Add-In: Drive Bender v1.8.6.0

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Drive Bender for WHS2011, SBS Essentials 2011 and Server 2012 Essentials has been updated.

Version has the following change log:

  • Bug fix: Under some conditions the mount point can fail to mount.
  • Bug fix: When removing a drive a message is incorrectly stating that the mount point will be unmounted.
  • Bug fix: If there is an issue with the first drive enumerated at start up, it can prevent the pool from starting correctly.
  • Update: High transaction I/O performance has been dramatically improved.
  • Update: A number of changes have been made to the way file system security is handled.
  • Update: When restoring a pool, there is no longer a prompt regarding the deleting of existing configuration.
  • Update: The email notifications now reference the server name in the email message.
  • Bug fix: An update in v1.8.1.0 to improve boot times can cause the pool to fail on load on some machines.
  • Bug fix: The duplication scan tools will not scan recursively scan folders if the top level folder was not flagged for duplication.
  • Bug fix: The additions to the Server Folders tab under the Server Dashboard (i.e. WHS 2011, SBE 2011, SBE 2012) can cause the dashboard to crash.
  • Update: The delay time before the Hard Disk Sentinel engine is start has been increased from 30 seconds after mount, to 5 minutes. This is to improve overall start up performance.
  • Update: The resources required when running the duplication tools has been greatly reduced.

You can download this latest release from here.

Media Browser Server Public Beta

Media Browser Server has been released for users of Server 2008, Server 2012 and WHS2011.

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Media Browser 3 Server is a centralized solution. Maintain your library just once no matter how many devices you have accessing it. Manage plug-ins and everything else in one place for your whole home – all with a sophisticated but dead-easy-to-use web configuration platform.

If you fancy public beta testing Media Browser Server, then you can find it here.

Windows Server 2012 Editions Chart

If you would like to know the difference between the Windows Server 2012 products and editions then Microsoft have a chart available for download.

WS2012 Product Family Chart

The chart includes WS2012 Essentials and details the different limits, server roles and features in all the Server 2012 editions.

You can download the chart in PDF form directly from here.

Add-In: StableBit DrivePool v1.3.2.7551 RC


The RC release of StableBit DrivePool for WHS2011, SBS 2011 Essentials and Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials has had an update.

Version RC has the following change log:

  • [D] Fixed "Reached the end of file" error when enabling duplication on a folder that was previously duplicated, then was moved off of the pool and then moved back onto the pool (and so is no longer duplicated).

[D] = Driver was modified (reboot required after update)

You may download this release from here.

The Home Tech Podcast Episode 113

Episode 113 of the Home Tech Podcast is up.

Home Tech Podcast

Host Jim Collison Jim was able to spend time at the Cali Lewis / Drobo meet up in Omaha recently.  He recorded several interviews from that event and they have been added to the end of this episode.

You can find this episode here.

Installing Synology Software onto a HP Proliant N40L MicroServer

For those who dream of acquiring a Synology NAS but lack the financial stamina, a solution may be available if you do not mind tinkering.

XPEnology brings the DiskStation Manager to your PC/Server which also includes native support for the HP Proliant N40L MicroServer.

XPEnology DiskStation Manager

Interested? If so more details on how to download and install this can be found here, whilst information specifically for HP N40L MicroServer users can be found here.

The Home Server Show Podcast–Streaming



Its that time again for another episode of "The Home Server Show" podcast:

“Richard Gunther from The Digital Media Zone joins me to talk streaming services and devices.  We are tossing a very wide net on this show in order to come up with what might be the best hardware and services for streaming of TV and Movies whether they are rented or your own.”

You can catch this weeks episode here.

Upgrading the Acer easyStore H342 to WHS2011

A user explains how he upgraded his Acer easyStore H342 from v1 of Windows Home Server to WHS2011.

Acer Aspire easyStore H342

The article explains how to change the workgroup name using PowerShell and includes links to the relevant drivers which you will need.

The author explains that the reason he created the post is that in a short period of time we might lose access to the files he is linking too. If you try to do this with the newest version of the RST from Intel it will not work.

All the details can be found here.

Play Videos from WHS Directly to an Xbox 360

The groovyPost have a blog post on how to play videos from Windows Home Server directly to an Xbox 360:

“The Play To feature in Windows 8 and Windows RT allows you to stream music, movies, and photos from your PC to Xbox 360 and other compatible devices. If you have a home server or NAS set up, you can stream digital content directly to your Xbox 360 too.”


All the setup details can be found here.

The BYOB Podcast Episode 120


Its time for another episode of the BYOB podcast:

“Haswell and Durango are, and we’re excited! Seagate central. Automatic will it improve your gas mileage and make you a better driver? We discuss RAID, HDDs, SSDs and storage configuration.”

You can find episode 120 here.