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Awieco has just announced the Release Candidate of their Windows Home Server 2011 Awieco WakeOnLan Add-In. This powerful Add-In allows you to use the Wake On Lan ability of your network card to start your computers remotely. Check out our short video on the installation and the usage case for the Awieco WakeOnLan Add-In.

Awieco WakeOnLan Add-In

Awieco WakeOnLan

Directly from the Awieco website:

The AWIECO WakeOnLAN add-in for Windows Home Server 2011 and Small Business Server 2011 Essentials is a free and useful add-in, which has the ability to remotely turn on a computer. It enables the Server to start up every computer attached to your network. You can also power off a computer out of the Launchpad. The gadget on the WHS or SBS web-interface shows a list of all available and connected computers within your network and provides the possibility to start them up from any location inside your network or via internet, by just one mouse click. You can add further computers to your network manually by entering the MAC address or even delete them. The add-in automatically recognises if a computer is already turned on or if it is booting up.

The previous Vail review can be found at: http://connecteddigitalworld.com/2010/06/28/vail-add-in-review-awieco-wakeonlan-video-edition/

Installation Video

Awieco WakeOnLan Add-In

Tim

Windows Home Server Release Candidate

You can download Windows Home Server 2011 at:

Download WHS 2011

Windows Home Server 2011

The installation of Windows Home Server 2011 has only a few basic requirements.

Windows Home Server 2011 is a 64-bit only operating system.

You can install the server software either manually or unattended.

System Requirements

  • 1.4 GHz x64 processor
  • 2 GB RAM
  • At least one 160 GB (or larger) hard drive
  • NTFS is the only supported file system

Supported networking configuration:

  1. Your server computer must be connected to a router via a network cable
  2. Windows Home Server works best with a UPnP certified device, but it is not required
  3. The router works best in the 192.168.x.x subnet, but it is not required

Try Windows Home Server 2011 and download from Connect today!

Yesterday saw the release of version 0.9.0 RC of the AWIECO WakeOnLan Add-In for Windows Home Server 2011 and Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials.

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AWIECO WakeOnLAN add-in for Windows Home Server 2011 and Small Business Server 2011 Essentials is a free and useful add-in, which has the ability to remotely turn on a computer. It enables the Server to start up every computer attached to your network. You can also power off a computer out of the Launchpad. The gadget on the WHS or SBS web-interface shows a list of all available and connected computers within your network and provides the possibility to start them up from any location inside your network or via internet, by just one mouse click. You can add further computers to your network manually by entering the MAC address or even delete them. The add-in automatically recognises if a computer is already turned on or if it is booting up.

Tim has done a number of posts and videos on WakeOnLAN, so you might want to refresh your memory.

Here is what the changelog says:

• Improved: Windows Home Server 2011 RC support
• Improved: Client shut down over Launchpad

[button link=”http://www.awieco.com/en/Products/WakeOnLAN” style=”info” window=”yes”]Learn more from the AWIECO website[/button]

I know that Tim is working on a new video so keep watching UWHS!

Sean Daniels has posted an article on his own personal blog showing how you can enable TimeMachine backups for you Mac on either SBS 2011 Essentials or WHS 2011. But shouldn’t this be out of the box functionality?

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Back in WHS V1 days (that sounds very strange!) if you had an HP MediaSmart Server you could backup your Apple Mac computers using TimeMachine on the Mac. I even wrote a walk-through guide on how to do it. Now along comes Windows Home Server 2011 and it includes Mac support, however anyone actually wanting to backup their Mac to WHS 2011 (or SBS 2011 Essentials) would have noticed that they can’t.

Well Sean has posted a work-around on his site showing you how to do it – and it’s not that hard. Thanks Sean!

[button link=”http://sbs.seandaniel.com/2011/02/how-to-enable-timemachine-backup-for.html” style=”info” window=”yes”]Take a look at Seans article here[/button]

However, shouldn’t this functionality be included “out of the box” if it really does have Mac support? In fact, the Mac Connector even claims that you can backup your Mac to your Windows Home Server – so come on Microsoft, what’s going on!

Yesterday Microsoft pushed out the Windows Home Server 2011 RC for testers, they also pushed out the RC for Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials 2011 (formally Aurora).

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Here is what Microsoft said:

Today we are pleased to announce the availability of the Release Candidate for Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials. Ideal as a first server for small businesses with up to 25 users, Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials provides a cost-effective and easy-to-use solution to help protect data, organize and access business information from virtually anywhere, support the applications needed to run a business, and quickly connect to online services for e-mail, collaboration and CRM.

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

To fast track your learning, we have also launched our new SBS 2011 Essentials Learning Bites – fifteen 3-5 minute videos focusing on core features and functionality. Further videos, plus many other resources can be found on the official SBS website.

Thank you for helping us test this product, and please provide any feedback through SBS Connect, or our official SBS 2011 Essentials Support forum.

[button link=”http://connect.microsoft.com/sbs” window=”yes”]Download the Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials RC from Microsoft Connect[/button]

And don’t forget to pre-order our Working with Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials book from Microsoft Press.

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.

Our friends at CloudBerry Labs have been in touch to say that they have just released a beta for their CloudBerry Backup Add-In for Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials (formally Aurora).

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Here is what CloudBerry say:

Just about one week ago we announced the beta availability of CloudBerry Backup add-in for Windows Home Server code name Vail. Today we are pleased to announce the beta availability of CloudBerry Backup add-in for Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials code name Aurora. It comes with all the functionality available in our backup product line.

Features:

CloudBerry Backup for SBS 2011 Essentials code name Aurora will be priced along with our Server Edition product line and will cost $69.99 per installation. Existing customers can upgrade by paying the balance.

And if you have Windows Home Server Code Name Vail you can try the Vail beta version.

The guys over at CloudBerry Labs have been in touch to let us know that their CloudBerry Backup Add-in for Windows Home Server has been released in beta for Windows Home Server Code Name Vail.

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Here is what they told us:

It comes with exactly the same feature set as the previous version of CloudBerry Backup add-in:

* Easy installation and configuration
* Seemlesly integrates with WHS control panel
* Default backup plan is designed to quickly start WHS data backup
* Scheduling capabilities
* Data encryption
* Data retention schedule
* Secure online storage
* Data versioning
* Differential backup
* The ability to restore to a particular date
* Backup verification
* Backup Window
* Automatically delete files from online storage if the were deleted locally
* Backup to Multiple S3 accounts/buckets

Here is a direct download link

All existing customers will be able to upgrade their existing add-ins for free.

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.

Today, in a bit of a shock announcement, Microsoft told the world that Drive Extender, one of the main components of Windows Home Server V1, has been removed from Windows Home Server Code Name Vail and Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials.

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What Was Drive Extender?

This is how Microsoft described Drive Extender in their published Technical Brief:

Windows® Home Server Drive Extender is a new storage technology that enables you to use internal and external hard drives for additional storage on your home server. In addition, you can enable Folder Duplication for specific shared folders on their home servers. Maintaining two copies of a shared folder on separate hard drives helps protect against the failure of a single hard drive.

Features and Functionality

The core features of Windows Home Server Drive Extender are:

· Predefined Shared Folders

Your home server is preconfigured with shared folders named Photos, Music, Videos, Public, and Software. From the Windows Home Server Console you can specify user permissions for these folders and create new shared folders. You can easily move files and folders from your home computers into the shared folders on your home server by using a drag-and-drop operation.

· Easy to add more storage

From the Windows Home Server Console, you can add a new hard drive to your home server by following a simple wizard. The amount of storage available to your shared folders and home computer backups increases proportionally. The hard drives you add can be either internal or external (for example, USB 2.0 or FireWire).

· Shared Folder duplication

If you have two or more hard drives on your home server, Windows Home Server helps protect against hard drive failures by ensuring that files stored in shared folders are automatically duplicated to multiple hard drives.


Benefits

Windows Home Server Drive Extender offers the following benefits for storage solutions. Some of the benefits are:

· Allows the seamless addition of more hard drives

As you add more hard drives to your home server, they are treated as a single large pool of available storage space. You no longer need to deal with drive letters (such as E:, F:, and G: ) because you can add more hard drives.

· Works with internal and external hard drives

You can add internal or external (for example, USB 2.0 or FireWire) hard drives to your home server to increase the available storage.

· Shared Folder Duplication

Windows Home Server Drive Extender supports reliability by duplicating designated shared folders. Important data is stored on separate hard drives, which provides protection against hard-drive failure. Duplication is configurable for every shared folder—so a shared folder can have multiple copies with each copy stored on a separate hard drive.

· Makes hard drives and their content easy to move

It is easy to remove outdated hard drives. You can store the content on other hard drives in the system and remove old or small hard drives.

Windows Home Server Drive Extender is different than and more powerful than a redundant array of independent disks (RAID) in several ways:

  • You can use any hard drive, any time. You are not restricted to adding more hard drives of the same type and size. When you want to grow your home server storage, you can buy and add any hard drive you like.
  • Internal and external hard drives can be used to grow your storage. No space in your home computer case? No problem—plug in one or more hard drives of your choice.
  • Drive removal is easy. After you have had your home server for awhile, you may want to remove older, smaller hard drives and add new, larger hard drives so that you can store more files.

So, as you can see, all of the above will not be included in Windows Home Server Code Name Vail.

Back in April, we posted about all the promised improvements to Drive Extender in Vail. I think you will agree they sounded really interesting, and worth having to protect your important data and make life easier for you. Its a real shame to see this core functionality removed.

If you want similar functionality now you will have to look for a third party product that supports Windows Server 2008 R2.

As yet I have not seen a build of Windows Home Server Code Name Vail without Drive Extender built in so it is very hard to comment on how the overall experience changes. Watch this space!

Also, this will affect Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials (what was code name Aurora).

What Have Microsoft Said Today?

Here is what Microsoft have said today about it:

When we first started designing Windows Home Sever code name “Vail” one of our initial focuses was to continue to provide support for multiple internal and external hard drives. Drive Extender provided the ability to take the small hard drives many small businesses and households may have acquired, and pool them together in a simple volume. During our current testing period for our SBS 2011 Essentials and Windows Home Server code name “Vail” products, we have received feedback from partners and customers about how they use storage today and how they plan to use it moving forward. Today large hard drives of over 1TB are reasonably priced, and freely available. We are also seeing further expansion of hard drive sizes at a fast rate, where 2Tb drives and more are becoming easy accessible to small businesses.

When weighing up the future direction storage in the consumer and SMB market, the team felt the Drive Extender technology was not meeting our customer needs. Customers also told us that they wanted easier access to data stored on Drive Extender drives so they are able to view these files outside of Drive Extender. Therefore, moving forward we have decided to remove the Drive Extender technology from Windows Home Server Code Name “Vail” (and Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials and Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials) which are currently in beta.

While this removes the integrated ability for storage pooling of multiple hard drives and automated data duplication, we are continuing to work closely with our OEM partners to implement storage management and protection using industry standard RAID solutions, as well as other software solutions. This will provide customers greater choice as well as a seamless experience that will meet their storage needs. Customers will also have access to the in-built storage solutions Windows Server 2008 R2 provides for data protection, including software RAID support. We are also still delivering core features such as automated Server and PC backup, easy sharing of folders and files, Remote Web Access and simplified management without any expected changes.

Target product availability is still H1 2011, and we expect to deliver a new beta without drive extender for Windows Home Server Code Name “Vail” and Small Business Server 2011 Essentials early in the New Year.

Your Say!

So, what do you think about this? Is this something that bothers you? Or don’t you really care about the removal of this functionality?

Sean Daniel has just released the presentations for Windows Home Business Server 2011 Essentials (Aurora) and Windows Small Business Server 2011 Standard (SBS 7) from the recent SMBNation conference.

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Here is what Sean says, along with the links:

Did you manage to make it to SMBNation 2010?  Were you in the jammed packed rooms for “Aurora” or “SBS7”.  Now that we have full product names, pricing and estimated release dates, it’s time to start talking about these great products.

While the names in the decks are unchanged, I am now making the SMBNation decks available to you for both sessions:

Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials (known at SMBNation as “Aurora”), and

Windows Small Business Server 2011 Standard (known at SMBNation as “SBS7”).

Click on the above links to download the decks presented.

Thanks Sean – great presentations with useful information for anyone who wants to learn more!

Dave and the guys over at the Home Server Show have just released show number 111.

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Here’s what Dave has to say about this weeks show:

In episode 111 we go over the announcement of new Small Business Server products, Microsoft’s Live Essentials and what the products mean for Home Server users, as well as a couple of server builds.  We have tons of news and Add-Ins for you and our featured guests are AJ Peck and Michael Ross.   Don’t forget the bonus at the end!

Small Business Servers Announced

Windows Phone 7

Add-In: Windows Phone 7 controls Windows Home Server

Add-In: Family Diary

Turn your MediaSmart Server in to a Virtual Machine

Add-In: DNS Updater

Add-In: Home Server SMART

No-Control Project Bios Reset – Discussed in the Podcast

As usual you can listen to the show from here.

And there may be a few drinks with this show :-)

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