I’ve gushed extensively about the wonder that is Windows Home Server. I recently gave Windows Small Business Server 2008 a spin to check it’s backup handling but it left me wanting: no current Windows platform backup program gets as much done at such a low cost as Windows Home Server. For the small business backup is key. You probably have file sharing set up on your local file server and nightly backups of that data, most likely to a removable hard drive or NAS device. You may even have a…read more
This weekend I upgraded my 250GB hard drive to a 500GB hard drive in my main computer. I’ve done this countless times with little effort but this experience was anything but pleasant.
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
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
I signed up for the Microsoft Windows Home Server beta program early in the year and have been impressed and completely satisfied with the product. The final release came out a while ago, but my Microsoft PR contact never came through with a copy so I picked it up at NCIX.com for $153 CDN and upgraded my RTM (release to manufacturing) copy this past weekend. For those not in the know, Microsoft Windows Home Server (WHS from now on) is just that: a small server operating system designed for the…read more
It’s been a few weeks since my last eWeakly, simply for the fact that I haven’t done anything computer related of interest. Last week Microsoft released the Windows Home Server Community Technology Preview (CTP). This put a lot more fit and finish to the product. I used the upgrade option to upgrade my existing WHS beta 2 installation. Things went well, but I was still getting a failing service and couldn’t install the client software. I had hoped the upgrade would resolve these two issues. Around the same time I…read more
My APC UPS problems continue ( see last week for more details ) with random reboots. I don’t believe the battery is working at all right now. I have a brand new APC Smart UPS 1500 Rackmount in the garage, but I’ve been hoping to sell it instead of absorbing it into the household tech. Guess it will be pressed into service. I posted a review of the Promise SATA300 TX4 but needed a high quality pic. There’s a tiny picture on the Promise website but when you click “Enlarge…read more
A few weeks since my last Weakly; went to the New York Comic Convention ( read about it here ). I’ve also been running the Microsoft Home Server Beta 2 ( WHS ) and have found it quite useful. For some reason I have a bunch of hard drives lying around at home for two purposes: to upgrade my Small Business Server ( SBS ) machine and to build a disk based backup machine. I had a Xeon workstation sitting around so that was going to be repurposed to WHS,…read more