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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

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Martin Rothschink of AxoNet Software GmbH has been in touch to announce Service Pack 3 for Lights-Out, now formally supporting Essentials 2012 and Windows 8.  Read on for details.

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Lights-Out Service Pack 3 has been released.  First, a little bit about the application:

Lights-Out enhances a Windows Server Solution in these areas:

  • Power management, to run your server on demand
  • Client backup, to run a scheduled backup and use Wake-On-Lan
  • Uptime chart, to give a graphical overview of device activity in your network
  • Client management, wake, suspend or reboot your client computers
  • Mac OS X Support for WHS v1 and 2011!

Now for the release notes for Service Pack 3:

Current Version 1.5.3 Build 1803

  • Fixed missing next calendar events for a task which spans midnight and runs every day
  • Fixed high CPU load in client service if server is offline
  • Fixed missing status for Apple Mac and mobile devices
  • Fixed a problem with special characters in name of IP based devices
  • Fixed a problem with identity mapping in Mac Agent
  • Changed client standby action initiated from dashboard or Lights-Out Mobile App. Uses hibernation if configured as action after backup, standby otherwise.
  • Changed network monitor to better handle pulsed transmission used for example by XBMC
  • Changed uptime chart to suppress server if running 24/7 (Lights-Out configured to do nothing)
  • Added official support for Window Server 2012 Essentials
  • Added official support for Window 8
  • Added official support for Apple Mac OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion)
  • Added better support for mobile devices in computer properties
  • Added detection for WebDAV issues in Mac Agent and Lights-Out Mobile
  • Added different product titles
  • Added backup command to client context menu (this combines wake-up, backup and action after backup)
  • Added backup command to command line client
  • Added correct sorting to all columns in computer tab
  • Added Polish translation

Known issues

  • Resizing the Dashboard to the smallest possible window size creates a distorted Status sub-tab. Workaround: resize the Dashboard
  • You can’t load an existing Windows Home Server v1 Lights-Out license into this version. Lights-Out for WHS 2011 requires a new license file.
  • Client GUI application is not started automatically after first client push installation. Workaround: Run via Start->All Programs->Startup, Lights-Out Client or log off and log on again.
  • Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials and Windows Server 2012 Essentials wake up every 30 minutes by Server Infrastructure License Service (silsvc). This bug is logged in Microsoft Connect. See ID 669083 (SBS 2011, closed), ID 761637 (Windows Server 2012 Essentials) and ID 757760 (WS 2012 Essentials, German) and vote for this bug!

If you are running Lights-Out, go head and get your upgrade.  And if you are deploying a new Server 2012 Essentials box, look into including this application to improve your control over server power management and WOL for clients!

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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 3.0.0.5 changes

Licensing modifications

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Jim from electrongoo tells me that they have released an updated version of their add-in Integrity Checker.

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Integrity Checker is now at version 1.50. The change log includes:

- Updates for Server 2012 Essentials and “Windows Server Logo” certification

- Fixed issue where files located within very long paths wouldn’t be scanned

- Code tuning and performance improvements

The last item, an installed signer, was added explicitly due to feedback from Connected Digital World.Com readers posting comments and the developer wanted to expressly thank our readers for calling that to their attention.

Integrity Checker is a useful utility to managing changed files on your homeserver. The developers say this:

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. See our FAQ and How To pages for details on how Integrity Checker can work for you.

Check it out!

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CloudBerry Labs has today releases CloudBerry Backup for WHS (v1, 2011 and SBS 2011) version 2.9.

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The new release comes with few important enhancements.

1. Cost Estimates

You can set up cost estimates per the storage account on the account configuration dialog. You can also setup the limit in GB and in $ that when reached will stop the backup.  The software will automatically calculate the costs based on the current storage price offered by the storage provider. Currently Amazon S3 charge 0.125/GB per month.  The software will also send an alert to the users when the storage is about to reach the limit.

http://blog.cloudberrylab.com/2012/06/controlling-storage-costs-with.html

2. Pre/post actions

With the latest release you can configure Pre- and Post actions that will run before and after the actual backup is running. This feature will make it easier to back up applications such as SQL Server and Exchange. You can set up a Pre-action to back up SQL Server and then you can set up a POST action to clean up the SQL Server backup directory from the older backup files.

http://blog.cloudberrylab.com/2012/06/how-to-set-up-pre-post-actions-with.html

3. Windows Event Log support

The latest version of CloudBerrry Backup comes with an option to write Events on backup completion (success and failure ) to the Windows Event log.  This feature makes it easier to deploy CloudBerry Backup along with the popular monitoring and management systems such as Microsoft System Center Operations Manager (SCOM), HP OpenView, BMC Patrol, Quest Foglight and a few others that come with a capability to process Windows Event Log and apply certain common rules.

http://blog.cloudberrylab.com/2012/06/how-to-report-on-backup-status-to.html

4. Run missed backups

In the latest release we are introducing the option to restart the backups having missed their schedule. Typically this happens when the computer was turned off.  The new option allows to start missed backups as soon as computer starts or backup service starts.

http://blog.cloudberrylab.com/2012/06/how-to-restart-missed-backups-with.html

5. Prevent sleep mode if backup is running?

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 3.0.0.4 changes

LDisk-D Version 3.0.0.4 for WHS-2011, WSS-essentials, or SBS-2011-essentials is released with these Improvements:

1-    Enable users to start the trial when they want
2-    Increase the trial period to 2 months
3-    Read only access volumes
4-    Change “Connect/Disconnect” menu to “Access”

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There has been another beta build from CoveCube! StableBit DrivePool development marches on – now its version 1.0.2.6229.

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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

1.0.2.6229

* Fixed settings / state getting reset on upgrading.
* Added UI option for network I/O prioritization to the Disks DrivePool tab.
After some testing, this option seems to be effective at minimizing stutter when streaming high bandwidth media
directly from the server (such as BluRay).
* Moved read striping option to the Disks DrivePool tab.
* [D] Added a new read striping algorithm called “block mode” after conducting some testing with read striping.
CoveFS will select the correct algorithm to use in real-time.
Added a number of read striping options to .config:
CoveFs_ReadStripingBlockMode
CoveFs_ReadStripingStripeSize
CoveFs_ReadStripingBlockModeNoCache
* [D] Added performance measuring instrumentation into the driver.
* Exposed CoveFS performance measurements, in real time, into the Dashboard.
Hidden feature exposed by hitting ‘P’ on the DrivePool tab.
* Added read striping and network I/O boost real-time visualizations to the DrivePool Disks tab.
When these features are actively working, you will see how much pool I/O is being affected, in percentages.
* Fixed installer service not starting on fresh install.
* Fixed delayed action firing too often, affecting much of the application. Delayed actions are used in the service
and Dashboard, not in the file system.:

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Martin Rothschink has been in touch to let us know that he is looking for beta testers for his new Lights-Out Mobile for Windows Phone app.

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Features

  • Easily manage your client computers
  • Wake-up, save energy, shutdown and reboot
  • Works with multiple servers!
  • User friendly with adjustable colors

Requirements

  • Windows Home or Small Business Server
  • Lights-Out

Send a short email to beta@homeserversoftware.com and attach this snippet:

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Windows Phone Manufacturer/Model: ___________________
Your Windows Live-ID: _______________________________

— end —

If you get on the beta let us know what you think of it.

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Intelisan’s Windows Home Server add-in LDisk has been updated to version 3.0.3.

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LDisk Windows Home Server Add-In adds iSCSI Target Storage capability to your Windows Home Server. Using LDisk, you can create a single appliance to provide all your storage and backup needs.

- iSCSI Target Storage for Windows Home Server

- IP SAN (Storage Area Network)- Block transfer

- iSCSI SAN interface over Ethernet

- Snapshot with schedules, revert, and convert to volume

- Fully protected data using SAN Volume duplication

- Supports all Internal or external drives

- Drive Extender for WHS 2011

- Storage Expansion through iSCSI for WHS 2011

Version 3.0.0.3:

1-    Added an iSCSI initiator tab for Initiator management

2-    Added CHAP Authentication to provide additional security for iSCSI volumes

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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 3.0.0.3 changes

1- Added an iSCSI initiator tab for Initiator management

2- Added CHAP Authentication to provide additional security for iSCSI volumes

3- Added iSCSI Snapshot Revert & Convert to volume

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Dojo North Software have announced that their Home Server SMART 2012 and WindowSMART 2012 add-ins are now at Release Candidate stage.

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Home Server SMART 2012 is the second-generation add-in for SMART disk monitoring for Windows Home Server. The first generation product, Home Server SMART, is designed to be used on Windows Home Server, which is colloquially known as Windows Home Server “v1.” Home Server SMART 2012, formerly known as Home Server SMART 2011, is designed to run on Microsoft’s Windows Server Solutions family of products, which consists of Windows Home Server 2011, Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials and Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials.

Home Server SMART 2012, or HSS, is installed into WHS 2011 (I’ll use WHS or WHS 2011 to collectively refer to all Windows Server Solutions products) through the use of a WSSX installer file. The WSSX file can be run on the server itself, or from a client connected to that server via the Launchpad. HSS consists of two main components, a user interface and a service. The user interface is where you can see the health of your disks, view detailed analysis and configure settings. The service, on the other hand, runs continuously, monitoring your disks at pre-determined intervals (default 10 minutes; you can change this). The service can raise WHS alerts and send email notifications when problems are detected. You do no need to be logged into the server for the service to run.

Home Server SMART 2012 has all the features you knew and loved from Home Server SMART for WHS v1, plus a bunch of new features.

This is what was posted in the Home Server Show forums:

I’ve posted the final beta – the bridge between beta and Release Candidate, of both WindowSMART 2012 and Home Server SMART 2012! In addition, my website has undergone a major overhaul.

I’ve gotten the last few SSDs coded in and everything seems to look good so please go and check them out! Go to http://www.dojonorthsoftware.net and you’ll be able to quickly find your way to Home Server SMART for WHSv1 as well as HSS 2012 and WindowSMART 2012.

If you’re looking to purchase a license(s) for WindowSMART 2012, I’ve still got the Early Bird pricing going on–it’s reflected right on the site.

Even better — I’ve got the automated licensing system completed. No more needing to ask me for an invoice (unless you’re requesting the US Military Discount, which requires you to provide proof of service), and when you pay your license keys are generated automatically and instantly. No more waiting!

 

BJ from Intelisan has been in touch to let us know about a new version of their LDisk add-in for Windows Home Server 2011, this one called LDisk-D.

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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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