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Windows Home Server & 64 Bit Restore

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While Windows Home Server 2011 has been available for some time I still prefer version 1, based on Windows Server 2003. It has drive extender, is very mature, has a lot of add-ins available and runs well on older and slower hardware. Having said all that its age causes some issues, in particular with [intlink id=”334″ type=”post”]64 bit versions[/intlink] of Windows. That wasn’t an issue until Windows 7 took off and now most installations are of the 64 bit version, which provides quite a few benefits but most notably takes full…read more

Nvidia 680i Windows Home Server

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I had retired my Intel E6600 2.4 GHz Core 2 Duo and eVGA 122-CK-F68 Nvidia 680i motherboard combo last year when I upgraded to an Intel i5-750 and P55 platform.  At the time I didn’t need it for anything so it languished in my office closet. Recently I’ve been ripping my DVD collection and playing them back on my PS3 on one television and a Mac Mini with XBMC on another.  My existing WHS consists of four 500 GB hard drives in a dual Xeon 2.8 GHz server with 2…read more

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FreeNAS: first steps

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FreeNAS seems to be making a lot of news and tech sites lately; it’s a free network attached storage operating system so you can make your own NAS box out of whatever hardware you want.  I haven’t been interested because of how great [intlink id=”184″ type=”post”]Windows Home Server[/intlink] works for me, but I had a friend who needed network storage cheap as in free. He had a Pentium III 700 MHz PC, Asus CUSI-M SiS motherboard with a 20 GB hard drive and 512 MB of RAM and a CD-ROM. …read more

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WHS Add-In: ClientInfo

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I just finished setting up my second Windows Home Server (more on that later) and went through my favourite add-ins.  This led me back to Client Info, which displays all the WMI information collected from the computer.  Unfortunately in the past I was never able to get it working: this time around I hit the links and forums and found a few suggestions. First issue was the service failing to install.  It’s a simple batch file that adds an executable as a service and prompts you for a username and…read more

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SOHO Email

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I read a post today about setting up hMailServer on your Hard Drive Data Doctor Windows Home Server (WHS).  This reminded me of a lot of comments made during the beta stages of WHS when testers kept asking for a mail server like Exchange to be added to the product.  The developers responded that if you needed that feature then Small Business Server was the product for you. I’ve used every version of Small Business Server right up until the RC1 of SBS 2008: it was the only all around…read more

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