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Back in December we talked about Sam Wood’s new Windows Home Server add-in Feedsource, which at the time was in beta. Sam has just been in touch to say its now finished and out there.

What is Feedsource?

Feedsource is a Windows Home Server Add-In that publishes secure Really Simple Syndication (“RSS”) feeds for Shared Folders through the Remote Access web site.

Authorized users access Feedsource RSS feeds from inside or outside the home network to view new and changed files in Shared Folders using any RSS reader that supports authenticated feeds.

Features

  • Authenticated RSS feeds for Shared Folders that show create, delete, rename, and change events for files and directories
  • Granular control to enable or disable RSS feeds for each Shared Folder
  • Automatic integration with the Remote Access web site to view feeds from outside your network with no extra port-forwarding or configuration
  • Simple setup through the Windows Home Server Console
  • Secure authentication and authorization using SSL and existing Windows Home Server access controls
  • RSS 2.0 and Atom support

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Getting Started

For information on getting started with Feedsource, see the Feedsource help file in the Windows Home Server Console. Simply navigate to the Feedsource tab in the Windows Home Server Console Settings dialog and click the “Help” button.

You can also check out our original article which contains a step-by-step guide to installing and configuring Feedsource.

The add-in costs $10 (which I think is reasonable) and you can also download a 30 day trial edition.

You can learn more about Feedsource from the Tentacle Software website.

Our friends at CloudBerry Labs have been in touch to let us know that CloudBerry Backup for Windows Home Server version 1.9 has been released.

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What is CloudBerry Online Backup For WHS?

CloudBerry Online Backup for Windows Home Server provides a powerful Backup and Restore program designed to leverage Amazon S3 storage to make your disaster recovery plan simple, reliable, and affordable.

Windows Home Server is a great way to protect your data. However you are still vulnerable to physical disk failures and inadvertent deletions. As a result your data might be lost forever. CloudBerry Backup for Windows Home Server provides you with another level of protection by copying your data to secure online storage powered by Amazon S3

Here is what CloudBerry has to say about version 1.9 (click the links on each item to view the new blog posts from CloudBerry:

And don’t forget that you can also get a beta for CloudBerry Backup for WHS Code Name Vail and also for Small Business Server 2011 Essentials (Code Name Aurora).

You can also learn more about CloudBerry for WHS from here.

Dave and the guys over at the Home Server Show have released episode 120, and this one is all about backups!

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Here is what Dave has to say about this weeks show:

News is going to be slow until the next beta release of Vail but we do have a couple of items for you.  On an exciting note the HSS Forums has opened up to Developers who want to control testing of their Add-Ins.  John is back and the ustream chat was lively.  AJ joins to talk about his backup article and we go over a lot of different options for Windows Home Server backups, retention, restoring, cloud backups, etc.

And as usual you can listen to the show here.

Andreas M has just released an update to his Windows Home Server Update History Add-In, bringing it to version 0.3.2.

What is Update History?

This add-in displays the complete system update history so that Windows Home Server owners can make sure their machine is fully patched and up to date.

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Updates can be listed in groups (grouped by installation date). The details panel shows descriptive information on the update selected in the list. For updates that contain a Microsoft Knowledgebase article id in their title a direct link to the respective article is provided.

You can review the Windows Update log file and the system event log from the toolbar. So in case an update installation failed you can easily access the logs to find out the reason for the failure.

Here is what Andreas has to say about this update:

Version 0.3.0 Beta was released back in September 2009. Since then not a single bug has been reported. This means that the time has come to remove the beta tag from the Update History AddIn.

Nonetheless, two things have been improved since the previous release:

  • A possible conflict with other AddIns has been resolved (thanks to Alex Kuretz from MediaSmartServer.net)
  • It’s no longer possible to install the Update History AddIn over an existing installation. In this case you now are prompted to uninstall any existing version first.

Download Update History AddIn 0.3.2.

Important: Before installing the new release, please UNINSTALL any previous version!

As always, feedback is welcome. See the support page on how to get in touch with me.

Yesterday CloudBerry Labs announced that they are working on a version of their CloudBerry Backup add-in for Windows Home Server Code Name Vail.

Here is that that said:

 

We are excited to announce that we are working on CloudBerry Backup add-in for Windows Home Server code name Vail. Here is a screenshot of what we are doing.

 

 

We are also going to make an add-in for the next version of Windows Small Business Server code name Aurora which is based on the same WHS technology. All existing customers will be able to upgrade their existing add-ins for free.

 

You can learn more about CloudBerry Backup by clicking here.

 

And it is very good to see that they will be giving the update to existing customers for free – I think that this is the first company to offer this, so well done CloudBerry!

AxoNet Software has just released a technical preview of their Lights-Out Add-In for Windows Server code name Vail and Aurora. This Add-In, which is now available for download, provides the same functionality as the Lights-Out Add-In for WHS v1. This new Vail/Aurora Add-In will allow you to manage your server and the PCs on your network with ease. Read on to find out more and watch a short video of the installation process and key features!

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AxoNet and the Lights-Out Add-In

The original Lights-Out Add-In for WHS v1 was released last year. Since then, the Add-In has received rave reviews and has saved many watts of electricity for the users of this professional looking and well-developed Add-In.

The Add-In basically allows you to monitor and control all power aspects of your server and PCs on your network. You can turn on, put to sleep, hibernate and shut down PCs on the network. You can even monitor the actual PC usage and server remote access as well.

Lights-Out enhances a Windows Home Server 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

AxoNet has published a very good manual that explains all of the features of the Add-In. The PDF of this manual can be found at:

http://www.axonet.de/vail/beta1/Lights-Out%20for%20Vail%20and%20Aurora.pdf

Unfortunately, AxoNet does not have a website that supports their product but they do have this Windows95 era help box that refers you to a WGS Forum.

http://forum.wegotserved.com/index.php/forum/299-lightsout/

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THIS TECHNICAL PREVIEW EXPIRES ON NOVEMBER 30, 2010!

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Lights-Out Functionality

Once the Add-In is installed you are instantly transformed into a novice server administrator. There is functionality for monitoring PCs, runtime analysis and server controls.

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The Uptime chart within Lights-Out is a great way to see who is on which computer at what time of day. This feature would be great for small businesses as well as small children.

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The Add-In’s primary web interface is clean and fits with the Windows Server code name Vail motif.

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You can also see all of the PCs on the network with the secondary Add-In interface.

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Lights-Out Technical Preview Download

You can download the trial version of this Add-In from:

http://www.axonet.de/vail/beta1/LightsOutVail1.0.8.1340.wssx

Lets see some video!

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Lights-Out Technical Preview Add-In for Windows Server code name Vail

Lights-Out Beta Add-In for Windows Server code name Vail

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Known Issues Published by AxoNet

Lights-Out for Vail and Aurora is currently a technical preview and not a finished product.
– This preview blocks the use after November 30, 2010.
– Add-In update on Add-In tab is not working (Vail issue).
– Resizing the Dashboard to the smallest possible window size creates a distorted Status sub-tab. Workaround: resize the Dashboard.
– Resizing the Dashboard window corrupts the calendar sub-tab. Workaround: change to previous month and then back to current month to redraw the calendar.
– You can’t load a Lights-Out WHS v1 license into this version. Lights-Out for Vail and Aurora requires a new license.
– Not localized, only English is supported
– Client GUI application is not started after installation. Workaround:

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Not yet implemented and planned features

- Disk operations (like adding or removing a disk) are not monitored and the server may go into standby. Workaround: Disable Lights-Out for these operations.
– Restore operations (restoring single files or complete volumes) are not monitored and the server may go into standby. Workaround: Disable Lights-Out for these operations.
– Online help for Lights-Out for Vail and Aurora (still references WHS v1 help contents).
– Launchpad integration
– More settings on Remote Access

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Conclusion

This Add-In will be useful to anyone wanting more control over the power consumption in their network. It is straight forward and relatively easy to use however you must make sure you read all of the Appendix pages after you have installed the Add-In. There are many settings changes required for all of the features such as for Wake On Lan and Hibernation that you may not know about.

Timothy Daleo

ASoft has just released the AutoExit 2010 Add-In for Windows Server code name Vail. This new Add-In is an updated version of their popular 2009 release that most of us have on our Version 1 Windows Home Servers. For more information check out this article and a short video on the installation and usage of AutoExit 2010 for Windows Server code name Vail!

AutoExit 2010 Beta

ASoft AutoExit 2010

The AutoExit Add-In allows you to control and interface with PCs on your network through the Vail Dashboard. This beta version for Vail has similar functionality to the V1 version but a slick new look and some enhanced features.

AutoExit 2010 Beta

Directly from the ASoft website:

ASoft AutoExit for Windows Home Server is a console add-in for Windows Home Server Vail.
It can be used to shut down, reboot machines in your home network from within the console. Wake On Lan is also supported, this enables you to easily boot up machines remotely.
You can put the machine into hibernation, sleep, log off the user or lock the machine. hut down from the toolbar now.
You can execute these actions per machine or for all machines.
Other handy features are sending messages to the different machines, configuring the timeout/message.
There is even support for opening a Remote Desktop session to the remote machines and to the server!
Statistics are kept of all actions, so that a detailed trace can be viewed on when certain actions were executed.

AutoExit 2010

As with the prior V1 Add-In, you can connect to your PC through WHS and perform many different functions in the Dashboard. You can Shut Down, Remote Desktop and even send messages! This current beta does not support the Wake On Lan feature yet, but look for that to be enabled in an upcoming release!

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This new version also allows you to customize your Shut Down preferences! I cannot publish the customized raunchy message that MY AutoExit sends out. Have fun with it and make it your own!

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The Eventual Functionality of Wake On Lan All. Why?

Many of us do not have Remote Desktop functionality on our PCs because we use Home Premium. You can Wake On Lan but cannot log in to Remote Desktop. Without logging in, you cannot turn off the machine, right? The reason AutoExit V1 appealed to me is that I could start a PC with Wake On Lan, run a backup and then shut it down.

Did you know that? That you could start a PC and back it up without ever logging in? Yup. Pretty cool. Once the backup is done (it shows in the Console when it is 100% and done) then I just AutoExit Shut Down. I can backup all of my desktops without leaving my desk. Sweet!

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Add-In Download

Download and installation is simple. Go to the link below to download the Add-In.

http://www.asoft.be/prod_autoexitwhs2.html

Lets see some video!

Installation and Usage Video

Installation of the ASoft AutoExit Add-In for Windows Server code name Vail

Conclusion

This Add-In has all of the flavor of the first AutoExit Add-In but with some great new features. As the beta program continues I look forward to more features including the enabling of Wake On Lan! I would recommend this Add-In to anyone currently testing Windows Server code name Vail.

Future Add-In Changes I Would Like To See

I would like to see an option to add a PC that does not use the Vail connector software. Since Vail is beta, many of us do not have all of our PCs connected to Vail through the actual connector software.

I would also like to see a different color or bold text to tell the difference between online and offline PCs. The text is small and at a glance is hard to see a difference between “online” and “offline”.

The client installation thinks my WHS V1 AutoExit 2009 is the 2010 version. I assume you can only run one or the other?

Timothy Daleo

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