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    Jim Collison and John Zajdler join me to open up a conversation about Windows 10.  Windows 10 Technical Preview and Server are out!  We are just getting started so there is not a lot of in depth and under the hood.  I've got news , rants, and more!  Enjoy and see you in the forums.
     
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    Smart Wear Forums
     
    Home Automation Forums
     
    DrivePop / LiveDrive Meltdown
     
    Plex for xbox - https://plex.tv/xbox
     
    Having a hard time finding WHS 2011?
     
    http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/topic/7662-any-online-store-that-still-carries-whs2011/
     
    INSTEON Install over at homeautomationforums.com
     
    http://homeautomationforums.com/topic/149-setting-up-the-microsoft-store-insteon-starter-kit/
     
    Windows 10 Server Technical Preview and System Center Technical Preview
     
    http://www.computerworld.com/article/2691251/a-first-look-at-the-windows-server-10-technical-preview.html
     
    Links to Builds
     
    http://blogs.technet.com/b/server-cloud/archive/2014/10/01/announcing-availability-of-windows-server-technical-preview-and-system-center-technical-preview.aspx
     
    WHS2011
     
     
     
    Essentials Server 2012 R2 - $244.99
     
     
     

     


    Dave
    Jim and I go over all the gear we had at Meetup 2015 and tell you about the demos we saw.  Synology Beta is here too and we take a look at the ioSafe 1513+. A lot of gear to chat about!

     
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    Toshiba Encore Mini Videos on my YouTube Channel 
    More at SurfaceGeeks.COM

    Western Digital Launches My Passport Wireless Mobile Storage Lineup http://bit.ly/1pI1PR2
     
    Synology Beta
     
    https://www.synology.com/en-us/dsm/5.1beta/
     
    Plex Price Increase
     
    Beginners Guide to Plex - http://www.androidcentral.com/beginners-guide-plex
     
    Kindle Fire Tablets
     
    Tablo Firmware Update - pretty big one - http://community.tablotv.com/discussion/712/new-firmware-release-2-1-16
     
    Airplane tracker - http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/topic/8198-aircraft-tracking-using-an-ads-b-reciever/
     
    QNAP and Toshiba Encore Mini
     
    http://www.surfacegeeks.net/forums/index.php?/topic/1536-toshiba-encore-mini-first-look/#entry7651
     


    Dave
    On this edition of Home Server Show John Wiskowski of the Agnostic Tech Podcast joins to talk about the Toshiba Encore Mini 7", $120 Windows 8.1 Tablet.  Christoper Kenney, HSS Forums Admin, also joins to tell us about the QNAP TS-451. This episode is simulcast to both Surface Geeks and Home Server Show.  Awesome show, thanks to all my guests.

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    Meetup 2014 

    QNAP TS-451 Initial Startup With Migrated Hard Drives

    QNAP TS-451 NAS Unboxing and Introduction

    Dave
    It's Pre-Meetup edition of Surface Geeks.  This episode is simulcast to both Surface Geeks and Home Server Show.  John Wiskowski joins the show to chat about small tablets and their uses.  I have the Toshiba Encore mini and try to find some use for it.  We'll talk about that first and then move to some home storage with the QNAP TS-451. Wrap the whole thing up with a little meetup chat and we are good to go! Enjoy and see you in the forums.

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    QNAP TS-451 Initial Startup With Migrated Hard Drives

    QNAP TS-451 NAS Unboxing and Introduction
     
     
     

    Joe_Miner

    Testing My Gen8 MicroServer before HSS Meetup 2014

    By Joe_Miner, in Meetup,

    By: John Stutsman
     

     
     
     
    Last week in Supplemental Cooling for my Gen8 MicroServer and P222 I illustrated some of the supplemental cooling techniques I would be showing at the Home Server Show Meetup on September 20, 2014 #BestMeetUpEver.
     
    On September 10 HSS Forum member Saburr told us (and posted a link to HP's download page) about the iLO4 Version 2.00 (9 Sept 2014) that had recently been posted by HP.  So, I decided it would be a good idea to update iLO4 on my Gen8 and while at it I would update my J06 ROM BIOS to the 6/6/2014 version (link provided by HSS Forum member ad-d).  Both updates went without incident using the Windows exe's in Windows 8.1 (see As-Built in Supplemental Cooling for My Gen8 MicroServer and P222).
     
     
     

     
    Firmware Version Info available with iLO4
     
     
     
    Afterwards, I checked my BIOS to see that it was still set on "Increased Cooling".
     
     
     

     
    Under Advanced Options in BIOS the Thermal Configuration showed Increased Cooling
     
     
     

     
    System Fan shows a Speed of 29% under Increased Cooling
     
     
     

     
    These are the Temperature Readings for my Gen8 with all things being equal as described in "Supplemental Cooling For My Gen8 MicroServer and P222" except for the BIOS J06 Upgrade and the iLO4 Upgrade
     
     
     

     
    Temperatures I saw previously in "Supplemental Cooling For My Gen8 MicroServer and P222 BEFORE the BIOS J06 Upgrade and the iLO4 Upgrade.  (Previously, the system Fan ran between 37% and 41%).
     
     
     
    Drive Performance
     
    I wanted to measure the performance of each logical drive in my Gen8 MicroServer using three programs for metrics that I've used in the past: 1) HD Tune Pro, 2) CDM (Crystal Disk Mark), and 3) ATTO.  Because drive caching and the differences in drive caching on the B120i and the P222/512FBWC the ATTO readings appeared less meaningful for comparative purposes in my opinion.
     
    The drives were arranged as follows (this is the same configuration in the As-Built in Supplemental Cooling for My Gen8 MicroServer and P222):


    OS Drive ©: 1 Corsair GT 240GB SSD (mounted in Icy Dock EZConvert MB882SP-1S-1B) in RAID0 on P222 512 FBWC Ports 1, Bay 1 of Main Drive Bay
    Working Drive 1 (D): 2 WD Red 1TB Model WD10JFCX in RAID1 on B120i Ports 3 & 4 mounted on SDM (“Schoondoggy Drive Mount”) plus Delta Electronics BFB0512LD for SDM cooling
    Working Drive 2 (E) (VM Drive): 2 Samsung 840 Pro 256GB SSD in RAID0 on B120i – Ports 1 & 2 of B120i & mounted in the ODD bay area
    Working Drive 3 (F): 3 ST3000DM001 in RAID5 on P222/512 FBWC – bays 2-4 of main drive bay
    A total of 4 logical drives made up of 8 physical drives.
     
     
     

     
    Drive C Performance with HD-Tune Pro, CDM, and ATTO (the RAID Caching made the ATTO scores less meaningful in my opinion but I'm posting them here for completeness).
     
     
     

     
    Drive D Performance with HD-Tune Pro, CDM, and ATTO (the RAID Caching made the ATTO scores less meaningful in my opinion but I'm posting them here for completeness).
     
     
     

     
    Drive E Performance with HD-Tune Pro, CDM, and ATTO (the RAID Caching made the ATTO scores less meaningful in my opinion but I'm posting them here for completeness).
     
     
     

     
    Drive F Performance with HD-Tune Pro, CDM, and ATTO (the RAID Caching made the ATTO scores less meaningful in my opinion but I'm posting them here for completeness).
     
     
     

     
    The individual metrics for each drive are posted side-by-side to make it easier to compare
     
     
     

     
    My Gen8 MicroServer ready to pack for the #BestMeetUpEver
     
     
     
     

    Dave
    When I did the initial unboxing post of the QNAP TS-451 NAS I wrapped it up by mentioning that I needed to make sure I had compatible hard drives.
     

     
    I previously reviewed the QNAP TS-269L 2-bay NAS using a pair of WD Red 3TB hard drives and I confirmed on the compatibility list that these drives are also compatible with the TS-451.
     

     
    When I had wrapped up the TS-269L evaluation and returned the NAS to QNAP I had pulled the drives and stored them away.  I decided to pull them out of storage and install them in the TS-451.  My first surprise was that I could find only 1 of the 2 drives.  After looking in every possible location in my home, I have come to the realization that I may have sent it to QNAP when I returned the TS-269L.  The data on the drive was nothing critical and I was just using the drives to test and evaluate the NAS anyways.  With only 1 drive available I installed the WD Red drive into the 1st drive carrier of the TS-451 and installed the 4 mounting screws.
     

     
    After inserting the drive carrier into slot 1 and powering on the NAS,  I tried to log in using the default admin account and password.  To my surprise it wouldn’t accept the password.  After trying a few more times I decided to try logging in with the admin account and password I had been using on the TS-269L.  To my surprise it worked.  I was taken directly to the QNAP desktop in my web browser.
     

     
    So what happened and why was it using my existing password?  What I quickly realized is the NAS recognized that the drive I had installed had come from another QNAP NAS and the system was migrating from the old system to the new one.  QNAP covers Migrating from Old NAS in their user manual.  A user can migrate their QNAP NAS to another Turbo NAS model with all the data and configuration  retained by installed the hard drives of the original NAS in the new NAS according to the original hard drive order and then restarting the NAS.  Please note that this only works if the new NAS has equal to or a greater number of drive slots over the original.  Since the TS-269L was a 2-bay NAS and I had been running the drives in RAID 1 configuration the drive I had just installed could be considered the first drive from the old NAS.
     
    I checked the disk volume and sure enough the directory structures and files I had been using for my previous evaluation were all still there.
     

     
    Of course with only 1 drive installed the Raid volume was degraded.
     

     
    A quick purchase later I had 2 new WD Red 3TB drives at my house.  I mounted both of them on drive carriers and placed them into the NAS in the Disk 2 and Disk 3 slots.  With a new drive installed as Disk 2 the Raid 1 volume started rebuilding.
     

     
    The rebuilding process does take time (7 hours and 25 minutes according to my system log) but I just let it go and went and did other work.
     
    OPTIONS FOR Disk 3
     
    Disk 3 was also now available in the NAS but since I hadn’t done anything with it yet it was still unavailable for use.  I could create a new volume using just Disk 3  which would create a single 2.7TB volume.  I can also designate the drive as an enclosure spare.  An enclosure spare drive can be used to replace a failed hard disk drive in a RAID 1, RAID 5, RAID 6 or RAID 10.  Since I only have 3 drives of the same size available right now I have gone with a 3rd option.  I can take my original RAID 1 volume and migrate it to RAID 5 using all 3 disks.
     

     

     
    Once the system is done I now have a volume with 5.44 TB available to use.
     
    Other Options
     
    I should also mention that I didn’t need to migrate my old drives to the new NAS.  I could have initiated a Restore to Factory Default.  This would have wiped the drives clean including eliminating any user accounts, shared folders and system settings.
     
    I don’t plan on going into depth on showing how user accounts and the other setup options are configured on the NAS.  QTS is the operating system run on every QNAP NAS.  This common interface allows a user or administrator to switch one from piece of hardware to the next and see the same interface.  If you would like to see more about my experience with QTS and some of the configurations I did please check out the posts I did on the TS-269L.
     
    My next post will start looking at the QNAP apps and capabilities of the TS-451 with multimedia including transcoding, streaming and even using the TS-451 as a HTPC.

    Dave
    On this episode we'll be comparing pfSense to Sophos with a little bit of Untangle mixed in as well.  Which one is the better router?  Ten TB hard drives, yes 10TB! News and Meetup 2014. See you in the forums!
     
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    Links and Notes for this episode
    10TB Hard Drive from Western Digital
     
    cloudup.com
     
    has windows app for system tray
     
    iosafe destroys more gear
     
    I
    .  My favorite YouTube ever. 
    My firewall is better than yours.
     
    pfsense vs. Sophos
     
     
     
    Untangle
     
    Sophos UTM Guides
     
    Zyxell USG20
     
    Sophos Home license comes with 10x licenses for Sophos Endpoint Protection, which is managed from the router.

    Joe_Miner
    By: John Stutsman
     
     
     
    In preparation for the Home Server Show Meetup on September 20, 2014 (see “Meetup 2014 Registration and Info”) I wanted to show participants modifications I had made to my HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer as well as, “hopefully”, an interesting demonstration of how it all works together. This blog posting is intended to summarize the basics of what I’ve done with my Machine as demonstrated at the #BestMeetUpEver.
     
     
     
    Cooling the CPU Heat Sink
     

     
    4 Evercool EC3007M12CA installed on CPU Heat Sink
     
    After installing my Xeon E3-1265Lv2 and lapping my warped heat sink I ran some of my own and reviewed other's Temperature Tests and decided, at least for myself, that I was more comfortable running with the BIOS fan settings on Increased Cooling, but there were times when I wanted to be able to test things at the Optimal Cooling BIOS fan setting. To increase my comfort level I looked at different ways to add additional cooling to the CPU.
     
    I tried to mount 2 Noctua 40x40x10mm but found I lacked adequate clearance to reload the system board in the MicroServer so I ended up just mounting 1 Evercool 30x30x7mm EC3007M12CA on the CPU Heat Sink .
     
    Later, with additional Evercool’s, I mounted 4 Evercool 30x30x7mm EC3007M12CA fans on the CPU Heat Sink on my HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer. For power to the 4 Evercool fans I modified a Molex to 3 pin Fan power adapter with 3 additional 3 pin Fan connectors soldered on.
     
    Video:  Cooling my CPU Heat Sink
     

     
     
     
    Cooling the Broadcom Chip at Location 13-LOM
     

     
    Enzotech BMR-C1 installed on Broadcom Chip
     
    HSS Forum member “FireBaall” outlined a process to apply the BMR-C1 to the Broadcom Chip on his Gen8 MicroServer in the HSS Thread “G8 Sensor Location?”.
     
    Following the “FireBaall process” I used an Enzotech BMR-C1 to cool the Broadcom Chip at Location 13-LOM on my Gen8 MicroServer.
     
    Video: Cooling my Broadcom Chip
     

     
     
     
     
     
    Cooling the P222
     

     
    Supplemental fans cooling P222
     
    HSS Forum member Tangcla started a Thread “P222 Temperature in Gen8?”.
     
     
     
    During the back and forth in this thread Schoondoggy noted in message #18 that on page 32 of the “HP Smart Array Controllers For HP ProLiant Servers User Guide” (HP Part Number: 469988-009, August 2012, Edition: 9) that the operating range of the Smart Array Controllers is 10C to 55C.
     
     
     
    With that information, many of us in the Forums started looking for ways to bring down the temperatures on our P222’s. I was encouraged by the performance I saw with a 2nd BFB0512LD directed towards the P222 Heat Sink that brought the 10-PCI1 down close to 50C range.
     
    Resulting in:
     
    Video: Cooling my P222
     

     
     
     
    Fans Used:
     
    2 Schoondoggy Blower Fans – one directed to the back of the SDM and the other directed towards the P222 Heat Sink: Delta Electronics BFB0512LD
     
    30mm Fan: EverCOOL FAN-EC3007M12CA
     
    40mm Fan: Noctua NF-A4x10
     
     
     

     
    Temperature performance with P222 supplemental fan additions
     
     
     
    As-Built (and as exhibited at September 20, 2014 HSS Meet-up in Indianapolis #BestMeetUpEver)
     

     
    As built with 8 drives installed (see list below)
     
     
     
    Machine


    HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer w/Xeon E3-1265L-V2


    Cooling the CPU heat sink: 4 EverCOOL FAN-EC3007M12CA


    Working Drive 1 (D): 2 WD Red 1TB Model WD10JFCX in RAID1 on B120i Ports 3 & 4 mounted on SDM (“Schoondoggy Drive Mount”) plus Delta Electronics BFB0512LD for SDM cooling


    Working Drive 2 (E) (VM Drive): 2 Samsung 840 Pro 256GB SSD in RAID0 on B120i – Ports 1 & 2 of B120i


    P222/512 FBWC


    OS Drive ©: 1 Corsair GT 240GB SSD (mounted in Icy Dock EZConvert MB882SP-1S-1B) in RAID0 on P222 512 FBWC Ports 1, Bay 1 of Main Drive Bay


    OS: Windows 8.1 Pro 64b


    iLO Advanced License


    Working Drive 3 (F): 3 ST3000DM001 in RAID5 on P222/512 FBWC – bays 2-4 of main drive bay


    Cooling the P222: EverCOOL FAN-EC3007M12CA; Noctua A-Series NF-A4x10 40mm; Delta Electronics BFB0512LD


    EnzoTech BMR-C1 to Cool Broadcom Chip (Location 13-LOM)


    Forward SFF-8087 Cable for B120i: StarTech Model SAS8087S450 19” (50cm) Serial Attached SCSI SAS Cable – SFF-8087 to 4x Latching SATA


    Various Molex and SATA power connectors and adaptors including: Dell MX714 Floppy FDD to SATA Power Converter Cable; StarTech Model PY02SATA 6” SATA Power Y Splitter – see references for additional cable/connector call-outs


    Various Fan power connectors and cable ties – see references
     
     
    Performance (as exhibited at September 20, 2014 HSS Meet-up in Indianapolis #BestMeetUpEver)
     

     
    Temperatures with all 8 drives loaded as indicated in As-Built List Above
     
    Additional performance numbers and graphs will be posted at a later time.
     
     
     
    References
     
    Check out the HSS Forum Thread “Anyone Who Has Changed the Heat Sink on a Gen8 MicroServer”
     
    SDM (“Schoondoggy Drive Mount”): SGDM-SDM Pre-Production Review: HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer
     
    Check the other links on the 1st page of CSKenney’s HSS Forum Thread “ProLiant MicroServer Gen8 Links”
     
     

    Dave
    All three Surface Geek are back to discuss some new Windows 8.1 tablets, the Surface Pro 3 Core i3, and some possible new Windows Phones.

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    Meetup 2014 
    Links discussed on SG 75
    SG75

    Fake App Cleanup
    Threshold Tablets
     
    Surface Pro 3 Custom Fan to reduce throttling and heat

    http://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/motherboards/desktop-motherboards/desktop-boards-software-extreme-tuning-utility.html

    More complaints

    Give me a keyboard deal man!

    Wifi Issues
    Minis - Toshiba Encore Mini for $119 What?
     
    Toshiba’s Encore Mini Tablet Runs Windows 8.1 And Is Just $119
     
     
     
    Check out all of TheGeeksNetwork.COM Podcasts and Forums

    Also, take a look at AgnosticTechPodcast.COM I think you will like it!
     
     
     

    Dave
    John Zajdler is back to talk servers, Storage Spaces, Drive Extender, MyMovies, and a whole bunch of other Home Storage goodness.  We also put WHS 2011 and Essentials Server 2012 head to head!  This one was fun. Enjoy.
     
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    Links and Notes for this episode

    First 8TB Hard Drive

    Cloud Fender

    Update your Synology Box

    DropBox 1TB, Finally

    StableBit DrivePool and Scanner, Get it!

    Dave
    Brandon Paddock of Tweetium fame joins the podcast to discuss Tweetium for Windows, Windows Phone, and more.  I struggle at the end to discuss the Core i3  Surface Pro 3
     
    Thanks to Brandon for joining the podcast.  Go get Tweetium now!
     
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    Meetup 2014  Links discussed on SG 74
     
    SkyTab
     
    Surface 2 Winner
     
    Congrats Windows Phone Fans -
     
    HTC New Win Phone 
     
    Transform WP into POS
     
    Core i3
     

     of Core i3 and Dock 
    Paul Thurrott review of Surface Pro 3 Dock
     
     
     
     

    Dave

    QNAP TS-451 NAS Unboxing and Introduction

    By Dave, in NAS,

    At CES 2013 Dave visited with the guys in the QNAP booth.  This provided the Home Server Show Podcast the opportunity to review the TS-269L in 2013.  The TS-269L was a 2 bay NAS and was fun to review.  For 2014 QNAP has introduced the QNAP TS-x51 Series and they have sent us a 4 bay TS-451 NAS to review and evaluate.
     

     
    The contents of the box are an external power supply brick and cord, 2 ethernet cables, an assortment of screws and of course the NAS.  There is also a Quick Installation Guide and a Getting Started Pamphlet.
     

     
    Interestingly enough you must have an internet connection in your home to setup the NAS.  QNAP does not send a disk instead using the start.qnap.com website and a Cloud Key to begin the system setup.  I will demonstrate the setup in another article.
     
    When I removed the NAS from the packaging the first things I noticed was it’s white and the case is completely made of plastic.
     

     
    Even the drive trays are now made out of plastic.
     

     
    The QNAP TS-269L I previously reviewed had stamped metal trays that felt like they were higher quality.
     

     
    However, I encounter in my own job a reluctance for customers to use a plastic part over a metal part and I know the plastic part will work fine the in application.  I have to give QNAP the benefit of the doubt here and we will see over time if the all plastic tray makes any difference.
     
    Looking at the back of the NAS you will see a huge 120mm fan is utilized to move air past the drives and electronics inside.
     

     
    Also on the back are 2 Gigabit RJ-45 Ethernet ports, 2 USB 2.0 ports, 1 USB 3.0 port, HDMI port and the power supply jack.
     
    The front of the box has a 2nd USB 3.0 jack and 4 Hot-Swappable bays.  The NAS is designed for 4 x 3.5” or 2.5” SATA 6Gb/s, SATA 3Gb/s hard drives or SSD.
     

     
    Let’s take a look at the specs for this box.
     
    CPU - Intel® Celeron® 2.41GHz dual-core processor (burst up to 2.58GHz)
     
    DRAM - TS-451: 1GB DDR3L RAM expandable up to 8GB
     
    Flash Memory - 512MB DOM
     
    Hard Disk Drive - 4 x 3.5” or 2.5” SATA 6Gb/s, SATA 3Gb/s hard drive or SSD
    NOTE:
    1. The system is shipped without HDD.
    2. For the HDD compatibility list, please visit http://www.qnap.com/compatibility
     
    Hard Disk Tray - 4 x Hot-swappable tray
     
    LAN Port - 2 x Gigabit RJ-45 Ethernet port
     
    LED Indicators - Status, LAN, USB, HDD 1-4
     
    USB - 2 x USB 3.0 port (Front: 1, Rear: 1), 2 x USB 2.0 port (Rear: 2), Support USB printer, pen drive, and USB UPS etc.
     
    HDMI - 1
     
    Buttons - Power/Status, USB One-Touch-Backup, reset
     
    Alarm Buzzer - System warning
     
    IR Receiver - MCE-compatible
     
    Form Factor - Tower
     
    Dimensions - 177(H) x 180(W) x 235(D) mm; 6.97(H) x 7.09(W) x 9.25(D) inch
     
    Weight - Net: 3 kg (6.61 lbs) / Gross: 4.3 kg (9.48 lbs)
     
    Power Consumption (W)
    HDD standby: 15.85W
    S3 sleep: 0.55W
    In operation: 31.07W
    (with 4 x 1TB HDD installed)
     
    Power Supply - External Power Adapter, 90W, 100-240V
     
    Secure Design - Kensington security slot for theft prevention
     
    Fan - 1 x quiet cooling fan (12 cm, 12V DC)
     
    So specifications are great but what does this mean?
     
    QNAP describes the TS-X51 Series as a High Performance Dual Core NAS with On-the-fly & Offline Full HD Video Transcoding.  These devices are capable of transcoding multimedia content on the fly including Full HD (1080P) videos to mobile devices and other computers.  Offline transcoding can allow the user to prepare a selection of optimized videos in advance for viewing on devices with smaller screen or when using a limited internet connection.  I will be writing a future article that examines how this works and does it affect the useability of the NAS for other tasks.
     
    The TS-x451 series is also the world’s first home NAS with an integrated virtualization solution.  The Virtualization app will allow users to effortlessly operating VM’s that run Windows, Linux or UNIX.  To provide this functionality a minimum of 2GB of RAM is required so QNAP has provided 4GB of RAM in the TS-451 for review.
     
    This is just the tip of the iceberg for all the capabilities of this NAS which provides features like streaming your videos via DLNA, Airplay and Plex.  Personal cloud storage is provided through the QSync app that I reviewed on the TS-269L.   I plan to explore and talk about many of these features and my experience using them as I use the TS-451 and learn it’s potential.
     
    One of the nice features of the QNAP devices is they all use the same QTS operating system.  Once you are familiar with the interface, features and apps you can work on any of the QNAP NAS devices and already be familiar with the interface.
     
    One additoinal note.  In the TS-X51 Series QNAP offers 2 bay, 4 bay, 6 bay and 8 bay devices.  If that isn’t going to be enough storage space for you the TS-X51 Series can be expanded with the additional of a UX-500P or EX-800P Expansion Enclosure.  These will add an additional 5 or 8 bays respectively of additional storage on the NAS using a USB 3.0 connection.  While the expansion boxes are not going to be reviewed at this time it’s nice to know these options exist.
     
    Leave me a note in the comments if there is something specific you would like to see or a question you have.
     
    My next step is to make sure I have some hard drives from the QNAP compatibility list http://www.qnap.com/i/useng/product_x_grade/?hf=old and start setting up the NAS.

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    August Update for SP3
     
    http://www.microsoft.com/surface/en-us/support/install-update-activate/pro-3-update-history
     
    RT Got an August Update
     
    http://www.microsoft.com/surface/en-us/support/install-update-activate/rt-update-history
     



     

     
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    A little peek into my accessories as discussed on the podcast
     
    Arc Touch Mouse | Surface Edition
     
    CableMatters Mini Display Port to HDMI
     
    LG Flatron 27eav23v
     
    "plugable"  UD3000
     
     
     
    Bags
     
    www.strotter.com Messenger Bag
     
    ful.com Sidecar
     
    CaseCrown Laptop Bag
     
    http://www.brenthaven.com/
     



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