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    By: John Stutsman
     

     
    Figure 1 – Preparing my Gen8 MicroServer for Installation of Server 2012 R2
     
     
     
    Recently, I loaded MicroSoft Windows Server 2012 R2 (“Server 2012 R2” or “S2012R2”) onto my HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer using the HP Smart Array B120i RAID Controller and P222/512 FBWC RAID Controller to manage my OS and Data drives.
     
    I attached to ports 1 & 2 of the HP Smart Array B120i RAID Controller (“B120i”) two (2) Samsung 840 Pro 256GB SSDs in RAID0 partitioned into two (2) logical drives: 1 as my OS drive and the 2nd as a test data drive (seen on the top in the ODD space in Figure 1). Attached to ports 3 & 4 of the B120i were two (2) Western Digital WD10JFCX’s in RAID1 as a test data drive – both drives mounted on
    . Attached to the HP Smart Array P222/512 FBWC RAID Controller (“P222”) were four more Western Digital WD1500HLHX’s as Data drives mounted in the main four drive bay in the front of the MicroServer. 
    I used Western Digital WD1500HLHX as Data drives simply because I didn’t have any large capacity drives available to do my test’s with. The 5th generation WD1500HLHX have enabled me to load the P222 and test different configurations.
     
     
     

     
    Figure 2 -- Installed Firmware Version information via iLO4
     
     
     

     
    Figure 3 -- As shown in iLO4 I have upgrade my CPU to a Xeon E3-1265L V2
     
     
     

     
    Figure 4 -- My OS drive (Disk 0 in Figure 10) was configured with a ~120GB Logical Drive carved out of 2 Samsung 840 Pro 256GB SSD's (seen Figure 1) in RAID0 on the B120i RAID Controller
     
     
     
    I installed Server 2012 R2 using HP’s Intelligent Provisioning 1.6 after creating a 120GB Logical Drive 01 in the B120i that would be my OS Drive (see Figure 4). Later, I created additional Logical Drives on the B120i and P222 (see Figures 5, 6, 7 & 10).
     
     
     
    Video 1 -- Installing Server 2012 R2 on My Gen8 MicroServer Using IP 1.6:
     

     
     
     
     
     

     
    Figure 5 – I carved out a 2nd Logical drive (Disk 1 in Figure 10) out of the ~356GB remaining on the 2 Samsung 840 Pro 256GB SSD's (in Figure 1) in RAID0 on the B120i RAID Controller
     
     
     

     
    Figure 6 – For my Logical Drive 03 on the B120i I put two 2.5” WD10JFCX’s in a RAID1 (Disk 2 in Figure 10)
     
     
     

     
    Figure 7 – For my Logical Drive 01 off of the P222/512 FBWC RAID Controller I put 4 2.5” WD1500HLHX’s in RAID5 (Disk 3 in Figure 10)
     
     
     
    Figures 8 & 9 demonstrate my successful installation of Server 2012 R2 with HP’s Intelligent Provisioning 1.6.
     
     
     

     
    Figure 8 – As shown: Windows Server 2012 R2 successfully installed by HP’s Intelligent Provisioning 1.6
     
     
     

     
    Figure 9 – Another confirmation of Windows Server 2012 R2 successfully installed by HP’s Intelligent Provisioning 1.6
     
     
     

     
    Figure 10 – A view of the partitions (Drives) in the Gen8 with Computer Management, Disk 4 is a 3TB external USB 3.0 disk drive to be used for Server Backup. The size of the Drive C Volume has been reduced from the original size of slightly under 120GB to 117.11GB shown for Disk 0 in order for Server Backup to work correctly (see Figure 11).
     
     
     
    In December 2013 I had issues installing Server 2012 R2 with an earlier version of Intelligent Provisioning and rather than do a manual installation I tried, successfully, installing Server 2012 with Intelligent Provisioning, or so I thought. At the time I was experiencing errors with Server Backup until I learned in the Technet Forums that by shrinking the C drive with Windows’ Disk Management it corrected a mismatch between what Intelligent Provisioning said the OS drive size was and what Server Backup was seeing.
     
    After I finished the installation of Server 2012 R2 with Intelligent Provisioning 1.6 I set up Server Backup and got the same type of failures (see Figure 11) I was seeing in December 2013 with Server 2012 installed with the earlier version of Intelligent Provisioning. After shrinking the C drive with Windows Disk Management by about 2.5GB (see Figure 10) I found that Server Backup worked as shown in the successful entry in Figure 11 (and it has continued to work since then).
     
    HP’s Intelligent Provisioning is a great tool that speeds up the installation of an OS by automating the updating of firmware and installation of all drivers but based on my experience with Server 2012 and now Server 2012 R2 – it appears that in order to get Server Backup to work successfully it is necessary to shrink the OS (i.e. C Drive) drive in Windows’ Disk Management. I have seen no other issues with Server 2012 R2 installed with Intelligent Provisioning.
     
    In the future I plan to test to see if an Intelligent Provisioning install produces the same Server Backup issue with Server 2012 R2 Essentials. If it does this may be problematic for home users if they are not planning for the need to “shrink” the C drive slightly after their Intelligent Provisioning install of Server 2012 R2 Essentials in order for Server Backup to work properly.
     
     
     

     
    Figure 11 – Initially Server Backup failed but after reducing the volume of the OS drive I began seeing successful server backups.
     
     
     
    One of the things I wanted to check out on this setup was the performance of two (2) Samsung 840 Pro’s as my OS drive – or in this case a Logical Drive made out of a 120GB portion of the two (2) Samsung 840 Pro’s in RAID0. As figure 12 illustrates the performance was excellent and it is noticeable to me compared to using a single SSD as an OS drive. The responsiveness was wonderful, in my opinion. I certainly want to do some more testing with this concept. As always, Your Mileage May Vary (“YMMV”).
     
     
     

     
    Figure 12 – Performance of the OS drive (Drive C) was excellent. (Disk 0 in Figure 10)
     
     
     
     
     

     
    Figure 13 -- Performance of the Data Drive F. (Disk 1 in Figure 10)
     
     
     
     
     

     
    Figure 14 -- Performance of the Data Drive E. (Disk 2 in Figure 10)
     
     
     
     
     

     
    Figure 15 -- Performance of the Data Drive G. (Disk 3 in Figure 10) I believe because of the enabled cache on the P222 the ATTO readings were meaningless so they were not included in the Figure. Data Drive G was made up of 4 WD1500HLHX 150GB Drives in RAID5 on the P222/512 FBWC giving me a logical drive of 450GB.
     
     
     
     
     

     
    Figure 16 -- Seagate 3TB USB3 External Drive performance with HDTune -- used for Server Backup (Disk 4 in Figure 10)
     
     
     
     
     

     
    Figure 17 -- Temperature Results after several days operation at Idle conditions. This is with the Fan Mods described and shown in the HSS Thread P222 Temperature in Gen8
     
     
     
     
     
    The As-Built for my Gen8 (as pictured in Figure 1 and Figure 18):
     
    Machine


    HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer Xeon E3-1265LV2

    OS: MicroSoft Windows Server 2012 R2
    OS Drive: HP Smart Array B120i RAID Controller – Logical Drive 01 made with 120GB partition of RAID0 of two (2) physical drives Samsung 840 Pro 256GB SSD
    Test Data Drive: HP Smart Array B120i RAID Controller – Logical Drive 02 made with balance of remaining partition (approx. 392GB) of RAID0 of two (2) physical drives Samsung 840 Pro 256GB SSD
    Test Data Drive: HP Smart Array B120i RAID Controller – Logical Drive 03 made with Full 1TB partition of RAID1 of two (2) physical Western Digital drives WD10JFCX
    Schoondoggy Drive Mount
    Test Data Drive: HP Smart Array P222/512 FBWC RAID Controller – Logical Drive 01 made with 450GB partition of RAID5 of four (4) physical Western Digital drives VelociRaptor WD1500HLHX
    Fan Mods described and shown in the HSS Thread P222 Temperature in Gen8
    Samsung slim external USB DVD RW drive (used to install S2012R2)
     
     

     
    Figure 18 -- During install with External DVD Drive attached
     
     
     
    Please join us in the HSS Gen8 Forums with any question and/or comments on the above and other threads.
     
     
     
    NOTE: These are the details of my installation of S2012R2 onto my Gen8 MicroServer that I have talked about in many previous write-ups and discussions in the Forums and on the Blog of HomeServerShow.
     
     
     
    References:
     
    ProLiant MicroServer Gen8 Links
     
    Gen8 Blog posts
     
    MicroServer Blog posts
     
    Installing WHS2011 on the HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer using the B120i and P222
     
    Installing WHS-2011 on the HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer with AHCI Enabled
     
    HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer Configuration
     
    SGDM-SDM Pre-Production Review: HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer
     

     


    Dave
    Another security reminder, this time from a NAS vendor! We'll take a look at hard drive sizes, a new 4 bay NAS, Tablo TV on the go, and figure out what flavor of server I should install next. Enjoy!
     
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    Thecus NAS’s full compatibility list at Thecus.com:
     
    http://www.thecus.com/sp_comlist.php

    For more information on Thecus, go to:
    http://www.thecus.com

    For more information on Seagate, go to:

    http://www.seagate.com/
    http://www.synology.com/en-us/products/overview/DS414j
     
    New MSRP of $389.99

    4TB Drive Price Watch

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822178307&Tpk=N82E16822178307

    More info on the Synology DSM Update

    http://forum.synology.com/enu/viewtopic.php?f=108&t=84383
    http://www.synology.com/en-global/support/security_hotfix_dsm_5_0_4458_update_2
     
    I rarely listen to the Security Now podcast but when stuff like this pops up I give it a listen.
     
    http://twit.tv/show/security-now/452
     
    They talk about a tool that you can run to check your gear for heartbleed.  I wish I would have had this prior to patching as it would be cool to see it find the vulnerability.
     
    http://www.crowdstrike.com/community-tools/index.html
     
     
     
     
     
     

    Dave
    We can't stop talking about the Mini. A little more information has squeaked out and we will dissect it and yet again go over our wishes and wants.  Free money if you have a Windows Phone! Apps, new pop up stores, and deals on RT!  Enjoy.

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    New Popup Microsoft Stores and Surface RT for $199, Dell Venue Pro 8 for $99
     
    Microsoft to Launch Surface Mini on May 20
     
    Surface Mini with Pen Support
     
    Lumia owners get $25 credit in the Windows Phone Store.
     
    Snap Attack
     
    Box
     
    Skype and Bing apps updated for Windows 8.1, Skype now syncs favorites across device

    Dave

    Surface Pro 3 on Surface Geeks 65

    By Dave, in Surface Geeks,

    What do you want in a new Surface? We take the rumors and add what we think would be great for a Surface Pro 3!  Pure speculation and wish listing but I think we came up with some good ideas.  What do you want?  Check the forums for discussion and add to it!

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    Episode 65 Shownotes and Links

     
    Surface Rumors
     
    Surface Pro 3 Rumors in the forums - http://www.surfacegeeks.net/forums/index.php?/topic/1255-surface-pro-3-rumors/#entry6430
     
    Nokia Oyj to become Microsoft Mobile Oy, Nokia to retain its suppliers base post the deal? Nokia Power User, Kamal, April 19, 2014
     
    The Nokia Devices and Services acquisition close date, The Official Microsoft Blog, April 21, 2014
     
    More than 1.5 million Windows Phone users have upgraded to WP8.1, as the Nokia Lumia 520 runs out of steam, WMPU, Surur, April 22, 2014
     
    Microsoft Will Pick Up 93.5% Of The Windows Phone Device Market When Its Nokia Deal Closes On Friday, TechCrunch, Alex Wilhelm, April 22, 2014
     
    Agreement with Motorola Solutions covers devices running Android and Chrome, April 21, 2014
     
    Rumor sheds light on Windows 8.2, Windows 9, and Chrome OS-style Windows Cloud, WinBeta, Ron, April 21, 2014
     
    Microsoft's new, new Windows cadence: Once a year is not enough, ZDNet, Mary Jo Foley , April 22, 2014
     


    Dave
    If you have ever considered Plex or want to know more about it this episode is for you.  I'm also giving you a first look at Tablo.  If you are looking at alternative Media Center products listen in!  This is a big media episode.  A lot of TV, Roku, DVD talk that is centered around the server or NAS in your home.
     
    Special thanks to:
     
    Tony Wraynor
     
    Mike Faucher
     
    Jim Collison
     
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    Links and Notes for this episode

    Cloudberry
    StableBit
     
    Channel Master DVR+
     
    Tablo

    Calculate backup cost on Amazon

    BitCasa adds ChromeCast

    Migrate from v1 to what?  - Great forums post

    Plex

    Roku

    Check the forums for discussion on this episode!

    Dave
    It's hard not to talk about Windows Phone this week but we have Surface Mini rumors! A lot of Surface and some Windows Phone 8.1 at the end.
     
    Hosts:  Dave "No Bullets" McCabe, Darren "The Mouth" Cohen, John  "Return Receipt" Wiskowski
     
     Congrats to new Surface MVP's - Brian Friedlander, Terje Torsheim, and Ralf Eiberger.
     
    Microsoft in the News
     
    Inside Microsoft's New Platform And Services Strategy, TechCrunch 04/13/14
     
    Micrososft "WIMBoot" Spares Precious Storage, PCMag 04/12/14
     
    Surface 2 LTE Update (Stability Concerns, NVIDIA drivers, Touch Cover 2, 1080p)
     
    Windows Update Makes Surface Better
     
    Surface Mini Rumors
     
    Ready for a smaller Surface? What we know about the Surface Mini, Digital Trends, Andy Boxall, April 12, 2014
     
    Surface mini: A few more details about the upcoming device, Neowin, Brad Sams, April 10, 2014
     
    Windows Phone 8.1 Update
     
    Windows Phone Site: http://www.windowsphone.com/en-us/features-8-1#Cortana
     
    How Cortana works in Windows Phone 8.1, Digital Trends, Christian Brazil Bautista, April 13, 2014
     
    Cortana The Comedian
     
    Microsoft Office
     
    Microsoft makes Office Online available in Chrome Web Store, ZDNet, Mary Jo Foley, April 14, 2014
     
    Did Microsoft just kill its anti-Google 'Scroogled' campaign? ZDNet, Mary Jo Foley, April 14, 2014
     
    John's weight loss using WP8 on Lumia 720, Adidas miCoach, Xbox Music
     
    Adidas Speed_Cell
     
    Adidas miCoach app
     
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    Episode 63 Shownotes and Links

    Dave
    It's hard not to talk about security this week with HeartBleed in the news.  Are you safe? Is your home server safe?  I'll talk with Jim Collison and John Stutsman about it and how to store your passwords as well.  Lastly, I'm using Ooma VOIP service for my home telephone.  What are you paying for home service?  I teased John Stutsman with some Gen 8 talk and we ran out of time.  I also teased the Tablo and ran out of time on that too!  There is always next week!
     
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    Links and Notes for this episode

    Cloudberry
    StableBit
     
    Channel Master DVR+
     
    Tablo
     
    Heartbleed
     
    Synology Heartbleed Fix
     
    LastPass - 1 Free month of premium service via this link

    Dell releases a new R220 RAck Server

    Dell heartbleed status page 
    Ooma 
     
    Meetup 2014 first mention

    Dave
    Remember way back when I did this podcast by myself? Ya, I'm talking episode 1 to about episode 40 something. Well, Jim has the night off and I'm going solo!
     
    I've got two Media Center replacements in my house and I'll talk about both.  I also talk a little bit about Dynamic DNS.  I'm opening up a discussion opportunity for you for the forums.  I'll talk about two options, one paid, one free. Great short show.  Jim is back next week, whew!
     
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    Links and Notes for this episode

    CloudBerry Coupon

    Synology DS214SE and on Amazon for $155!

    Tablo

    Channel Master DVR+

    Dave
    I'm back, I'm tired and need a vacation due to my vacation! I'm also trying to keep Darren and John in line by quizzing them on what happened at Build.  Again, we go deep into Windows Phone and Surface.  No mention of Surface at Build so I ask what would you buy in the future?
     
    Did you update your 8.1? We did and discuss it. Plenty to talk about this week.  Episode 62 is YouTube only and can be found here.  My thanks to John and Darren for filling in last week.
     
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    Episode 63 Shownotes and Links
     
     
    No April 2014 firmware updates for Surface devices, Windows 8.1 Update available instead, WinBeta, Ron, April 8, 2014
     
    Support for Windows XP ends now, The Fire Hose, April 8, 2014
     
    Microsoft to Windows XP users: The jig is up, ZDNet, Lance Whitney, April 8, 2014
     
    Nokia wins Chinese approval for Microsoft deal, Reuters, Sakari Suoninen, April 8, 2014
     
    Delta Flight Attendants Upgrade to Nokia Lumia 1520 Phablets, PCMag, Angela Moscaritolo, April 7, 2014
     
    Additional Nokia Cyan Update Details Revealed, Ubergizmo, Tyler Lee, April 8, 2014
     
    Nokia begins pushing business to switch to the Lumia 1520 with new ad, WinBeta, Alan Buckingham, April 7, 2014
     
    Nokia X buyers to get 500MB of free 3G data per month from Airtel, Press Trust of India, April 8, 2014
     
    Nokia Lumia 630 now on pre-order in Russia for $224, WMPoweruser, Surur, April 8, 2014
     
    Nokia Lumia 1020 scores another science win, WMPoweruser, Surur, April 8, 2014
     
    Microsoft shows off next-gen Windows for connected cars, PCWorld, Mark Hachman, April 7, 2014
     
    Windows 8.1 users: It's time to move to Windows 8.1 Update, ZDNet, Mary Jo Foley, April 7, 2014
     
    Windows 8.1 Update 1 Arrives It's finally here, WinSuperSite, Paul Thurrott, April 8, 2014
     
    Office for iPad Microsoft Office for iPad engineers talk history, hint about futures, ZDNet, Mary Jo Foley, April 8, 2014
     
    Skype for Modern Windows 2.7, with Multiple Ways to Manage Your Availability, Skype Blog, April 8, 2014
     
    BBM for Windows Phone Device Enters Testing Phase [Report], Gizbot, Vivek Chhetri, April 8, 2014
     
    Evernote Windows Phone App Updated With much improved Notes Editor, WMPoweruser, Surur, April 8, 2014
     
    Video editing apps are coming to Windows Phone 8.1, here's a preview, Windows Phone Central, Mark Guim, April 8, 2014
     
    Customize your Windows Phone devices with the official Zedge app, Windows Phone Central, Abhishek Baxi, April 8, 2014
     


    Dave

    Office for iPad has Landed

    By Dave, in Surface Geeks,

    Office for iPad has landed and Darren and I discuss the apps and implications of their arrival. What side are you on?  Spoiler Alert:  Office Mobile for Android and iOS is just as free as the version for Windows Phone used to be.
     
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    Episode 60 Shownotes and Links

    Microsoft Office for iPad sets Gold Standard for Tablet Productivity - Ed Bott
     
     A closer look at Microsoft Office for the iPad - Ed Bott
     
    Office for iPad is free but it will cost you - Jason D. O'Grady
     
    Microsoft Office iPad Review - Paul Thurrott
     
    Even with Office for iPad, my daughter wants a Surface 2 for college - Matthew Miller
     


    Dave
    This was a fun episode.  I'm departing from server talk for the week to talk with Kevin Schoonover about SmartThings.  This is a Home Automation company that makes Z-Wave hubs and devices to interact with your home.  Use them to alert, automate, and inform.  Find out all about it in this episode.  We will explain in depth and tell you about example uses for your house and your data center.
     
    This is a good episode to catch on video even if my webcam situation was not perfect. Check out the video
    on YouTube.
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    SmartThings links:

    All the basics:

    https://support.smartthings.com/hc/en-us/categories/200058800

    Tested devices:

    http://build.smartthings.com/compatible-devices/

    Forums:

    http://build.smartthings.com/forums/

    User Projects:

    http://build.smartthings.com/projects/

    SmartThings Users GitHub:

    https://github.com/smartthings-users
    Hub:

    https://shop.smartthings.com/#/products/smartthings-hub

    Presence sensors:

    https://shop.smartthings.com/#/products/smartsense-presence

    Moisture sensor- floor:

    https://shop.smartthings.com/#/products/smartsense-moisture

    Moisture sensor- drain:

    http://www.lowes.com/pd_422362-45367-TST01-1_0__

    SmartSense Multi:

    https://shop.smartthings.com/#/products/smartsense-multi

    Smoke/CO detector:

    http://www.lowes.com/pd_505521-347-ZCOMBO_0__?Ntt=zcombo&UserSearch=zcombo&productId=4780109&rpp=32
    Garage door:

    https://shop.smartthings.com/#/products/evolve-lfm-20-fixture-module

    or

    http://www.amazon.com/Linear-Z-Wave-Isolated-Contact-Fixture/dp/B00ER6MH22/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1395777268&sr=8-6&keywords=z+wave+products

    and

    https://shop.smartthings.com/#/products/smartsense-multi
     

    SMB Data Center Monitoring

    Hub:

    https://shop.smartthings.com/#/products/smartthings-hub

    Monitor rack doors and rack temp, front and back:

    https://shop.smartthings.com/#/products/smartsense-multi

    Monitor air duct temp:

    https://shop.smartthings.com/#/products/smartsense-multi

    Monitor motion, humidity, light and ambient temperature:

    https://shop.smartthings.com/#/products/aeonlabs-multi

    Moisture on floor:

    https://shop.smartthings.com/#/products/smartsense-moisture

    Smoke from rack:

    http://www.lowes.com/pd_505521-347-ZCOMBO_0__?Ntt=zcombo&UserSearch=zcombo&productId=4780109&rpp=32

    Presence sensor?

    https://shop.smartthings.com/#/products/smartsense-presence
    Webcam mentioned at end of podcast

    http://getpiper.com/
     
     
     
     
    http://homeautomationforums.com

    Dave
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    Episode 60 Shownotes and Links I showed off an upcoming review device at the beginning.  It's the Channel Master DVR+ and it will be on homeservershow.com soon. Check out that site and podcast.  I also mentioned a Media Center build out of an old Tivo. You can see that here.  I still use it as my main HTPC.
     
    Is Microsoft about to buy Xamarin? ZDNet, Mary Jo Foley, March 18, 2014 (more next week if this news firms up.  BIG News)
     
    Microsoft shares jump on speculation that Office is coming to iPad, Washington Post, Hayley Tsukayama, March 18, 2014
     
    Best Wishes to Marc Whitten as He Departs Xbox, Xbox Wire, March 17, 2014
     
    UPDATE 2-Microsoft shares flirt with dotcom-boom levels on iPad app report, Reuters, March 18, 2014
     
    Microsoft's One vision really could be Steve Ballmer's greatest legacy, WinBeta, Mark Wilson, March 16, 2014
     
    Future Microsoft Store locations revealed, did your city make the list? WinBeta, Ron, March 18, 2014
     
    Announcing Surface 2 (AT&T 4G LTE), Surface Blog, Surface Team, March 17, 2014
     
    Microsoft's Surface 2 with AT&T 4G LTE coming March 18 for $679, ZDNet, Mary Jo Foley, March 17, 2014
     
    Microsoft Office for iPad will be unveiled this month, The Verge, Tom Warren, March 17, 2014
     
    Feebly allows you to sign up with MS account. Good for Nextgen reader on WP and W8. Feely adds One Note integration to Pro http://www.wpcentral.com/feedly-adds-onenote-integration-pro-upgrade
     
    OneNote now on Mac, free everywhere, and service powered, Office Blogs, OneNote Team, March 17, 2014
     
    Microsoft takes on the 'free' OS, CNet, Brooke Crothers, March 15, 2014
     
    Windows Phone Beats Out The iPhone’s Market Share In Romania, Ubergizmo, Tyler Lee, March 17, 2014
     
    Uncertainty Persists As The Nokia-Microsoft Deal Races Towards Deadline, TechCrunch, Alex Wilhelm, March 17, 2014
     
    Mozilla VP: Firefox for Microsoft Metro would be a mistake, Computer Weekly, Adrian Bridgwater, March 18, 2014
     
    Microsoft woos Windows XP holdouts with $50 gift cards, PCWorld, Brad Chacos, March 17, 2014
     
    Using Surface to Reach your Health and Fitness Goals, Surface Blog, Surface Team, March 13, 2014
     
    Microsoft's Fresh Paint app for Windows Phone 8 receives new update, WinBeta, Ron, March 18, 2014
     
    Office Lens turns your Windows Phone into a scanner for OneNote, WinBeta, Mark Wilson, March 17, 2014
     
    Instagram for Windows Phone finally adds Lock screen support, Windows Phone Central, Sam Sabri, March 18, 2014
     
     

    Dave
    Dell XPS 11 Photo Gallery and Configuration Details
    Intro
     
    I bought a MacBook Air and a Lumia 2520 last year. I didn’t plan on buying both, but the MacBook Air was only great for certain things. It had arguably one of the best mobile keyboards and trackpads, amazing battery life and solid performance. However, the screen resolution and quality were both subpar. At 1366x768, and without any extra technology thrown at it, it simply looked dull and lifeless. The Lumia 2520 had a great 1080p screen and Nokia’s ClearBlack technology. Outside of some light bleeding, it was near perfect. However, adding the Nokia Power Keyboard would substantially increase the overall weight. And performance, although good, was nowhere near a Haswell ultrabook like the MacBook Air.
     
    The 2520 was the better consumption device. I enjoy the Modern UI and Windows 8.1 via a touch interface. The MacBook Air was solid for getting work done, and knowing you could watch 3-4 movies back to back and still have battery life to spare. I don’t like having too many devices lying around, so I started planning a change. I went to my local Best Buy, Sony Store, Microsoft Store and Apple Store. I checked out the Sony Vaio Flip 11A (11.6” 1080p Pentium-class Haswell with Active Digitizer Pen for $799), the Samsung ATIV Book 9 Plus (13” 3200x1800 i5 Haswell at 3-pounds for $1099 on sale), the Surface Pro 2 (which I would have later added a Power Cover too which would have run $899 plus $199) and a couple other random machines not worth mentioning. Once I played with the Samsung ATIV Book 9’s amazing “retina” class screen, I couldn’t stand looking at anything 1080p. However, I didn’t need 13” and I’m just not a Samsung fan (although this was the nicest product of theirs I have ever touched).
     
    I was unexplainably reminded of a carbon fiber and aluminum made Dell I heard about late in 2013. It was a "retina" class ultrabook in a smaller and lighter package. At 11.6” with a 2560x1440p resolution, it offered one of the best pixel densities around. With “Yoga” like capabilities (laptop, stand, tent and tablet modes) it out did the Lenovo Yoga line by being thinner, lighter and not made of plastic. I just spent 5 days using it heavily, so the question is… does it live up to my goal of replacing both a tablet and a laptop?
     
    Usage
     
    I used the Dell XPS 11 for a little more than five days. The first day I basically just setup the machine from scratch, as I didn’t carry over any settings or apps from OneDrive. A few software updates were available, and I entered my previously obtained Office 2013 Pro Plus product key. Everything installed quickly and easily. I updated drivers from Intel’s site for Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and Rapid Start. New GPU drivers were available from Intel but wouldn’t install and directed me to Dell. Dell’s site didn’t have any newer drivers. I used the device on the couch, on my lap, and in bed until the battery drained all the way. Laptop mode, stand mode and tablet mode were tested. The next day, it came to work with me and was used primarily as a laptop. Usage was heavy, and after a full work day it was down to 20%. I plugged it in to the charger and went to dinner. It was fully charged after my two hour dinner. Over the weekend, I used it around the house and charged it whenever it got down to 20% or I was going to sleep. The battery is rated at 8-8.5 hours. I saw as little as 4-4.5 under very heavy productivity usage while using High Performance mode. Balanced mode yield 5-6 hours with moderate productivity to heavy consumption usage. Only in Power Saving mode and used primarily as a consumption device would one approach the 8 hour mark. The last couple days I used to device to perform an monitor a SQL Server DB upgrade and send out regular communications using Outlook. The device was used from 1am-8am before it had to be shutdown. I tend to switch frequently between laptop and stand modes.
     
    Experience - Hardware
     
    I’m blown away. I know many people enjoy PC laptop-like hardware from various vendors. For years, only Apple impressed me. That statement might anger a few readers, but it is the truth. A few Windows tablets like the Surface and Lumia 2520 have shown signs of high build quality. I saw some nice Lenovo and Acer laptops in the hands of friends, but nothing made me feel like I had to own it. Reading that the Dell XPS 11 was made from carbon fiber and aluminum, I was more inclined to give it a chance. The materials are high quality, yet don’t force the dense, weighty feel that a MacBook can have. There is a rubberized feel to the keyboard and surrounding trackpad area. It makes it easy to clean. There are no gaps or openings deep enough to hold any dust, crumbs or other materials. You can literally wipe it clean. The trackpad is good, but not glass trackpad good. It is better than expected, and way more useful than the tiny one on the Type/Touch Cover 2. Scrolling horizontally works better than vertically.
     
    The keyboard is the worst reviewed and underappreciated feature of the XPS 11. Not one reviewer seemed to like it. Until now. I love it. Since I keyboard hop so often, using an Apple Wireless Keyboard at home, a Microsoft Wireless Keyboard at work, a Nexus 7, a Lumia 720 and many more… I never type perfectly. I know the less device hopping I do, the better my typing will be. Since I tried to use the Dell as much as possible over the review period, I know that improved my typing ability. It is not a regular keyboard. It is an enhanced variant of the original Type Cover, just without the fabric and with bigger keys. The most challenging keys for me have been the Backspace and Spacebar. I don’t know what people expect an 11.6” device to have, keyboard wise. Yes, the MacBook Air is better, but not that much better. This keyboard is usable, and perfect to fold back and use during stand and tablet mode.
     
    I previously owned a Surface and Surface 2, and folding back the covers were never a great experience for me. It always felt wrong, where this does not. The backlighting is awesome, and the font and style comes across as very modern. Settings allow you to change the touch sensitivity of the keyboard along with the ability to toggle on and off keyboard clicks. I turned it off, as I do with the touch screen keyboards of my tablets and phones. Your mileage may vary, but don’t believe everything you read. To me, I wouldn’t like this device with any other keyboard. I must note that I look at the keys while I type, and apparently this makes a huge difference in the success one has with a non haptic, zero travel keyboard.
     
    The display is why I picked the device over the many others available today. The display, paired with the tablet first design of this machine makes it stand out. The display is a Sharp IGZO 11.6” 2560x1440 panel. Picture AMOLED color saturation with the brightness of a Super LCD. It is the best of both worlds and I know now why we keep hearing more and more rumors about vendors trying to launch products with this technology. Blacks are black, colors vibrant, text clear and motion is fluid. Watching low resolution content can be disappointing. However, watching 1080p or higher content is a dream. Netflix, Xbox Video, Vevo and YouTube HD look amazing. I prefer watching videos on this device over any other that I own. Colors, specifically red, were a bit oversaturated. Lucky, Intel provides useful tools for modifying red, green, blue or all colors together. Dropping saturation by 20% made the display perfect in my eyes. Desktop scaling is set to 200% by default and I prefer it. 11.6” is too small to handle the full native resolution of the panel. Dell handles this like Apple does, and simply presents a 720p sized image with twice the amount of pixels pushing it. But you can run the native resolution or with 125% or 150% scaling instead of the default 200%. Brightness is very good overall, and compensates for the glossy Gorilla Glass 3 used above the panel. Another high quality material that will keep the screen from scratching.
     
    Touch response is as good if not better than any Windows 8.1 device I have used. And since the device is the right size, you can easily transition from keyboard/trackpad use to touchscreen while in laptop mode. But for the best experience, I prefer switching to stand mode. Stand mode offers the ultimately in lapability. I just perform a quick fold of the keyboard, and I can rest the device on my lap, chest or any nearby surface. No case and definitely no kickstand has provided this sort of flexibility. At 2.5-pounds it is just slightly heavier than a Surface Pro 2 with a Touch Cover 2 attached. In other words, you can hold it and use it just as well as you can a Surface. Being larger than a Pro 2, it feels less dense and therefore lighter than it really is. Thanks to the carbon fiber and aluminum, you can pick it up with on hand, in any mode, and not hear or feel a creak or flex. The device is rock solid in any form.
     
    Audio performance was found to be surprisingly clear, full and loud. Believe or not there is actual bass. Maybe because the keyboard area is sealed? But everything sounds amazing, and Dell offers an app to tweak the sound tons of ways. You can boost bass, treble, dialog, surround and volume. Separate audio profiles can be created, but you’d have to manually change them. 20% volume sounds great while working in laptop mode and listening to Xbox Music. 50-70% is good for me while the device is in stand mode and on my bed. In stand mode, the speakers are further away from you. There are a plethora of microphone settings as well, and the stereo mics perform admirably. I did notice an odd audio bug that appears to correct itself when audio settings are reset to default. Audio would become highly distorted for a few moments until the audio settings were reset.
     
    Wrap Up
     
    I don’t want to get started on software in this review. If you are reading this, you are likely aware of Windows 8.1 and the way desktop and Modern UI apps perform. I plan to visit the software experience when I review Windows 8.1 Update next month. I would like to point out that Modern UI apps look great and scale better than their desktop counterparts. Office scales very well, and VLC works fine, but the on screen buttons and control bar appear very small. I’ll have more to come, but no showstoppers have been found yet. In general, everything looks good, sounds good and feels good. The industrial design allows you to look good using the device in any mode you choose.
     
    Coworkers were impressed by the build quality and design Dell applied here. This device is a standout wherever I take it. At home, at work and out and about, the XPS 11 looks modern. Luckily, underneath the premium finish is power. The Haswell i5 with 4GB RAM and 128GB SSD inside has quickly become a standard. It allows enough performance for most tasks, and the efficiency to last anywhere between 4-8 hours. Usage definitely affects how well a device like the XPS 11 holds up. For my use cases, I couldn’t be happier. It replaces two devices, and offers a superior audio, visual and productivity experience. Starting at $999, my unit's configuration runs around $1249.
     
     

    Joe_Miner
    By: JohnStutsman
     

     
    Figure 1 – Preparing my Gen8 MicroServer for Installation of WHS2011
     
     
     
    Recently, I loaded MicroSoft Windows Home Server 2011(“WHS2011”) onto my HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer using the HP Smart Array B120i RAID Controller and P222/512 FBWC RAID Controller to manage my OS and Data drives.
     
    Attached to the HP Smart Array B120i RAID Controller I used two Crucial M4 256GB SSDs in RAID0 as my WHS2011 OS drive (seen on the top in the ODD space in Figure 1) and tested two Western Digital WD1500HLHX’s as Data drives mounted on the Schoondoggy Drive Mount (seen on the side of the MicroServer in Figure 1). Attached to the HP Smart Array P222/512 FBWC RAID Controller were four more Western Digital WD1500HLHX’s as Data drives mounted in the main four drive bay in the front of the MicroServer.
     
    I used Western Digital WD1500HLHX as Data drives simply because I didn’t have any large capacity drives available to do my test’s with.
     
    I wrote up a step-by-step guide on how I did it including pictures and videos.
     
    The As-Built for my Gen8 (as pictured in Figure 1):
     
    Machine


    HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer Xeon E3-1265LV2

    OS: MicroSoft Windows Home Server 2011

    Test Data Drive: HP Smart Array B120i RAID Controller – Various Logical RAID Drive’s made with two (2) physical Western Digital drives VelociRaptor WD1500HLHX
    Schoondoggy Drive Mount
    Test Data Drive: HP Smart Array P222/512 FBWC RAID Controller – Various Logical RAID Drive’s made with four (4) physical Western Digital drives VelociRaptor WD1500HLHX
    Samsung slim external USB DVD RW drive (not in the picture but used to install WHS2011)
    You can read more about how I prepared for and implemented the installation in my Step-by-Step guide in message #59 & #60 of the Forum thread: Has Anyone Loaded & Run WHS-2011 on a Gen8. There you will also find pictures, videos, and performance charts of my OS drive & my Test Data drives in different RAID configurations.
     
    Please join us in the HSS Gen8 Forums with any question and/or comments on the above and other threads.
     
    References:
     
    ProLiant MicroServer Gen8 Links
     
    How to Install Windows Home Server 2011
     

     
    Installing WHS-2011 on the HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer with AHCI Enabled
     
    HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer Configuration
     

     
    SGDM-SDM Pre-Production Review: HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer
     
     

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