Discovered WHS Server Page

On my Vista PC I was browsing my Network and Sharing CenterView full map and noticed the server tower icon (bottom, left).

Network Center

Once clicked on, it opens your web browser and displays the following image:

UPNP Web Page

I haven’t come across this page before (have you?) and post it here for you to see. The URL to access it from is http://server/upnp/welcome.aspx?. If you have changed your WHS name to something different than “SERVER”, change the URL accordingly

Tutorial – How to backup WHS using IDrive-E

After my review on Online Offsite WHS Backup Solutions, the winner of the gold award was IDrive-E. A few installed it and are happy but a couple of you asked for my own configuration details and a walkthrough.

So without further ado, here it is:

  • Remote Desktop into your WHS and install the IDrive-ESetip.exe. Install it to the default directory and when prompted click Yes, restart the computer now. The WHS will now re-boot and you will have to Remote Desktop into the WHS again.
  • Click the IDrive-E Shortcut on the desktop and login with your details. Make sure that all 3 items at the bottom are ticked.


Once you have logged in its easy to configure:

  • Go to the File Selection Wizard and make sure everything is unchecked then OK out of the dialogue.
  • On the Backup tab open D, and place a tick in Shares (all the shared folders below this folder will now also be ticked)


  • Click on the Schedule button (top, middle).
  • Make sure Use Custom Backup Time is circled, set your backup Time and set Frequency to how you want it. I have mine set to Hourly.
  • Under Email notification options I set mine to Notify Always then enter your email address into Mail To: and then click Add. Then tick Send log extract. (On this screen make sure that Desktop notification, Backup when idle and Automatic power off after scheduled backup jobs are NOT ticked).


  • Now click OK out of the dialogue and click on Enable Continuous Backup (Bottom, right)
    The ‘Enable Continuous Backup’ option will let the IDrive-E application automatically recognize and perform backup of files and folders that have been recently updated within 10 minutes. This option performs backup of files, which are less than 50 MB size without any intervention from you.

UPDATE: This “Enable Continuous Backup” feature is new in version 2.0.0 and when enabled bypasses what you have set in your schedule. Because of this reason and also because some of the files that I backup are over 50mb I have now disabled this feature.

  • Finally close “IDrive-E Classic” by clicking the X (top, right)

You can now Log-Off your Windows Home Server. And that’s it job done and WHS protected from disaster. Hopefully!

More Anti-Virus Software for WHS

In my last post about compatible anti-virus software for Windows Home Server, we came to the conclusion that NOD32 was the best paid for option and that ClamWin was probably the best FREE option available.

Since than I have tried and tested a few more anti-virus products and here is the outcome.

All pricing is for a 1 year subscription

As you can see apart from AVG the least expensive is Avast 4 Small Business Server which is still a staggering $199.75. Luckily for us in this round up AVG Anti-Virus Network Edition comes to the rescue at the staggering price of only $62.95 and that also allows you to install it on to 2 PCs. It is also available as a 2 year subscription at the discounted price of $83.95

So after all this antiviral fun what would I recommend? Well if you can afford it go for NOD32 Enterprise Edition @ £90 £154. It is very light on resources and has an excellent detection rate. If your money can’t stretch that far go for the AVG Anti-Virus Network Edition. Its excellent value and works extremely well for the money. And if you’re short of cash at the moment give the FREE ClamWin a go.

One of these will stop your Windows Home Server getting an infection, and as I said in the first installment of this series….

“This is what I have come up with so far. Unless YOU know better of course, in which case please let us know!”

UPDATE 1: I wanted to test a few more “home” products and as expected they would not install on Windows Home Server, complaining that it was not a server machine. They were Kaspersky Anti-Virus 6, AVG Anti-Virus Free and AVG Anti-Virus Professional Edition 7.5. Before leaving this test I tried my NOD32 for Windows which I use on my home PCs and it installed! and worked! WOW. I quick call to NOD32 technical support told me that unlike competing anti-virus products NOD32 will NOT check which platform it is being installed onto. This is very good news for you and me, we now have an Anti-Virus product for WHS for only £23 ($46) and as an added bonus NOD32 is light on resources and has one of the best detection rates of all the antiviral products!!!

UPDATE 2: Thanks to Daniel Keller for bringing it to my attention that F-PROT Antivirus for Windows installs and works fine on Windows Home Server. A home use license covers up to five computers, for personal use, in the license holder’s home for $29 (€21.58) or the corporate license for up to 10 computers is $50 (€37.21). A FREE 30 day trial of either is available from their respective pages.

So I now believe that we have joint winners for the BEST anti-virus package for WHS. NOD32 for Windows. A free 30-Day Trial is available from here and the extremely cheap F-PROT Antivirus for Windows.

UPDATE – WHS Client Connector Join Issues


As discussed in the previous two news items here and here. Tom Ziegmann from the Windows Home Server Team has posted a resolution that may help those of you still having issues getting your PCs connected to the server via the connector/console software.

The client connector uses a web service that resides on the Windows Home Server. If you are having issues with client join, this could be a problem with the way that your Internet Explorer proxy settings are configured. Most home environments do not use proxy servers, so the best method to resolve the client join issue, is to disable proxies in Internet Explorer. To do this, follow the steps outlined below.

  • Open Internet Explorer
  • Click on Tools -> Internet Options
  • Click on the Connection Tab
  • Click on the LAN Settings button
  • Uncheck the box labelled “Automatically detect proxy settings”
  • Click OK twice
  • Close IE

Attempt to reinstall connector.

Online Offsite WHS Backup Solutions

In my post about the new forth coming book Windows Home Sever for Dummies, Drew left the following comment:

I would like “Easier to understand details on how WHS controls the drives and storage. Seems like a lot of people are worried about backing up WHS, but you do not need to if you know how WHS does Duplication. “

Woody Leonhard replied:

“…offsite backup is critical if you’re worried about losing your data. I’m surprised that MS didn’t build that into WHS – but agree wholeheartedly that Folder Duplication is 10,000% better than what most people are doing now.”

I totally agree that we need an offsite online backup solution. If the worst scenario struck and your server was destroyed by fire or 2 of your hard drives died at the same time (it has happened too many people in a lightening strike) all our data that we have transferred to the server so we can have a central data store would be lost. WOW. It’s not worth thinking about – Or is it?

What’s why I have decided to look at the current online backup solutions? I lined up the candidates. Jungle Disk powered by Amazon S3, Mozy, Carbonite, Proxure KeepVault and IDrive-E. Both Mozy and IDrive-E offer 2GB of free storage space, but I have 120GB in my shared folders that needed backing up so I would need the “unlimited” versions. My budget was $10 (£5) or less per month. I wanted to see how these five contenders would compare?

First off was Jungle Disk powered by Amazon S3. They don’t do an unlimited account but charge per GB. 120GB with a monthly transfer rate of 2-10GB would cost $18.40-$20 per month. Too expensive for me, so candidate number one can be crossed off the list.

Next up is Mozy from Berkeley Data Systems. I used to use this myself on my xp machine and it was excellent and cheap at only $4.95 per month or $54.45 yearly. I transferred the downloadable executable over to the WHS, but when trying to run the following error appeared:


On looking at the Mozy Pro page they charge $0.50 per GB per month and you also need a licence per server that is being backed up, which is $3.95 per month. The price for backing up my 120GB with the license fee is $63.95 per month. Six times over my budget!

Berkeley Data Systems have told me that they may be looking into a WHS version at a future date.

Candidate number 3 Carbonite. You can’t pay monthly but at only $49.95 per year that is less than $4.17 per month.  This is one I have also used in the past before using Mozy. The reason I stopped using it and used Mozy instead was because Carbonite only backs up certain file types. If you have exe, cab, msi, chm (and the list goes on – over 180 different file types) in your shared folders they will not be backed up during the backup sessions. You can manually right click on all the excluded files and Back them up individually. But for me this was an unnecessary step and time consuming as over 50 GB of my backups would be exe files.

Carbonite installed and worked fine on WHS but with so many file types being excluded from the auto backups I had to continue to find my ideal off site backup solution.

Candidate number 4 Proxure KeepVault powered by Streamload/MediaMax. This is the only one here that has an add-in for Windows Home Sever. If you have under 25GB of data to back up this is the business, although you would properly need to go to another plan if you wanted to do a complete restore of your off site backups as the free plan only includes 1GB per month of downloads. Anyway for my 120GB I would need the Elite package at $9.95 per month which will allow for expansion as it allows up to 250GB online storage but only 25GB per month for downloads.


The add-in installed fine and my test data all backed up fine, although slower than the others for some reason. I had a few technical issues that were sorted by Proxure very efficiently (thanks Kim) although an account issue that I have with Streamload/Mediamax is not so good. An email was sent twice 9 days ago and still no reply, not even an automated one to the question I posed!

I shall re-test the lengh of time it took to backup the data at a later stage and post my findings here in the meantime Proxure KeepVault gets my Silver award.

UPDATE – 7 November 2007: KeepVault now use a different provider instead of Streamload/Mediamax for their backend, which has improved performance immensely. They now also offer unlimited backup at a great price. More information can be found in this post.

And finally our last contender IDrive-E. I would need the Pro version at $4.95 per month or $49.50 yearly. This allows unlimited backup for my future needs and there are no Limits/restrictions on upload/restore data compared with Proxure KeepVault. The application installed fine on the server and configuration was fairly ok although I had one minor issue which was quickly resolved by the very efficient telephone support team at IDrive-E.

Since WHS is a headless system (no keyboard, mouse or monitor) I needed to know if my files were backed up correctly so after a read of the PDF user manual and the FAQs I configured IDrive-E to back up data hourly if needed and to notify me via email on the backup status.

My test data backed up extremely fast. Internal tests have shown at least a 30% performance advantage over competing services, which could mean a huge difference in backup time as was shown with my backup.

For me IDrive-E gets the Gold award for best online off-site backup provider.


We’ll there you have it, a round up of the most popular online offsite backup providers. For me this was a worth while test as my data is priceless and if there was a fire or flood or a lightening strike (the list goes on) at least all of my shared folders are safe and secure. Believe me 120GB is a lot to lose, I know it’s happened to me and it is not a very nice experience.

Your HELP is required for Dummies

 Windows Home Server For Dummies     Question

After my earlier post on Woody Leonhard new forth coming book Windows Home Server for Dummies. Woody has been in contact asking for your help. If you have topics that you’d like to see covered in the book make sure that you post them here and I shall make sure they are forwarded to Woody. In December (2007) we should have 2 copies available to give away for the best ideas put forward. So thinking caps on and get those digits on the keyboard.

Microsoft Team asking for help – WHS Connector Join issues

As posted on the Microsoft Windows Home Server Forum.  If you are one of the people having issues getting your PCs connected to the server they would like to hear from you.

As Micheal Elizarov says:

“Our team is trying to create a comprehensive picture of the issues people have when running connector on their client machines and joining server. Because of wide range of configurations of networks we will never be able to create many of these scenarios in the lab.”

“If you have experienced an issue with joining your clients please send email, we will establish direct contact and try to figure out what your problem is and try to fix it. Your help is very much appreciated!”

The email address is available from this thread and further information is available from my earlier posting Installing Connector on Home PC issues.

PhotoSync Beta2 for WHS is Available!

Ed Holloway has posted on his blog that Beta2 of PhotoSync for Windows Home Server is available.The new version has several tweaks, bug fixes and numerous enhancements.

PhotoSync monitors your WHS Photos folder or a sub folder within it and automatically uploads the contents to your Flickr account. You can select which photos you would like to make public, so your private ones are not uploaded and the frequency this happens can be scheduled also.


More information is available from Ed Holloway’s Blog. Including the download link.

Ed has also posted a link to a nice install guide for PhotoSync from TechRepublic. As he states “This is from PhotoSync Beta1, so some screenshots will be different”

Problems accessing WHS Web Interface. Ports 80 and 443 Blocked?

More and more Internet Service Provider’s (ISP’s) are blocking the default ports which allow access via the web interface to your Windows Home Server. With this workaround we will have you remotely connecting to your server using your favorite browser.

The two ports in question here are 80 and 443. If your ISP is only blocking port 80 you only need to forward port 443 to your WHS and then connect using https:// and NOT http://

But what if your Internet provider is blocking both ports. What can you then do to allow web access to Windows Home Server?

Well, we have a workaround for you.

First remote desktop to the WHS as the Administrator and click Start, right click My Computer and select Manage.
In the left pane expand Services and Applications, expand Internet Information Services (IIS) Manager, expand Web Sites and right click on Default Web Site (making sure that it is highlighted first) and choose Properties.

Computer Management1

From the Web Site tab you can manually type the port number you want. In this example we use 8008 for http (TCP Port) and 600 for https (SSL Port).

 WebSite Properties        

You can now click OK and close the Computer Management Console.

We now need to forward these two new port numbers in the WHS firewall on the server.

Click Start, Control Panel then Windows Firewall. On the Exemptions tab we need to click Add Port. We then insert 8008 for the name and 8008 for the port and make sure that TCP has a dot in it. We then OK this and do the same again, but this time inserting 600 instead for name and port and again making sure TCP is dotted.

Port 8008     Port600

We can now OK out of the dialogs and Log Off the Windows Home Server.

Finally we need to forward these two ports to our WHS in the router.

If you need help with this part try this site. Select your router then go through the instructions replacing the port numbers with the ones from above, making sure that you do both ports.

You can now access your WHS via its web interface using:

Please note that without the /home part it will not work.

If your router does Port Redirection (NOT the same as Port Forwarding) you need not do any of the above, but instead you could forward external port 8008 to 80 and forward external port 600 to 443 on your router instead.

UPDATE 19 October 2007: My article describes using port 8008 for HTTP and port 600 for SSL. Carsten Hartmann bought to my attention that port 600 is still a fairly low port number and will more than likely be blocked too since ISP’s normally block ports below 1200. In his situation he used port 8008 for HTTP and 8009 for SSL, which is simple and easy to remember. He added, remember to stop and start your IIS services after you make the changes .
You can access your server by

UPDATE 25 June 2007: SME has posted a valid point that if their ISP blocks the ports, they don’t want you to run servers and you agreed to follow their rules by accepting the Acceptable Use Policy (AUP).  Personally my ISP has the ports blocked BUT only disallows FTP servers. So the Windows Home Server is OK. But your provider may be different, CHECK with them first as your account may be deleted by your provider!

Add-In LobsterTunes for Windows Mobile Devices

Those of you with a Windows Mobile device will love this…

Imagine an add-in that lets you play music, from your Windows Home Server to your windows mobile device via 3G (CDMA or UTMS) or WiFi locally or remotely…

Well imagine no more LobsterTunes is here, and your WHS Music store can go with you wherever you are. And to put the icing on the cake it also plays TV (BBC, CNN etc) and Internet Radio as well.

Download LobsterTunes Add-In for Windows Home Server

Installation Instructions:

  • Place the download in to your “Shared Folders on Server“, Software, Add-Ins folder.
  • Login to your Windows Home Server Console then Settings, Add-Ins, Available tab and click Install beside Lobster.
  • On your computer that your Windows Mobile device ActiveSync’s with go into “Shared Folders on Server“, the Public then Lobster folder and click on LobsterTunesInstaller.exe to finish the installation making sure that your Windows Mobile Device is connected to your PC so ActiveSync can do its business!

More details on LobsterTunes at