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    • I just talked with Richard Hay, from Super Site for Windows, and we chatted about the upcoming eclipse.  I wanted to share some info with you about that conversation as well as see how you are preparing for the viewing.  I've got some resources that Rich shared with me that I think you will want to see prior to eclipse day.


      Are you traveling?

      How are you viewing?

      How are you documenting?


      I'm thinking about pulling my kids out of school so they can witness it safely. I haven't talked to the schools yet about their plans.  I was assuming something would come home in their backpack soon.  I have glasses for them though.

      I also plan on putting the drone in the air to get a good shot of the landscape as it darkens during the middle of the day.  How cool is that going to be?


      Listen to Rich and I talk eclipse here - http://reset.fm/29


      Great American Eclipse - TONS of info here

      Can you cover a camera with Eclipse glasses?




      Also, share your stories. What a great chance we have to share our different perspectives of this once in a lifetime event.
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    • ICY DOCK flexiDOCK MB524SP-B

      4 x 2.5” SSD Dock Trayless Hot-Swap SATA Mobile Rack for Ext 5.25" Bay


      Like all ICY DOCK products, I have used, the MB524SP-B was packaged very well. Initial inspection, it appears to be very well constructed, mostly metal, very little plastic. ICY DOCK has mobile racks that are tray and tray-less designs, but this is the first mobile rack I’ve seen that is tray-less and has no drive doors.

      Installation was very straight forward, mounting in an available external 5.25” bay. Two things to watch for during installation. First, the power connection is at the top edge of the flexiDOCK. You will need use a straight through SATA power connector if you mount the flexiDOCK in a top bay. Second, use the shortest screws possible to mount the flexiDOCK. If you use screws that are too long, they will keep drives from sliding in properly. The screws that are provided with the flexiDOCK will work for most cases. The server that I tested this in uses rails for the 5.25” bay, so I had to find longer screws.

      Initial testing, I tried inserting 5mm, 7mm, and 9.5mm drives all fit very well. One thing I will note, the eject buttons require a good deal of force to eject a drive. At first, I was slightly concerned about this, but in hindsight I think this is a very good thing. This should help keep drives from being ejected accidentally. Each bay has a power button to power down the drive. The power buttons are recessed to keep them from being accidentally pushed. They are mechanical buttons so power cycling the computer does not change their state. These can be used to power down and eject a drive while the computer is operating. Operating systems vary in the way they handle removable drives or hot swapping drives. Please review how your operating system deals with removable drives before ejecting a drive.

      Performance testing showed that all drives delivered similar performance whether they were installed in the flexiDOCK or not.

      The fan speed can be controlled by a thumb wheel on the front of the mobile rack. At the highest speed, the fan was not too noisy. At the lowest speed, my drives still stayed cool. Temperature will vary due to drive types and use.
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    • Has anyone started playing with this in their environment? Got a couple of questions...
      1. Does a workaround exist (like in 2012 Essentials) where clients may be added without having to join the domain?
      2. Is Client Backup more stable? Particularly, is the backup database more resilient to corruption when client backups are cancelled, interrupted, etc.?
      The reason I've stayed this long on WHS2011 is primarily because it doesn't require clients to be joined to a domain. This makes it easy on everyone (family members). Though I'm aware that there's a way around it in Windows Server 2012 Essentials, I just didn't thought it was worth my time and effort when WHS2011 is working well for me, up to a certain extent. The only major issue, if any, I have with WHS2011 is that the client backup database would develop a problem every several months. Whether or not it is a software bug or some other issues, it's moot to discuss how to fix it, especially now that I'm considering to move to 2016 Essentials. Needless to say, my setup is now two generations old (N-2), I'm thinking maybe it's time for me to consider running the latest and greatest Microsoft has to offer.
      Thank you.
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