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Would you like real-time network information on your iOS or Android device from your Linksys E-Series, X-Series or Valet router? Well now you can the Cisco Connect Express App.

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Home networking just got easier. When connected to your home Wi-Fi, use the Cisco Connect Express App to add devices to your network, manage guest access, and change Wi-Fi and router information. Now Linksys E-Series, X-Series and Valet router users can have their real-time network information at their fingertips from anywhere in the home.

Key Features:
Guest access – An easy way for visitors to get online. Give password-protected Internet access to visiting friends and family while keeping your own information private. No need to remember the guest password, it’s in the app. Simply email the password to your guest and they’ll be online in no time.

Add devices to your network – Quickly connect your computers, gaming consoles, tablets, and other Wi-Fi enabled devices to your network. You can add them manually, or with Wi-Fi Protected Setup™ if your device supports it.
Access Wi-Fi settings – Access your network name and password at anytime from anywhere in your home. If you need your password to add a device manually, quickly access it via your app.

Access router features – Keep your router up-to-date. Check for firmware updates and view details about your router, including model name and number, serial number, firmware version, and more. Plus, easily get a new WAN IP address or reboot your router.

[button link=”http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/cisco-connect-express/id470936137?mt=8″ style=”download” window=”yes”]Download Cisco Connect Express from the App Store[/button]

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DVBLogic have just updated their Android Client for DVBLink Connect! Server, taking it to version 1.1.1.

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Watch Live TV, browse EPG, view program details, manage timer recordings from your Android mobile phone or tablet.

What’s in this version

  1. v1.1.1
  2. Added EPG search functionality

This app requires DVBLink Connect! Server installation on the server computer.

[button link=”https://market.android.com/details?id=DVBLink.DVBLink&feature=search_result” style=”download” window=”yes”]Get it now from the Android Market[/button]

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DVBLogic put out this plea – Please help us to update the DVBLink v4 language files. Can you help?

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Here is what they said:

We need update for the following languages:

Chinese, Danish, German, Spanish, French, Dutch, Polish, Portuguese, Swedish and Czech.
The language files are in the attached zip file. There are several of them, divided across a number of sub-directories.

The files themselves are in xml text format. They are largely translated already as we have taken v3 strings as basis. Strings that are not translated yet are at the end of each language file (but please have a look across the whole file to make sure that there are no language irregularities).

Please do not forget to save the files that you edit in utf-8 format to preserve any special characters that you may have.

Unfortunately you will not be able to test your translation on the fly in your v4 installation because the language files have to be compiled into string resources.

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DVBLogic have posted a MediaCenter channel synronization test/patch today – which makes three patches this week.

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This is what DVBLogic posted in their forums:

This patch should increase stability of channel synchonization in MediaCenter.

Please read and follow the installation instructions carefully:
– Download attached zip file
– Close MediaCenter (if it is running) and all other running programs
– Open command prompt as administrator (Start -> Accessories -> right click on command prompt and choose “Run as administrator”)
– navigate within command prompt to dvblink installation folder (cd \”Program Files\DVBLogic\DVBLink”)
– run “dvblink_reg.exe -uninstalldrivers”
– wait one minute to be sure that it is finished
– reboot
– Open control panel -> device manager and check that there are no DVBLink drivers under “Sound, Video and Game controllers”. If there are still DVBLink tuners there – right click on each of them and choose Uninstall. Then reboot again.
– Copy files from the zip file to <dvblink installation folder>\drivers, overwriting the existing files
– Open command prompt as administrator (Start -> Accessories -> right click on command prompt and choose “Run as administrator”)
– navigate within command prompt to dvblink installation folder (cd \”Program Files\DVBLogic\DVBLink”)
– run “dvblink_reg.exe -installdrivers”
– wait until 4 or 8 drivers are installed and appear in device manager
– run “net stop dvblink_server”
– run “net start dvblink_server”
– Once drivers are installed – start MediaCenter, do TV Setup and synchronize DVBLink channels
– You may also try MCE TV scan (Settings -> TV -> TV Signal -> Scan for more channels) to see if it does not hang anymore

[button link=”http://dvblogic.com/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=56&t=14867″ style=”download” window=”yes”]Download this patch here[/button]

DVBLink have been busy today releasing patches and updates, and the latest release is the Android Client for DVBLink Connect! Server, taking it to version 1.1.0.

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Watch Live TV, browse EPG, view program details, manage timer recordings from your Android mobile phone or tablet.

What’s in this version

  1. v1.1.0
  2. Improved app stability
  3. Added ability to install/move app to SD card

This app requires DVBLink Connect! Server installation on the server computer.

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DVBLogic have posted a cumulative DVBLink Connect! server stability patch today.

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This is what DVBLogic posted in their forums:

This patch fixes the issue when DVBLink Server and/or DVBLink Network Client windows service crash after DVBLink Connect! Server expiration.

The patch can be downloaded here:
http://www.dvblogic.com/download/Trunk/ … 111101.zip

How to apply patch (server side):
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1. Stop the `dvblink_server` service.
2. Replace nb_server.dll in `DVBLink\sinks\nb_server` directory.
3. Replace network_streamer.dll in `DVBLink\sinks\network_streamer` directory.
4. Replace eitscanner.dll in `DVBLink\Templates\Sources\TVSource\epg` directory, and all instances of eitscanner.dll in subdirectories of `DVBLink\sources` directory.
5. Start the `dvblink_server` service.

How to apply patch (client side):
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1. Stop the `DVBLink Client Server` Windows service
2. Replace nb_client.dll in `DVBLink\sinks\pbda` directory.
3. Start the `DVBLink Client Server` Windows service.

Now that the Windows Home Server 2011 Release Candidate is available, lets take a look at the new Server and Folder recovery feature. There’s even a video at the end showing it working.

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In a previous article, we looked at the new Server and Folder backup functionality provided in Windows Home Server 2011, so what happens if you need to recover something?

Using Server and Folder Recovery

Ok, so you have backed up your server and folders but you need to recover something. Go to the Computers and Backup tab and click on Restore files or folders for the server from the SERVER tasks list. This starts the recovery wizard so just click Next.

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You need to specify the backup location (note that “At a different location” doesn’t mean offsite). Then click Next.

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Select both the backup disk to restore from and the server to restore to.

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Then choose if you want to start the restore from the latest backup or from a backup that you select yourself. Most of the time I would guess you will select the most recent backup.

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If you do want to choose the backup yourself you just need to click on date of the backup (the available dates will be in bold) and the time from the drop down list.

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Now that the Windows Home Server 2011 Release Candidate is available, lets take a look at the new Server and Folder backup feature. There’s even a video at the end showing it working.

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One of the most obvious missing features from Windows Home Server V1 was the ability to backup your WHS System drive and your backup database. There was the great add-in, BDBB that enabled you to backup your backup database but that still left the System drive at risk. And frankly that all should have been “out of the box” functionality!

With Windows Home Server 2011, both missing features are there, and they are very simple to you.

Now that Drive Extender has been removed, Microsoft recommend that you backup your WHS at regular intervals in case of drive failure, corruption, or whatever. In fact, the default setting for backing up your server is twice a day, but that can be changed to suit your needs, and we shall cover that in a moment.

Using Server and Folder Backup

Server and Folder backups require the use of an external hard drive. After all, the whole point of this exercise is to have a backup and if you kept it with the WHS and there was a fire or flood for example, the backup would also be lost. So using an external drive makes it easier to store it offsite.

Make sure you have connected your external backup drive and click on the Hard Drive tab within Server Folders and Hard Drives. Click on the Add the hard drive to Server Backup task from the BACKUP Tasks list.

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This starts the wizard – so just click Next.

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You then need to select the backup drive, in my case I only have one drive connected, but if your drive isn’t shown click the Refresh list button and check the connections as well. Once you have selected your drive, click Next.

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You are then warned that the drive will be formatted and any data on the drive will be lost (this only happens the first time you add a backup drive, so don’t worry). Click Yes to continue (once you have copied off any data you want to keep that may have been on the drive).

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You are asked to label the drive – so put something useful in here, such as Server Backups and click Next.

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Now that the Windows Home Server 2011 Release Candidate is available, lets take a look at the new Move Folder Wizard feature. There’s even a video at the end showing it working.

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Here is how Microsoft describe the Move Folder Wizard functionality:

[box style=”rounded” border=”full”]A new Move a Folder wizard enables you to move server folders from one hard drive to another to support scenarios in which the free space on the hard drive becomes too small for storage.[/box]

So this is there to help you move a folder from one drive, which may be getting full, to another drive, that isn’t as full. Whilst the wizard does all this for you once you select the folder to move and where to move it, it would have been a lot better to have the functionality automatically detect a drive was getting full and move a folder to a free drive without you having to do something yourself. So hopefully in the future this might change or someone might write an add-in to perform this as at the moment you need to be involved otherwise your drive might run out of space!

Using the Move Drive Wizard

So in order to use the Move Drive functionality, you need to have an additional drive in or attached to your Windows Home Server. Microsoft don’t recommend using external drives as they can easily become disconnected, but you can use them and I am certain that people will!

Anyway, make sure you have at least one additional drive attached (somewhere). In the example below I have connected an external drive that is appearing as F.

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Click on the Server Folders tab, select the Folder you want to move from the list and click the Move the Folder link on the Tasks list to start the wizard. It tells you backup your server first and ensure than none of the files in the folder you want to move are in use, and also not to add anymore files to the folder whilst the move is taking place otherwise they won’t appear in the new location.

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You then have to choose which drive you want to move the folder to (I am surprised to see if offer you the chance to move the folder to the C drive – this is not a good move and I really don’t recommend it). So in my case, let’s choose the F drive and then click the Move Folder button.

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Now if you have chosen an external hard drive the wizard will now warn you against moving the folder there, but in some cases you may have no choice but to use an external drive, so if you are, just be aware of the warning and click Next.

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The wizard will now do it’s thing – depending on the size of the folder you are moving, this could take a while, so be patient!

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When the move has completed, the wizard will advise you to open the Server Backup configuration to ensure that the new location of the folder is including in the backup. You can do that or you can just click Close and check later.

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And that’s it. It’s pretty simple to use, as I mentioned earlier, it is just a shame that you have to select a folder yourself, although I am sure that some people will prefer this as it means they have more control over the process.

Here is a video I put together showing the WHS 2011 Move Folder Wizard in action:

The Windows Home Server 2011 Move Folder Wizard in action

So what do you think of this new functionality?

Why not give Windows Home Server 2011 a try, it’s available now on Microsoft Connect to download.

[button link=”http://connect.microsoft.com/windowshomeserver”]Download Windows Home Server 2011 from Microsoft Connect[/button]

Today Microsoft finally announced the Windows Home Server Code Name Vail is to be called Windows Home Server 2011, and they have also made the Release Candidate available to download.

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Yes, so after months of speculation about what the final name was going to be, Microsoft have finally told everyone it is called Windows Home Server 2011. To be honest, there is no big surprise here as the other products in the “Colorado” range are all called Windows “something something” 2011 (replace something something with Small Business Server). Frankly the surprise is why Microsoft felt they had to wait a few months after announcing the final name of the other products before announcing WHS 2011.

Earlier this week Microsoft “accidently” tweeted that the RC for Vail had been signed off, then removed it, so everyone knew that it was ready and wanted to know when they could get it – well that day is FINALLY here.

So, lets get into specifics now….

This is the release candidate, so it’s pretty much feature complete – so if you are looking for a feature that you were hoping Microsoft might add at the last minute (such as Media Center) or add back (such as Drive Extender) then unfortunately you are going to be disappointed. At this point, Microsoft tend to only fix “serious” bugs prior to shipping.

Below are the changes to the release candidate from the previous public beta:

With the removal of Drive Extender storage technology, the following changes have been introduced in the server folders and server hard drives areas of server storage.

Server Folders

The following changes have been introduced to the server folders feature area:

· Server folders are now created on regular NTFS drives (volumes) as opposed to Drive Extender volumes.

· Server folders can be created on any server hard drives. Therefore, there are no limitations to the number of folders that can be created.

· Server folders can be added to existing locations on a hard drive. When adding a new server folder, you can choose to either create a new location, or choose an existing location on the hard drive for the server folder.

· Using external USB drives for storing server folders is discouraged because the server folders may become unavailable if the external drive is disconnected.

· Server folders can either be deleted (which will delete the shared folder and the data on the hard drive), or just unshared (which will preserve the data on the hard drive).

· A new Move a Folder wizard enables you to move server folders from one hard drive to another to support scenarios in which the free space on the hard drive becomes too small for storage.

· Server folders cannot be created on hard drives that are not formatted with an NTFS file system.

Server Hard Drives

The following changes have been introduced to the server hard drives feature area:

· The Hard Drives tab on the Dashboard now lists NTFS drives (volumes) instead of the hard disks (spindles) that were listed in earlier releases of the products.

· Previous Versions for Shadow Copies is now enabled at the hard-drive level as opposed to the server-folder level in earlier releases of the products.

· The server monitors for the presence of unformatted internal hard disks and provides the Format a Hard Disk wizard to help format them. It is recommended that you use external hard disks for Server Backup only.

Want To Try It Yourself?

So there you have it. I know that a lot of people are not going to be happy that Microsoft haven’t done more to replace Drive Extender, or add additional functionality.

There is some news about possible Drive Extender replacements in Microsoft’s blog post, however it is too soon to tell what they are and whether they will be accepted by the community, so watch this space!

There is no official word yet when Windows Home Server 2011 will be finalised and RTM’d but I would expect it to be fairly soon as Microsoft previously stated H1 2011!

We will be posting a series of articles on the new features of Windows Home Server 2011, so if there is anything you want covered in greater detail, just let us know!

So why not give Windows Home Server 2011 a try, it’s available now on Microsoft Connect to download.

[button link=”http://connect.microsoft.com/windowshomeserver”]Download Windows Home Server 2011 from Microsoft Connect[/button]

Here is what Microsoft have posted on their blog today about the release:

Today we are pleased to announce the availability of the Release Candidate for Microsoft Windows Home Server 2011 (formerly Windows Home Server Code Name “Vail”). Affordable and easy-to-use, Microsoft Windows Home Server 2011 (WHS) is the ideal solution to help families keep their important digital files and PC’s automatically backed up, organized, and accessible.

The Release Candidate (RC) signifies our last mile efforts for releasing this product to our customers, and prepares our network of software and hardware partners for its release.

This WHS RC is the first public release to include changes in the storage features, so let’s look at some of the changes you can expect. All existing technologies such as server and client backup, health monitoring, remote web access, streaming media, and simplified dashboard management are still included.

A new Move Folder Wizard makes it easy for you to move data from one drive to another. As Hard Drives are added to the Home Server, your health alerts will notify you that a new Hard Drive is available. From here, you can automatically format and configure the new drive for additional storage.

Once configured, you can easily use the Move Folder Wizard to move your data to the new drive as needed.

To see this in action, please watch our Windows Home Server Move Folder Wizard Learning Bite.

Data protection also includes daily Server and PC backup, Previous Versions via Shadow copy which lets you return prior versions of existing files (without needing to restore from backup), and a protection feature for pre-defined folders (such as Recorded TV, Videos, Photos) in case these are accidently deleted.

Thank you for helping us test this product, and please provide any feedback through WHS Connect, or our official Windows Home Server Support forums.

It has been pretty quiet on the Windows Home Server Code Name Vail front for a while now, but today the WHS team at Microsoft tweeted they had signed off the final Release Candidate of Vail, but then that tweet disappeared!

Here is a screenshot of what the tweet said:

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As you can clearly see it said they signed off the “final RC of Vail this morning” and that it would appear “on Connect soon”.

I’m not sure why they then removed the tweet – the news is now out there!

So if that information is correct watch out for the Vail Release Candidate very soon!

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