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Apple has just released an EFI firmware update for 2010 model MacBook Air, Pro and iMac’s.


This is what it contains:

This update enables Lion Recovery from an Internet connection on MacBook Pro (Early 2010) models.

This update enables Lion Recovery from an Internet connection on MacBook Air (Late 2010) models and addresses an issue where the system could restart if the power button is pressed immediately after waking from deep sleep.

This update enables Lion Recovery from an Internet connection on iMac (Mid 2010) models.

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Microsoft today started legal action against the Comet Group here in the UK for allegedly selling counterfeit Windows Recovery CDs.


Here is the press release:

READING, England, and REDMOND, Wash. — Jan. 4, 2012 — Microsoft Corp. today issued proceedings against Comet Group PLC for allegedly creating and selling more than 94,000 sets of counterfeit Windows Vista and Windows XP recovery CDs. The alleged counterfeits were sold to customers who had purchased Windows-loaded PCs and laptops.

“As detailed in the complaint filed today, Comet produced and sold thousands of counterfeit Windows CDs to unsuspecting customers in the United Kingdom,” said David Finn, associate general counsel, Worldwide Anti-Piracy and Anti-Counterfeiting at Microsoft. “Comet’s actions were unfair to customers. We expect better from retailers of Microsoft products — and our customers deserve better, too.”

The suit charges Comet with producing the counterfeits in a factory in Hampshire and then selling the media to customers from its retail outlets across the U.K.

Comet is currently owned by French retail company Kesa Electricals PLC, although it is reportedly being purchased by private equity firm OpCapita LLP later this year.

With an emphasis on education, engineering and enforcement, Microsoft seeks to protect its customers from counterfeiting and piracy — and ensure people get what they pay for. If customers ever question the legitimacy of their software, be it a shrink-wrapped product or recovery media, they are advised to visit http://www.howtotell.com to learn more and, if they have any doubt, report the suspicious software to Microsoft.

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Apple have today released an EFI Firmware Update for the MacBook Air.

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This is what is included in this update:

This update includes fixes that enhance the stability of Lion Recovery from an Internet connection, and resolve issues with Apple Thunderbolt Display compatibility and Thunderbolt Target Disk Mode performance on MacBook Air (mid 2011) models.

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Built right into OS X Lion, Lion Recovery lets you repair disks or reinstall OS X Lion without the need for a physical disc.


This is what the Apple KB states:

Built right into OS X Lion, Lion Recovery lets you repair disks or reinstall OS X Lion without the need for a physical disc.

The Lion Recovery Disk Assistant lets you create Lion Recovery on an external drive that has all of the same capabilities as the built-in Lion Recovery: reinstall Lion, repair the disk using Disk Utility, restore from a Time Machine backup, or browse the web with Safari.

Note: In order to create an external Lion Recovery using the Lion Recovery Assistant, the Mac must have an existing Recovery HD.

To create an external Lion Recovery, download the Lion Recovery Disk Assistant application. Insert an external drive, launch the Lion Recovery Disk Assistant, select the drive where you would like to install, and follow the on screen instructions.

When the Lion Recovery Disk Assistant completes, the new partition will not be visible in the Finder or Disk Utility. To access Lion Recovery, reboot the computer while holding the Option key. Select Recovery HD from the Startup Manager.

For detailed information on this update, please visit: About Lion Recovery Disk Assistant.

This is really useful and I’m off to create mine now!

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If you want to perform a clean install of Mac OS X Lion instead of an upgrade, or you want to have some recovery media available, just in case, then this is the how to guide for you.

UWHS - How to Create a Mac OS X Lion Install DVD or USB

Ok, so the download and upgrade to Lion went well for me, I didn’t have any problems. However, I also don’t want to wait several hours with my slow internet connection if I have to do a recovery or a reinstallation. Also, for the Mac OS X Lion book I am working on I needed to do some screenshots of a clean configuration (for those readers who just bought a new Mac with Lion installed), so I wanted to have either a DVD or a USB stick with the Lion media on.

After reading through various materials, this is the method I used.

If you have already downloaded and upgraded to Lion then the files won’t be there on your Mac as they are deleted once the upgrade has completed. What I did was to recovery a previous backup using Time Machine and then started the process again, only this time I just did the download, I didn’t do the upgrade. If you don’t have a Time Machine backup, you can always do a factory restore and start again.

Step 1

Download Lion from the App Store – remember, DON’T install it!

Step 2

Open up the Applications list and locate Install Mac OSX Lion.

UWHS - How to Create a Mac OS X Lion Install DVD or USB

Step 3

Right click on it and select Show Package Contents.

UWHS - How to Create a Mac OS X Lion Install DVD or USB

Step 4

Navigate through Contents, then SharedSupport and locate InstallESD.dng.

UWHS - How to Create a Mac OS X Lion Install DVD or USB

Step 5

Open up Disk Utility.

Step 6

Drag InstallESD.dmg to the left column in Disk Utility.

Windows Home Server is great at recovering lost or deleted files from your backed up machines. But what do you do if you haven’t backed up your computer, or the file was on a memory card or flash drive? That’s when Emergency Undelete comes to the rescue.


Here is how Diskeeper describes Emergency Undelete:

It only takes one lost file to quickly realize how valuable this software is.

You can be the hero to the friend in need or save yourself big time when you accidentally delete the presentation you are about to give while out of town on business. For just $19.95 you are prepared whenever and wherever you need to recover a file from any PC, thumb drive, external hard drive or camera.

65% of data loss is caused by accidental deletions. Don’t wait until you’ve already lost a file to look for a solution. Just the act of looking for a solution on your PC, could cause the lost file to be overwritten and unrecoverable.

Now you can easily recover files, photos, videos, music and more in seconds. You can even restore files that were deleted from the Windows Recycle Bin. Accidentally deleting a file doesn’t mean it has to be lost forever.

When you delete a file on your PC or other external storage device, it isn’t really deleted; the space the file was using is simply marked as being available for re-use. If nothing has needed that space since the deletion, the data is still there and the file can be recovered using Emergency Undelete.

Emergency Undelete Can Recover:

  • Files: Recover all your files, no matter how you deleted them.
  • Photos: Get your precious one-of-a-kind photos back fast.
  • Videos: Momentous videos are irreplaceable – recover them before they are gone for good.
  • Movies: Your favourite movies are far from gone.
  • Music: Your entire music collection that has taken years to collect – saved in an instant.

We will be reviewing Emergency Undelete very soon, so watch this space.

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With Windows Home Server V1, different companies provided different methods to perform a server recovery. Now that the first Windows Home Server 2011 server is available in the guise of the Tranquil PC Leo HS4, it’s time to see how its done now.


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So assuming that you want, or need to perform a server recovery, or reinstall on your Windows Home Server 2011 box, you will need to perform a number of steps and you will need special media to do it.

In Windows Home Server V1 days, Tranquil provided a cool USB key credit card that you connected to your Home Server to do the reinstallation.

Tranquil Recovery Key

With Windows Home Server 2011, they only provide a Server Recovery DVD.


Have no fear though as the Server Recovery DVD contains everything you need to perform the recovery.

Well ok, not everything, you will need a USB flash drive of at least 8 GB – so make sure you have one to hand when you want to do the recovery.


First, pop the DVD into the DVD drive on one of your PCs. You will see the Getting Started screen which will walk you through creating a bootable USB flash drive with the recovery software on, or you can skip this step and go straight to recovery steps if you previously created the flash drive. Click Next to continue.

Tranquil Server Recovery step 1

Insert a USB flash drive of at least 8 GB. Click Next to continue.

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CloudBerry Lab have just released version 1.7 of their Windows Home Server add-in.

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It seems like only a few weeks ago that version 1.6 was released and we ran our five day giveaway.

Well today version 1.7 hits the streets.

If you don’t know what Cloudberry Backup for Windows Home Server is:

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

New in 1.7 release
  • Backup Schedule down to one hour
  • Backup files since certain date
  • Back up network drives
  • Integrated Azure Storage option

You can find out more from the Cloudberry Labs website.

We have been talking about HomeServerSync for Windows Home Server from Tranquil PC for quite a while now, including having a number of exclusive articles. Now that HSS is out how would you like 465 days of service for the price of 365? We have a very special promo code….


You can learn more about HSS by reading this article, and you can read our review of the final beta for the Windows Home Server Add-in and also for the Sync Client and even some of the cool things you can do with the VPN component like backing up your computer over the Internet when you are away from home.

In a nutshell, Home Server Sync is an add-in for Windows Home Server that enables you to backup your important files to an offsite backup location. As part of the subscription, you get 100GB of secure data storage. You also get a client component that enables you to sync files from your computers to your Windows Home Server on a schedule that you set, and you also get a very easy to use VPN component that you can utilise for many different tasks.

The are 3 vital components to HomeServerSync, that work in harmony to provide the ultimate in data security, remote access and PC to WHS to PC synchronisation:

100GB of offsite backup storage is included with more available if needed.
Provision of a unique private network, allowing full access to WHS Console and WHS Shares from anywhere in the world, via internet connection.
Multi PC synchronisation system that not only protects data but means that one PC can receive or send updates to ‘shared’ files and folders on other PCs


I have been using it for a number of months now, and have feed back a lot, and I do mean a lot of comments to Tranquil, pretty much all of which have been taken on board and addressed – which is pretty good going!

So, if you are interested in subscribing to HSS, and I cannot recommend it enough, we have an offer for you.

When you take out your subscription, use the Promo code U098 and instead of getting a 12 month subscription, you will get an extra 100 days free! So you will get 15 months for the price of 12 – now that is a good deal!

So what do you have to do…

First you must request a fully functional 15 day trial by sending an email to: trial@homeserversync.co.uk

The email will contain information and location of the registration page. On that page you complete all your details and on there you must enter the Promo code U098

You will then be directed to the download page.

Any time during the 15 day trial you can take out your subscription, or at the end of the 15 day trial the service will stop working.

After the subscription is taken out, the 365 day subscription is added and then is increased to 465 days direct on your account.

Simple as that! So, you get all of the above for just £139 (including VAT).

And you don’t have to just be in the UK to use this, anyone, anywhere in the world can use this service.

So what you are waiting for?

Just remember to enter the Promo code U098 on the registration page or you won’t get the 100 days extra free if you take out a full subscription!

You can also learn more at the HomeServerSync website.

Here we take another exclusive look at the HomeServerSync add-in for Windows Home Server from Tranquil. This time it is the final beta build and we are looking at the Windows Home Server Add-In.


We had an exclusive first look at the HomeServerSync beta earlier in July, and information on HomeServerSync itself a little while before that.

And earlier this week we announced that the final beta of HomeServerSync was released to a select group of beta testers.

So after playing around with this final beta for a while, I thought I would post up my experiences and show some of the features that were not available the last time – specifically the VPN service.


The first thing you need to do is to register for the service. You do this by visiting the HomeServerSync portal and clicking on Sign Up.


Complete all the details and click Submit.


Once you have successfully registered you might want to sign in to just check your account is working before continuing.


After placing the MSI file in the add-ins folder on your Windows Home Server, installing the add-in is just the same as with any other Windows Home Server add-in, up to a point.

You will be asked to install the Microsoft Sync Framework 2.0 – don’t worry, just click Install when prompted.

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Once that has installed you will be asked to install the HSSyncServer – again it is just a case of following the steps in the wizard.

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Once that has been completed you will be prompted to register the VPN. In this beta, sometimes the dialog box is hidden behind another window which gives you the impression that the install has frozen. Just move the windows around and you will find it. This will be fixed for the final release according to Tranquil.

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Enter the account and password details you created earlier and click Register.

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The process should only take a few moments.

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You will also be prompted to install some hardware – the TranquilPC hardware. This is normal and is the virtual hardware for the VPN component – so make sure you click Continue Anyway.

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And that is it – the installation is now complete and you will have to restart the Windows Home Server Console.

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Following on from our 5 days of questions for the CloudBerry Backup for Windows Home Server Giveaway earlier this week, there is still time to enter, and we have made it easier for you win.

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The announcement about version 1.6 came out last week.

What is CloudBerry Backup for Windows Home Server you might ask:

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.

Ok, so on to the giveaway.

Our friends at CloudBerry Labs have given us 5 copies of CloudBerry Backup for Windows Home Server to giveaway to our readers


The way this giveaway is going to work is that for the next five days, starting today, we are going to post a question. You need to answer each question and after the 5th and final question has been posted send all the answers to us and we will select 5 correct sets of entries. Don’t worry if you already have CloudBerry Backup for WHS, you can always give it to someone else.

The giveaway is open to anyone, anywhere in the world.

So, we asked you to answer 5 questions over 5 days and email your answers to us. In case you wanted to check, you needed to answer question 1, question 2, question 3, question 4 and question 5.

In honour of the Home Server Shows 100th episode, we have decided to throw an extra question in which you can answer INSTEAD of the 5 questions.

What is your favourite article on UWHS and why? You don’t have to provide a long answer so what have you got to lose?

So how do you enter? You need all the answers, and send them on an email to giveaways @ usingwhs.com (remember to remove the spaces), with your name and where you are in the world. The closing date Saturday 31st July and we will announce the winners on UWHS on Sunday 1st August.

Good luck!

HomeServerSync from Tranquil is about ready to be released and they have one final call for 50 more beta testers.

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Tranquil PC have been in touch with UWHS and offered 50 more beta places on a first come first served basis.

Here is what they said:

!!  HomeServerSync BETA is shortly to go to release !!

‘New’ Beta testers invited to run HomeServerSync (32/64)

We have provided capacity for 50 first come – first served BETA testers to test the final beta HomeServerSync

(we say a big thank you – with a special discount, if you like it)

Only ‘new’ beta testers may apply.  Only apply if you are committed to testing the offsite backup / Sync and remote access functions.

If you have already been testing HomeServerSync, you can still write in for the latest beta, including 64bit support, but you will have to be careful to un-install any previous beta components, including  the VPN device, in your Device manager and any related ‘applications’ in Add / Remove Programs.

To get instructions and the Add In – drop a line to newaccount@homeserversync.co.uk

(include ‘BETA’ in the subject field)

So what are you waiting for? Send them an email right now!

We have been talking about HomeServerSync for a while now and think you will agree it is a great add-in to have.

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