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    WGS reported on a BitDefender beta on May 31st. Release 2 has hit the site and is ready for download. If your not registered with BitDefender click here and get signed up. They have a great product. It is not necessarily dubbed a Windows Home Server product but they make a great client product. If you already have a PP1 test network you might want to give it a try.
    By participating in this campaign you will get an exclusive preview of a whole set of brand new features that we invite you to put to the test:
    • Online Backup: you can back up sensitive data online to keep it safe in case of unfortunate events such as computer theft or hard drive failure. This beta release will include Online Backup for Windows 32b systems, but beta 2 will include this feature in both 32b and 64b installation kits.
    • Increased privacy protection through Instant Messaging Encryption: you can make sure that no one eavesdrops on the instant messaging traffic between your PC and another machine on which BitDefender is installed. BitDefender Total Security 2009 supports Yahoo! Messenger 8.1 and Windows Live Messenger 8.5.
    • Increased Storage Protection with File Vault: you can securely store personal information or sensitive files on your computer, making them invulnerable to theft or to a security breach.
    • More control via home network management: you can manage the security of your home network from a single location. This allows you to remotely configure the BitDefender software from other computers in the network and to schedule and run tasks such as scans, tune-up and update.
    • Other Improvements: an improved Gamer mode, a Laptop mode, increased performance with lower resources consumption, enhanced usability, and firewall (IDS and IPv6 support) support.
    We would also welcome any ideas and feedback regarding the usability of the product’s new user interface. Before submitting bugs, please read carefully the list of known issues and the proposed test cases available in your on your account on the beta website
    The next beta will include an extended list of new features which will further improve your interaction with the product.
    In order to be able to submit feature requests and bug reports, you need to create a BitDefender beta tester account (http://beta.bitdefender.com). If you already have an account from a previous BitDefender beta campaign, please use the same username and password. Please note that the bugs you submit will be confirmed fixed and marked as such in the next beta release.

    It is true.  Today, I used my Windows Home Server to bail me out and help publish podcast number 5.  Let me set this up, it won't take long.
    I use Audacity to record and mix the podcast.  Audacity creates a project file and a folder of data files for the audio for each recording that you save.  If you save a project you must have both in order to re-open it.  You can open the data files and re-build a project but that is time consuming.
    I had previously created the opening sequence of the podcast where the music plays, then the volume lowers while I introduce the podcast and then it resumes normal volume and fades out eventually.  I use this same project for every podcast.  Ok, the scene of the disaster is set.
    After recording show 4 I decided to clean up Podcast Land.  Somehow I deleted the data folder leaving only the project file.  Without the data folder, we have no intro.  (Ok, the enthusiasts out there will no doubt be thinking, "Hey Dave, rip the intro from a previous podcast.")  Yes, I could do that but not when Windows Home Server can save the day!
    Instead of spending 10 to 15 minutes re-mixing I simply loaded a backup from about 10 days ago and Bingo!  There was my data folder, all nice and tucked away inside my trusty Windows Home Server.  Drag and drop restore and we now have episode number 5 with my geeky intro.
    Big deal?  This instance, no, not really.  But!  If this had been my accounting data, customer data, or other vital files then it would have been a big deal.   This scenario solidifies the reason why I purchased the server, and more importantly why I have embraced the technology and have chosen to spend all this time podcasting about it.  Thank you trusty server.  Rest for now, but wake up tonight at midnight to backup episode 5!


    The Home Server Show 5 - Alex Kuretz

    By Dave, in Blog,

    Today's show features an interview with MediaSmartServer.Net founder, Alex Kuretz.  We chat it up about everything from HP to PP1.  You will also hear a mix of news and announcements, along with a little static!
    Visit Alex's site at: www.mediasmartserver.net

    Power Pack 1 Beta has been released to Microsoft Connect.  If you have not signed up to test PP1 you still can by visiting http://connect.microsoft.com
    The changes and feature list is impressive.  Click the Blogroll for details on testing PP1.  Better yet, sign up, download, and test!
    I would like to hear from you about your PP1 testing, issues, comments, etc.  Send an e-mail, .WAV file, .MP3 file, fax, carrier pigeon, smoke signals, anything!  E-mail is "podcast" ATSign homeservershow.com.
    If you get comments to me in the next couple of days I will get them in Show 5.  Thanks everybody!


    Feed Changes!

    By Dave, in Blog,

    I have completed the move to a new server so the Blog and Podcast feeds have changed.  I thought it was better to do this early rather than later.  Check the feeds here on the main page and re-subscribe.  If you are an iTunes user you probably got show 4 without having to re-subscribe.  I have a switch set to re-direct iTunes and various other readers.
    Check your Podcast and make sure its the new feed.
    The New Blog feed is:  http://feeds.feedburner.com/HSSPodcastBlog
    The New Podcast feed is:  http://feeds.feedburner.com/HSSPodcast
    Sorry for the trouble.  Thank you and have a great weekend!

    The Home Server Show 4 - HP's Allen Buckner Interview
    by David McCabe
    Today's podcast includes:
    New E-Mail Address: podcast@homeservershow.com
    Listener E-mail
    AutoExit 2008R2 for WHS from ASoft

    Feed Changes
    Interview with HP's Allen Buckner

    About the update.

    PVConnect, McAfee Antivirus Add-Ins

    Update released then pulled.

    Media Smart Connect

    McAfee Add-In Details

    Seven Months Free!

    HP’s Update with PP1
    HP Media Smart Connect – Digital Media Receiver
    More information on PacketVideo Twonky Vision
    Copyright:  David McCabe, Connexx, LLC. 2008


    PP1 Release Information

    By Dave, in Windows Home Server,

    Microsoft Connect subscribers have new e-mail! PP1 testers are being asked to submit a three question survey and the PP1 Release Documentation is available for download. If you have not already signed up for Connect please do so. Lets test PP1 and get it released.


    NTI Shadow 3 Free Download

    By Dave, in Software,

    Well, this is a podcast about Home Servers and backups but this seems like a good deal. Free can't be all that bad right?  Head over to NewTech Infosystems and look for this product:

    Looks like it was $29.99. It's good until June 8th!

    You have to provide Customer Info but there is an option to opt out of their mailing list. NTI Shadow 3.7 Full Version For Windows 2000 / XP / Vista.  I'll try to get a review of it if time permits.
    About NTI Shadow:

    After its official release on August 2005, and receiving PC Magazine Editor's Choice and DingBat Magazine's Best of the Year Award, NewTech Infosystems, Inc., is proud to present NTI Shadow 3!

    1. File-Level Selection

    2. Support Network file backup and sharing of backup devices

    3. Auto Delete Option

    4. Enhanced GUI and usability

    5. Custom file type filtering Include/Exclude Options

    6. Enhanced Device Support: USB flash drives, NAS devices, etc...

    7. Dragon Disc enabled version supports all optical media types included DVD-Ram & Blu-ray (Windows only)

    NTI Shadow 3 is an award-winning easy-to-use backup application that automatically protects your photo, music, video, and various data files. It makes data restoration as easy as dragging and dropping files from one place to another. For real-time, continuous data backup, set Shadow 3 to save your files/folders every time they change. You can also specify your backup schedule by the minute, hour, day, week and start time(s) and also choose a specific or even a customized file type with Shadow 3's new advanced file filtering.
    Not only does Shadow 3 allow users to automatically copy files from their PCs to various devices in real time, but it also preserves the files in their native format - meaning no additional software is necessary to restore files. Shadow 3 works transparently in the background without disturbing you while you work, and does not take up important system resources.

    Available in: English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Traditional Chinese

    Engadget readers may have seen the SATA HDD Multi-Function Dock (USB + ESATA) in a recent post.  This may not be perfect for a Windows Home Server but still looks handy as a hard drive dock.
    # Features: Supports both S-ATA 2.5" HDD and 3.5" HDD
    # PC connection: USB 2.0 / ESATA
    # 2-port USB hub
    # 4-Slot Card Reader
    # Support Windows VISTA, XP and Mac OS
    # Dimension: 130 x 120 x 68mm (approx.)
    # Weight: 475g
    Support Card Types:
    # SD / SDHC / *Mini SD / *Mini SDHC / *T-Flash Card / *Micro SD
    # MMC / MMC-II / RS MMC / MMC Plus / MMC Plus Turbo / MMC Mobile/Mobile-ProC
    # Compact Flash / XD
    # Memory Stick / Memory Stick MagicGate / Memory Stick Pro / Memory Stick Duo / *Memory Stick Pro Duo / *Memory Stick MagicGate Puo / *Memory Stick MagicGate Duo / *Memory Stick micro (M2)
    (* means Adapter is required)
    Package Contents:
    # SATA HDD Multi-Function Dock (USB + ESATA)
    # Universal AC Adapter
    # Power Cable
    # USB Cable
    # ESATA Cable
    **Hard Disk Drive is not included
    You can purchase direct from USB.Brando.com.hk.


    Graphics Set for The Home Server Show

    By Dave, in Blog,

    The Home Server Show is putting word out to all you graphic and Photoshop gurus. Admittedly, I am terrible at making any sort of graphic to support a website. I can take a photo and doctor it up a bit but that's all. Create anything original? Not happening. So, I put it to the community. Anyone care to donate some time to the cause?
    The show could use a standard theme. A banner, a 300x300 pixel box, a 144x144 pixel box, and an icon for the web browser(favicon.ico). I do have some photos of the MediaSmart Server if that would help. Mostly close-up shots of the bottom front panel. I was hoping to incorporate that into the theme. Send your ideas to homeserver The mail domain is myconnexx.com.

  • Our picks

    • 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!
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    • 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
      AC1750 Mesh Wi-Fi Router (DIR-1750-US), Q1 2020, $99.99
      AC1900 Mesh Wi-Fi Router (DIR-1950-US), Q1 2020, $119.99
      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. 
      or you can get it it via
      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.
      or you can get it it via
      Thank you for supporting this community. Everything you purchase will help keep the lights on the hard drives spinning.
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    • 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.
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    • 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.
      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.
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