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We heard from Carlos Carreras from DataCore today about the public beta for DriveHarmony.

DataCoreDriveHarmony

We’ve told you about DriveHarmony’s beta before.  This is the DE replacement add-in being brought to market by DataCore and is based on the pooling technology that is currently in production in enterprise data centers across the world.

This is what Carlos had to say about the beta:

Jim, the beta is ready to go, we are preparing the download site and a support site. I’m hoping our web guys get both done by today. We have received an overwhelming response to our request for beta testers so we plan to open it to all. The beta will be a 30 day eval version of the software.

As soon as we have URL’s to share with you, we’ll publish them.

And he sort of commented about the Tranquil situation:

No public comment as our activities with Tranquil are under NDA. Nothing to publish on this… we’re focusing our attention on getting the broader beta out and continuing our dialogue with prospective OEMs.

I’ve asked Carlos to keep us posted on any OEM developments, so we’ll bring you those as we hear from DataCore.

Hopefully, this week we will all get a chance to download a 30 day evaluation copy of DriveHarmony so we can test it out!

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Last week we told you that WHS Phone 1.3.3 had been released for Android – today 1.3 has been approved and will be in the marketplace today.

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Here is how Paul describes his application:

WHS Phone is a phone application for Windows Home Server. Connect to your server and browse files, stream music, view photos, and much more.

WHS Phone for windows phone 7 let’s you stream music from your Windows Home Server directly to your phone using your wireless internet!

Capture photos with your phone and send them to your Home Server. You can also view your photos from your Home Server on your phone.

With WHS Phone you can view your server’s resources, manage users, view the status of your computers, and more.

Features in this release:

  • Completely new UI. I think you’ll like it!
  • Streamlined Photo browsing a little.
  • Cleaned up the Audio Playback a little.
  • Added Server Restart and Shutdown
  • Added full search of shares (uses windows search) and it’s pretty damn slick.
  • Added photo upload from the Gallery and/or SD card.
  • Ability to download ANY file to your phone.
  • Added the ability to add Users and Shares from the phone.
  • Video Streaming. YAY!

Jim told you about the beta here.

In addition, last week Paul Tweeted the news that he has begun development on an iOS version for iPhones and iPads. That is great news! I look forward to trying this application on my iPad soon.

If you are looking for mobile access to your WHS data and system, give this application a shot!

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Today sees the release of Remote Notification version 1.5.1.2 for Windows Home Server.

Here’s how Alex describes his add-in application:

Home

Remote Notification is the Add-In for Windows Home Server that keeps you up to date on the status of your Home Server no matter where you are.

Home Users and Small Business Owners

Your Windows Home Server contains all your important files, and you want to know when an issue comes up. Remote Notification lets you know immediately whenever your Home Server has a new health alert by your favorite method of communication such as email, SMS (text messages), Twitter status updates, or RSS feed.

You also have a high level of control over what messages you receive, with the ability get only errors or both errors and warnings, configure Exclude Filters that prevent messages being sent when they contain specific text, and make sure you aren’t awakened at night with Notification Schedules.

Remote Notification can forward all health events generated by your Home Server, including those issued by other Add-Ins such as Home Server SMART or Remote Alert.

Even with so many features, Remote Notification is very easy to configure. SMTP Presets take the work out of configuring your email provider for sending messages, and there is full documentation available including tutorials to help you quickly set up all the features. And it’s all backed up by support from Windows Home Server experts that have been supporting the community for years.

See the features and requirements for a full list of everything you can do with Remote Notification.

IT Support Professionals and Windows Home Server Resellers

Remote Notification gives you the power to proactively monitor your customer’s Home Server, often allowing you to resolve an issue before your customer calls you or is even aware of the problem. Email and SMS messages let you know instantly whenever there is a new health event on the customer’s server. The Daily Reports serve as a daily “heartbeat” to notify that the server is running properly and also provides many useful statistics such as free space on the OS drive, free space in the storage pool, Windows Update status, client backup status, installed Add-In versions, and much more. Or set up the RSS feed and monitor the notifications from the home servers of all your customers via your RSS reader.

See the features and requirements for a full list of everything you can do with Remote Notification.

Future Products

Remote Notification currently runs on Windows Home Server with Power Pack 3 or later. We will be investigating opportunities for the next-generation products of Windows Home Server 2011, Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials, and Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials as those platforms become available.

Here is what Alex has said:

I’ve released an update to Remote Notification, bringing it to version 1.5.1.2 and delivering several new features for Mac users as well as a few minor bug fixes. New in this release is a Mac Connector application that offers a menu bar item to display your Windows Home Server health alerts, as well as an agent that monitors the Time Machine backups and reports status to your server for centralized monitoring and alerting.

Here are a few screenshots of the new features:

Mac-Backup-Health-AlertMac-Connector-Health-AlertsMac-Connector-PreferencesRemote-Notification-Mac-console-tab

Head on over to RemoteNotification.com to read the full release announcement and download the new version.

Anthony Smith, Technical Director—Division-M, has responded to our request for comment on Andrew’s announcement that Tranquil is using DriveBender rather than DriveHarmony.

DriveBender

To recap, Tranquil has announced that they have dropped DriveHarmony from DataCore in favor of DriveBender in their upcoming Leo HS4 and Leo SS4 servers.  I asked DriveBender for their comment and this is what they sent me today:

Yes, we are very excited about the Tranquil PC partnership. Although I can’t comment in detail on the DataCore product, I can say that for WHS users the DataCore solution is not seen so much as a DE replacement, but instead as another RAID solution. Our view is that if a user wanted RAID (hardware or software), they would implement this independent of WHS. In the early days we looked at a RAID style implementation, but felt it didn’t fit with the Drive Extender style product we had in mind. Given the level on interest in beta 3 it would appear that others share this same view.

Cheers,

Anthony Smith
Technical Director – Division-M

Thanks, Anthony.

I’ve asked DataCore for their comment as well and will bring that to you as soon as we can.

In the end analysis, I intend to evaluate all three options: DriveBender, DriveHarmony and StableBit DrivePool before I decide.  How about you?

Jim from electrongoo tells me that they have released an updated versions of their add-in Snoop-De-Dupe.

SnoopDeDupe

Snoop-De-Dupe is now at version 1.20.  The latest updates for this application, according the the release notes, are:

  • Added support for Windows Home Server 2011 and Windows Small Business Server 2011
  • Added CPU usage throttling
  • Added hard disk write access limiting
  • Added worker thread prioritizing
  • Added support for hard-links (WHS/SBS 2011 only)
  • Installer now signed with class-3 Authenticode certificate
  • Minor bug fixes

As we told you in the Integrity Checker update, addition of the class-3 certificate is the result of feedback from our readers.  Keep the feedback coming!  The developers do listen.

Snoop-De-Dupe is an application to help manage duplicate files on your Windows Home Server.  I am almost done reviewing the prior version, so I’ll update the test box and complete that review soon.

The developer’s summary for what Snoop-De-Dupe does is:

Keep your server’s storage space optimized! Snoop-de-dupe will automatically scan your server storage and display duplicate files in an easy-to-view layout directly within the server’s user Console. Once snoop-de-dupe locates duplicate files then you can respond to them as you choose. You can delete the duplicate files, ignore/keep the duplicate files, or replace the duplicate files with a hard-link (available in WHS/SBS 2011 only). You will be in command of your server storage space like never before!

If you have the earlier version, go grab your update.  If you are curious, check it out!

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Paul Juenger from WHSPhone has been in contact to tell me that WHSPhone 1.3.3 is in the process of being released for Android and Windows Phone 7.  Read on for details!

WHS-Phone

WHS Phone 1.3.3 is in the process of being released.  The add-in is available for download here now, and the client-side application for Windows Phone 7 and Android have been released to their respective application marketplaces.  Look for them to be downloadable immediately for Android and very soon for Windows Phone 7 assuming no issues with application approvals.

Here is how Paul describes his application:

WHS Phone is a phone application for Windows Home Server. Connect to your server and browse files, stream music, view photos, and much more.

WHS Phone for windows phone 7 let’s you stream music from your Windows Home Server directly to your phone using your wireless internet!

Capture photos with your phone and send them to your Home Server. You can also view your photos from your Home Server on your phone.

With WHS Phone you can view your server’s resources, manage users, view the status of your computers, and more.

Features in this release:

  • Completely new UI. I think you’ll like it!
  • Streamlined Photo browsing a little.
  • Cleaned up the Audio Playback a little.
  • Added Server Restart and Shutdown
  • Added full search of shares (uses windows search) and it’s pretty damn slick.
  • Added photo upload from the Gallery and/or SD card.
  • Ability to download ANY file to your phone.
  • Added the ability to add Users and Shares from the phone.
  • Video Streaming. YAY!

I told you about the beta here.

In addition, Paul Tweeted the news that he has begun development on an iOS version for iPhones and iPads.  That is great news!  I look forward to trying this application on my iPad soon.

If you are looking for mobile access to your WHS data and system, give this application a shot!

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Carlos Caerreras from DataCore has been in contact to tell us that the beta for DriveHarmony has been announced at Tech Ed.  Read on for details!

DataCoreDriveHarmony

Here’s the press release, announced from Tech Ed this morning:

Microsoft Tech-Ed 2011: DataCore Software Adds Extra Data Protection, Flexibility and Speed to Windows Home Server with DriveHarmony

Welcomes beta testers to trial DriveHarmony’s new pooling, mirroring and caching features that boost performance and sidestep hard disk drive limitations
ATLANTA and FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – May 17, 2011 – DataCore Software, the industry’s premier provider of storage virtualization software, today announced the Beta release of DriveHarmony™, a simple to use add-on software package for Microsoft Windows Home Server (WHS). Users who are eager to protect, pool, accelerate, and easily expand storage capacity are welcome to request an early version of DriveHarmony for their personal beta testing by visiting DataCore’s booth (#1629) at this week’s Microsoft Tech•Ed 2011 or by sending a request to WHS@DataCore.com.

Easily Pool and Expand Storage to Simplify File Sharing and Folder Management
Leveraging techniques learned from a decade of experience in large data centers across the globe, DataCore™ DriveHarmony maximizes the value home users get from their hard disk drives. The software integrates into the familiar WHS dashboard with a simple, easy-to-use control panel. From there, users can combine one or more physical disks of variable sizes and types into one “Virtual Big Disk” pool. When this virtual drive is created, it is automatically initialized, formatted, assigned a drive letter, and selectively mirrored for data protection. The virtual drive is then ready for use by any application running on the WHS 2011 operating system.

Growing with the Needs of Today’s Digital Lifestyle
As families and small businesses gather more digital assets, their disk space consumption naturally grows. DriveHarmony delivers the right combination of power, capacity, and ease-of-use for today’s home consumers. It allows them to expand appropriately by adding more drives to virtual disks without having to split up or re-organize their files. The rest is done behind the scenes without any need for intervention.
“With more and more content going digital, people increasingly want a simple way to access, store, and enjoy the wide range of photos, personal videos, music, and films they save at home,” said Carlos M. Carreras, vice president of alliances and business development, DataCore Software. “Through the gathering of feedback during the beta process, we look forward to working closely with Microsoft and the Windows Home Server Community to bring to market a powerful solution to help home users easily protect, organize, and manage their growing disk requirements in a digital age.”

Availability
DriveHarmony is currently in Beta release and will be rolled out via select OEMs later this year. Visitors to DataCore’s booth (#1629) at Microsoft Tech•Ed 2011 can request an early version of DriveHarmony for their personal beta testing. Tech•Ed takes place at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta from Monday, May 16 until Thursday, May 19, 2011.

About DataCore Software
DataCore Software is the industry’s premier provider of storage virtualization software. Its software-as infrastructure platform solves the big problem stalling virtualization initiatives by eliminating the storage-related barriers that make virtualization too difficult and too expensive. For additional information, visit the DataCore website at www.datacore.com or call (877) 780-5111.
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DataCore, the DataCore logo and DriveHarmony are trademarks or registered trademarks of DataCore Software Corporation. Other DataCore product or service names or logos referenced herein are trademarks of DataCore Software Corporation. All other products, services and company names mentioned herein may be trademarks of their respective owners.

Carlos advises that he expects the beta to be available for download at some point next week.  If you are at Tech Ed and are interested, stop by their booth, booth 1629, or ping them at WHS@DataCore.com.  I know I will!

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I recently caught up with Jim from electrongoo, the company that developed Snoop De Dupe, and have some information on that add-in.  Read on for details!

snoop-de-dupe

Here is how electrongoo describes Snoop-De-Dupe:

Keep your server’s storage space optimized! Snoop-de-dupe will automatically scan your server storage and display duplicate files in an easy-to-view layout directly within the server’s user Console. Once snoop-de-dupe locates duplicate files then you can respond to them as you choose. You can delete the duplicate files, ignore/keep the duplicate files, or replace the duplicate files with a hard-link (available in WHS/SBS 2011 only). You will be in command of your server storage space like never before!

Product features:

  • Supports Windows Home Server
  • Automatic, real-time continuous file de-duplication scanning
  • 160-bit SHA-1 de-duplication hash for optimum results
  • Windows Home Server Console integration
  • Pause and Resume operation at any time for maximum efficiency of your server
  • Select any folders of your choosing on your server for de-duplication scanning
  • Simple, easy-to-view heads-up status display to monitor progress
  • Easy to navigate list of duplications for: deleting, linking, or ignoring duplicate files
  • Quick-launch feature allows for viewing contents of duplicate files
  • 15 day free trial available

And now the interview.

Tell us about your firm.

We’ve actually been around for over a year. We have five add-ons currently shipping for the WHS/SBS community: TimeTravelerWHS, Integrity Checker (WHS + SBS), and Snoop-de-dupe (WHS + SBS). Our company name is electrongoo (www.electrongoo.com) although we have not advertised the company behind the products; generally we let the product take focus on itself. Our average engineer has over 12 years of industry experience.

What is Snoop De Dupe for those who have never tried it before? Key features, capabilities, etc.

Snoop-de-dupe is an add-in for Windows Home Server (WHS/SBS 2011 support to be released soon). The add-in alerts you to duplicate files. You can simply log into the Console at any time and view the current list of duplicate files. You have the option to ignore, delete, or create a hard-link (WHS/SBS 2011 only). Snoop-de-dupe allows you to re-cycle used space on your hard drive by reclaiming space from duplicate photos, music, documents (or any file for that matter). Invariably, duplicate files can be a problem most people are not even aware of. In a home/family environment where multiple people are copying data to a server, you typically find a lot of duplicate files within the different user folders.

Who is the target audience for Snoop De Dupe?

The home user, small business, and IT consultant.

Why does a WHS user need to use it?

Duplicate files can waste valuable hard disk space. Knowing where duplicate files exist is the first step in re-claiming the wasted space. Also, consider backup/protection solutions. Unless your backup solution has a de-duping feature then every backup operation wastes more storage space and process time than it needs to. If you’re using an online-backup service then you’re probably paying for that extra space too.

What are the key draws that you think will excite potential users about this application?

Automatic real-time monitoring of file duplicates (I recommend installing and configuring the add-in then open the Console to the snoop-de-dupe add-in tab and create some duplicate files on the server. Maybe I’m just a nerd … but it’s pretty cool when the duplicate list displays the updates immediately in real-time).

Ease of install and use.

Just saying the name, “snoop-de-dupe” … rolls off the tongue! Open-mouthed smile

What was the inspiration for Snoop De Dupe? Can you tell me why you set out to deliver the application?

The hard drive on my home server was getting close to capacity. When I was cleaning up my home server storage and noticed a huge amount of space (GB’s!) wasted due to duplicate music and photos. I thought, “Hey, there must be a better way to stay on time of this!” This add-in works great for my needs. I simply log into the Console at my discretion and view the duplicate files which have been copied to my server since the last time I viewed them. Easy!

How is your application differentiated from the competition?

Snoop-de-dupe locates duplicate files in real-time; there is one other add-in which will search for duplicate files but you must log-in, configure a job, and let it run

WHS/SBS 2011 will allow you to replace a duplicate file with a hard-link thus keeping the file available in its current location but freeing the wasted hard drive space

Better price

We’ve got a much cooler product name Open-mouthed smile

What are your plans for future development? Are there any features that you plan to add in future releases?

We’re finalizing support for WHS/SBS 2011 now (should be available very soon).

Scheduling (some users would rather not watch duplicate files in real-time). Although the current version of the product allows you to pause/resume scanning at any time; this is a manual process that we’d like to automate with a scheduling feature.

Integration with the health meter. Real-time updates to notify of duplicate files.

Carlos Carreras from DataCore has been in contact to let us know that they will be at Tech Ed between 16 May and 19 May.  They want to hear from you in person next week.  Read on for details!

DataCoreDriveHarmony

Here’s what Carlos had to say this morning about the DriveHarmony beta and their plans for Tech Ed:

…we’re planning on participating at Microsoft TechEd in Atlanta next week (May 16-19) as a Silver Sponsor. One of the topics that we’ll be covering will be our upcoming release of the DataCore DriveHarmony product. We’re encouraging folks in attendance to stop by our booth (1629) to sign up for the beta. Please spread the word!

If you are planning on being at Tech Ed in Atlanta next week, make sure that you stop by booth 1629 and sign up for the beta.

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I recently caught up with Jim from ElectronGoo, the firm that developed Integrity Checker, Snoop De Dupe, and Time Traveller WHS.  Read on for details!

electrongoo

First, here is how ElectronGoo describes themselves:

electrongoo [/i-lek-tron-goo/] is a software technology company, located in Nevada, founded by well versed professionals dedicated to creating the best in-class applications. We’re a small Microsoft BizSpark startup focusing on multiple platforms: Windows Home Server, Small Business Server, Windows Mobile, Apple iPhone, and Android; as well as all the cool fragments which adheres these disparate platforms.
The company drives toward a united, focused, solution while also allowing our engineering talent to tackle independent research ideas which, many times, derive into a product of their own!
Our engineers have an average of 12+ years’ experience in the industry: best-in-breed and here to make a mark.

We told you a little about Integrity Checker here.  As a refresher, here is how ElectronGoo describes the product:

In this digital age, data originates from many paths and numerous devices. With your server at the heart of your data, it’s necessary for you to guarantee integrity. Integrity Checker runs on your Windows Server; quietly, efficiently, and automatically watching for new data. As data is detected, Integrity Checker automatically generates hash-stamps to guarantee the integrity of your data.
Integrity Checker supports Windows Home Server, Windows Home Server 2011, and Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials.

Features at a glance …

  • Supports Windows Home Server (original and 2011)
  • Supports Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials
  • 160-bit SHA-1 hash stamping for optimum integrity
  • Automatic, real-time continuous integrity generation
  • Run an integrity scan any time you choose
  • Compare checksums of large downloads quickly and efficiently
  • Includes PC Client (Windows XP, Vista, 7) for easy checksum comparison on all your PC’s
  • User selectable Shares
  • Easy to navigate Server add-in runs directly in the Server Console or Dashboard
  • User-configurable file detection: real-time, scheduled, or manual mode
  • Integrity scan results integrated with Windows Clipboard for easy data review
  • Multiple types of integrity scans: full system scan, folder scan, and individual file scan

A new add-in for WHS was released today, Snoop-De-Dupe.  It aims to help you manage duplicate files on your home server.
SnoopDeDupe
Jim from SnoopDeDupe.Com contacted us today to let us know of a new add-in available for WHS.  Here’s what he had to say:
A new add-in for Windows Home Server was released today: Snoop-de-dupe! It watches your server in real-time and notifies you when duplicate files appear on the server. You can view the duplicates and take action on them (delete, create a hard-link to save HDD space, or ignore) directly from the Home Server Console. A version supporting Windows Home Server (original) is now available; support for WHS/SBS 2011 is coming soon.
Product features:
  • Supports Windows Home Server
  • Automatic, real-time continuous file de-duplication scanning
  • 160-bit SHA-1 de-duplication hash for optimum results
  • Windows Home Server Console integration
  • Pause and Resume operation at any time for maximum efficiency of your server
  • Select any folders of your choosing on your server for de-duplication scanning
  • Simple, easy-to-view heads-up status display to monitor progress
  • Easy to navigate list of duplications for: deleting, linking, or ignoring duplicate files
  • Quick-launch feature allows for viewing contents of duplicate files
  • 15 day free trial available
I’ll be reviewing this one soon, so stay tuned for updates.
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Carlos Carreras from DataCore has been in contact today with an update on the beta for their add-in.  Read on for details!

datacore

Carlos Carreras got in contact today to let us know that the OEM beta will begin on Tuesday, May 3, 2011.  In addition, the add-in will be named DataCore DriveHarmony.  Catchy!

We’ll continue to bring you updates as we become aware of them, so please stay tuned to UsingWindowsHomeServer.Com!

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