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    CNet has announced the new pricing on the Atom Powered Shuttle X27.   Does it have enough giddy'up to power a WHS?  HTPC? Perhaps it would be a good companion desktop running gOS. Here are the Specs:
     

     

     
    Features and specifications listed by Shuttle for the X27 include:


    Processor -- Intel Atom 230 clocked at 1.6GHz
    Memory -- up to 2GB of 533/400MHz DDR memory
    Storage -- Bays for 5.25-inch optical drive and 2.5-inch hard disk drive
    Display -- Outputs to DVI, with unspecified resolutions
    Networking -- 1 x gigabit Ethernet port, with RJ45 connector
    Other I/O:

    1 x DVI
    1 x "d-sub" (could be either VGA or serial)
    4 x USB 2.0
    2 x SATA
    1 x IDE
    Audio:

    1 x mic in
    1 x line in
    1 x line out




    Expansion -- PCI expansion slot
    Dimensions -- 9.85 x 7.3 x 2.75 inches
    Power requirements -- 60W AC adapter; 38W consumption
    The X27 will ship with drivers for Windows XP and Windows Vista.

    Dave
    PP1 Issues and Train Signal Windows Home Server Training Video Review
     
    This is a show you will not want to miss!  Did you know that a group of users have reported problems with PP1?  WeGotServed Forums guru Bodog joins the show with a report.  I will also be reviewing Train Signal's WHS Training Video.  Stay tuned for a chance to win a copy of this video as well as a promo code for its purchase.
     
    Also, don't forget to register for one of 5 copies of Kaspersky Internet Security 2009
     
    More show notes and links after the click...
     

     
    E-Mail - I had tons of e-mail to go through and I have read a few on the show.  About 30 minutes after I posted the show I got a message saying I goofted one answer up.  Check the comments for that correction.
     
    News
     
    New Address for my blog at thedigitallifestyle.com  whs.thedigitallifestyle.com
     
    Add-In: BDBB
     
    WHS Backup Database-Backup (WHSBDBB), which allows the user to backup the WHS Backup Database which stores all your client PC backups
     
    Add-In:  SageTV
     
    New Site: WHS Safe Backup

     
    update:  My apologies to Alex and Alex.  I mistakenly labeled this post as Alex Kuretz.  Here is the correct Alex.
     
    WGS - HP “Investigating Options” For Official MediaSmart Server Memory Upgrades
     
    WGS -Microsoft Investigating PP1 File Conflict Errors
     
    Microsoft Forums on this Issue
     
    WHS vs RAID as found on MSWHS.com
     
    extremetech build
     
    Vacation Remote Access
     
    PVConnect Testing
     
    Kaspersky Internet Security 2009 Giveaway
     
    First Feed Awards
     
    Don't forget to vote for the Home Server Show at Podcast Alley.
     
    My Blog at thedigitallifestyle.com
     
    Review - Train Signal's WHS Training Video
     
    Please see the Train Signal review post for this review.
     
    Purchase a copy for $49.95 using promo/discount code WHS
     
    Sample Video of WHS Training
     
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    Trainsignal.com has sent me a copy of their Windows Home Server (WHS) training video for review. Trainsignal was just named by Inc Magazine as one of the fastest growing companies in America. They produce training for subjects ranging from Microsoft Office, Microsoft Server, Exchange Server to CompTIA and Cisco Training. The training is geared towards IT professionals trying to stay current with technologies and also to provide computer based training for people looking to switch careers.
     
    The full review is after the click...
     

     
    View a detailed look at the training topics covered in the training video.
     

     
    When you pop in the disk 1 you are greeted by a simple menu system that allows you to jump straight to the training content you need. I started with the “Intro to Home Server Course” and watched as Scott Lowe introduced me to the training. I quickly moved to number 1 which is Scott’s lab setup. The training was recorded in his home with his own gear. He uses an EX470, Xbox360, and multiple PC’s in his home. Scott is the CIO at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri where he puts his 14 years of Information Technology experience to work serving the needs of the campus community.
     
    When you watch the individual videos you will notice Scott using One Note to display the presentation. You can also see that he is using Camtasia Studio to capture his entire screen which allows you to view his Vista toolbar which shows his WHS healthy and green but updates are waiting on his Vista machine.
     
    Scott’s training is not all presentation based. He also feeds his Xbox video into the PC and walks you through network setup so you can see it real time. The training is also very centered around the WHS console and Scott works through every function within it in a very detailed manner.
     
    I was surprised to see so much basic networking in the training video. Scott dives very deep into network setup, TCP/IP settings, router settings and more. This is a good thing for beginning WHS users. Advanced users can always skip straight to the section they need.
     

     
    Some chapters that merit mention are the Remote Access, Advanced Admin, WHS Media Sharing, Add-Ins, and Tricks. For instance, in the remote access chapter Scott goes over setting up the WHS for remote from start to finish including setting up UPNP on a router. He also goes over TCP/IP settings for those who don’t have UPNP compatible routers.
     

     
    Scott discussed installing, managing, and using Diskeeper, AutoExit, KeepVault, Whiist, WHS Toolkit, and other Add-Ins. He spent a little extra time on the WHS Toolkit which I thought was very informative. If you have ever had connector issues this is a good video to watch.
     
    View this Sample Video.
     
    Conclusion:
     
    This training video is not only a great WHS resource but it’s also good for home users wanting to do more with their home network. You will learn everything required to setup your home network for file sharing, streaming, and other functions of the Windows Home Server.
     
    I don’t think the TrainSignal WHS CBT is for the more advanced user. In my opinion it is targeting the beginning and intermediate WHS user. It is also a valuable resource for routing fundamentals and router setup for those who may be new to those. One thing to think about however is that many enthusiasts like me support family and friends networks. This is a great training for handing to that family member who just purchased a WHS and expects you to support it!
     
    I also feel it is a great resource for Integrators and resellers to bundle with WHS packages for their customers.
     
    Another positive feature of the training is that it is self contained. It does not have an installer so as long as you have the CD you can use it anywhere.
     
    Like many other CBT courses, product updates tend to outdate the training. This training was shot mostly around January 2008. In other words, PRE-PP1. The Add-In’s discussed have also all gone through major revisions.
     
    The Tips and Tricks sections outlines how to host Wordpress and Windows Sharepoint Services. These are some advanced techniques that are not fully covered within the video but Train Signal includes detailed instructions on PDF. Due to the amount of configuration this makes the video portion much more enjoyable to view.
     
    Overall, this is a great training video for beginners and intermediate users. Advanced users will certainly benefit from the actual WHS training but the networking sections may be to basic. The best part about this video is the price! HomeServerShow listeners are able to purchase this training for the low price of $49.95 by using a promo code of WHS.
     
    Follow this link to TrainSignal.com and use the promo/discount code of WHS during checkout to get the $50 off the normal price of $99.95.
     
    Link to purchase
     


     
    Price - $99.95. $50 off for homeservershow.com listeners! Use discount code WHS to bring the price to $49.95.
     
    Discount Code - WHS
     
    Lastly, as a part of this review Train Signal has donated four copies of this training to the Home Server Show. I will give out two copies and Ian Dixon of thedigitallifestyle.com will give away two copies. Double your chances by visiting thedigitallifestyle.com. To be eligible for this giveaway simply leave a comment on this review post. A simple “I’m in” will do or you can comment about the review. Either way I’ll add you to the drawing.

    Dave
    I am on vacation so today's show is a re-broadcast of show #1 minus news and all the pre-interview chit-chat.  Ian Dixon was the first interview and in the meantime the show has grown.  I thought it would be nice to blow the dust off of Ian and put him back on!
     
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    As you probably know, Ian hosts the popular Media Center Show over at thedigitallifestlye.com
     
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    From thedigitallifestyle.com and Mediasmarthome.com
     
    Microsoft's Windows Home Server (WHS) PowerPack 1 is available on August 12 via the automated Windows Update distribution process. The Aug 12 release is the same WHS PowerPack 1 that has been available via download since July 21st With HP's MediaSmart Server Software Update 1.3 also available, HP would like to offer MediaSmart Server (MSS) customers installation guidance for these upgrades so that you have a smooth and optimal installation experience.
     
    Read the entire guide after the click...
     

     
    HP is providing guidance for these 3 user scenarios:
     
    1. PowerPack 1 installed, but no HP MediaSmart Server Software Update 1.3 or optional Add-ins installed.
     
    2. HP MediaSmart Server Software Update1.3 installed, optional Add-ins installed, but WHS PowerPack 1 not installed.
     
    3. A newly purchased HP MediaSmart Server w/ neither WHS PowerPack 1 nor HP MediaSmart Server Software Update 1.3 or optional Add-ins installed.
     
    *Please note* It has been found that installing Windows Home Server PowerPack 1 and the two optional Add-ins from HP concurrently can utilize the majority of the resources on the Server during the install and initiation process. This may result in slow response times from the Server until each of these upgrades has completed their tasks. If you have installed other Add-ins or software packages that are active during the initial PowerPack 1 and MSS Software Update1.3 install and initiation processes on the Server, there may be an additional lag in response time. It has also been reported that the Windows Home Server Console can become unresponsive during this time. Once all applications have completed their tasks, the Server will return to normal operations.

    Overview
    WHS Power Pack 1 provides a range of new enhancements, including support for home computers running Windows Vista x64 editions, backup of home server Shared Folders, improvements to remote access, better performance and it delivers a fix for the Drive Extender bug. This is the same WHS PowerPack 1 that has been available via download since July 21st.
     
    The HP MediaSmart Server Software Update1.3 will provide two optional Add-ins that you may choose to install: McAfee Server side anti-virus and Packet Video Connect media streaming. The Software Update will also fix some defects in the online guides, add several modifications to the HP Photo Webshare, improve Control Center performance and prepare the HP MediaSmart Server for Windows Vista 64-bit compatibility. Windows Vista 64-bit support does require users to install both WHS PowerPack 1 from Microsoft and MSS Software Update 1.3 from HP.

    Upgrade Guidance - User Scenarios
    1) If you have an HP MediaSmart Server, and you have installed WHS PowerPack 1, but have yet to install HP's Software Update, HP recommends that you wait for PowerPack 1 to complete its operations. There is no indicator available to easily know when PowerPack 1 has finished. HP testing has shown that the more files you have on your Server, the longer it will take for PowerPack 1 to complete. However, the more hard disk drives you have installed on your Server, the time for PowerPack 1 to complete its processes does decrease.
     
    For reference, HP testing shows that PowerPack 1 on a Server with 40GB, 100,000 files and 1 hard disk drive may take between 3 and 4 hours to finish. A Server with 40GB, 100,000 files and 3 hard disk drives may take between 1 and 1.5 hours to finish. A Server with 200GB, 100,000 files with 2 hard disk drives may take between 1 and 1.5 hours to finish. A Server with 750GB, 100,000 files with 3 hard disk drives may take between 1.5 and 2 hours to finish.
     
    After PowerPack 1 has installed, the HP Software Update 1.3 is available by opening the WHS Console, navigating to the MediaSmart Server tab, looking below the HP MediaSmart software updates and clicking on "Check for updates." This will install the HP Software Update and put the two optional Add-ins into the Add-in folder inside the Software folder on the MediaSmart Server.
     
    HP recommends that the Add-ins are installed one at a time; install PacketVideo Connect first. Packet Video Connect will create a database of the media files on your Server. The database creation is not an intensive operation. HP testing shows that a Server with 40GB, 100,000 files may take approximately 1hour to 1.5 hours complete. A Server with 200GB, 100,000 files may take approximately 3 to 4 hours and a Server with 750GB, 100,000 files may take approximately 3 to 4 hours to complete. Then install the McAfee server side anti-virus. McAfee will need to index all the files on your Server and this process will take approximately 1 hour to complete.
     

     
    2) If you have a MediaSmart Server, and you have installed HP's Software Update, including the McAfee Add-in, HP recommends that you uninstall the McAfee Add-in before installing PowerPack 1. To uninstall, log on to the WHS Console, => Settings, => Add-ins, on the Installed tab, click "Uninstall" on the McAfee Add-in.
     
    If you have Windows Update turned on, it is an automated process and you will most likely receive Windows Home Server PowerPack 1 during the 3:00 am to 6:00 am maintenance window. If you have a backup underway, PowerPack 1 will wait for the backup to finish before installing and performing its operations.
     
    For reference, HP testing shows that PowerPack 1 on a Server with 40GB, 100,000 files and 1 hard disk drive may take between 3 and 4 hours to finish. A Server with 40GB, 100,000 files and 3 hard disk drives may take between 1 and 1.5 hours to finish. A Server with 200GB, 100,000 files with 2 hard disk drives may take between 1 and 1.5 hours to finish. A Server with 750GB, 100,000 files with 3 hard disk drives may take between 1.5 and 2 hours to finish.
     
    If you do not have Windows Update turned on, you will need to go to your WHS Console => Settings, => General, on the right pane click on the "Update Now..." button. After PowerPack 1 installs, you will be asked to install the new Windows Home Server Connector on each PC that has access to your Server. A pop-up will show on the taskbar indicating a new Windows Home Server Connector is available. Log on to the Windows Home Server Console, click on the Network Health button on the middle of the dark blue bar. On the Network Health drop-down box you will see a yellow highlighted notification asking you to install a new Windows Home Server Connector. Click on the link to install.
     
    You can then re-install the optional McAfee server side anti-virus by logging on to the WHS Console, => Settings, => Add-ins, on the Available tab, click "Install" on the McAfee Add-in.
     
    3) If you have a brand new HP MediaSmart Server, the HP Software Update 1.3 will be automatically installed during the initial set-up process; however the two optional MSS 1.3 Add-ins will be in the Add-in folder, but not installed. HP recommends that you first install Microsoft's WHS PowerPack 1 before you complete these additional configuration tasks:


    Add any data to your Server


    Install the Windows Home Server Connector on other PCs on your network, or
    Install the optional McAfee and/or PacketVideo Connect.
    Let PowerPack 1 complete its operations, and then add your data and install the optional Add-ins.
     
    If you have Windows Update turned on, you will most likely receive Windows Home Server PowerPack 1 during the night. You can wait for this to happen or you can go and get PowerPack 1. Directions to get PowerPack 1 are in the next paragraph. If you have a backup underway, PowerPack 1 will wait for the backup to finish before installing and performing its operations.
     
    If you do not have Windows Update turned on, you will need to go to your WHS Console => Settings, => General, on the right pane click on the "Update Now..." button. After PowerPack 1 installs, if you installed the WHS Connector on other PCs, you will be asked to install the new Windows Home Server Connector on each of those PCs. A pop-up will show on the taskbar indicating a new Windows Home Server Connector is available. Log on to the Windows Home Server Console, click on the Network Health button on the middle of the dark blue bar. On the Network Health drop-down box, you will see a yellow highlighted notification asking you to install a new Windows Home Server Connector. Click on the link to install.
     
    HP recommends that you wait for PowerPack 1 to complete its operations. There is no indicator available to easily know when PowerPack 1 has finished. If you have already added files, HP testing has shown that the more files you have on your Server, the longer it will take for PowerPack 1 to complete. However, the more hard disk drives you have installed on your Server, the time for PowerPack 1 to complete its processes does decrease.
     
    For reference, HP testing shows that PowerPack 1 on a Server with 40GB, 100,000 files and 1 hard disk drive may take between 3 and 4 hours to finish. A Server with 40GB, 100,000 files and 3 hard disk drives may take between 1 and 1.5 hours to finish. A Server with 200GB, 100,000 files with 2 hard disk drives may take between 1 and 1.5 hours to finish. A Server with 750GB, 100,000 files with 3 hard disk drives may take between 1.5 and 2 hours to finish.
     
    After PowerPack 1 has installed, install the Windows Home Server Connector on each of the PCs that you want to connect to your Server. The next step will be to put all your files, such as photographs, videos, music or personal files on the Server.
     
    HP recommends that the Add-ins are installed one at a time; install PacketVideo Connect first. Packet Video Connect will create a database of the media files on your Server. The database creation is not an intensive operation. HP testing shows that a Server with 40GB, 100,000 files may take approximately 1hour to 1.5 hours complete. A Server with 200GB, 100,000 files may take approximately 3 to 4 hours and a Server with 750GB, 118,000 files may take approximately 3 to 4 hours to complete. Then install the McAfee server side anti-virus. McAfee will need to index all the files on your Server and this process will take approximately 1 hour to complete.

    Dave
    UPDATE: This episode is a bit out of date but we talk about Antivirus for Windows Home Server a lot so try some of these links.
     
    Discuss Antivirus for Windows Home Server in our forums.

     
    Posts about Antivirus here on homeservershow.com
     
    Lucky number 13!  This show is packed with information and goodies.  It's the one show you can't miss!  We will talk about Windows Home Server and it's Anti-Virus options as well as go over the newly released Kaspersky 2009 Products. There may even be a giveaway but you will have to listen in order to find out!
     
    More show notes and links after the click...
     

     
    Here is a rundown of today's show.
     
    E-Mail and Comments (Take a look at the comments for e-mails that are read on the podcast.)
     
    Jungle Disk
     
    I have an e-mail to answer about a first time EX475 installer.  You need to read this and comment.  It was a great question that I don't most of us have thought about.  Everyone should have an opinion on this topic.  Thanks Tom. (Take a look at the comments for e-mails that are read on the podcast.)
     
    First Feed Award - No cookies this time.
     
    Home Build WHS Build Sheet
     
    Windows Media Player 11 on WHS and streaming with PVConnect will continue on future episodes
     
    Coming Shows - Interviews and Reviews.  More giveaways as well.
     
    Anti-Virus for WHS
     
    F-Secure
     
    McAfee
     
    Avira
     
    Free Avira
     
    Avast WHS Edition
     
    Avast Family Pack Bundle
     
    BitDefender Beta 3
     
    Consumer Reports says...
     
    Kaspersky Interview
     
    Kaspersky Internet Security 2009 and Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2009
     
    Kaspersky Windows File Server Product
     
    From Kaspersky's Reading Room - "Cybercriminals are getting smarter and more sophisticated than ever, and they are using the Internet to their advantage. As a result, Internet security solutions available today simply can’t respond to the threats in the same way without creating issues of their own, such as huge performance hits on computers and personal productivity. Read about the paradigm shift that has taken place."  Download PDF
     
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    Dave

    Kaspersky Internet Security 2009 Giveaway

    By Dave, in Deals,

    Listen to podcast number 13 for all the details about Kaspersky Internet Security 2009.  Kaspersky has been gracious enough to allow me to give away a couple of copies of their new product.  To be eligible you simply need to register with the homeservershow.com and post a comment to this blog post.  If you are already registered with the site you only need to post a comment.  Register here.
     
    Increase your chances by listening to Ian Dixon's podcast at thedigitallifestyle.com Ian will also be giving away a few copies.
     
    I plan on doing the drawing in two weeks so stay tuned to future episodes for more information!
     
    In the mean time, head over to Kaspersky.com and downlaod a free trial of their lastest product and listen to show 13 for more details.  Thank you Kaspersky.

    Dave
    This article was written for release on July 21st but Power Pack One being released that day got all the news.  This post would have been shuffled to the back very quickly.  I decided to hold onto it so the pricing may not be timely.
     
    Everybody is publishing a build sheet for a home grown Windows Home Server. I can't let the opportunity pass me by since I occasionally build gaming rigs.  It's a labor of love mostly.
     
    Cue the drum-roll and trumpets, the list is after the click...
     

     





    Item
    Part #
    Vendor
    Cost
    Vendor Part #
    Rebate


    Motherboard
    ASUS P5K-E
    NewEgg
    $  144.99
    N82E16813131225



    CPU
    Intel Core 2 Duo E4600
    NewEgg
    $  119.99
    N82E16819115032



    Case
    Antec Three Hundred
    Amazon
    $    59.99
    Antec Three Hundred



    Power
    Antec Basiq 500w
    NewEgg
    $    34.99
    N82E16817371019



    RAM
    Corsair Valueselect 2x512MB
    NewEgg
    $    20.00
    N82E16820145568



    Video
    Radeon HD 3450
    NewEgg
    $    33.99
    N82E16814102724,

    15




    DVD
    Asus Black 18X DVD-ROM 48X
    NewEgg
    $    21.99
    N82E16827135160



    WHS
    WHS OEM DVD
    NewEgg
    $  149.99
    N82E16832116395



    Hard Drive
    Seagate Barracuda
    NewEgg
    $    79.99
    N82E16822148136



    Total


    $  665.92




    Minus Rebates


    $  650.92




    Upgrades
    ASUS Wifi Add $5, faster CPU, Fans, additional hard drives.



    Minus Cost Savers

    $  594.94



    Before you commence with the comment flames understand that this is not your normal WHS build.  I thought about it and instead of building what the masses wants, I decided to build what I want. It's a server that a gamer would love!
     
    Lets start with the case.



    Antec Three Hundred - Six drive bays - $59.99 (on sale for $55.98) at Amazon - comes with 2 fans, top and rear.  Two more are needed if you are going to load up hard drives in it.  This is a great case for gamers and it's perfect as a server.  Looks good too.  There is nothing flimsy about it.  It does not have hot swappable external drives but it's going to hold six internal and the drive bays themselves are removable from the front.  Each drive bay holds three drives and has a place holder for a 120 mm fan.  This fan will draw cool air in over the drives and the case fans will expel it.  It also has a side case fan option for the graphics area.  This is a BAD A** case!  I own one and will continue to recommend it.

     
    I chose a moderate power supply.  It's not going to run a SLI rig but it should have enough juice for future hard drives.  It's a good price too.
     

     
    Now, on to the issue that should spark the most debate.  The motherboard.  Disclaimer: Although these are quality parts I have not actually purchased them and built a WHS with them.  I realize other sites have builds that are proven.  This is a paper build just to appease my curiosity in building a server.  They should work just fine.  The issue i cannot prove is WHS running ok on the motherboard.  I did find posts and drivers on the WIFI version of the motherboard and it's compatibility with Windows 2000. I also found NewEgg reviews that stated 2003 Server was running on the board.  It will take some driver work probably.  No guarantees.  If you would like to buy these items and ship them to me I'll build it and ship it back to you!  Then we can prove it!  Back to the motherboard.
     

     
    The ASUS P5K-E LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard was my choice. (Review Here) This is a lot of motherboard!  It's more expensive than other boards but it's also a lot more board!  Six SATA ports onboard, two eSata external ports, six external USB ports.  It also has two onboard USB connectors that support an additional 4 ports.  1 Floppy port, 1 IDE Connector in case you want to slip a couple of old drives in your system or maybe that old DVD drive you have laying around.  (Cost saver, cha-ching!)
    This board supports many processors.  You may even have one laying around.  Intel®  Core™2 Quad / Core™2 Extreme / Core™2 Duo / Pentium® Extreme / Pentium® D / Pentium® 4 Processors.  Dual-channel DDR2 1066/800/667 MHz.  It has one onboard Gigabit LAN port.  This board should be fine with a stock cooler and it will overclock.  Asus boards overclock very well in my opinion and you should be able to get a small percentage of CPU gain by overclocking with the stock cooler and the RAM.
    So if you change your mind or give up on WHS in the future you have a nice board waiting for you. (In my recent review of an external drive see if you can find an Asus box in a photo)
     
    What, no onboard video?  Well, with the end product we don't want video.  Remote Desktop will serve just fine but here is a cheap-ola video card for this board.  Cheapest I can find, $33.99 with a $15 rebate.  Use it to install and pull it out.  Now you have a nice backup video card for just about anything.

     
    Processors
    You can go as low as $40 for a celeron.  This motherboard will support a ton of CPU's.  The least expensive Core2 Duo you can get is the E4600.  It's $119.99 at the Egg.   Lets go with that.

     
    RAM
    Lets go least expensive but still a good vendor.  Corsair Valueselect 2x512MB.   $20 bills at the Egg.

     
    HD -$79.99, Seagate 500GB

     
    DVD Drive -     ASUS Black 18X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM IDE 21.99

     
    WHS OEM - $149.99

     
    Cost savers - You probably have a DVD drive somewhere abouts.  Possibly a video card for a temporary install?
     
    Add-Ons
    For $5 more you can get the Asus P5K-E/Wifi - it adds a Wifi chip to the mobo.  That was another reason I chose this board.  I would add the wifi for $5.  That's a deal.  If you are needing a good DVD burner check out some of the deals at Newegg, get a nice SATA drive, use it for the install, and sneak it into your own rig!
     
    Conclusion:  If you factor in the cost savers you have a one drive WHS for as little as six Benjamins!
     

     
    That's a pretty decent deal.  It will be pretty but probably not as pretty as this one. Nor as green.  It's a tad cheaper than this build when all the drives are factored in.  Same amount of ports too.  It will never compare to this hand crafted perfection! Is it as ExtremeTech as this build? I dunno.  It's certainly not as "published" as this build. Is it as "Popular" as this one?   What, these guys again?  Hmmm....as "Whistful" as this one? Vladvilles. Mr. Kindel. I've used the case in this build before!
     
    Wow, that got out of hand quickly.  I only stopped because the linkback section of my Wordpress is going to die once I post this! Please forgive me.  There were so many posts on builds that I couldn't resist.  If we are not building one, we are linking to one.  Good stuff.  It shows you how popular this platform has become in such a short time.
     
    So, take my build sheet and give it a whirl.  I think it's a cool looking box that would look good in your server room (closet) next to another one that is just like it. (Maybe your Media Center?)
     
    Oh, wait a minute...don't go anywhere...how about this!  A PCI or PCI-E SATA card, and a SATA backplane!  Add 3 to 4 more drives!

     
    I'm curious now.  What would it cost to completely fill this box?
     





    Item
    Part #
    Vendor
    Cost
    Vendor Part #
    Rebate


    Motherboard
    ASUS P5K-E
    NewEgg
    $     144.99
    N82E16813131225



    CPU
    Intel Core 2 Duo E4600
    NewEgg
    $     119.99
    N82E16819115032



    Case
    Antec Three Hundred
    Amazon
    $        59.99
    Antec Three Hundred



    Power
    Antec Basiq 500w
    NewEgg
    $        34.99
    N82E16817371019



    RAM
    Corsair Valueselect 2x512MB
    NewEgg
    $        20.00
    N82E16820145568



    Video
    Radeon HD 3450
    NewEgg
    $        33.99
    N82E16814102724,

    15




    DVD
    Asus Black 18X DVD-ROM 48X
    NewEgg
    $        21.99
    N82E16827135160



    WHS
    WHS OEM DVD
    NewEgg
    $     149.99
    N82E16832116395



    Hard Drive * 9
    Seagate Barracuda  * NINE
    NewEgg
    $     719.91
    N82E16822148136



    PCI SATA Card
    Rosewill
    NewEgg
    $        89.99
    N82E16816132018



    Backplane
    Athena Power
    NewEgg
    $        61.99
    N82E16817119403



    Total


    $  1,457.82




    Minus Rebates


    $  1,442.82




    Minus Cost Savers(DVD and Video)

    $  1,386.84



    I added the 9 drives, backplane, and SATA card.  That's not as bad as I thought it was going to be.  I probably should beef up the power supply at this point!
     
    Buy List
    Antec Three Hundred Gaming Case External 3 X 5.25; Internal 6 X 3.5 2*Usb2.0
    ASUS P5K-E ATX Intel Motherboard

    Intel Core 2 Duo E4600 2.4GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor

    Antec Basiq BP500UB 500W Power Supply

    CORSAIR 1GB (2 x 512MB) 240-Pin DDR2 667 (PC2 5300) Desktop Memory

    SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 3450 100233L Video Card
    ASUS Black IDE DVD-ROM Drive Model DVD-E818A/A6/QT_B+W

    Microsoft Windows Home Server 32 Bit 1 Pack

    Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 500GB 3.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive

    Optional:
    Rosewill RC-218 PCI Express x4 (x8 and x16 slot compatible) SATA II 3G Controller Card/ 4 internal SATA with 2 external eSATA Design

    Athena Power BP-SATA2131B 2 x 5.25"Bays to 3 x 3.5"HD (SATA) Backplane
     
    ASUS P5K-E/WIFI-AP ATX Intel Motherboard
     
    Disclaimer: Although these are quality parts I have not actually purchased them and built a WHS with them.  I realize other sites have builds that are proven.  This is a paper build just to appease my curiosity in building a server.  They should work just fine.  The issue i cannot prove is WHS running ok on the motherboard.  I did find posts and drivers on the WIFI version of the motherboard and it's compatibility with Windows 2000. I also found NewEgg reviews that stated 2003 Server was running on the board.  It will take some driver work probably.  No guarantees.  If you would like to buy these items and ship them to me I'll build it and ship it back to you!  Then we can prove it!


    Dave
    Show 12 covers news, e-mail, and the HP MediaSmart Server Update including PVConnect and McAfee.
     
    More show notes and links after the click...
     

     
    Update: HP MSS Discontinued?  MediaSmartServer.net Forum Link HP Website Link
     
    HP has responded to this link by saying, "The discontinued link on the HP site is an error.  There should be no link to Home Servers on the Discontinued/Retired page on the site. "  Thanks for clearing that up but as I said in the show I was hoping to see that new server soon!
     
    Add-In: WHS Outlook Beta
     
    All the WHS news you will ever need is at MSWHS.Com
     
    First Feed Awards.  If you were a First Feed Award recipient please click here.
     
    WHS WishList - I am starting a new segment in the podcast.  I will share my wishlist with you so leave a comment on what you are wishing for when it comes to Windows Home Server.  My wish this week is to have an Add-In that interfaces to Gallery2.
     
    New Blog:  http://www.paulstimesink.com
     
    Today's Topic - HP Mediasmart Server Update, blunder or Wonder?
     
    If you are not a HP MediaSmart owner you still need to hear this information!
     
    Engadget Article
     
    PVConnect Issues MediaSmartServer.net Forums
     
    PVConnect/Twonky Forums
     
    Don't forget to vote for the Home Server Show at Podcast Alley. Thank you!
     
    *I'm exporting the MP3 as VBR so the time of the podcast is hosed.  I hope to have that fixed next episode.

    Dave
    In Podcast 11 I reported a slowdown of my HP Media Smart Server after installing PVConnect.  I attributed this to PVConnect creating a database of the many Photos, Videos, and Music files I have stored on my MSS.  I viewed it as a normal process.  Indexing takes CPU cycles and hits the hard drives hard.
     
    Engadget is reporting much worse symptoms but it seems they are reporting issues with both PVConnect installed and the new McAfee Antivirus Add-In installed.  This would certainly make sense but you would think this issue would have been addressed. The MS and HP bashers are having fun with the comments section.  "Doood, Leeeenix can cure that."  Oh, sorry, I'm supposed to be professional.  Give me a break though Linux guy.
     
    A good explanation of the slowdown can be found at withinwindows.com as reported by mswhs.com.  Could we see an officially supported RAM Upgrade procedure from HP?  I hardly think so but it's looking more likely that my virgin MSS is soon to be violated.
     
    Here is your chance...sound off about the new Add-Ins and the HP Update in general.  Did you have the cajones to install both Add-Ins?  At the same time?

    Dave
    It is possible to access the PVConnect settings from a browser but you first have to enable it.  In order to access it from PC’s on your network you have to first make changes from the local browser.  You will need to be comfortable with Remote Desktop in order to continue.
    1.       Start a Remote Desktop Session to you HP Media Smart Server.
     
    2.       Login as administrator.
     
    3.       Open a web browser.





    4.       Access your http://yourservername:9000.  Example:  http://hpserver:9000.  If you are blocked by browser security it may be necessary to add this to your trusted sites.









    You should be greeted with this screen.  Click Twonky Media Settings.





    Click Network.




     
    Now change the web access to Public Access and save changes.  You are done!  You can now access this page from any browser on your network.
     
    But wait!  Did you see the mobile browser links on that first page?


    Oh yeah baby!  Have fun!
     
    Update: Here is a shot of my HTC connected to WHS via it's Wi-Fi.
     


     
    Disclaimer:  I have only used web access to PVConnect in order to view settings.  I have not made changes and I cannot say if it has any effect or ill-effect on the WHS Add-In.   I'm just recklessly publishing what I found!  Thanks goes out to the twonky forums and mediasmartserver.net forums for keeping us up to date on PVConnect.

    Dave
    I mentioned in Podcast 11 that I'll be on the lookout for hard drive deals.  Here are the latest deals at NewEgg.com
     

    Western Digital Caviar SE16 640GB 3.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive
    $84.99 with promo code: EMCAHCFAD Free Shipping!
     

    Western Digital Caviar SE16 500GB 3.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive
    $74.99 with Promo Code: EMCAHCFAF Free Shipping!
     

    Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 1TB 3.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive
    $179.99 with Promo Code: EMCAHCFAC Free Shipping!

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    • I throw this out every once in a while.  Is anyone interested in writing up "semi-formal" reviews here on the forums?  I say semi-formal because they don't have to be pro level, just a good attempt at telling the story about the gear.  Something you have purchased lately.  You don't have to go buy stuff, just incorporate what you have already have purchased.  Hit me up with any questions.  You never know where it will lead!
      • 2 replies
    • D-Link has dropped a couple of new products and additions to their lineup of smart home gear.  Hold on because there is a lot of gear!
      Let's start with cameras.  D-Link has new Wi-Fi cameras, the Full HD Pan and Tilt Pro Wi-Fi Camera (DCS-8302LH) and Full HD Indoor and Outdoor Pro Wi-Fi Camera (DCS-8526LH).  These are not just new, and good looking cams, they can now perform people detection and glass break detection.  The new cameras also feature expanded ways for customers to save video, including ONVIF Profile S, which enables custom storage and streaming options to personal NAS devices, built-in storage microSD capacity up to 256 GB, as well as free and paid cloud storage options. 
       

       
      This year's camera models include both an indoor and an outdoor model. The outdoor model features a spotlight and siren that can be triggered when motion is detected, deterring potential intruders. The indoor model pans around to give a full 360-degree view of any room and tracks motion. Both include two-way audio. 
      Full HD Pan and Tilt Pro Wi-Fi Camera is the model (DCS-8302LH), available in Q2, 2020, and retail pricing will be $99.99.
      Full HD Indoor and Outdoor Pro Wi-Fi Camera is the model (DCS-8526LH), available in Q3, 2020, and retail pricing will be $119.99.
      One of my favorite products is Wi-Fi.  D-Link has a whole lot of new products coming including Wi-Fi 6, Mesh, Alexa and Google Assistant integration, IFTTT, Parental Controls, and more!
       

       
      There are so many new SKU's that I can't make heads or tails of them!  I'm going to be speaking with D-Link more this week and will sort all of these out. I do want you to see all they are offering and what the release date and projected retail pricing will be.

      AC1900 Scalable Mesh Wi-Fi Router (COVR-1900-US), Q1 2020, $119.99
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      AC1750 Mesh Wi-Fi Range Extender (DAP-1755-US), Q1 2020, $99.99
      AC1950 Mesh Wi-Fi Range Extender (DAP-1955-US), Q1 2020, $109.99
      Smart AX1500 Mesh Wi-Fi 6 Router (DIR-X1560-US), Q1 2020, $119.99
      Smart AX1800 Mesh Wi-Fi 6 Router (DIR-X1870-US), Q2 2020, $139.99
      Smart AX2400 Mesh Wi-Fi 6 Router (DIR-X2460-US), Q3 2020, $159.99
      Smart AX5400 Mesh Wi-Fi 6 Router (DIR-X5460-US), Q1 2020, $279.99
      AX1800 Mesh Wi-Fi 6 Range Extender (DAP-X1870-US), Q2 2020, $129.99
      AX1800 Whole Home Mesh System (COVR-X1872-US), QX22020, $269.99
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    • RESET Merch Shop
      Get ya Merch here!  I've created a T-Shirt shop with the famous RESET paperclip. I've pasted that clip on just about everything so you can wear it around town!  Cable bags, Coffee Mugs, T-Shirts, and more. 
       
      https://reset.threadless.com/
       
      or you can get it it via
       
      https://reset.fm/store
       
      Here is the main design.
       

       
      Below is a part of the order that I put in!  
       
       

       
      The Heather Grey above is the Extra Soft version and it is awesome.  I highly recommend the softness!    The "Chili Red" is the Tri-Blend and probably my favorite feel and color.

       
      This is the Zip-Up Hoody, Heather Indigo, Sponge Fleece, Men's, Large.  In my podcast I couldn't remember what style it was but it is Sponge Fleece. It's REALLY soft on the inside. Soft outside as well. The only problem is with the zip up hoody the logo is on the back. Regular hoody, it will be on the front.
       
      https://reset.threadless.com/
       
      or you can get it it via
       
      https://reset.fm/store
       
      Thank you for supporting this community. Everything you purchase will help keep the lights on the hard drives spinning.
       
      • 0 replies
    • OneDrive Personal Vault and expandable storage
      Microsoft's OneDrive has a few new features and options worth pointing out.  Personal Vault and Expandable Storage.
       
      Personal Vault is a protected area in OneDrive that can only be accessed with a strong authentication method or a second step of identity verification, such as your fingerprint, face, PIN, or a code sent to you via email or SMS. 
       
      Personal Vault gives you an added layer of protection for your most important files, photos, and videos—for example, copies of documents such as your passport, driver’s license, or insurance information—should someone gain access to your account or device.
      Plus, this added security won’t slow you down. You can quickly access your important documents, photos, and files with confidence wherever you are, on your PC, OneDrive.com, or your mobile device.

       
      Beyond a second layer of identity verification, Personal Vault also includes the following security measures:
       
      Scan and shoot—Using the OneDrive app, you can scan documents or shoot photos directly into your Personal Vault, keeping them off less secure areas of your device, like your camera roll.
      Automatic locking—No need to worry about whether you left your Personal Vault or your files open—both will close and lock automatically after a period of inactivity.
      BitLocker encryption—On Windows 10 PCs, OneDrive automatically syncs your Personal Vault files to a BitLocker-encrypted area of your local hard drive.
      Restricted sharing—To prevent accidental sharing, files in Personal Vault and shared items moved into Personal Vault cannot be shared.
       
      Taken together, these security measures help ensure that Personal Vault files are not stored unprotected on your PC, and your files have additional protection, even if your Windows 10 PC or mobile device is lost, stolen, or someone gains access to it or to your account.
       
      Expandable Storage
       
      If you are and Office 365 Subscriber you get 1 TB of OneDrive storage space with all the other Office goodies like Word, Excel, etc.  I know personally that I have gone over the 1TB limit and have always wanted to be able to add additional storage to my account.  Now you can!

       
      Pick and option and keep on hoarding, errr, I mean saving! Cancel anytime, upgrade at any moment.
      • 1 reply
    • Ubiquiti adds new items to the Unifi Line including UAP Flex HD and the Unifi Dream machine
      Ubiquiti has been busy.  There area ton of new items to recently released and I'm going to share two of my favorites.
       
      The UAP Flex HD and the Unifi Dream machine. The Flex HD is a mouthful of descriptors like most of UI gear is.  It's a 2Ghz 2x2 MIMO, 5GHz 4x4 MU-MIMO, POE, Indoor/Outdoor, multi mount, mesh point that is no bigger than a can of Coke.

       
      You will still need the Unifi controller although you can configure it with basic functionality with the Unifi App.  I've always found it's best to configure with your controller and then use the app as an add-on.  There are several mounting options that include sitting it on a shelf! That is something that Unifi has not had before unless you count the ceiling AP I have awkwardly mounted placed on top of a few books.  It can be found on the Unifi store for $179.
       
      https://store.ui.com/collections/wireless/products/unifi-flexhd
       
      The Dream Machine is an altogether different beast that I hope lives up to its naming.  This is the gateway drug, for lack of a better term, to the Unifi world.  The starter kit.  It is an Access Point, Gigabit Switch, Security Gateway, and the Cloud Key all in one package.  The latter being the most significant as this is something that has deterred new users from getting started with Unifi.  Requiring new users to purchase a $100 item just to run the AP's has been somewhat of a roadblock in the past.  Granted, that is improving every year with the ability to run it in the cloud, on a NAS, a Pi, Docker, MacOS, and of course Windows, it is still a barricade to getting up and running when manufacturers such as Eero offer simplicity in an app.
       

       
      The switch includes 4 LAN Ports and 1 WAN port.  All of which are Gigabit and security services such as IPS are rated at Gigabit speed. It's $299 in the Unifi store but I'm unsure how nicely it will play with other Unifi gear.  This may be a nice "first AP" with its built in Cloud Key if you can add additional units or other Unifi access points.
       
      https://store.ui.com/collections/routing-switching/products/unifi-dream-machine
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