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Using Windows Home Server Site Move

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I figured that it was about time to move the Using Windows Home Server site to a new server, which I plan to do this weekend.

When this happens you will also see a new look and feel to the site, with lots of new content coming up along with loads of competitions and giveaways.

Hopefully the move will go smoothly, but I apologise in advance if there are any problems.

Any of you who are reading this using RSS will have to update your feeds. I will post an additional message with the new link once the move happens.

If anyone would like to write any articles, or even if there is something you would like to see on the site, please email me at andrew @ (remembering to remove the spaces!)

Thank you for your continued support and see you on the flip side 🙂


Written by Andrew Edney

April 9, 2009 at 8:05 am

February 2009 Update for Windows Home Server

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Yes, it’s that time again for this month’s update for Windows Home Server.

This one is a very small, but kind of important update. If you have your server set to perform automatic updates then you should get this fix shortly. If you don’t then you can manually update your server, and maybe now would be a good time to set your server to do automatic updates?

The updates contains the following fixes:

Windows Home Server Connector Software

Users who have either modified or deleted the Home Server Connector Software folder in their home server’s Software shared folder may have encountered problems on their home computers after an update was applied to their home server. 

Home Computer Backup and Restore

Issue 1

Some users may have encountered issues when restoring files and folders from a Home Computer Backup.  This update provides new functionality to help alleviate the Home Computer Backup process stalling when reaching 79% to 81% complete.

Issue 2

Prior to this update, after running the backup database repair process, some users reported being unable to open a home computer backup from the Windows Home Server Console. This issue has been fixed so home computer backups can be opened whether the home computer backup database repair wizard has been run or not.

The KB article, KB961030 will be available shortly.

Written by Andrew Edney

February 24, 2009 at 8:11 pm

Western Digital Home Backup and Media Server

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wdfMyBook_World_H1N Yesterday Western Digital announced its newly redesigned My Book World Edition network storage drive. Designed for consumers who have multiple computers on a home network, the new drive will be available in 1 terabyte and 2 terabyte capacities, and is compatible with PC and Mac computers.

My Book World Edition network drives are designed to automate and simplify the backup chore for the 36 million networked homes in the US according to research firm Parks Associates. Just plug the My Book World Edition drive into a network router, click a few buttons and the My Book World Edition storage device backs up the files from all the PCs and Macs on the network. Any changes to the files on these computers are automatically and continuously backed up to the drive.
My Book World Edition’s massive capacities are available from any computer in the home. Combined with high performance, this makes it easy to build a shared digital media library. Music, photos and videos can be streamed directly from the My Book World Edition drive to any PC, Mac or connected DLNA media player (such as Microsoft Xbox 360 and Sony PlayStation 3 game consoles, wireless digital pictures frames or TVs) using the integrated UPnP (Universal Plug and Play) media server and iTunes Music server software. Families can also securely access and share their centralized files from anywhere in the world where they have access to the Internet, using the My Book World Edition drive’s Web remote access service.

The new My Book World Edition network hard drives are available now in the 1 TB capacity and expected later this month in the 2 TB capacity. MSRP for the My Book World Edition storage system with 1 TB is $229.99 USD and 2 TB is $449.99 USD.

Written by Andrew Edney

February 19, 2009 at 8:27 pm

Posted in Hardware, News, Windows

New HP MediaSmart Home Servers

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The two new HP MediaSmart Home Servers are now shipping, or at least are shipping from some places. are still showing them as pre-order but people are reporting that they are receiving them. If you want to  order yours from you can do some from the links below.


HP EX485 MediaSmart Home Server

HP EX487 MediaSmart Home Server

The new HP MediaSmart Servers both contain Intel Celeron 2.0GHz 64-bit processor, the main difference between the two is that the HP EX485 comes with 750GB of storage where as the HP EX487 comes with 1.5TB of storage. Both come with Windows Home Server and both ship with the new updated HP software that includes Mac support for those of you with Apple Macs.

Have you received your new HP MediaSmart server yet? If so, let us know what you think of it.

Unfortunately for those of us that don’t live in the US, it seems that HP are not planning on releasing the new MediaSmart servers outside of the US. If this changes, we will be sure to let everyone know.

Written by Andrew Edney

February 12, 2009 at 8:45 pm

Windows Home Server January 2009 Update

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Today the Windows Home Server team is releasing a small update to the product.  The update improves the capability of Windows Home Server to repair abnormalities detected in the home computer backup database.   The update should be automatically downloaded and installed on your home server over the next several days, if you have Windows Update turned on.  You can check if you have Windows Update turned on, by opening the Windows Home Server ConsoleSettingsGeneral page.

The Knowledge Base article for this update will be available shortly from this link.

Written by Andrew Edney

January 27, 2009 at 10:43 pm

Internet Explorer 8 RC1 Available Now

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The 1st Release Candidate of Internet Explorer 8 is now available to download and use.

IE8 in the next in a long line Internet browsers from Microsoft. IE8 Beta 2 could be a little flaky at times (it was a beta after all), so this version should be better.

Since Beta 2, some of the changes in RC1 include the following:

ClickJacking protection.  The SmartScreen Filter now includes the ability to help detect and prevent “ClickJacking” which is a malicious technique of tricking web users into revealing confidential information or taking control of their computer.

InPrivate. Helps to protect user’s data and privacy from being retained “locally” on a PC. InPrivate Browsing and InPrivate Filtering can now be used independently.

Performance improvements. Reduces the time that users must wait when starting the browser, opening a “new tab”, or loading a page.

User interface and experience updates to help ensure a better user experience.

To download IE8 RC1, click here and then click on the Download now button.

Written by Andrew Edney

January 27, 2009 at 5:21 pm

Posted in Availability, News, Windows

The Media Center Show 2008 Awards Show

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While we were all in Las Vegas for CES, Ian Dixon recorded the Media Center 2008 Awards Show which I was honoured to be a part of. A number of bloggers, including myself, Terry Walsh and other enthusiasts took part.


We had a great evening recording the show.

If you want to listen to the podcast, and you should, click here.

Written by Andrew Edney

January 22, 2009 at 9:57 pm

Posted in News, Software, Windows