Add-In: My Movies Home and Essentials Server 2.14 build 2

My Movies Home and Essentials Server Solution

My Movies Home and Essentials Server has been updated to version 2.14 Build 2 for users of Windows Home Server 2011 and Windows Server 2012 Essentials.

Here’s the change log for this release:

  • Change: MKV tools updated
  • Change: The event handler default templates was out of date.
  • Fix: The automatic database backup option was broken due to an incorrect DLL version.

You can download this release from here.

Add-In: WHS RemoteApp 2011 v1.92.922.922

The add-in WHS RemoteApp 2011 by the Office Maven has been updated for WHS2011 users:

“WHS RemoteApp 2011 makes it possible for administrators to deliver remote applications (referred to as “RemoteApp programs” or simply “RemoteApps“) to their users. Specifically, WHS RemoteApp 2011 enables a straightforward publishing process that allows applications installed directly on the server to be provided to users, allows RemoteApp programs to run side-by-side with local programs, and offers integration with a custom “launcher” application to make it simple for users to find and launch RemoteApp programs.”

WHS RemoteApp 2011 - RemoteApp Programs Tab

Version 1.92.922.922 can be found here.

Add-In: WHS Office 2011 v1.92.922.922

The Office Maven has upgraded WHS Office 2011:

“WHS Office 2011 is a Windows Server Solutions add-in for use with Windows Home Server 2011, Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials, or Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials. It provides individual user-level access to the Microsoft Office® applications from your server.”

WHS Office 2011 Dashboard in WHS2011

Version 1.92.922.922 can be found here.

The Home Server Show Podcast Episode 247


Its that time of the week for another episode of the Home server Show podcast:

Great show today talking about the Gen 8 Microserver and some modifications that Kevin Schoonover has created.  John Stutsman also joins to show the mods live.  This one is a great episode to watch as well:

Links regarding information discussed in this podcast, can be found here.

Hurry – 50% Off Add-In Packs Expiring

Back in December we offered you 50% off two exclusive add-in packs from Electrongoo. One supporting Server 2012 Essentials, WHS2011, SBS 2011 Essentials, and Storage Server 2008 R2 (the SBS Essential add-in pack) and the other supporting v1 of Windows Home Server (WHS V1 Essential add-in pack).

These Essential add-in packs comprise:


  • Iso Mounter – mount and expose iso image files as a folder from your server
  • Snoop de dupe – reclaim storage space on your server; easily locate, delete, and hard-link duplicate files on your server
  • Integrity Checker – validate file data stored on your server; automatically generate cryptographic SHA-1 hash on all files stored on your server

And either

  • Archive Manager Premium – archive, backup, and save unlimited versions of files to local storage devices and UNC paths; supports compression, encryption, and automatic archive pruning in the SBS Essential add-in pack.


  • Time Traveler WHS – revert back to any previous version of a file stored in any of your server shares in the WHS V1 Essential add-in pack.

If you are still trialing the software and/or want the 50% discount you had better hurry as the two MSWHS coupons expire at midnight January 17th, 2014 GMT. 

The SBS Essential add-in pack which supports: Server 2012 Essentials, WHS 2011, SBS 2011 Essentials, and Storage Server 2008 R2 can be bought for just $37.48 saving you $37.48 (or 50%) off of the full price of $74.96 USD. And the WHS V1 Essential add-in pack which supports Windows Home Server V1 can be bought for just $29.98 saving you $29.98 (or 50%) off of the full price of $59.96 USD.

Just use the coupon code MSWHSESSSBS to buy the SBS essential pack OR use the coupon code WHSV1BUNDLE to buy the WHS V1 Essential add-in pack.  Alternately, if you don’t want to purchase the entire essential pack then purchase one add-in at the regular price and get additional add-ins discounted 20%. Buy individual add-ins. But remember you only have till midnight January 17th, 2014 GMT to get these prices!

Move from WHS2011 to WS2012 R2 Essentials

PcDoc from The Doc’s World blog explains how to move from WHS2011 to Windows Server 2012 Essentials R2.

From your existing WHS201 install to your new WS2012 R2 Essentials install we are told how to backup and migrate to the new OS including how to re-populate your data and the other additional server tasks which will be required to have a successful migration.

WHS2011 to WS2012 R2 Essentials Migration

This is a thorough guide which also includes removing and re-installing the client connector software.

At the end of the task, the process took me about 6 hours to complete from start to finish including installing a new SSD as I wanted to preserve the old setup in case this did not work out.  When I first started to plan, I figured it would be a 2 hour job but as it turns out sometimes, things take a bit longer thank you originally think.

A nice write up which you can find here.

Removing the CPU Heat Sink on the HP Gen8 MicroServer

John Stutsman has been busy making another short video on removing the CPU heat sink on  the HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer.

John did this to upgrade the Celeron G1610T CPU to the Xeon E3-1265LV2:

The Home Server Show Podcast Episode 246


This that time again for another episode of the Home Server Show podcast, and on episode 246 its about QNAP, Synology DSM 5.0 and CES 2014:

“The first podcast of 2014 and we are talking QNAP, Synology, and CES 2014. Chris Kenney joins me to discuss his review of the TS-269L and we briefly discuss the hints that Synology has laid out for the upcoming DSM 5.0 Beta.”

You can find episode 246 here.

HP Gen8 MicroServer and WS2012 R2 Essentials

4sysops has a series of articles which first takes a look at the HP Gen8 MicroServer. This is followed by looking at the features in WS2012 R2 Essentials. And finally the 3rd part looks at the new cloud features in Essentials too.


HP Microserver Generation 8 review:

Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials – General new features:

Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials – New cloud features

The BYOB Podcast Episode 138

BYOB Podcast Logo

Episode 138 of the BYOB podcast is up:

Paul Braren (, and John Zajdler close up 2013 and kick start 2014.  It a long show this week so get comfortable as we talk about Essentials 2012, iHomeserver, Synology, and our thoughts on tech for the year.

A great episode which you can find here.