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    The guys over at DrivePop just sent me another Unlimited Deal on Cloud backups so I wanted to share this one with you.  They have put an Olympic spin on the renewal period for their Cloud Backup plan and are offering it to Home Server Show readers and listeners.
     
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    Dave
    The leak of Windows Phone 8.1 screens has everyone talking and we break down every little detail.  We also talk about the Nokia Android connection, Bill Gates, and a little bird that flaps.  We even have some Surface news! ESPN anyone?
     
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    Episode 55 Shownotes and Links
    Microsoft's Surface 2 cleared for takeoff in cockpit, CNet, Don Reisinger, February 11, 2014

    Microsoft delivers February Surface firmware updates, ZDNet, Mary Jo Foley, February 11, 2014

    Microsoft highlights two schools who have made the switch to Surface RT and Surface Pro, WinBeta, Ron, February 10, 2014

    The 7 Most Fascinating Things Bill Gates Said in His Reddit Chat, Reuters, February 11, 2014

    Hello Reddit – I’m Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Microsoft founder. Ask me anything.

    Nokia's Android phone: X marks the forked spot? ZDNet, Mary Jo Foley, February 10, 2014 

    Windows Phone 8.1 Notification Center revealed in leaked screenshots, The Verge, Tom Warren, February 9, 2014

    Windows Phone 8.1 features leaked by developer, CNet, Lance Whitney, February 11, 2014

    Windows Phone 8.1 includes universal apps and lots of feature updates, The Verge, Tom Warren, February 11, 2014

    Black for the 928
    Flappy Bird is dead, here are some alternatives for Windows Phone and Windows 8.1, WinBeta, Ron, February 11, 2014

    WatchESPN App Now Available for Windows 8, The Futon Critic, February 11, 2014

    Microsoft building an ‘Xbox Reading’ app for Windows 8, The Verge, Tom Warren, February 10, 2014

    Dave
    A couple of guys talking storage for Windows Home Server and Essentials.  Are you interested in a Drive Extender type replacement?  That's the subject on episode 251. John Zajdler and Chris Courtney join to talk Drive Bender, StableBit, and Storage Spaces.    We also take a look at large hard drive prices and go over some end of life situations for Home Server products. Drive Extender Replacement

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    HP and the new rules on firmware

    6TB Drive down to $772.50
    4TB Drive $175

    WHS 2011 EOL

    2003 WHS EOL

    StableBit, DriveBender, Storage Spaces LINKS to all

    Zalman Enclosure mentioned by Drashna

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    Joe_Miner
    By: John Stutsman
     
     
     
    HP has announced a new policy for Firmware Update Access for HP ProLiant Servers.
     
    HP Vice President Mary McCoy explained last Friday (2/7/2014) in Customers for Life the new policy:

    This week, HP announced that effective February 19, 2014, we will provide firmware updates through the HP Support Center only to customers with a valid warranty, Care Pack Service or support agreement.

     This decision reinforces our goal to provide access to the latest HP firmware, which is valuable intellectual property, for our customers who have chosen to maximize and protect their IT investments.  We know this is a change from how we’ve done business in the past; however, this aligns with industry best practices and is the right decision for our customers and partners.

     Our customers under warranty or support coverage will not need to pay for firmware access, and we are in no way trying to force customers into purchasing extended coverage.  That is, and always will be, a customer’s choice.

    At the end of the day, we want you to know that you can continue to count on HP. And we will continue to provide an easily accessible way for our customers to download firmware updates.  Our intention is to offer differentiated and long-term value in the products and services we provide.  ….
    Please join us in the HSS Forums posting HP’s New Rules to Access Firmware and Driver Downloads for additional information and updates as they become available as well as actions you may take to best make your constructive opinions and feelings known to HP.
     
     

    Dave

    BYOB Episode 139

    By Dave, in BYOB,

    Today I am joined by Christopher Courtney (aka: Drashna) to dig deeper into the topic of running a domain at home.  As enthusiasts, we will be faced with the potential of making the choice to either upgrade to Windows Server 2012 Essentials or possibly to look for other solutions.  Our discussion today deals with exploring all the benefits and drawbacks to running a domain at home.  After talking today with Chris, I now have a different perspective and viewpoint on this topic.  I would like to thank Chris for joining me today and enlightening us with his experience and views.  In addition we also discuss an update to Plex which breaks Blu-Ray folder metadata and changes how I am using it.   Show Outline Why do you need a domain at home?


    Most people don't
    If you have a larger number of computers, it makes management easier
    If you have a few computers that everyone shares
    What is a Domain/Domain Controller?


    It's an Authentication Server, basically


    Authenticates users on multiple machines
    Verifies security


    Specifically, it allows one user account (a domain user) to access "resources" on multiple machines with the same username and password
    What does a domain allow you to do?


    Authenticate users (yes, this is a running theme and the main point of domains/active directory)
    Enforce security/group policies


    Folder Redirection? Part of the "Implement Group Policy" feature in Essentials


    Sets user folders (Contacts, Favorites, Downloads, Desktop, Documents, Pictures, Music, Videos) to use a Network share location by default, and to be synced between domain PCs
    Sets these files up in "Offline File Sync" so they are available if you don't have access to the server, such as "Out of Office"


    Push MSI installations such as:


    Google Chrome for Enterprises
    StableBit Products
    TightVNC
    PDF Readers


    Most any other MSI


    Anything that uses "secpol.msc", aka Security Policies


    CryptoLocker Prevention Kit http://msmvps.com/blogs/bradley/archive/2013/10/15/cryptolocker-prevention-kit.aspx
    WHSv1's Windows 7 x64 Password Conflict issue http://homeservershow.com/windows-7-rc-x64-whs-password-conflict.html
    Disabling SMB Signing http://mctexpert.blogspot.com/2011/02/disable-smb-signing.html


    Anything that uses "gpedit.msc", aka "Group Policy Editor"


    BitLocker without TPM? www.howtogeek.com/howto/6229/how-to-use-bitlocker-on-drives-without-tpm/
    Disabling the annoying new computer wizard in Windows 8
    Enabling Remote Management of Event Viewer, Devices, and Disks
    Configure Windows Update settings, and even allow configuration for a WSUS server
    And many, many other things that you can control via Group Policy, includes Start8 settings.


    Organize and manage your network This is a bit more technical, and many not be needed in a home environment


    OU's
    Volume Licensing Activation via the Key Management Services


    Domain Name Server (DNS)


    DNS is the back bone of Active Directory/Domains
    Instead of Host file hacking, you can add a "Primary Zone" and "A NAME" here


    Useful for blacklisting websites for the network (not as good)


    http://www.groovypost.com/howto/remove-ads-skype-windows/ Add "rad.msn.com" as a Primary Zone and add a "A Name" record that uses "0.0.0.0" for the IP address


    Good for redirecting resources to a local IP (such as your Anywhere Access URL, and great for bypassing routers that lack a "loopback adapter"


    Windows Deployment Services


    PXE (Diskless) booting over the network
    Server 2012R2 Essentials uses this to boot the restore disk over the network
    Can be used to boot any "WinPE" based image, such as EaseUS Data Recovery
    Can be used to Install Windows over the network without a disk


    "LDAP" Authentication can be used to authenticate against by any software that is capable of using "LDAP", such as:


    Subsonic (out of box)
    Wordpress (with a plugin)
    Does not have to be *on* the server to do this
    Why do I say that this isn't for most people? You don't just reinstall in a domain controller. You need either a good and reliable backup solution that you can restore from. Or you need a secondary (backup) domain controller. Or, both ideally. The reason being is that if you reinstall the domain, even if it's using the same name and same user accounts, the "IDs" for the users and computers are not the same. This means that you will need to leave the domain on each client computer. This DELETES the domain user account on the PC. This is also why it's stupid that Microsoft has depreciated the Windows Easy Transfer Wizard tool in Windows 8 (outright blocks it in 8.1). DNS AutoConfig: In theory, if the DHCP server is handing out your server's IP Address as a DNS server (ideally the primary), then it will not configure the DNS server. You can also use Group Policy to add this registry entry. And on your DHCP server, you should set the primary DNS server to your Essentials Server, and set the secondary DNS server to the router's IP or your ISP's DNS IP (so that when your server is down, you will still be able to resolve domain names)

    Dave
    It's episode 250 and it's full of information for you! John Stutsman joins me to talk about the Thecus N2310 a little bit and we try to figure out what to do with a 6TB hard drive. What would you do with a couple? Do you know how much they cost?  Also, a little more on the HP Gen 8 Microserver and the drive bracket created by Kevin Schoonover.  Lastly, have you ever sanded the bottom of your CPU heatsink? Stutsman did, for days! He will tell us a little bit about that too.  Plex, ripping blu ray disks and more! Enjoy.
     
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    Thanks to John Stutsman for joining the podcast and for all of his hard work on blogging and in the forums.  Thanks Joe Miner!
     
    Seagate 6TB Drives shipping end of March.
     
    Hitachi has 6TB drives on the shelf. Care to see how much?
     
    Plex as a service post

    Plex and Blu Ray

    Methods of ripping Blu Ray
    Lapping the CPU Heat Sink of the HP Gen8 Microserver
     
    Thecus N2310 Unbox, Setup, Install

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

    Dave

    A new CEO on Surface Geeks 54

    By Dave, in Surface Geeks,

    The Surface Geeks break down today's events and the big one, the Microsoft CEO choice. Talking apps for WP8, Windows 8.1 Update 1, and a Pro deal.  Enjoy, and see you in the forums!

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    Episode 54 Shownotes and Links
    Microsoft Board names Satya Nadella as CEO, Microsoft News Centre, February 4, 2014
    Satya Nadella email to employees on first day as CEO, Microsoft News Centre, February 4, 2014
     
    Meet Microsoft's new board chairman John Thompson, ZDNet, Mary Jo Foley, February 4, 2014
     
     

    Foursquare Checks In With Microsoft and Gets $15 Million to Revitalize Itself, Bits, Jenna Wortham, February 4, 2014
     

    Microsoft Won the Super Bowl in More Ways Than One, Mashable, Lance Ulanoff, February 3, 2014
    Microsoft recasts tomorrow’s shopping experience, Next at Microsoft, January 31, 2014, Runar Hanson
     
    We heard the President’s ConnectED call-to-action, and here is our billion-dollar response to put affordable technology in the hands of U.S. students nationwide, Margo Day, vice president, U.S. Education, Microsoft Corporation, February 4, 2014
     
    Samsung’s first Windows Phone 8.1 handset pictured in leaked image, The Verge, Tom Warren, February 4, 2014
     
    Q4 2013 Smartphone OS Results: Is Google Losing Control of the Android Ecosystem? ABI Research, January 29, 2014
     
    Windows XP gained market share in January (or did it?), PC World, Ian Paul, February 3, 2014
     
    Microsoft to hide Metro start screen with Windows 8.1 Update 1? ZDNet, Mary Jo Foley, January 31, 2014
     
    Best Buy offers massive Surface Pro discount as tablet fades away, PCWorld, Mark Hachman, January 31, 2014
     
    Flappy Bird Tops App Store Charts, Headed to Windows Phone, PC Mag, Angela Moscaritolo, February 3, 2014
     
    Get ready for the Sochi Winter Games with the official NBC Sports Live Extra app for Windows Phone, Windows Phone Central, Sam Sabri, February 4, 2014
     
     

    Dave

    Setup and install of the Thecus N2310

    By Dave, in NAS,

    I'm powering up the Thecus N2310 for the first time and will take you step by step on what I experience.  If you missed the unboxing you can catch up with this video.
     

     
    I put a couple of 3TB WD Reds in the 2310 and fired it up.  The instructions included with the unit tell you to go to install.thecus.com.  It's here where you will download the setup file after you choose your model and OS.  It downloads, you install.  The Thecus Intelligent NAS version 1.01.08 now scans for hardware on the network, brings up a firewall dialogue to allow it do so and then scans for your device.
     
     
     
     
     
    It found it very quickly.
     

    The next button takes you straight to selecting your disk setup.

    The two options honestly sound the same.
    Manual creation and Self Raid Creation. I'm doing it manual or i'm doing it
    myself?
    I selected the raid option on top to get a screenshot
    and wanted to go back and see what manual raid creation would be like
    and when I went back it went to a login screen that I had not seen before
    and then back to NAS discovery. It didn't like me doing that.
    NAS discover then didn't see the 2310 so I had to restart it which found it
    immediately. It continued where I was when I first clicked Self Raid Creation.

    It found data on my disks which is fine with me but nice to see the precaution.
    I'll continue.
    It now takes off on its own and tells me to wait.

    I thought it was taking a while so i checked the time stamp on the last image.
    The 5 minute install took 11 minutes. Actual clock time was 12 but i shaved
    one minute off for correction. Still that is more than double the estimate
    which is on the website and box!

    I don't have a Thecus ID and I am immediately questioning why i need one to get
    into my NAS? Yes, it's probably for DDNS services of some sort but Thecus
    needs to be up front about it especially when presenting me with a Privacy
    Policy. I would much rather do this via a browser so I can capture the data in
    my password program. Just an FYI Thecus.
     
    I failed to capture that screen but it asks for an email address, password,
    first, middle, and last name. It also presents you with a link to the privacy
    policy. http://www.thecus.com/privacypolicy.html
     
    It pops up a box and lets you know that creation was successful and to check
    your email for validation.
     
    Aha! My inbox in the image below.

    We knew all along what it was doing but it finally presents itself. Verified
    with the link and now can login to this box waiting on me.

    This box also is allowing me to customize my DDNS name for the box. Do I pick
    something easy to remember? That also is easy to guess for a hacker.
    Another popup box saying successful. The whole exe thing is starting to annoy
    me. Get this into HTML Thecus, please.
    I then launch the browser and finalize my password program LastPass so i can
    remember all this stuff. Don't forget to add your DDNS domain in the notes
    section for things like this.

     
    Then I get this!

    Come on Thecus. Translate? (top of screen shot)
     
    Then the login box has the username"admin" prefilled and you can't take it out.
     

     
    I just used my email address as my Thecus DDNS login name and this is admin.
    I pasted in my password. Fail
    I somehow got LastPass to change the username to my email address. Fail.
    I should probably find some documentation. Nahh. I start guessing
    passwords and it's admin / admin
    I see this next

     
    Then it decides to remind me that I failed some logins trying to get in. Thanks.

    Finally, were in.

    Immediately I want to click RAID Management to dig around in the drives but the
    OS button in the top right is flashing at me. Mouseover the button and it says
    "upgradeable." But, why wasn't I taken to some admin settings to change the
    password? There should be some sort of message or reminder to do it first
    thing. I can't let the OS button flash any longer though.
    On clicking it presents me with this window.

    Each blue install word is clickable to upgrade the particular app. When you
    click it will do it's thing and come back so you can upgrade the rest of the
    system. I did the dashboard upgrade and added the Piczza app. I'm saving the
    Plex install for later and then went to the ThecusOS update.
    The only thing I didn't like about the OS update is I couldn't tell what the
    progress of the update was. It just said, Application Processing/Preparing
    Application. That's it. No status bar and it took a long time.
     
    It never came back to a normal window. After a LONG time I started a new tab
    and put the IP address in. It came up to this screen.

    You can see differences already. Oh, and for my complaining, the Admin button
    is on the top right.

    Aha! Change password!
     
    Around the Desktop
    The power button is on the bottom left. There are some default icons on the
    desktop and the top left button is the one that fires up all the icons and
    settings. First though, the bottom right has some goodies for you.

    From left to right, RAID management, Disk Information, and Network.

    Finally, I'm in to the disks! Editing the RAID configuration was easy.

    One thing I found is if you mouse over the drive in this list it will show you
    the location in the unit. Left side or right. If you have a list of errors
    and you want to pull one there wont be any guesswork.
    The Disk Information screen gives some of the same info and allows you to do
    some testing on the individual disks.

     
    Control Panel
    The control panel has all the functions and settings for the system. Honestly,
    I would start here first, after setting the new password, of course.

    This was a rough start to looking at the N2310 but stay tuned for more on the control panel, performance, and overall thoughts.
    To be continued...
     
     

    Joe_Miner
    By: JohnStutsman
     

     
     
     
    I had the good fortune to test out Schoondoggy’s Pre-Production version of his SDM (Schoondoggy Drive Mount) that can be used to mount two additional 2.5” drives or one 3.5” drive inside the HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer next to the PSU. I have reviewed the Beta Test version of the SGDM (Schoondoggy Gen8 Drive Mount) in The Schoondoggy Gen8 Drive Mount for the HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer First Look last December, 2013.
     
    I was convinced that the Beta SGDM was as nearly perfect as could be achieved but Schoondoggy proved me wrong by making 4 significant improvements that he incorporated into the Pre-Production version of the SDM:


    Tabs have been lengthened
    Tabs have been move down slightly to move the top of the SGDM/SDM to the Gen8 frame
    Screw slots in Tabs have been lengthened to allow for adjustment of SGDM/SDM placement next to the PSU
    Drive holes have been countersink
    Read about it and check out the pictures at (message #70 in the Home Server Show Forums thread HP MS G8 2.5" Drive Bracket Prototype):

    http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/topic/5960-hp-ms-g8-25-drive-bracket-prototype/?p=76824
     
     
    The As-Built for my Gen8:
     
    Machine


    HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer Xeon E3-1265LV2
    16GB ECC RAM (Kingston KVR1333D3E9SK2/16)
    OS: Windows Server 2012 Std
    OS Drive: OS Drive: HP Dynamic Smart Array B120i RAID Controller – Logical RAID0 Drive made with two (2) physical drives VelociRaptor WD1500HLHX
    Pre-Production: Schoondoggy Gen8 Drive Mount
     
     
    Questions?
     
    Join us in the HSS Forums with any questions and/or comments on the above and other threads.
     
     
     
    References
     
    The Schoondoggy Gen8 Drive Mount for the HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer First Look
     
    HP MS G8 2.5” drive bracket prototype
     
    HP ProLiant MicroServer Gen8 Links
     
    Gen8 MicroServer Forum
     
    MicroServer Forum
     
    Useful MicroServer Links & References
     
    MicroServer Hardware Links
     
     
     
     
     
     

    Dave
    I have an awesome group of guys gathered to discuss Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials and how it can be used in a home environment.  We start off by asking what would we change in the product to make it more friendly.  It's a great show and we left plenty to talk about on a future episode!
     
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    Media Pack install

    http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=40837

    Media Browser 3
    How to make Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials client connector install behave just like Windows Home Server
     
    TinkerTry.com/connector
     
    How to remove Active Directory Domain from Windows Server 2012 Essentials (bad idea), attempt to restore the simplicity of Workgroup (failed)
     
    TinkerTry.com/ws2012e-domain-removal
     
    Forums Thread on domain removal

    Dave
    It's the State of the "insert witty noun here" podcast. We're calling it State of the Surface. This idea popped into our heads about 30 seconds prior to going live. Those ideas usually make the best podcasts! We talk about Surface and how it has fared over the past year and half. We also update our Surface usage and tackle some top news like OneDrive, firmware, apps, and more. Enjoy!

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    Episode 53 Shownotes and Links

    OneDrive for Everything in Your Life,The OneDrive Blog, Ryan Gavin, January 27, 2014

    Microsoft Surface Firmware Updates for January 2014 (Take 2), WinSuperSite, Paul Thurrott, January 28, 2014

    Microsoft Surface: It's on a roll (and why it exists), CNet, Brooke Crothers, January 25, 2014

    TECH More: Mobile Surface 2 Surface Pro 2 Microsoft, Business Insider, Steve Kovach, January 23, 2014

    Microsoft Boosted by Xbox, Tablet Software Maker's Revenue Rises 14% in Holiday Quarter, but Uncertainty Lingers Over Next CEO, Wall Street Journal, Shira Ovide, January 23, 2014

    Nokia X spec leaks, but will it run Android or Windows Phone? Geek, Lee Mathews, January 28, 2014

    Nokia Android phone specs point to low-end device, CNet, Lance Whitney, January 28, 2014

    Windows 9: Can Microsoft pull off another miracle? ZDNet, Jason Hiner, January 26, 2014

    Windows 8.1 Update 1: Everything we know so far, PC World, Jared Newman, January 27, 2014

    Hot Apps this Week, App News

    Tweetium 1.5 Released and It's Close to Perfect, Windows IT Pro, Rod Trent, January 22, 2014

    BootyBay: One Microsoft team's attempt to fix Windows 8's sideloading problems, ZDNet, Mary Jo Foley, January 28, 2014

    Newegg app and The Sound Recorder app for Windows Phone 8 receive new updates, WinBeta, Ron, January 28, 2014
     
    WhatsApp will soon have custom tones, currently in Beta testing right now, WinBeta, Ayman, January 28, 2014


    Post thumbnail courtesy: Mike Howard, Meetup 2013!

    Joe_Miner
    By: John Stutsman
     
     
     
     
     

     
    Figure 1 – Lapped CPU Heat Sink set to reflect the Intel Zeon E3-1265LV2 and other parts on the System Board of HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer
     
     
     
    At the completion of HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer: Xeon E3-1265LV2 Upgrade I had completed the upgrade and successfully powered on my Gen8 MicroServer.
     
     
     

     
    Figure 2 -- System information showing CPU upgrade to Xeon E3-1265LV2
     
     
     
    Afterwards I did some testing of core temperatures using iLO and Open Hardware Monitor. When heavily loaded with Prime95 I found it alarming that the core temperatures would rise steadily to about 85 degrees C in Open Hardware Monitor. The system fan speeds (the fan had been set to Optimal Cooling in BIOS) would also rise steadily from 6% to 21% where the temperature rise was arrested with iLO CPU temps of 60C.
     
     
     

     
    Figure 3 -- Open Hardware Monitor showing individual Core Temperatures of CPU Cores as well as other useful data.
     
     
     
    I became concerned about the pattern of the thermal paste on the CPU (Celeron G1610T) and the CPU heat-sink when I first disassembled the MicroServer in HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer: Xeon E3-1265LV2 CPU Upgrade and posted my concerns in Anyone Who Has Changed the Heat Sink on a Gen8 MicroServer.
     
    I decided to again pull the System Board Assembly and check the thermal paste and CPU heat sink. In particular I wanted to check to see if the face of the CPU Heat Sink was flat.
     
    I used all of the procedures and steps outlined in HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer: Xeon E3-1265LV2 CPU Upgrade plus the additional preparations listed below to check the Heat Sink for flatness and for lapping the Heat Sink.
     
     
     
    Preparation


    Have handy and review Removal and Replacement Procedures beginning on page 21 of the HP ProLiant MicroServer Gen8 Maintenance and Service Guide and especially review the sections:



    System Board Assembly on pages 28-30,
    Heat Sink on pages 49-51, and (if you plan to replace the CPU)
    Processor on pages 51-53



    Go to HP Customer Self Repair Services Media Library – Media Selection Page. Under 1. Product Category SELECT Servers. Under 2. Product Family SELECT HP ProLiant MicroServer. Under 3 Product Series SELECT HP ProLiant MicroServer Gen8. Hit RETURN to go to the Remove/Replace Videos selection menu. Watch HP’s



    System Board Assembly Remove/Replace Video
    Heat Sink Remove/Replace Video, and (if you plan to replace the CPU)
    Processor Remove/Replace Video



    Review blog post HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer: Xeon E3-1265LV2 CPU Upgrade at http://homeservershow.com/
    For Cleaning the Heat Sink & CPU:



    Arctic Silver Arcticlean Thermal Material Remover and Surface Purifier CAN-60ML
    Arctic Silver 5 (needed later when replacing the Heat Sink)
    Q-Tips
    Coffee Filters
    Old Credit Card or similar plastic Card

    To scrape off excess thermal material during removal
    To spread thermal material around with during “tinting” of CPU Heat Sink


    Arctic Silver Thermal Compound Application Method – Vertical Line (White Paper from Arctic Silver – download the PDF and keep as a permanent reference)



    For Checking the Heat Sink Face for Flatness



    Metal Straight Edge (Clean the straight edge before touching the Heat Sink with it – use both sides of the straight edge to be sure the straight edge is “straight”)
    Light Source



    For Lapping the Heat Sink Face



    See/Review: How To Lap a Heat Sink at http://www.overclockersclub.com/guides/lapping/
    See/Review “Klips” posts in thread: E5200 Lapping? Anyone Tried It? At http://www.mediasmartserver.net/forums/viewtopic.php?t=7531
    12” x 10” piece of glass (available at Menards) and painters tape to attach sandpaper to glass
    Liquid soap (borrowed from kitchen)
    Sandpaper, wet/dry type, starting at 400 grit, 800, 1000, 1500, & 2000. If you want you could add 600, 1200, & 2500 to that mix. Start with 400 and when Face is Flat THEN work your way up to achieve a mirror finish.



    For Cleaning & Installing the Heat Sink & CPU:



    Arctic Silver Arcticlean Thermal Material Remover and Surface Purifier CAN-60ML
    Arctic Silver 5
    Q-Tips
    Coffee Filters
    Old Credit Card or similar plastic Card

    To scrape off excess thermal material during removal
    To spread thermal material around with during “tinting” of CPU Heat Sink


    Arctic Silver Thermal Compound Application Method – Vertical Line (White Paper from Arctic Silver – download the PDF and keep as a permanent reference)

     
     

     
    Figure 4 -- Cables disconnected from System Board Assembly before removal
     
     
     
    In this Video (Video 1: HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer System Board Assembly Removal) I remove the System Board Assembly:
     

     
     
     

     
    Figure 5 -- Preparing to Remove the Heat Sink from the CPU (Xeon E3-1265LV2)
     
     
     
    In this Video (Video 2: CPU Heat Sink Removal: HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer) I removed the CPU Heat Sink:
     

     
     
     

     
    Figure 6 -- Preparing to Clean the Heat Sink & CPU then test the Face of the Heat Sink for Flatness
     
     
     
    In this Video (Video 3: Clean Heat Sink & CPU: HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer) I clean thermal material off of the Heat Sink & CPU, then I confirmed that the face of the CPU Heat Sink was not flat:
     

     
     
     

     
    Figure 7 -- By lifting the Heat Sink up and looking along the face of the Heat Sink with the metal Straight Edge across the Heat Sink and the overhead lights behind the Straight Edge and Heat Sink I confirmed that the Heat Sink face was NOT flat.  See Figure 8 & Video 3.
     
     
     

     
    Figure 8 -- By lifting the Heat Sink up and looking along the face of the Heat Sink with the metal Straight Edge across the Heat Sink and the overhead lights behind the Straight Edge and Heat Sink I confirmed that the Heat Sink face was NOT flat.  See Figure 7 & Video 3.
     
     
     

     
    Figure 9 -- Preparing to Lap the Heat Sink using wet/dry sandpaper
     
     
     

     
    Figure 10 -- 12" X 10" piece of glass to be used as base for the Sandpaper during lapping
     
     
     

     
    Figure 11 -- Mirror finish on Heat Sink after Lapping
     
     
     
    Update 2/13/2014
     
    Al_Borges, a member of our HSS forums, who I had the good fortune to meet at the #BestEverMeetup #2013MeetUp shared with me some of his knowledge as a Metallurgist in the Aluminum Industry about lapping AL – which he does regularly to view AL samples metallographically.

    "Your basic technique was fine -  however,  you would have had much better and faster results if you had started with 80 or 120 grit -  followed up with 220 then lastly  400.   Lubricating it with water will also help.

    The aluminum oxide you are sanding off is as hard as the grit.  Sanding with too fine a grit will let the particles ball up between the work piece and the tool and you won’t get any metal removal. The coarser grits will cut into the surface."
    Many Thanks to Al_Borges and I hope this information will help others in the future should they find the need to lap their Heat Sink to get a flat surface on it.
     
    So bottom line, If I was to do it over again, I would start with the 80 or 120 grit wet/dry sandpaper and after getting the heat sink face flat I would move up to the 220 then the 400 then I could have stopped.
     
     
     
    In this Video (Video 4: Lapping the Heat Sink: HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer) I will begin Lapping the CPU Heat Sink:
     

     
     
     

     
    Figure 12 -- Preparing to install the Lapped Heat Sink
     
     
     

     
    Figure 13 -- Arctic Silver 5 applied to Xeon E3-1265LV2 and Heat Sink face reflecting System Board components
     
     
     

     
    Figure 14 -- Another view of System Board and CPU with Thermal material applied
     
     
     
    In this Video (Video 5: Install Heat Sink: HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer) I INTSALL my Lapped CPU Heat Sink:
     

     
     
     

     
    Figure 15 -- Preparing to install the System Board Assembly & Power-Up
     
     
     
    In this Video (Video 6: Install System Board Assembly: HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer) I Install my System Board Assembly & Power-Up my Gen8 MicroServer:
     

     
     
     

     
    Figure 16 -- 7 Day (168 hours) break-in run with Fans set in BIOS to “Increased Cooling” resulting in fan speeds from 36% to 41% during that period.
     
     
     
    Additional testing of temperatures under heavy load will be discussed in a subsequent report.
     
     
     
    Conclusion
     
    I removed and tested the CPU Heat Sink from my Gen8 MicroServer and found that it was not flat. I then lapped the Heat Sink until it was flat and reassembled my Gen8 MicroServer. I’ve allowed it run at different power levels during the 200 hour break-in period for Arctic Silver 5, after which, I will do some additional temperature testing and response to heavy loads.
     
     
     
    My system configuration As-Built:


    HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer Xeon E3-1265LV2
    16GB RAM – Kingston KVR1333D3E9SK2/16G ( )
    OS Drive: HP Dynamic Smart Array B120i RAID Controller – Logical RAID0 Drive made with two (2) physical drives VelociRaptor WD1500HLHX (the physical drives were attached to SATAIII [6Gbps] Ports 0 & 1 and are SGDM mounted)
    OS: Windows Server 2012 Standard
    iLO 4 Advanced
     
     

     
    Figure 17 -- As-Built: HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer Xeon E3-1265LV2
     
     
     
    Questions?
     
    If you want to learn more about the Gen8 MicroServer a good place to start is ProLiant MicroServer Gen8 Links and the MicroServer Forum and MicroServer Gen8 Sub-Forum of the HSS Forums where you are welcomed to join us with any questions and/or comments on the above and other threads. Be sure to check out the References at the end of this post.
     
     
     
    References
     
    Xeon E3-1265LV2 Upgrade in HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer
     
    MicroServer Gen8 Sub-Forum
     
    Anyone Who Has Changed the Heat Sink on a Gen8 MicroServer
     
    ProLiant MicroServer Gen8 Links
     
    The Schoondoggy Gen8 Drive Mount for the HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer First Look
     
    Useful MicroServer Links & References
     
    MicroServer Hardware Links
     
    MicroServer Forum
     
    MicroServer Blog Postings
     
     
     
    References I referred to about thermal compound use
     
    Arctic Silver Thermal Compound Application Method – Vertical Line
     
    Puget Systems Thermal Paste Application Techniques
     
    Updating a Gigabyte X58A-UD3H and Unboxing a Zalman CNPS9900 MAX (Blue) CPU Cooler
     
    Repurposing an Acer Aspire Revo AR3610-U9022 Net-Top with a SSD and Windows 8
     
    Updating a Gigabyte Z77X-UD5H and i7-3770 in a PC-KW9X with a Zalman CPU Cooler
     
     

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    Figure 1 -- My Intel Zeon E3-1265LV2 shortly after it arrived and before it was installed in place of the Celeron G1610T in my HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer
     
     
     
    When the HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServers were introduced my attention was caught by the LGA1155 Intel Socket for the Gen8’s CPU offering the potential of upgrading the processor.
     
    In a number of threads in the HomeServerShow/Forums we speculated on the compatibility of CPU’s and later we noted those that had been successfully used as an upgrade in the Gen8 MicroServers.  During that discussion I started thinking seriously about the Xeon E3-1265LV2 – its 45W TDP was higher than the 35W of the G1610T & G2020T but I believed that was manageable while jumping from two to four cores with 8 hyper-threads was exciting to have such power in that little box.  Sometime after unboxing my
      I decided if I could find a Xeon E3-1265LV2 for under $300 I’d jump on it – with Lone Wolf’s help I found one well below that price on eBay. 
    Table 1 shows the relative performance of the Celeron G1610T and the Xeon E3-1265LV2 to each other as well as to other CPU’s used in the Gen8 and earlier MicroServers.
     
     
     
    Table 1 -- Comparison of CPU PassMark Performance Indecies
     

     
     
     
    To change out the CPU of the Gen8 MicroServer the best resource begins with the HP ProLiant MicroServer Gen8 Maintenance and Service Guide that is included on the DVD with the MicroServer.  The Removal and Replacement Procedures begin on page 21 and that entire section should be a must read for every MicroServer owner.  What I really like about the Removal and Replacement Procedures is that I can use it as a step-by-step check list as the work proceeds.  To change out the CPU we will need the Removal and Replacement Procedures for:


    System Board Assembly – pp. 28-30
    Heat Sink – pp. 49-51
    Processor – pp. 51-53
    Additionally, before beginning any work on the MicroServer go to the HP Customer Self Repair Services Media Library – Media Selection Page.  Under 1. Product Category SELECT Servers.  Under 2. Product Family SELECT HP ProLiant MicroServer.  Under 3 Product Series SELECT HP ProLiant MicroServer Gen8.  When you make your final selection that page will look like Figure 2 below.
     
     
     

     
    Figure 2 -- HP Customer Self Repair Services Media Library -- Media Selection => The place to start before doing any work on the MicroServer
     
     
     
     After making your selection illustrated in Figure 2 => hit RETURN and you will go to the Remove/Replace Videos selection menu shown in Figure 3 below.
     
     
     

     
    Figure 3 -- HP ProLiant MicroServer Gen8 Maintenance Videos => IMHO, MUST VIEW before any MicroServer Maintenance
     
     
     
    The video Removal and Replacement Procedures should be a must view for every MicroServer owner.   Before replacing the CPU be sure to review, at a minimum, the videos:


    System Board Assembly
    Heat Sink
    Processor
    As well as the Precautions, Tools and materials, Preparation procedures, and System battery considerations.
     
     
    Material Requirements for changing out the CPU that I followed


    HP ProLiant MicroServer Gen8 Maintenance and Service Guide removal and replacement procedures for: System Board Assembly, Heat Sink, and Processor
    Review HP Customer Self Repair Services Media Library Videos on: System Board Assembly, Heat Sink, and Processor as well as Precautions, Tools and Materials, Preparation procedures and System Battery Considerations.
    Arctic Silver Arcticlean Thermal Material Remover and Surface Purifier CAN-60ML
    Arctic Silver 5
    Q-Tips
    Coffee Filters
    Old Credit Card or similar plastic Card
    Arctic Silver Thermal Compound Application Method – Vertical Line
    Xeon E3-1265LV2
    Torex T-15 (a T-15 and T-10 is also available inside the MicroServer Service door)
     
     
    Installation of the Xeon begins with the unboxing
     

     
     
     
    Installation Pictures
     
    NOTE: To make your rebuild easier -- Be sure to take pictures of all cable placement and connections before disconnecting or removing anything!
     

     
    Figure 4 -- Picture recording wire placement before disconnecting wires and cables to remove system board – note the placement of the SFF-8087 in the System Board SAS connector attached to the VelociRaptors mounted on the Schoondoggy Gen8 Drive Mount (“SGDM”)
     
     
     
     
     
    Figure 5 -- Picture recording wire placement before disconnecting wires and cables to remove system board
     
     
     
     
     
    Figure 6 -- Cables and wires disconnected and set out of the way -- note that the SFF-8087 that was attached to the SGDM has been completely removed and the SATA power Connectors to the SGDM have been disconnected to provide better clearance
     
     
     
     
     
    Figure 7 -- Sensor Connector disconnected
     
     
     
     
     
    Figure 8 -- Fan Connector Disconnected
     
     
     
     
     
    Figure 9 -- System Board Assembly partially removed from MicroServer
     
     
     
      
     
    Figure 10 -- System Board Assembly completely removed from MicroServer
     
     
     
      
     
    Figure 11 -- Heat Sink removed from System Board Assembly exposing Celeron G1610T CPU -- Note Xeon E3-1265LV2 is in Anti-Static bag on Right
     
     
     
     
     
    Figure 12 -- Thermal Material was only partially on Celeron G1610T CPU Top and Bottom
     
     
     
     
     
    Figure 13 -- Thermal Paste pattern on Celeron G1610T is duplicated on Heat Sink
     
     
     
     
     
    Figure 14 -- Using old Newegg Rewards Card to scrape old thermal material from Heat Sink (Q-Tips were also used to clean off thermal material) – thermal material was also removed from the Celeron G1610T.
     
     
     

     
    Figure 15 -- Heat Sink was cleaned with ArcticClean Thermal Material Remover and coffee filters -- Celeron G1610T was also cleaned (even though the Celeron G1610T was being removed I felt it was important to clean it now and when I removed it I’d store it in a clean condition)
     
     
     
     
     
    Figure 16 -- Heat Sink was then cleaned with ArctiClean Thermal Surface Purifier and coffee filters -- Celeron G1610T was also cleaned
     
     
     
     
     
    Figure 17 -- Heat Sink was Tinted per Arctic Silver Instructions using a plastic card and coffee filters -- see Arctic Silver Instructions
     
     
     
     
     
    Figure 18 -- Celeron G1610T was removed and replaced by Xeon E3-1265LV2.  The Xeon was then cleaned with ArctiClean 1 (Thermal Material Remover) & 2 (Thermal Surface Purifier)
     
     
     
     
     
    Figure 19 -- Applying Arctic Silver 5 in X pattern based on Puget Systems Thermal Paste Application Techniques used in Zalman Replacement on GA-X58A-UD3H -- see references
     
     
     
    The HP Removal and Replacement Procedures recommended on page 53 of the HP ProLiant MicroServer Gen8 Maintenance and Service Guide that the thermal paste be applied in a 5 dot pattern.  Based on the Puget Systems Thermal Paste Application Techniques and the performance improvement I saw using the X pattern with an i7-930 I chose to try the X pattern on the Xeon E3-1265LV2 as illustrated in Figure 19.
     
     
     

     
    Figure 20 -- Heat Sink installed and System Board Assembly ready to insert into MicroServer
     
     
     
     
     
    Figure 21 -- Xeon E3-1265LV2 is seen by the System during Posting
     
     
     
     
     
    Figure 22 -- System Information shows Xeon E3-1265LV2 installed
     
     
     
     PassMark Performance tests of the Xeon
     
    When I ran the PassMark tests on the MicroServer the Xeon E3-1265LV2 gave me a CPU Mark of 8142. 
     
    The CPU BenchMark for the Xeon E3-1265LV2 that represents a combination of the scores submitted to PassMark can be found at CPUBenchMark.net.
     
     
     
    OS Drive C: Performance Tests
     
     
     

     
    Figure 23 -- PassMark Disk Speed Reading
     
     
     
     
     
    Figure 24 -- PassMark Disk Speed Writing
     
     
     
     
     
    Figure 25 -- HD Tune Pro 5.50 BenchMark on 300GB Logical Volume C:
     
     
     
     
     
    Figure 26 -- Drive C: Crystal Disk Mark Performance
     
     
     
    Testing of temperatures under heavy load, and remediation actions taken, will be discussed in a subsequent report.
     
     
     
     My system configuration As-Built:


    HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer Xeon E3-1265LV2
    16GB RAM – Kingston KVR1333D3E9SK2/16G ( )
    Schoondoggy Gen8 Drive Mount (“SGDM”)
    OS Drive: HP Dynamic Smart Array B120i RAID Controller – Logical RAID0 Drive made with two (2) physical drives VelociRaptor WD1500HLHX (the physical drives were attached to SATAIII [6Gbps] Ports 0 & 1 and are SGDM mounted)
    OS: Windows Server 2012 Standard
    iLO 4 Advanced
     
     

     
    Figure 27 -- As-Built: HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer Xeon E3-1265LV2 – Note power draw on meter is 42.7W
     
      
     
    Questions?
     
    If you want to learn more about the Gen8 MicroServer a good place to start is ProLiant MicroServer Gen8 Links and the MicroServer SubForum of the HSS Forums where you are welcomed to join us with any questions and/or comments on the above and other threads.  Be sure to check out the References at the end of this post.
     
     
     
    References
     
    Intel Compare Xeon E3-1265LV2 and Celeron G1610T
     
    HP MicroServer Gen8 Processor FAQ
     
    ProLiant MicroServer Gen8 Links
     
    ProLiant MicroServer Gen8 Links Message #8
     
    The Schoondoggy Gen8 Drive Mount for the HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer First Look
     
    HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer G1610T Performance First Look
     
    Useful MicroServer Links & References
     
    MicroServer Hardware Links
     
    MicroServer Blog Postings
     
    References I referred to about thermal compound use
     
    Arctic Silver Thermal Compound Application Method – Vertical Line
     
    Puget Systems Thermal Paste Application Techniques
     
    Updating a Gigabyte X58A-UD3H and Unboxing a Zalman CNPS9900 MAX (Blue) CPU Cooler
     
    Repurposing an Acer Aspire Revo AR3610-U9022 Net-Top with a SSD and Windows 8
     
    Updating a Gigabyte Z77X-UD5H and i7-3770 in a PC-KW9X with a Zalman CPU Cooler
     
     

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      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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