Tag Archive: Windows Home Server 2011

Jul 07 2013

Problem Backing Up New Windows 8 Computers to Windows Home Server 2011

After receiving my new Panasonic AX2 ultrabook it was prudent to setup automatic backups to prevent against data loss as a result of hardware failure or theft. Whilst I do save most important things in the cloud with my Office 365 subscriptions it is still handy to have the ability to restore the computer to …

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Mar 04 2013

Changing the Default Backup Window in Windows Home Server 2011

If you’re running Windows Home Server 2011 and relying upon it to backup your computers you might not fancy the default times set aside for backups (usually set to between midnight and 3AM). Whilst this window might cover computers that don’t move around (like desktops), laptops and tablets may not always be around or powered …

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Jul 13 2012

Windows Server 2012 Essentials – The New Windows Home Server?

This week, Microsoft pretty much announced the end of Windows Home Server as we know it after two versions. The first being the original Windows Home Server followed up by Windows Home Server 2011 based upon Windows Server 2008 R2. With the onset of Windows Server 2012 and its various flavours I can only think …

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Feb 25 2012

Meeting the 2GB RAM Prerequisite for Windows Home Server 2011

I’m doing a server build for a business at the moment who needs the neat automated backup functionality found in Windows Home Server 2011 to help keep daily backups of important point of sale computers and office machines while consolidating and centralising the data storage on the network. For this task, I thought that Windows …

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Sep 30 2011

Update Your DriveBender Beta License Key

Here’s a quick tip for tonight. If you are running Windows Home Server 2011 on a box at home and you are using DriveBender to reimplement the missing “Drive Extender” technology that was stripped out in the new version then you might need to know that the current beta expires tonight (if it already hasn’t …

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Sep 25 2011

Automate Removal of Mac Double Files on Windows

Well, I haven’t found a way for Mac OS X Lion to clean up its double files (i.e. the ._ files that are created when actual files are created on a Windows share) so I have decided to tackle it from the Windows side. On my Windows Home Server 2011 box I have written a …

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Jul 26 2011

The Apple Double Format, Network Shares and uTorrent

This might be a bit of an edge case for most people but for those of us with heterogeneous networks with a mixture of Windows and Mac OS X computers you may come across hidden files starting with “._” (so something like “._humptydumpty.doc”) and may or may not correspond with a filename of the same …

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Jul 16 2011

Windows Home Server Upgrade – Progress Report

Just wanted to share with you my “upgrade” experience going from the original Windows Home Server to Windows Home Server 2011. This morning I made some hardware upgrades, specifically: adding another 4GB RAM, replacing the existing four hard drives totaling 3TB of varying sizes with three 2TB hard drives. This part didn’t take so long …

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Feb 22 2011

Windows Home Server 2011 Features Time Machine Backups… Sort of…

Automated backups for Windows machines has been a staple of Windows Home Server since it was first released and in  Windows Home Server 2011 that core functionality has been preserved. Microsoft had planned to  support backups of Mac OS X computers through the Time Machine feature however Apple removed the ability to do so by …

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Feb 13 2011

Drive Extender Alternatives for Windows Home Server 2011

Last year, I covered the shock announcement that Microsoft was dropping the Drive Extender (DE) technology from its second version of Windows Home Server (formerly codenamed “Vail” but now dubbed Windows Home Server 2011). In a nutshell, DE provided some critical functionality including: storage pooling (the ability to combine multiple drives into one large storage …

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