their upcoming meetup:

It’s a light week of news but Jim is back and I’m recovering from last week’s awesome show with the SBS Diva.  This week we are talking Synology, Meetup, and my new T-shirt. Yes, a shirt.   You’ll just have to listen or you can watch it on YouTube.  Oh, I also announce a HUGE give away item for meetup attendees.  It’s the biggest give away i’ve every done.

You can find episode 235 here.

Video: WS2012 Essentials for Resellers

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The OEM division of Microsoft have released the following short video explaining WS2012 Essentials:

Performance of a Storage Space Pool in WS2012 Essentials R2 Preview

John Stutsman has posted data of the performance of a Storage Space Pool in Windows Server 2012 Essentials R2 Preview.

In this second part of the series John has posted the results of his findings, plus he has a 12 minute video explaining how to create a Storage Space Pool in Windows Server 2012 Essentials R2 Preview.

Srorage Spaces Pool in a Nutshell

You can view his findings here.

Video: Inside the Gen8 MicroServer

Another video from the Microsoft/HP channel"Coffee Coaching" on the HP Gen8 MicroServer.

In this vid they take a quick look under the hood and give more details on the small server:

More details are available from here.

The BYOB Podcast Episode 130

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Episode 130 of the BYOB podcast is up for this week:

We have a bunch of topics to cover tonight.  We  talk about some RAID 0, Essentials upgrade, update on the Nexus 7, Untangle, and memory timings as well as spend a few minutes discussing our thoughts on the retirement of Steve Ballmer.

Interesting stuff as usual , which you can find here.

Add-In: StableBit DrivePool v2.0.0.387 BETA

StableBit DrivePool have released version BETA for users of Windows Server 2012 Essentials.

whs_2011 dashboard tab

This latest build has the following change log:

  • Increased the default size of the main window to 750×300.
  • Fixed installation script for Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials.
  • [D] Fixed a memory leak of a few bytes when fully unloading the virtual disk driver.
  • Moved all persistent UI state information into the UI Store and out of the .config. (your UI state will reset)
  • Added the ability to sort the pooled disks list in the horizontal UI. The default sort order is now "By Name".
  • Ignore disk updates from disks that have no media. This was causing the service and UI to refresh too often. Observed this with a DELL USB flash card reader.
  • Persistent UI settings are now upgraded, so that you don’t loose them when performing an update.
  • Added a new help window that shows up after you create your first pool that explains the basics of how the pool works.
  • If the UI disconnects from the service then any open UI windows will be automatically closed.
  • Disk temperature will now be shown in Fahrenheit or Celsius, depending on your Scanner settings. (requires Scanner or newer)
  • Added Dashboard component for Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials.
  • Added a warning message to the UI when a pool has no drive letters assigned to it. This can happen if automount is disabled in Windows.
  • A pool that was not assigned a drive letter would display an incorrect duplication status in the UI.
  • When automount was disabled in Windows, a new pool would not be recognized, and creating a new pool would get stuck as 95% and fail.
  • Sometimes a new pool would not be recognized if it was assigned a drive letter that was previously assigned to a non-pool volume.
  • Added "hint-poolpart" command to dpcmd.
  • Added "add-poolpart" command to dpcmd.
  • Added "list-poolparts" command to dpcmd.
  • [D] Added support for receiving pool part hints from user mode.
  • [D] Fixed an issue where Windows was setting the virtual disk to read-only mode.
      – This was causing the NFS Server to not work over the pool.
  • [D] Enabled file ID support by default. (CoveFs_OpenByFileId)
  • Got rid of the large blank space in UI when creating a new pool in horizontal mode.
  • Disk tooltips are now centered.
  • Added DrivePool tab to the Dashboard in Windows Server 2012 Essentials.
  • Added StableBit DrivePool tab to the Dashboard in WHS 2011 (and similar).
      – There will be no separate wssx installer.
      – WSS notifications are not supported.
  • Added option to increase / decrease the duplication count of a duplicated folder, without first disabling duplication.

The guys have also yet again also published a blog post highlighting the changes, including the WHS 2011 Dashboard tab, which you can read about here.

The Home Server Show Podcast Episode 234


Its time for another episode of "The Home Server show Podcast":

It’s just under one hour but it’s full of Essentials goodness. Tonight the SBSDiva, Susan Bradley, joins me to talk Essentials 2012 R2, Update Rollup 3, Server 2012, Enterprise, Small Business, and a little bit of Windows Home Server! I show off a $129 Chromebook, and talk a little news.  It’s a lot of podcast this week!

You can find episode 234 here.

FREE Windows Server 2012 R2 Preview Release eBook

The ‘Introducing Windows Server 2012 R2 Preview Release’ book from Microsoft Press is now available as a free download and is a great way for you to see what’s new in Windows Server 2012 R2.

Windows Server 2012 R2 Preview Release eBook

You can download the 108 page PDF from here:

Add Color to your Gen8 MicroServer

Got a Gen8 MicroServer from HP, then the front bezel faceplate kit may be of interest to you.


For $69 the blue, red or black bezel can bring a splash of color to your Gen8!

Thanks to the Home Server Show for the details.