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Friday, June 10, 2011

Weekend Project: Give Digital Home Server A Try

Posted by Brad Wasson in "Digital Home Talk" @ 04:00 PM

http://www.digitalhomeserver.net/index.html

"As part of my hobby I wrote an application called the "Digital Home Server". The website is http://www.digitalhomeserver.net. I use this software at home, but I make it available to everybody for free."

If you have some spare time this weekend you may want to try out this free home server software. Written for Windows, it supports monitors of any size, touch screens, home automation, and, of course, multimedia. But there's more: radio, podcast and video modules, and even Skype integration, are also included. Authored by Soitjes, this is clearly a hobby project that has grown wildly in size. Based on the developer's release notes, the product has been designed as an extensible platform, and he has plans to expand it further in the months ahead. An interesting future plan seems to involve controlling Digital Home Server with SMS messages. The software is free with no ads or nag screens. Full details available by clicking on the Read link.


Thursday, February 10, 2011

Windows Home Server 2011: One Step Forward, Two Steps Back?

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Articles & Resources" @ 05:00 PM

http://www.mediasmartserver.net/201...iendly-storage/

"This leaves Windows Home Server 2011 sorely lacking when it comes to fitting the needs of the average home consumer, the target market that was envisioned for the original Windows Home Server. While WHS 2011 is a polished improvement of Windows Home Server, storage management has become more complicated, storage growth is more complicated, and storage protection will either depend on what is likely to be complicated RAID from the OEMs or else Server Backup with its limitations."

Image via Engadget

Whoa boy. This has sure turned into an ugly situation! If I'm understanding what I'm reading correctly, when you add a hard drive to Windows Home Server 2011, it shows up as a distinct drive rather than a pool of storage - this is what the loss of the Drive Extender technology means. Further, libraries are locked to a single drive without any duplication of folders like we had before. Any duplication of the data will come via whatever hardware-based RAID solution an OEM wants to integrate into their product. This also means that the only way to back up the server itself is to an external hard drive.

I don't know about you, but I'm seeing a whole lot of ugliness here. I'll be keeping my current WHS running as long as I can, thank you very much.


Sunday, January 3, 2010

You Want Expansion? Rosewill Gives You Expansion!

Posted by Andy Dixon in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 02:00 AM

http://www.nedmug.com/Blogs/tabid/2...29/Default.aspx

"When I first built my Windows Home Server, I built it using an old Intel Server cabinet because I wanted a lot of drive bays, 6 to be exact. I filled it with 6 500GB hard drives, for a total of 3TB of drive space. I figured that would last me a while for file storage and backups of the computers in the house. I was right. . . for a while."

I was browsing the web today looking for ways to expand my Windows Home Server, as I am getting close to running out of disk space, and I found a post on We Got Served linking to a blog discussing this rather nice little bit of kit. This is the Rosewill RSV-S8 external device enclosure, and it allows you to expand your system by a hefty 8 SATA-II drives. It also comes with a 2 port eSATA PCIe card to allowing you to connect it to your existing PC. Unfortunately, the price is the only thing that puts me off, $349 on newegg.com, but if you are looking for that much disk storage then I guess money is no issue!


Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Windows Home Server Power Pack 3 Released

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Software" @ 11:00 PM

http://windowsteamblog.com/blogs/wi...-computers.aspx

Windows Home Server Power Pack 3 was released yesterday, so if you own a Windows Home Server, log into the console and run a Windows Update to grab it. My initial experience with it was a bit bumpy - after the install, which I kicked off by using Windows Update on the server via the console, my Windows 7 systems were reporting that they needed to update the client software. Fair enough - except that the installation gave me errors and wouldn't complete. I also noticed that my Windows Home Server shared folders weren't accessible on the network. I did a remote desktop session, installed a Windows Update that I saw, then rebooted the Windows Home Server. After that, everything started working again. If it matters, I didn't beta test Power Pack 3 - it's a stock Power Pack 2 system.

One of the new features is shown above - you can see the status of your Windows Home Server storage inside Windows Media Center. How useful is this? Well, it's faster than logging into the console I suppose, though not by much. Of more interest is the libraries integration with Windows 7, assorted bug fixes related to Windows 7, improvements in search from Windows Search 4, and a TV archive system that will move your TV shows from the computer they were recorded on to the Windows Home Server - and it will transcode them to either a Zune-friendly or Windows Mobile-friendly format along the way. Cool! I have to say, it's great to see the Windows Home Server team continue to improve the product on a regular basis, and all for free.


Tuesday, November 25, 2008

BUBBA|TWO: Big Network Features in a Small Package?

Posted by John Lane in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 05:00 PM

http://www.ehomeupgrade.com/2008/11...ross-the-globe/

"eXcito of Sweden recently launched a follow up to their popular Debian-based mini NAS called BUBBA|TWO. I've got to say... the new incarnation has got everything I wished the original had and then some. For starters, BUBBA|TWO now comes preloaded with a streaming media server app (supports iTunes DAAP, UPnP media players, and soon Squeezebox network music players), a file server with shared user access to folders and photo galleries, improved web 2.0 inspired web browser interface, a built-in router and firewall."

The BUBBA|TWO is an interesting alternative for users who want a server at home, but don't want a full-sized computer or the setup headaches. This fanless device is nearly silent and very small (4.5 x 1.8 x 7 in) and only pulls 13 watts max, making it a big energy saver. Yet, it still manages to give you most of the functionality of a full server (firewall, router, file and folder sharing, media streaming, email, ftp, etc) using a easy to understand web based GUI interface. The only option on the device is the size of the internal hard drive, which ranges from no hard drive included up to 1 terabyte. Definitely worth a look!


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