The Home Tech Podcast Episode 119

Home Tech Podcast

Time for another episode of the Home Tech podcast:

“In the first of a 3 part Series on Virtualization, we will cover some of the VM setups of guys from our community.  Not necessarily a how to but more of a show and tell, we hope to cover all things Virtualization for the Average Tech Guy.”

Its all on episode 119 of the Home Tech podcast.

The Home Server Show Podcast: WHS on MicroServer Shootout


Its that time for another episode of "The Home Server Show" podcast, and on this week’s edition:

“It’s a Microserver comparison show. How is WHS 2011 and S2012E running on the little server? Pick a version and Chris Kenney and John Stutsman have tested it!  They join me on this episode for that and plenty of QNAP and NAS as well.”

You can find the WHS on MicroServer Shootout episode here.

Add-In: StableBit Scanner v2.4.0.2914 / 2915 BETA

StableBit Scanner Icon

The beta build of StableBit Scanner for users of WHS2011, SBS 2011 Essentials, Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials and WS2012 Essentials has been updated to version / 2915 BETA.

Here’s the change log for this latest release:

  • Added new scan options to handle removable media better.
    See Scanner Settings -> Scanner.
  • Do not query USB / removable Flash drives for SMART.
    (Smart_DoNotQueryRemovableMedia and Smart_DoNotQueryUnknownMedia in .config)
  • Do not crash if a disk has no name.
  • Fixed incorrect IDENTIFY / SMART data being reported on drives connected to secondary ports on some SiL controllers.
  • Removed SAT pass-through (12) from the safe USB pass-through list due to reports of it crashing some USB thumb drive controllers. (16 is still enabled)
  • Fixed BitFlock USB pass-through method hint use.
    If there is a hint we will now be forced to use it.

As always this release can be downloaded from here.

Video: Windows Server 2012 Essentials on the Edge

The Edge show from on Channel 9 gives the latest weekly news from Microsoft relevant for IT Professionals and a technical dive into various products and scenarios like Windows Server, Windows Azure, Private Cloud, and Consumerization of IT.

Edge Show 63 is on Windows Server 2012 Essentials:

Rick is joined by Colin Molina, Sr. Program Manager who stopped by the cramped Studio B at Channel 9 to talk about Windows Server 2012 Essentials. He gives us a walkthrough the server configuration and management tools as well as shows us remote web workplace and some new Windows Server 2012 Essentials apps for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8!

Edge Channel 9 WS2012e

You can find the 23 minute Edge video here.

The Home Tech Podcast Episode 118

Home Tech Podcast

The Average Guy have posted episode 118 of the Home Tech podcast.

This week Microsoft MVP John Zajdler talks Windows Server 2012 Essentials, Western Digital Sentinel DX4000, WSE RemoteApp 2012, ownCloud and Plex.

Great stuff as usual, which you can find here.

The BYOB Podcast Episode 122


Episode 122 of the BYOB podcast this week is about the new Xbox One, where Mike and Michael give their perspective and insight.

Interested? You can find this episode of the Build Your Own Box (BYOB) podcast here.

Converting the WD DX4000 to WS2012

A user by the name of "tswalker" has written a series of 3 articles on converting the WD DX4000 from Western Digital to Windows Server 2012.

WD Sentinel DX4000 Front

The 3 detailed posts explain how to create the image with included drivers to convert this great box from WD into a fully fledged server. Additional articles explain “how to program the LCD”, setting the fan speed and other important details related to converting the DX4000 to a nice Windows Server 2012 build.

You can read the articles here.

Windows Home Server – A PC Tech’s Review a resource for PC repair technician’s has a nice review of Windows Home Server.


Writer Tony Scarpelli explains how to set it up on in a clients network and is a nice review from a PC repair tech.

You can read Tony’s review here.

Add-In: StableBit DrivePool v2.0.0260 BETA


StableBit DrivePool have released version 2.0.0260 BETA for users of WS2012 Essentials which provides performance optimizations.

Here’s the full release notes for this version:

  • Reduced the load on the CPU when processing real-time file performance data.
  • Added 2 new .config options for the UI:
      – UI_VerticalOnly – When set to True, Disables the horizontal UI (and never loads it into memory).
      – UI_HorizontalLite – When set to True, Disables the performance UI (and never loads it into memory).
  • The performance UI controls will not be loaded into memory unless the performance UI is expanded.
  • Performance UI will always start collapsed.
  • Performance will only be monitored, if at least one connected UI has the performance UI expanded.

You can find the download here.

WS2012e: Easy Small Business Internet and Cloud

TechRepublic have a write up on Windows Server 2012 Essentials.


The article asks why you should consider WS2012e and why it is the Small Business Server (SBS) successor. Simplified administration and management as well as a client Launchpad which focuses on backup and shared access with Mac support.

An interesting read, which you can find here.