Add-In: Drive Bender v1.8.1.0

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Drive Bender v1.8.1.0 has been released with a bunch of improvements and fixes.

Here is the change log for this latest release:

  • Bug fix: Removing the second last drive from a pool with duplication enabled can fail.
  • Bug fix: Removing/swapping a drive can fail if the file being moved off contains a "%s" (issue with writing the event to the log).
  • Update: During the drive removal/swapping process, the mount point is no longer taken offline.
  • Bug fix: Drives not displaying correctly in the Drive Bender Manager.
  • Update: Improved HDS support for certain drives.
  • Update: The pool and duplication state of a folder is now display under the "Server Folder" tab (Windows Server family).
  • Update: You can now manage folder duplication form the "Server Folder" tab (Windows Server family).

As always you can find the download here.

DVBLink Fixpack for version 4.5.3

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DVBLink has released a fixpack for version 4.5.3 which includes several important fixes and thumbnails for NAS recordings:

– (all) Added: Updated "Sources" tab of DVBLink web configurator
– (all) Added: Build number information and new version availability check
– (all) Fixed: no/corrupt stream if transport stream is delivered in chunks that are smaller than a single packet
– (all) Added: log file size limit
– (qnap) build >= 8339. Fixed: upgrade overwrites recording path with incorrect value

DVBLink Connect! Server / DVBLink Server for NAS platform:
– (all) Fixed: incorrect DLNA presentation url
– (all) Added: built-in recorder periodically checks for and removes from database TV recordings without the actual file
– (all) Added: DLNA categories "by genre" and "by series"
– (all) Added: season/episode information to names visible in DLNA clients
– (all) Added: season/episode information to file names (SxxExx-name-….ts)
– (all) Added: retrieval of TV recordings list as m3u file
– (all) Fixed: streaming using m3u file or for boxee does not work with two or more clients at the same time
– (win) Fixed: unstable iOS transcoded streaming
– (win) Fixed: transcoded web and winphone streaming does not work because of missing Windows firewall rule
– (all) Fixed: Crash/no stream because DLNA function sometimes caused memory overwrite
– (all) Added: Program search on genre
– (all) Added: by genre and by series categories to display recorded TV items
– (all) Fixed: DVBLink DLNA server does not support trick modes (FF/FB) on some DLNA clients
– (all) build >= 8282. Fixed: incorrect bit value in the generated PAT packet, which caused recorded TV files not to be playable on certain (DLNA) clients
– (nas) build >= 8339. Added: thumbnail generation for TV recordings
– (syn ppc) build >= 8339. Fixed: Windows MCE network client does not work

– (all) Fixed: no detection of sat>ip receivers if more than one network adapter is present in the system
– (all) Fixed: unstable streaming for some models of sat>ip receivers
– (all) Fixed: incorrect tuner type after importing settings from another TVSource instance
– (Synology/QNAP/NetGear x86 NAS models) Added: support for TBS5680CI tuner
– (Synology x86) Fixed: tuner driver incompatibility with DSM4.2
– (all) Fixed: incorrect Czech symbols in EPG and channel names
– (win) Added: support for diseqc and CI of DVBSky tuners
– (win) Fixed: Elgato DVB-S2 EyeSat does not work with TVSource v4.5
– (all) Fixed: NA Bandstacked DP (DSS) setting does not work
– (win) Fixed: Gigabyte U8300 tuner does not work with v4.5
– (win) Fixed: channels are found during scan, but never work in normal operations (PAT scanning has timed out)
– (nas) Added: support for Hauppauge WinTV-NOVA-TD (dual DVB-T) tuner
– (nas) Added: tuner insert/removal autodetection after the DVBLink package start-up
– (win) Added: Unicable support for TeVii tuners (others may start working as well as generic mechanism was implemented)
– (win) Fixed: crash during background ATSC EPG scan
– (all) Fixed: incorrect characters in EPG for CYFRA+ Polish channels
– (all) build >= 8339. Added: user interface for transponder file editing
– (all) build >= 8339. Fixed: incorrect Polish symbols in EPG (codepage 0x10)

From the DVDLogic forums.

Add-In: StableBit DrivePool for WS2012e v2.0.0.227 BETA


StableBit DrivePool are hot on their releases this week, this time with an update to the beta build for users of Windows Server 2012 Essentials.

Version BETA has the following change log:

  • Added check box to per folder duplication that hides hidden folders.
    Defaults to whatever the OS is set to.
  • Added DrivePool_VerifyAfterCopy advanced setting (off by default).
  • [D] Fixed MDL based Fast I/O calls. (port from 1.3.2)
  • [D] Added support for file IDs. (See CoveFs_OpenByFileId advanced setting) (port from 1.3.2)
  • [D] Fixed volume information query.
  • Duplicated files that were not yet duplicated were not being selected for re-balancing. (port from 1.3.2)

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

This latest release can be downloaded from here.

Add-In: Lights-Out for Windows Server v1.5.4 Build 2033

The add-in Lights-Out for Windows Server, Windows 7 and 8 has been updated to version 1.5.4 Build 2033.

Lights-Out for Windows 8

What’s new in version 1.5.4 Build 2033 (Service Pack 4):

New Platforms

Added support for Windows 7, 8 running as a "Home server" or standard Windows Server.

Differences between Lights-Out on WHS and Windows 7/8

  • There is no WHS Connector and therefore no working communication infrastructure on Windows 8
  • Lights-Out uses a special (TCP/IP based) communication protocol on port 7679
  • Port 7679 is opened during installation on the Windows 7/8 "Server", if you use another personal firewall you have to open port 7679 by yourself
  • Client computers are joined during setup to their server, server discovery is handled by sending a multicast on port 7679
  • There is no pre-configured SSL infrastructure on Windows 7/8
  • There is no client backup handled by the server
  • There is no WHS Console on the client

Known issues:

  • No backup support for clients
  • Mac and Mobile support only in LAN (local), not in WAN because SSL infrastructure is missing

Changes from last Beta

  • New 30 day evaluation period
  • Improved support for multiple network cards (server)
  • Client software can wake additional devices (registry key required)
  • Client software is now installed into a different folder to avoid conflicts with server software
  • Server installer uses a different ID to avoid conflicts with client installer

License upgrade

If you change platforms and require a new license you can now read in your existing license to obtain your personal discount code.

More information can be found in topic Licensing Lights-Out.

You can evaluate Lights-Out for a period of 30 days. After that period, Lights-Out changes into a Community Edition with a limited feature set.

To enable all features after the trial period you have to purchase a license.
A personal license starts at 15€ + VAT = 17.85€ in Germany (VAT if applicable).

More information is available from here.

Add-In: CloudBerry Backup for WHS v3.4

Version 3.4 of CloudBerry Backup for WHS (v1, 2011, SBS 2011 Essentials and  Windows Server 2012 Essentials) , has been released.

This latest release has lots of changes:

FTP/SFTP server support

Cloudberry Backup now supports FTP and SFTP servers. With the new version users can backup their data to FTP and SFTP servers that are widely used for data storage. You can find more details in post covering backup to FTP and post coveringbackup to SFTP.

Master password

We added an ability to set master password in CloudBerry Backup. It may become very useful for IT administrators and users who need to lock software from unauthorized access. Once specified, master password will be required to access Cloudberry Backup, even if it’s already running in background.

Local backup speed improvements

Local backup is an option in CloudBerry Backup that allows backup to local drives, NAS, mapped network drives and network shares. Most of our users found local backup very useful feature but some complained on the low backup speed. In the new version we have improved local backup performance to allow users backup their data locally much faster.

Multiple emails notification

CloudBerry Backup for WHS Multiple Emails Notification v3.4

In previous versions Cloudberry Backup users were able to specify only one address for email notifications. From the new version users can set multiple email addresses to receive notification messages on backup completion status. You just have to write email addresses to proper line and separate them from one another with commas.

Clone backup plan

Also we introduced an ability to clone existing backup plans. Now instead of creating new backup plan from scratch users can copy an existing plan and modify it as required.

Ignore self signed SSL certificate

In previous versions backups to online storage with outdated SSL certificate were aborted by the software. Now your backup will run even if an issues with SSL certificate occur. This may be necessary for example for the local OpenStack Swift storage implementations.

Backup files < XX MB

We have also added new file filter based on a file size. Now users can specify the maximum size of the files to backup. For example you can set the application to backup only files that are less than 500 Mb, 1000 Mb, 5000 Mb or any other size that fits your requirements.

More information of this latest release can be found on the CloudBerry blog here.

Add-In: StableBit DrivePool v1.3.2.7548 BETA


The beta release of StableBit DrivePool has another release for the drive removal fix.

Version BETA has the following changes:

  • [D] Fixed system crash after the last drive was removed from a pool.
  • After a drive was removed, the size statistics might be reported for the wrong pool.

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

This latest release for users of WHS2011, SBS 2011 Essentials and Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials can be downloaded from here.

Add-In: SyncBerry v1.0.0.1011 / 1012

A new add-in has been released for Windows Home Server 2011, SBS 2011 Essentials and Windows Server Essentials 2012 that allows you to synchronize your PC, server, drives and folders.

Similar to SyncToy and Robocopy, SyncBerry uses the power of the Microsoft SyncFramework. It use the build-in functionalities from the Server Dashboard and clearly displays the most important synchronize functionalities.

SyncBerry Log

The synchronize workflow is broadly similar with SyncToy. To synchronize files and folders from different sources, you initially need to create a “folder pair” that represents the two folders (“left” and “right” folders) and one of the following action:

  • Synchronize
  • Echo
  • Contribute

Here’s a run down of what each actions does:

The synchronize function mirrors two folders and makes sure they have exactly the same files. New and updated files will be copy in either direction . Rename and deleted files will be deleted also on the other side.

Example: You use a Windows Server and the server has a access to a remote  network folder. The files on the network folder should be exact mapped on the server side and the changes on the server should also be updated on the network folder. The network folder  is a image of the local server folder and vice versa.

Notice: Every deleted file will be moved by default to the recycle bin. You can change this in the options.

The echo (one way sync) function looks for changes in the left folder and execute them in the right folder. File modification in the left folder (new files,updates,renames and deletes) will be modificated also on the right folder.

Example: You have a Microsoft Server and a external hard drive. You want to make a daily Image from one Server folder to the external hard drive. The Echo function search for changes in the Server folder and execute the changes on the eternal hard drive. Notice: Every deleted file will be moved by default to the recycle bin. You can change this in the options.

The function Contribute looks for changes in the left folder and execute them in the right folder. But it does not delete any files on the right folder that may have been deleted in the left folder. Contribute is like Echo without deletion of files.

Example: You have a Microsoft Server and a external hard drive. You want to make a daily Image from one Server folder to the external hard drive.File modification in the left folder will be modificated in the right folder but for the History without deletion of files.

Using the built in wizard you have a clear overview of the Sync Type, where you can select the folder pair, except files and files extension and choose the schedule type and before the synchronization starts, you can preview changed and updated files.

The preview function is always available in the Dashboard, to easy validate if a synchronization is necessary, if so you can automatically schedule the synchronization for daily, weekly or monthly.

SyncBerry is priced at €5.95 and a 30-day trial is also available.

Add-In: StableBit DrivePool v1.3.2.7547 BETA


The beta build of StableBit DrivePool has had an update.

Here is the change log for this latest release for users of WHS2011, SBS 2011 Essentials and Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials:

  • Fixed sporadic error when DrivePool_VerifyAfterCopy was enabled (disabled by default).
    Files were failing verification, even when they were identical.
    Some files were not getting re-balanced as a result.

Version beta can be downloaded from here.

Add-In: StableBit Scanner v2.4.0.2900 / 2901 BETA

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The beta release of StableBit Scanner has had an update and now adds support to automatically check the health of your file systems.

Here is the full change log for version / 2901 BETA:

  • SMART Failures were not being reported in the Dashboard. (WSS only)
  • Drive letter assignment is now refreshed properly.
  • Added support to automatically check the health of your file systems.
    – File system scanning is streamlined into the existing scanning process and is automatically performed after a surface scan.
    – chkdsk is used, but with some additional features.
            – Ability to scan using Background I/O, which also lowers the paging priority (since chkdsk tends to use a lot of RAM).
            – Ability to suspend a scan if a drive overheats.
            – Support for temperature equalization.
            – Scan progress is reported in percent.
    – File system health is reported when you expand a disk and in the "Status" panel at the bottom.
    – You will get a notification if a problem is found (Email, System tray, Speech and WSS).
    – File system scans can have a separate re-check interval and can be suspended globally or per disk
  • Scanned sectors will now slowly turn from green to yellow, to indicate the "age" of the last scan. If a sector has not been re-scanned in 2x the scanning interval, it will turn fully yellow. This gives you a quick visual indication of how log ago the last scan was performed over those sectors.
  • Fixed SMART Warning vs. SMART Failure notification mix-up.

You can download this beta release from here.

Running DHCP Server on Windows Server 2012 Essentials

Windows Server 2012 Essentials is enabled out of the box to run on a network with the DHCP Server service running on the router.

But you can also configure the DHCP Role on the Windows Server 2012 Essentials instead, and the Windows Server Essentials and Small Business Server Blog describes how to accomplish this.

Ading DHCP Server to Ws2012e

A great post which you can find here.