The BYOB Podcast Episode 108


Episode 108 of the BYOB podcast is up:

The guys are joined by JPEG2RAW host Mike Howard this week to discuss his Windows 8 media center. We talk a bit about our desires for CES. We’ll also touch on custom routing vs consumers solutions. Its the all Mike edition of the BYOB Podcast.

You can grab this weeks edition from here.

Add-In: StableBit DrivePool v1.3.0.7319 BETA

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


Here is the change log for version BETA:

  • Added pool selection dialog, when multiple pools are present and user clicks ‘Add a folder to the pool’.
  • Added a "Identify disk" task for missing disk where all the known identification data is shown for that missing disk. We also have an option to "Ping" all the connected disks for one minute in order to help you identify the missing disk by looking at the disk access lights.
  • StableBit Scanner disk health will now be reported on the Pool tab for disks part of the pool when the Scanner is installed (Scanner 1.2+), including missing disks.
  • Added a disk identification module. DrivePool will now show the model / serial number for drives that are part of the pool or are missing (when available). When the StableBit Scanner ( is installed, the model / serial number is retrieved from the Scanner instead of Windows for added accuracy. In addition, the ‘Case’ and ‘Bay’ as specified in the Scanner are also reported.

This release can be downloaded from here.

Add-In: StableBit Scanner v2.3.0.2842 BETA

The beta build of Stable bit Scanner for WHS 2011, SBS 2011 Essentials and Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials has been updated.

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Version BETA has the following changes:

  • Added speech notifications (Scanner Settings -> Notifications).
  • Added additional 3rd party WMI fields for the latest DrivePool integration (Model / Serial / Case / Bay).
    When running DrivePool, these will show up under missing disk identification and the pool tab.
  • When WMI fails registration, report an error and continue service startup instead of failing.

This release can be downloaded from here.

Support for WHS v1 Ends Tomorrow

Users of version 1 of Windows Home Server should now consider upgrading to either WHS 2011 or WS2012 Essentials because as from tomorrow mainstream support ends for v1.


Windows server 2003 which v1 is based on has extended support till the 14th July 2015 but the original WHS support life ends the 8th January 2013.

What does this mean if you stay with version 1 of WHS?
Updates via Windows Update will gradually come to a standstill leaving the WHS components open to security issues and exploits, so its defiantly time for an upgrade.

Thanks to the German Home Server Blog for the heads up on the dates.

Build a DIY home server using FreeNAS

We occasionally mention other "Home Server" projects here at MSWHS and FreeNAS we have mentioned before.

MaximumPC FreeNAS

MaximumPC have a 4 page article on using FreeNAS to build a DIY home server. The article includes details on choosing the hardware, installing the OS, setting up the storage and media share, adding users and groups, configuring permissions, mapping the drives and setting up plugins:

FreeNAS’s greatest strength is also its greatest weakness: It’s incredibly complex and granular, with myriad configuration options, plugins, services, and so forth. The average home user may be better off buying an off-the-shelf NAS from Qnap or Synology, which are easier to configure and often include mobile access apps. But if you have the patience and the inclination, there’s nothing like building your own.

A comprehensive read, which you can find here.

Reinstall the Certificate Authority (CA) role in WS2012e

If you need to reinstall the Certificate Authority (CA) role in Windows Server 2012 Essentials then there is some help available.

Microsoft have KB article 2795825 which explains how to uninstall and reinstall the CA server role, as well as verifying its installation.

Reinstall the CA role in WS2012e

Also covered in the KB article are how to add a certificate template to the CA and how to add the server and clients to the Dashboard.

You can find KB article 2795825 here.

Take Control of CrashPlan Backups

"Take Control of CrashPlan Backups” is an ebook by Joe Kissell in collaboration with CrashPlan maker Code 42 Software.

Take Control of CrashPlan Backups ebook

The 138 page ebook is available to purchasers in PDF, EPUB and Mobipocket formats to keep PC, MAC, iPad and Kindle users happy and at only $10 it wont break the bank either.

Backup expert Joe Kissell helps you devise an effective backup strategy for CrashPlan’s unique capabilities, shows you how to back up to multiple destinations and restore files, explains less-common tasks (such as switching to a new computer and seeding a hard drive locally before moving it to a friend’s house for offsite backup), and walks you through fine-tuning CrashPlan’s settings to meet your needs.

All three consumer and small-business versions of CrashPlan—the free CrashPlan and the subscription-focused CrashPlan+ and CrashPlan PRO—are discussed, with relevant differences called out. (The book does not cover CrashPlan PROe, the enterprise version.)

For small businesses subscribing to CrashPlan PRO, Joe documents how to manage users and computers via the Web-based interface, and for anyone backing up to CrashPlan Central or CrashPlan PRO Cloud, he describes how to use the CrashPlan Mobile app (for iOS, Android, and Windows Phone 7) to access backed-up files. Lastly, Joe provides troubleshooting tips in case things go wrong, and offers advice for backup needs outside CrashPlan’s purview (like bootable duplicates).

Questions answered in the book include:

  • Can I get by with just the free CrashPlan or do I need CrashPlan+?
  • How does CrashPlan protect my data in transit and at the destination?
  • Does CrashPlan maintain multiple versions of files? Can I control how many?
  • How does CrashPlan work to reduce bandwidth use and storage space?
  • Can I back up to a local hard disk, to a friend, and to CrashPlan Central?
  • How do I back up different sets of files to different destinations?
  • How can I speed up my first Internet-based backup?
  • How can I tell what CrashPlan is doing, and what do all its messages mean?
  • What’s involved with restoring files, even older versions of files?
  • What do I do if I need to restore all my files over a slow Internet connection?
  • How can I avoid backup confusion when I switch to a new computer?
  • How do I seed a backup for offsite or CrashPlan Central use?
  • How can I pause or stop CrashPlan’s background processing?
  • In what ways can I tweak CrashPlan’s settings for optimal performance?
  • How can CrashPlan notify me if backups aren’t working for some reason?
  • What can I do with my backed-up files via the free CrashPlan Mobile app?

More information is available here, whilst a sample chapter can also be downloaded.

A Very Happy New Year

First of all a happy New Year to all our readers, supporters and advertisers from all of us here at

Also today I have been re-awarded MVP status from Microsoft for Windows Home Server. I thank everyone who has made this possible and I am proud and honoured to receive this award for the fifth year running.


Finally I would also like to congratulate all new and returning MVPs – Cheers!

Add-In: StableBit Scanner v2.3.0.2833

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The beta release of StableBit Scanner has had a couple of updates straight after each other.

Here is the change log for these two versions:


  • WSS build.


  • Added email notifications using Windows Azure + Amazon SES (Scanner Settings -> Notifications).
  • Added the ability to submit drive information and SMART data to BitFlock for analysis. This will create a pseudo-nest that is invisible from the Internet.
    To enable it, see the bottom of the SMART details window.

StableBit Scanner can be downloaded from here.

The BYOB Podcast Episode 107


Episode 107 of the BYOB podcast is up:

Last show of 2012! We have a special guest with us today. Gavin Campbell is going to share his virtual server. Michael has updated his virtual server as well. It the Virtual edition of the BYOB Podcast.

You can find episode 107 here.