Add-In: StableBit DrivePool v2.2.0.903 RC

StableBit DrivePool the disk pooling application with file duplication has a new version available to download.

Version RC includes optimized performance when dealing with many thousands of open files, a more intelligent mounting process and localization support for 10 languages.

You can download it here:

Lights-Out 2.5 Information

Lights-Out the power saving add-in for Windows Server 2016 Essentials and WHS2011 have published details on their new 2.5 release over on their blog.

In a two part series, the post goes over the user interface, automatic software updates, the handling of away mode, three client deployment methods, creating a pre-configured installation package and using direct deploy in active directory.

wow, lots of interesting material. Part 1 is here and part 2 here.

Drive Bender Version 3 Details

Drive Bender Logo

Drive Bender the add-in which allows storage pooling is due to be upgraded to version 3 any time soon.
New features for version 3 include:

  • Application whitelisting, which allows only whitelisted apps to write to the pool (or specific folders).
  • Improved licensing that will allow users to manage their own license keys (aka release from a machine etc)… yay!
  • Improved startup performance.
  • 2016 Server dashboard support.

more details when we have it!

Add-In: StableBit DrivePool BETA

Covecube have released a beta version of StableBit DrivePool there disk pooling application with file duplication.

This new BETA comes with a substantial list of bug fixes, support for ReFS, an improved drive removal process, along with a brand new feature called hierarchical pooling.

A blog post detailing the changes is available here, whilst you can find the download here.

WHSClamAV on GitHub

WHSClamAV on GitHub

Remember WHSClamAV?

WHSClamAV is a antivirus add-in utilising the open source antivirus engine ClamAV which was released for WHS version 1. Developer Al West has put WHSClamAV up on GitHub so people can now contribute to the project. Al states:

I’m hoping to get a bit of collaboration going on this as I don’t have the time to be able to spend on the programming but there is quite a lot that has been done already that others may find useful.

Al also mentioned that he is also working on an updated Add-in that will work on all Window Server Essentials lines as well, which is great news.

Get involved with WHSClamAV on GitHub.

Add-In: Drive Bender v2.6.0.0

Since we last mentioned them, Drive Bender has had 2 updates to its pooling and file redundancy addin. Now at version, the add-in has the following changes:

Release v2.6.0.0 release (2017-05-20)

  • [b] Folder repairing during a health check was not reporting errors correctly.
  • [u] Improved logging for balancing issues.
  • [u] Improved logging for folder issues across the pool.

Release v2.5.8.0 beta (2017-02-24)

  • [u] Major improvements in file balancing and (debug) logging.
  • [b] Large internal file operations could timeout (most notable when balancing large files).
  • [b] Folder cache scanning could hang under some conditions.
  • [b] Fixed a number of minor bugs related to worker thread tasks and queues.

More information on drive bender is available from here.

Add-In: Lights-Out Maintenance Release 2.0.2

The add-in Lights-Out has been updated.

Lights-Out Maintenance Release 2.0.2

Maintenance release 2.0.2 includes the following changes:

  • Fix #227932 Wake domain is not saved on client side.
  • Fix #625005 Backup wake task is not working for setting “Always on during configured backup time”.
  • Fix #997366 Disabled time span does not count down in console.
  • Fix #498650 Detection of server 2016 evaluation improved.
  • Fix #104472 Shutdown fails on WHS 2011 if forced.
  • Fix #415692 Deadlock in Dashboard.
  • Fix #746979 Console does not store individual mac addresses for each server in MRU list.
  • Fix #512539 Devices are not sorted by name in uptime chart.
  • Fix #512539 Calendar entry changes the end date if end is on next day.
  • Fixed disabling monitors (ShadowCopies, TaskScheduler).
  • Fixed shutdown blocker in Client Software if a backup is running.
  • Fixed detection of storage server and server 2012 with essentials role.
  • Fixed action after backup in calendar if not forced.
  • Fixed missing backup veto.
  • Added a status panel in console to allow sign off to connect to another server without leaving console.
  • Added support for TLS 1.1 and 1.2.
  • Added Windows Update monitoring (experimental).
  • Added sorting of next calendar events in status tab.
  • Added HD/SSD detection to installer. If a HD is detected, service start type is set to “automatic (delayed)”.
  • Replaced wake tasks with waiteable timer.
  • Improved backup history handling.
  • Improved time to wake server after client resume/reboot.

More details are available from here.

Add-In: Drive Bender v2.5.5.0 Beta

A beta release of Drive Bender the pooling technology add-in is available.

Drive Bender Logo

Release v2.5.5.0 beta has the following change log:

  • [u] Much of the core has been updated to use our new code base.
  • [b] When restoring a pool, an empty pool could be created in addition to the restored pool.
  • [b] When an internal task is run, it is possible for that task to be flagged as finished before the task has completed (this happening multiple times can bring down the Drive Bender service)
  • [b] Fixed a number of processing issues with file validation.
  • [b] The Drive Bender Manager can display an incorrect file count value when the pool count is displayed.
  • [b] When uninstalling, one or more error messages can be displayed resulting in the uninstallation process failing.

You can download this beta release from here.

Add-In: Drive Xtender Coming Soon

Division-M the company which brings us Drive Bender have announced a new product, Drive Xtender.


Drive Xtender is a hybrid of Drive Bender and Cloud Xtender in one neat package. Over the years Division-M have learned a lot with regards to pool performance and product usability and this new product is a game changer for drive pooling and cloud storage.

Other features include:

  • Web-based interface, no more client application… config Drive Xtender from anywhere!
  • A new pooling model that delivers very much improved performance, and no more hung Explorer due to slow performing drives.
  • Lower complexity (which in turn improves reliability).
  • Install-less configuration.
  • Create a pool from either local drives or cloud drives, or a mixture of both.
  • Designate which drives (local or cloud) will be used for duplication.
  • Upgrade path from Drive Bender, Cloud Xtender and other competitors pooling products.
  • And a whole bunch of other clever bits and bobs!

More on the Division-M blog.


Lights-Out Support Forums

GREEN-IT Software who produce the add-in Lights-Out have moved their support forums.

The new forums are here You can see, they provide 4 sub-forums. One for announcements, and the other three for Lights-Out Version 2, Version 1 and Lights-Out Mobile.

Lights-Out Forums

Just register a new user account here and accept the forum rules and verify that you select the correct language in your profile.