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There is an update to the beta of Drive Bender for Windows Home Server 2011, taking it to version v1.4.2.0, also known as the Tomcat release.

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Release v1.4.2.0 beta

  • Bug fix: During a pool repair and rebuild operation, duplicated files with specific attributes may not be discovered during the rebuild scan, and therefore not restored (note these duplicate files remain untouched).
  • Update: The check disk function has been changed to ensure the balancing / health monitoring tasks are run while the disk is being checked.
  • Update: A number of interface improvements have been made to the duplication feature.
  • Update: Call trace mode is now switchable with out rebooting (although Drive Bender still requires a soft restart).
  • Update: A number of tweaks to Smooth Streaming have been made (mainly around memory usage).
  • Bug fix: Some minor changes and updates to the S.M.A.R.T. capability.

[button link=”http://www.drivebender.com/drive-bender-beta-downloads-sn” style=”download”]Downoad the beta from here[/button]

What do you think of Drive Bender? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

BJ from Intelisan has been in touch to let us know that their LDisk-D add-in for Windows Home Server 2011 has been updated.

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The two main differences between LDisk and LDisk-D are:

1- Customers wanted iSCSI functionality, but did not have any blank disks to use with LDisk

2- Cusomters wanted iSCSI functionality for non-English WHS-2011, WSS-e, and SBS-2011e operating systems

Below is a table showing the prices and the differences between each version:

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LDisk-D Version 3.0.0.6 changes

1- Change to support some non-US regions that use “yyyy-mm-dd” date format

2- New code signing certificate

[button link=”http://www.intelisan.com/ldisk.html” style=”info”]Learn more from the Intelisan website[/button]

There is an update to the beta of Drive Bender for Windows Home Server 2011, taking it to version v1.4.1.5, also known as the Tomcat release.

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Release v1.4.1.5 beta

  • Bug fix: Memory leaks in DriveBender.dll library.
  • Bug fix: Worker thread manage can assign to worker tasks to the same thread, resulting in the thread becoming deadlocked.
  • Bug fix: The “Getting started” wizard could crash if attempting to create a pooled drive when there is not top level pool object present.
  • Bug fix: There can be instances where duplication scanning can enter the mount recycle bin.
  • Bug fix: The Windows 7 theme’s icons for setting and notification where not very visible.
  • Bug fix: Some minor changes to the main windows default start up position.
  • Bug fix: The duplication tools status line would disappear if it was longer than the available space.
  • Update: Some interface additions and tweaks.
  • Update: A number of duplication windows updates.

[button link=”http://www.drivebender.com/drive-bender-beta-downloads-sn” style=”download”]Downoad the beta from here[/button]

What do you think of Drive Bender? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

There has been another beta build from CoveCube! StableBit DrivePool development marches on – now its version 1.2.1.7229.

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Here is how CoveCube describes this application:

  • Combine all your hard drives into one big storage pool (except the system drive with the OS).
  • Add and remove drives from the pool at any time without re-partitioning or manually moving folders.
  • Create duplicated folders on the storage drive pool that are protected against single drive failure. If a drive fails on which a duplicated file was stored, the contents of that file will remain readable even without the drive.
  • All your data is stored in standard NTFS files. You can always access your files even if the Windows Home Server completely crashes or this add-in can’t be used.

This beta version’s change log:

    • [D] Key areas of virtual disks can be written to by the OS in order to allow it to update virtual on-disk structures, for example to resolve signature collisions.
    • [D] New pools will be GPT disks (not MBR) in order to avoid possibility of signature collisions.
      Legacy pool will continue to be MBR disk
    • Extended the UI to support multiple pools (too many changes to list individually).
    • Updated the service to support multiple pools (too many changes to list individually).
    • [D] Added multiple pool support (too many changes to list individually).

[button link=”http://wiki.covecube.com/DrivePool_Development_BETA” style=”download”]Download the latest beta version from here[/button]

There has been another beta build from CoveCube! StableBit DrivePool development marches on – now its version 1.2.1.7145.

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Here is how CoveCube describes this application:

  • Combine all your hard drives into one big storage pool (except the system drive with the OS).
  • Add and remove drives from the pool at any time without re-partitioning or manually moving folders.
  • Create duplicated folders on the storage drive pool that are protected against single drive failure. If a drive fails on which a duplicated file was stored, the contents of that file will remain readable even without the drive.
  • All your data is stored in standard NTFS files. You can always access your files even if the Windows Home Server completely crashes or this add-in can’t be used.

This beta version’s change log:

  • [D] When CoveFs_ReportAsNtfs was enabled, the pool would lock up.

[button link=”http://wiki.covecube.com/DrivePool_Development_BETA” style=”download”]Download the latest beta version from here[/button]

There has been another beta build from CoveCube! StableBit DrivePool development marches on – now its version 1.2.1.7135.

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Here is how CoveCube describes this application:

  • Combine all your hard drives into one big storage pool (except the system drive with the OS).
  • Add and remove drives from the pool at any time without re-partitioning or manually moving folders.
  • Create duplicated folders on the storage drive pool that are protected against single drive failure. If a drive fails on which a duplicated file was stored, the contents of that file will remain readable even without the drive.
  • All your data is stored in standard NTFS files. You can always access your files even if the Windows Home Server completely crashes or this add-in can’t be used.

This beta version’s change log:

  • fix for access denied on drive removal

[button link=”http://wiki.covecube.com/DrivePool_Development_BETA” style=”download”]Download the latest beta version from here[/button]

There has been another beta build from CoveCube! StableBit DrivePool development marches on – now its version 1.2.1.7133.

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Here is how CoveCube describes this application:

  • Combine all your hard drives into one big storage pool (except the system drive with the OS).
  • Add and remove drives from the pool at any time without re-partitioning or manually moving folders.
  • Create duplicated folders on the storage drive pool that are protected against single drive failure. If a drive fails on which a duplicated file was stored, the contents of that file will remain readable even without the drive.
  • All your data is stored in standard NTFS files. You can always access your files even if the Windows Home Server completely crashes or this add-in can’t be used.

This beta version’s change log:

  • translations + fixes + getting ready for final release

[button link=”http://wiki.covecube.com/DrivePool_Development_BETA” style=”download”]Download the latest beta version from here[/button]

There is an update to the beta of Drive Bender for Windows Home Server 2011, taking it to version v1.4.1.2, also known as the Tomcat release.

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Release v1.4.1.2 beta (2012-11-15)

– Update: The introduction of our updated driver (VHyperDrive) for improved performance and Windows 8 / Windows Server 2012 compatibility.
– Bug fix: Adding and deleting pools is now better handled (for both the client and server).
– Bug fix: An invalid pool / drive configuration can prevent the pool from starting correctly (this issue was introduced in v1.4.0.0)
– Bug fix: A number of minor interface issues.

IMPORTANT – This version uses a new generation of the Drive Bender drivers. When rebooting for the first time after upgrading, the pool mount points may take a few minutes to come up.

http://www.drivebender.com/drive-bender-beta-downloads-sn

What do you think of Drive Bender? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

There has been another beta build from CoveCube! StableBit DrivePool development marches on – now its version 1.2.1.7123.

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Here is how CoveCube describes this application:

  • Combine all your hard drives into one big storage pool (except the system drive with the OS).
  • Add and remove drives from the pool at any time without re-partitioning or manually moving folders.
  • Create duplicated folders on the storage drive pool that are protected against single drive failure. If a drive fails on which a duplicated file was stored, the contents of that file will remain readable even without the drive.
  • All your data is stored in standard NTFS files. You can always access your files even if the Windows Home Server completely crashes or this add-in can’t be used.

This beta version’s change log:

  • Folder duplication changes will now only perform a background duplication pass over that folder instead or the entire pool (in most cases).
  • Retired DrivePool’s folder size tracking. Folder sizes are now all reported using Windows Search.
    Folder sizes are not used by DrivePool for anything internally, they are only reported to the user.
  • [D] Implemented a 100% kernel mode file size tracking solution. It’s even faster than the old one and is directly synchronized with the file system.
    – Full pool access even while re-measuring. Size modifications are kept track of.
    – Keeps track of file size changes directly in the kernel with no user mode services involved.
    – Saves pool part file sizes in the pool parts themselves, so sizes will even migrate between OS re-installs.
    – Synchronized with background duplication (when changing the duplication level of a folder).
    – Synchronized with re-balancing.
    – Will need to re-measure the pool:
    – After removing a disk.
    – After accidentally unplugging a disk while the system is running.
  • [D] Retired hybrid kernel / user-mode real-time file size tracking.

[button link=”http://wiki.covecube.com/DrivePool_Development_BETA” style=”download”]Download the latest beta version from here[/button]

There is an update to the beta of Drive Bender for Windows Home Server 2011, taking it to version v1.3.78.2, also known as the Tomcat release.

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Release v1.3.8.2 release

  • Bug fix: A number of compatibility issues with S.M.A.R.T. and Silicon Image controllers.
  • Update: When adding a drive via the wizard, the system drive (i.e. drive C), no longer appear in the list of drives available (they appeared disabled).
  • Update: Improved S.M.A.R.T. notification.
  • Update: Improved license / hardware detection, this should stop license de-activation issues.
  • Added: On startup the service will detect any pools that can be recovered.
  • Bug fix: The health service can crash (WHS platforms only).
  • Bug fix: “Value cannot be null” error message when starting the Drive Bender Console application

http://www.drivebender.com/drive-bender-beta-downloads-sn

What do you think of Drive Bender? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

Today saw an update to Drive Bender for Windows Home Server 2011 released, taking it to version v1.3.7.9, also known as the Tomcat release.

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Release v1.3.7.9 release

    • Bug fix: The settings option is missing in the 1378 build.
    • Bug fix: When using the “drive swap feature” the newly added drive retained its drive letter.
    • Update: A number of changes to how mount points are mounted and unmounted.
    • Bug fix: When checking the “format drive” option, the designated warning messages was not appearing.
    • Bug fix: A number of installer 1378 issues fixed.

Bug fix: A number of minor interface and server issues resolved

[button link=”http://www.drivebender.com/” window=”yes”]For more information check out the Drive Bender website[/button]

What do you think of Drive Bender? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

Today saw an update to Drive Bender for Windows Home Server 2011 released, taking it to version v1.3.7.8, also known as the Tomcat release.

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Release v1.3.7.8 release

  • Bug fix: The activation dialog could randomly request a user name and password.
  • Bug fix: When enumerating a folder that is linked to a folder outside of the pool, each file can be listed more than once.
  • Bug fix: Folder linking was not supporting SymLink correctly.
  • Update: Core driver acrhitectural changes.
  • Big fix: S.M.A.R.T. monitoring feature was not displaying information correctly for some users.

Bug fix: A number of minor interface and server issues resolved

[button link=”http://www.drivebender.com/” window=”yes”]For more information check out the Drive Bender website[/button]

What do you think of Drive Bender? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

Dave at the guys at the Home Server Show have released episode 200 – congratulations guys.

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Here’s what Dave has to say about this weeks show:

We bid farewell to Johnny Z in this, the 200th episode of The Home Server Show podcast. Jim dials in from the West Coast and Dave is crying in his coffee about Windows Home Server or the lack thereof. No really, it’s a great show!

[button link=”http://homeservershow.com/the-home-server-show-200.html”]Listen to this week’s show from here[/button]

There has been another beta build from CoveCube! StableBit DrivePool development marches on – now its version 1.0.2.6962.

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Here is how CoveCube describes this application:

  • Combine all your hard drives into one big storage pool (except the system drive with the OS).
  • Add and remove drives from the pool at any time without re-partitioning or manually moving folders.
  • Create duplicated folders on the storage drive pool that are protected against single drive failure. If a drive fails on which a duplicated file was stored, the contents of that file will remain readable even without the drive.
  • All your data is stored in standard NTFS files. You can always access your files even if the Windows Home Server completely crashes or this add-in can’t be used.

This beta version’s change log:

1.2.0.6962

    • Added byte deltas to re-balance markers.
    • The StableBit Scanner balancer will now respect existing limits and use protected vs. unprotected limits when deciding how to best evacuate files.
    • Changed the drive emptying algorithm to not empty a drive beyond the point which was computed at the time of the balance model calculation. This caused unintentional drive overfill and perpetual balancing under some circumstances.
    • When removing a drive, DrivePool will scan for any local server processes / services that are using any files on that pool part and attempt to gracefully close them (or restart them, if supported).
    • [D] Added workaround for a bug in Windows. The bug seems to manifests itself only on domain controllers (such as the Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials). The user sees “Insufficient resources” error messages when copying files to / from the server. The error is actually coming from the server and not from DrivePool. Apparently, Windows inadvertently exhausts an internal pooled resource when sending network based read / write requests to the file system. This doesn’t typically happen on NTFS because of the different timing semantics there (but it seems possible). CoveFS will now limit the number of “in-flight” requests in order to keep the overzealous Windows component from asking for more data than it can handle. (yes, this one took a bit of doing to figure out)
    • Added polish translation (Credit: Marek)
    • Drive removal would fail if a duplicated file was in-use with a non-descriptive error message.

[button link=”http://wiki.covecube.com/DrivePool_Development_BETA” style=”download”]Download the latest beta version from here[/button]

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