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    We talk some Windows 10 and dive into the news on it's upcoming release date. That's after we chat some Surface, talk rumors, and build a Windows Phone from scratch...on Android! We'll take all the great Microsoft Apps and see what kind of phone we can build.  Hypothetically of course.
     
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    The Surface Engineering Academy is now live and available for everyone who wants to learn more about Software, Hardware or Industrial Design. Several of these are from the Ignite conference held earlier this month.

    http://channel9.msdn.com/events/Ignite/2015/BRK2326 

    http://channel9.msdn.com/events/Ignite/2015/BRK3302

    http://channel9.msdn.com/events/Ignite/2015/BRK4300

    http://channel9.msdn.com/events/Ignite/2015/BRK2340

    http://channel9.msdn.com/events/Ignite/2015/BRK3327 

    http://research.microsoft.com/apps/video/default.aspx?id=245217 

    http://research.microsoft.com/apps/video/default.aspx?id=246349 


     


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    Joe_Miner
    By: JohnStutsman
     

     
    Figure 1 -- HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer with 256GB Samsung 840 Pro SSD attached to ODD SATA (SATA II 3Gbps) Port 5 and powered from 4-pin FDD connector. My MicroServer also has four 3TB Seagate ST3000DM001s in Bays 1 & 2 (SATA III 6bps) and Bays 3 & 4 (SATA II 3Gbps).
     
     
     
    Instead of installing a Server OS on my MicroServer this time I chose to see how a Windows 7 installation would go installed on a single drive RAID0 SSD attached to the ODD SATA Port (SATA II 3Gbps) on the System Board and four 3TB Seagate HDD’s in RAID10 located at the main drive bays (Bays 1 & 2 are SATA III 6Gbps ports while Bays 3 & 4 are SATA II 3Gbps ports). It went very well!
     
     
     
    The first thing I did, after clearing out my Gen8 MicroServer to near stock condition, was attach a Samsung 840 Pro 256GB SSD to the SATA ODD Port (SATA II 3Gbps) while also installing four 3TB Seagate ST3000DM001’s in drive Bays 1 through 4 of my HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer. (WARNING: I used desktop Seagate drives for my data array in this test setup because that was all I had available at the time – in my long term production environment I ONLY use NAS rated drives. Of course YMMV.)
     
     
     
    See blog posting: Attaching a SSD to the ODD SATA Port in my HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer.
     
     
     
    Next I use HP’s Smart Storage Administrator to create a single disk RAID0 Logical Drive 01 on the Dynamic Smart Array B120i in my HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer as shown in Video 2. I left the four Seagate drives unallocated at this time.
     
     
     

     
    Video 1 – I use HP’s Smart Storage Administrator to create a single disk RAID0 Logical Drive 01 on the Dynamic Smart Array B120i in my HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer. The single disk is a 256GB Samsung 840 Pro SSD that is attached to the ODD SATA Port (identified in iLO as Port 5|Bay 5).
     
     
     

     
    Figure 2 – The new Logical Drive 01 created with a single drive RAID0 by the HP Dynamic Smart Array B120i Controller can be seen derived from the single physical drive, Port 5|Bay 5, 256GB Samsung 840 Pro SSD.
     
     
     

     
    Figure 3 -- Firmware Versions on my Gen8
     
     
     
    Using iLO4, I manually installed Windows 7 onto Logical Drive 01 of the HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer using the following Step-By-Step Guideline – also see Video 2.
     
     

    Step-By-Step Windows 7
     


    I checked that all of my firmware was up to date before attempt to load the OS (use iLO4) – Figure 3.

     In the HSS Forums GotNoTime posted a useful cross-reference of which HP Server Drivers to use for the various Windows OS’s at http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/topic/9358-windows-81-drivers/?p=100968 where he wrote:
     



    “ Ever since XP, Microsoft uses the same core APIs and the kernel in the desktop and server editions of Windows. It is just tuned differently on the various versions to handle foreground or background tasks and will have a different set of services enabled. The Windows 2012 R2 drivers would be what HP would have released for Windows 8.1 if they supported it as a configuration on the G8 Microserver.
    Windows 8.1 = Windows Server 2012 R2

    Windows 8 = Windows Server 2012

    Windows 7 = Windows Server 2008 R2

    Windows Vista = Windows Server 2008

    Windows XP = Windows Server 2003”



    So I began my search for drivers in the HP Support Center at: http://h20565.www2.hp.com/hpsc/swd/public/readIndex?sp4ts.oid=5387585&swEnvOID=4064&action=listDriver&swLang=

    MicroSoft Windows Server 2008 R2 Downloads: http://h20565.www2.hp.com/hpsc/swd/public/readIndex?sp4ts.oid=5387585&swLangOid=8&swEnvOid=4064         
     


     I collected the following Drivers in one over-arching-folder for Windows 7

    RAID (B120i) Drivers (2008 R2)

    HP Dynamic Smart Array B120i/B320i SATA RAID Controller Driver for Windows Server 2008 x64 Editions 6.12.0.64 (30 MAR 2015) cp024078.exe

    Network Drivers

    16.8.0.4 (30 MAR 2015) HP Broadcom 1Gb Driver for Windows Server x64 Editions cp023987.exe
     


     I extracted the B120i RAID drivers using 7-zip, to separate folder (I would copy to USB flash for a non-iLO installation)

    Boot from the Windows 7 iso (I was doing my installation via iLO4 – this could also be done with the Windows 7 installer on a bootable USB flash drive or a DVD in a USB Optical drive) to start installation.

     I was asked for RAID drivers, point the installer to the appropriate folder for the B120i in iLO4’s folder (or on USB/DVD drive/disk).

     Select OS or Primary disk and continue with Windows 7 installation – Since I had only initialized the drive in SSA that I wanted to load the OS on there was only one drive to pick.

     Once Windows 7’s installation was complete I had no internet access.

    With Windows Explorer I went to “iLO Folder (D)” and copied the Network Driver file cp023987.exe to the downloads folder on the MicroServer and executed it from that downloads folder (I also copied the driver files cp019317.exe and cp024845.exe to my downloads folder)

     
    Figure 4 -- System information and Device Manager after NIC drivers installed
     
    Once installation of Windows 7 is complete, go to Device Manager – See Figure 4. I saw two devices remaining with Yellow Triangles/Exclamation Marks: 1) one is the USB 3 driver and 2) under Other Devices I also saw “Base System Device” which is a System Management Driver (the first one of two I saw under System Management at HP’s site)


    Install USB 3.0 Driver

    Renesas Electronics USB 3.0 Drivers for Windows Server 2008R2 3.0.23.0 (10 Sep 2013) cp019317.exe
     


    Install Base System Device which is the System Management iLO Drivers

     Driver -- System Management

    3.10.0.0 (H)(30 MAR 2015) HP ProLiant iLO 3/4 Channel Interface Driver for Windows X64 cp024845.exe
    Device Manager should now be good but there’s MORE if you want.
     
    Don’t forget to download and install MicroSoft Security Essentials or Other Security Software!!
     
    Continue with installation of Windows 7 updates.
     
    Finally! There are More Drivers from 2008R2 and if I was using my P222 then I would also go to P222 for 2008R2 for more drivers to potentially load – YMMV! A word of caution, I would suggest adding additional drivers slowly over time incase one should cause problems you have a chance to identify that problem driver and remove it as discussed at HSS Thread BSOD with Matrox Drivers and Windows 7 Pro on Gen 8.
     
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    Video 2 – Using iLO4, I manually installed Windows 7 onto Logical Drive 01 of an HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer. I downloaded cp024078.exe from HPs Driver download web site for the MicroServer and used the 7-Zip utility to remove the B120i drivers from the exe and place into a folder that I linked via iLO4 to the Windows 7 installer when asked for the storage drivers and did the same with the Network Drivers cp023987.exe. After Windows 7 was installed I loaded the drivers for USB3 & iLO.
     
     
     
    After I installed the USB 3.0 Driver, the Base System Device (iLO Driver), and had finished all of my Windows 7 updates (approximately 200 of them) – I restarted the Gen8 and during Post I hit F5 and went into HP’s Smart Storage Administrator to create a RAID10 Logical Drive 02 on the Dynamic Smart Array B120i using four ST3000DM001’s located in Bays 1 through 4.   After exiting the SSA I again restarted the Gen8 and at the Windows 7 desktop I use Computer/Disk Management in Windows 7 to initialize Logical Drive 02 as GPT then I formatted it with the name BigRAID10. Later I planned to do some performance testing.
     
     
     

     
    Video 3 – After installing Windows 7 on Logical Drive 01 of a HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer I use HP’s Smart Storage Administrator to create a RAID10 Logical Drive 02 on the Dynamic Smart Array B120i using four ST3000DM001’s in Bays 1 through 4.
     
     
     

     
    Figure 5 – The new Logical Drive 02 created with four physical ST3000DM001’s in RAID10 by the HP Dynamic Smart Array B120i Controller can be seen below the single drive RAID0 Logical Drive 01
     
     
     

     
    Figure 6 – The view within HP’s Smart Storage Administrator of the 2 Arrays on the Dynamic Smart Array B120i Controller
     
     
     
    I measured the performance of the Logical Drives 01 and 02 made with the Dynamic Smart Array B120i Controller in my HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer using HDTune, ATTO, and CrystalDiskMark (“CDM”). I also ran the Windows 7 Performance Experience Index.
     
     
     
     
     
    Figure 7 – Performance of Logical Drive 01 which is the OS Drive 256GB Samsung 840 Pro SSD set up as a single drive RAID0 in the Dynamic Smart Array B120i Controller running Windows 7. As can been seen particularly in CDM while the sustained transfer rates are capped at SATA II speeds the random read and write rates are excellent -- substantially better than a typical HDD.
     
     
     
     
     
    Figure 8 – Performance of Logical Drive 02 which is the RAID10 Data Drive made from 4 ST3000DM001’s set up in the Dynamic Smart Array B120i Controller
     
     
     

     
    Figure 9 -- Windows 7 Performance Experience Index
     
     
     
    Current As-Built: Machine


    HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer Xeon E3-1265LV2
    16GB ECC RAM (Kingston KVR1333D3E9SK2/16)
     OS: MicroSoft Windows 7 Pro x64
    OS Drive C: 256GB Logical Drive 01 made of 1 x Samsung 840 Pro 256GB SSD’s in RAID0 on HP Dynamic Smart Array B120i RAID Controller (NOTE: this is attached to the ODD SATA Port – SATA II or 3 Gbps)

    Dell MX714 FDD to SATA Power Converter Cable
    Standard SATA cable 180 degrees (straight) both ends


    Data Drive: 6TB Logical Drive 02 made of 4 x 3TB ST3000DM001 in RAID10 on HP Dynamic Smart Array B120i RAID Controller (NOTE: two drives are in Bays 1 & 2 – SATA III or 6 Gbps; and two drives are in Bays 3 & 4 – SATA II or 3 Gbps – With HDD’s the difference in speeds doesn’t appear relevant to me)
     
     
    Please join us in the HSS Gen8 Forums with any question and/or comments on the above and other threads.
     
     
     
    References:
     
    Attaching a SSD to the ODD SATA Port in my HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer http://homeservershow.com/attaching-a-ssd-to-the-odd-sata-port-in-my-hp-proliant-gen8-microserver.html 
     
    BSOD with Matrox Drivers and Windows 7 Pro on Gen8 MicroServer http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/topic/9501-bsod-with-matrox-drivers-and-windows-7-pro-on-gen-8/
     
    GotNoTime’s List of Which Server Drivers to use for Desktop Windows Installs http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/topic/9358-windows-81-drivers/?p=100968 
     
    Installing WHS2011 on the HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer Using the B120i and P222 http://homeservershow.com/installing-whs2011-hp-proliant-gen8-microserver-using-b120i-p222.html
     
    Windows 8.1 with RAID0 SSD on the ODD SATA Port in a ProLiant DL320e Gen8 V2 http://homeservershow.com/windows-8-1-with-raid0-ssd-on-the-odd-sata-port-in-a-proliant-dl320e-gen8-v2.html
     
    Attaching a HDD to the ODD SATA Port in a HP ProLiant DL320e Gen8 v2 http://homeservershow.com/attaching-a-hdd-to-the-odd-sata-port-in-a-hp-proliant-dl320e-gen8-v2.html
     
    Dell MX714 Floppy FDD to SATA Power Converter Cable http://www.ebay.com/itm/New-OEM-Dell-MX714-Floppy-FDD-to-Sata-Power-Converter-Cable-/400298253923?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item5d33a29e63 
     
    Schoondoggy Drive Mount (“SDM-R2”) an Introduction http://homeservershow.com/sdm-r2-review-introduction-hp-proliant-gen8-microserver.html
     
    Check out CSKenney’s Gen8 links thread in the HomeServerShow forums: http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/topic/5639-proliant-microserver-gen8-links/
     
    Check out the Gen8 Blog postings: http://homeservershow.com/tag/gen-8
     
    Check out the MicroServer Blog postings: http://homeservershow.com/tag/microserver
     
     

    Joe_Miner
    By: John Stutsman
     

     
    Figure 1 -- HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer with 256GB Samsung 840 Pro attached to ODD SATA port (SATA II 3Gbps) and powered from 4-pin FDD connector
     
     
     
    The HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer is designed to accommodate a low profile optical disk drive (“ODD”) via an ODD SATA port (SATA II 3Gbps) on the system board and a 4-pin FDD connector from the power supply unit (“PSU”).
     
    Early on, I had learned that it was possible to attach a drive to the ODD SATA port and by setting it up as a single drive RAID0 (Port 5 on the Dynamic Smart Array B120i) it could be used for an OS drive leaving the main 4-drive (Ports 1 through 4 on the Dynamic Smart Array B120i) bay available for 3.5 inch data drives.  After recently doing this with the HP ProLiant DL320e Gen8 v2 I wanted to try it with my HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer.
     
    The drive attached to the ODD SATA port (SATA II 3Gbps) does not have to be an SSD but an SSD, in my opinion, offered the fewest issues and additional hardware requirements. Though with very little additional effort one could employ a Schoondoggy Drive Mount (SDM-R2) to attach a low height 3.5 inch HDD or 2.5 inch VelociRaptor. The options are many across the spectrum from a 3.5 inch HDD to 2.5 inch laptop drives and 2.5 inch VelociRaptors to SSDs.
     
     
     

     
    Figure 2 – The RED Arrow marks the location of the 4-Pin FDD Connector; The PURPLE Arrow marks the location of the ODD SATA port (SATA II 3Gbps) on the System Board; The GREEN Arrow identifies the MX714 FDD to SATA Power Converter that will be plugged into the 4-Pin FDD Connector; AND The BLUE Arrows identify the Standard SATA cable I will use. Yellow Electrical Tape was placed on the metal frame where the 256GB Samsung 840 Pro SSD will to be placed.
     
     
     
     
     
    Figure 3 – A close-up view of the ODD SATA port (SATA II 3Gbps) on the System Board with a HighPoint SATA cable installed.
     
     
     

     
    Figure 4 – A close-up view of the 4-pin FDD Connector from the PSU and the MX714 FDD to SATA Power Converter
     
     
     

     
    Figure 5 – The Dell MX714 Floppy FDD to SATA Power Converter Cable that I use in my ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer
     
     
     

     
    Figure 6 – Close-up view of the Samsung 840 Pro SSD installed with the SATA data cable connected, Dell MX714 connected for power, and secured to the HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer with strips of electrical tape
     
     
     

     
    Figure 7 – Another Close-up view of the Samsung 840 Pro SSD installed with the SATA data cable connected, Dell MX714 connected for power, and secured to the HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer with strips of electrical tape.
     
     
     

     
    Video 1 – Attaching a SSD to the ODD SATA Port in my HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer
     
     
     
    Questions or comments? Join us in the Forums at http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/forum/88-gen-8/
     
     
     
    Current As-Built: Machine


    HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer w/Xeon E3-1265Lv2
    16GB ECC RAM
    OS Drive C: 256GB Logical Drive 01 made of 1 x Samsung 840 Pro 256GB SSD’s in RAID0 on HP Dynamic Smart Array B120i RAID Controller

    Dell MX714 FDD to SATA Power Converter Cable
    Standard SATA cable 180 degrees (straight) both ends


    OS: varies – check future blogs


    Data Drive: 6TB Logical Drive 02 made of 4 x 3TB ST3000DM001 in RAID10 on HP Dynamic Smart Array B120i RAID Controller
     
     
     
     
    References:
     
    Windows 8.1 with RAID0 SSD on the ODD SATA Port in a ProLiant DL320e Gen8 V2 http://homeservershow.com/windows-8-1-with-raid0-ssd-on-the-odd-sata-port-in-a-proliant-dl320e-gen8-v2.html
     
    Dell MX714 Floppy FDD to SATA Power Converter Cable http://www.ebay.com/itm/New-OEM-Dell-MX714-Floppy-FDD-to-Sata-Power-Converter-Cable-/400298253923?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item5d33a29e63 
     
    Schoondoggy Drive Mount (“SDM-R2”) an Introduction http://homeservershow.com/sdm-r2-review-introduction-hp-proliant-gen8-microserver.html
     
    Check out CSKenney’s Gen8 links thread in the HomeServerShow forums: http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/topic/5639-proliant-microserver-gen8-links/
     
    Check out the Gen8 Blog postings: http://homeservershow.com/tag/gen-8
     
    Check out the MicroServer Blog postings: http://homeservershow.com/tag/microserver
     
     
     
     

    Dave
    Using the HP Stream Mini Desktop, Plex and Synology on the go. Not apps, in vehicles! This is a great hardware and networking show.  There is a lot to discuss.  See the hardware links below.
     
    Dewain Robinson takes us through his setup and how he synchronizes and views content from his home to his "home away from home."
     

     
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    AlienWare Alpha

    http://www.dell.com/us/p/alienware-alpha/pd?~ck=mn%E2%80%8B&ndlvid=1f11-16b5dc



    HP Stream Mini Desktop (Amazon Search)

    http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=hp+stream+mini+desktop





    Synology Cloud Station and Cloud Station Client to Sync



    Plex on NAS

    https://support.plex.tv/hc/en-us/sections/200286217





    Keyboard:

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005DKZTMG/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o03_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1



    Remote Control:

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000S69336/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o03_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1



    HP Stream Mini:

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00R7R1GWK/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o05_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1



    Synology DS214:

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00FY6DV3S/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o07_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1



    WD Red 3 TB Drive:

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008JJLW4M/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o07_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1



    HDMI Switcher:

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00B46XUQU/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o09_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1



    TP-Link Bridge:

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002YETVXC/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1



    HP Stream Mini:

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00R7R1GWK/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o05_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1



    Or Acer Revo



    Dave
    It's Surface 3 reaction, protection, and a little bit of cloud action thrown in. Episode 92 was actually 91 so this will seem a bit outdated. Download them all!
     
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    CloudHQ

    Dave

    Microsoft Deals

    By Dave, in Surface Geeks,

    $100 Off on Surface Pro 3 i5 128GB. $150 Off Surface Pro 3 i5 256GB. $150 Off on Surface Pro 3 (i7) Valid 5/24 – 5/30.
     
    Get an additional $20 off the Miracast Adapter (43% savings) now through 5/29
     
    It's Deal Time!




    Get a Band too!


     


    This is really a test post although the deals are real! I was trying to do the OneNote to WordPress posting to work.  It did work but didn't pull in images.  Honestly, it's just as fast to do it via the WP CMS as it was to edit the text in OneNote.  Even if you use OneNote to write it all up you can simply copy/paste to finalize.  Not seeing the advantage yet.

    Now, i'm going to take advantage of the Miracast Adapter!



    Dave
    Power outages either cause problems or reveal them so @JCollison and I are talking power.  I've also got some Plex on NAS info for you as well as a follow up on Otixo and CloudHQ.  Lastly, CloudBerry Labs has some DeDupe for us! I'll fill you in.
     
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    Plex on NAS

    https://support.plex.tv/hc/en-us/sections/200286217



    Cloudberry

    http://www.cloudberrylab.com/dedup-server.aspx



    Cloudhq.net

    Otixo.com

    Mover.io



    DS1515 Posts on HSS

    Installing DSM 5.2 on the Synology DS1515

    Synology DS1515 Unboxing Video

    Synology DiskStation Manager 5.2 Released

    Dave

    Gen 8 Microserver with 14 Drives

    By Dave, in Blog,

    How do you get 14 hard drives into a Gen 8 Microserver? Carefully? Yes, and you will need a few tools to help you out.  Ok, some are external but impressive no doubt!  Check out this post in the HSS Forums.
     


    Dave

    Meetup 2015

    By Dave, in Blog,

    September 12th, 2015
     

     
    Meetup 2015 Attendance Fee - $25.  This gets you in the door, a small breakfast on the 12th as well as a catered lunch.  This year is going to be awesome. There will be a lot of hands on. Expect servers, firewalls, NAS, Home Automation, Home Theatre, who knows what else. There is always a surprise!
     
    Book Now. Don't wait!
     
    Are you ready to register? The button below will take you to PayPal in order to book your seat. I have opened up 40 seats for Meetup 2015.  If we get close to going over I may open it up a little more.
     
    Are you on the fence about attending?  Several folks will be car pooling from all over.  Get over to the HSS Forums and work out a ride. There may be someone else looking as well. Use the Forums Meetup Thread below.


     



    (PayPal payment is final.)
    Location: 8900 Keystone Crossing, Indianapolis IN 46240 (location change)  See the Forums thread below for more information. 
    If you have questions or comments you can put them here: Official Meetup 2015 Thread  There is also a lot more information about Meetup 2015 in this thread.
     
    Indianapolis Travel Info
     
    Sponsors
     
    I'm now booking sponsors for this year's Meetup. If you or your company is interested in sponsoring the Meetup, Lunch, Breakfast, or providing give away gear or demonstration gear please get in touch with me. podcast@homeservershow  Don't make me hunt you down! Get in touch, we will work something out!

    Dave
    Let's take a break from all this Surface stuff and talk Pocket Casts for Windows Phone! I've got Russell Ivanovic from Shifty Jelly here to talk Windows Phone, app development, Build announcements, and most importantly, Pocket Casts.
     
    Special thanks to Shifty Jelly and Russell Ivanovic for taking the time to talk with me.
     
    Go get Pocket Casts for Windows Phone here. Android here. iOS here.
     
    Enjoy Pocket Casts in your browser here.
     
    Surface Geeks on Twitter
     
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    Dave
    I love this day. The day when Synology releases an update to their operating system, DiskStation Manager.  Today, it's 5.2.  We have talked about the beta on the podcast and now it's baked and ready to go for anyone with a x10 or later Synology NAS.  I'm especially excited because a DS1515 just arrived and it will get 5.2 immediately!  I'll be comparing some of the new features on the 1515 to the DS415+.  Stay tuned for more on that but in the meantime, read to the bottom and go download 5.2!








    Synology Refines Award-Winning OS with New DiskStation Manager 5.2

    New Features Help Customers Optimize NAS for Better Usability, Efficiency, and Security


    Bellevue, WA – May 12, 2015 – Today, Synology America Corp. announced updates to the company’s award-winning operating system with the launch of DiskStation Manager 5.2.  The new OS offers more features to help businesses create customized storage solutions for development, backups, restoration, cloud technology, security, and caching. To improve the multimedia and mobile experience, DSM 5.2 also added refinements to Note Station, DS note, DS audio, DS photo+, and Audio Station.



    “At Synology, we are constantly improving our software, so companies can access the full power of their NAS. From Docker to enhanced backups, we designed DSM 5.2 to help customers get the most all around value out of their storage,” said Jason Bonoan, product marketing manager at Synology.
     

    UPDATED BUSINESS FEATURES

    More Development Tools.
    With the addition of Docker, developers and system administrators can simplify the process for creating, deploying, and running virtualized applications on Synology NAS.


    Upgraded File Backups and Replication.
    Smart Recycling, Single File Versioning, and iSCSI LUN snapshot make it easier to backup files, restore data, and optimize storage for greater efficiency. iSCSI LUN snapshots guarantee data consistency. When combined with Smart Recycling, users can set the NAS to automatically delete redundant file versions, and free up storage for other uses.
     

    Added Security for Cloud Technology, File Syncing, and Encryption.
    Cloud Sync now offers one-way sync to help prevent unauthorized file updates. Additional advancements allow data encryption before it is transferred to the Cloud. The new DSM 5.2 also supports SMB 3 encryption for more security options.


    SSD Caching that Uses 90 Percent Less Memory.
    With the DSM 5.2, SSD caching memory requirements have been reduced by 90 percent compared to the DSM 5.1. Now, IT departments can lower acquisition costs for memory.
     

    A REFINED MULTIMEDIA & MOBILE EXPERIENCE

    Improved Organizational Tools for Better Project Management.
    Updates to Note station and DS note make it easier to create, organize, and use to-do lists.


    Better Music Streaming.
    With enhancements to DS audio and Audio Station, users can navigate playlists with greater ease, while enjoying better sound quality.
    The Ultimate Slideshow.
    For captivating slideshows and presentations, DS photo+ has added support for Chromecast and DLNA-compatible devices, so users can display photos on their TV screens.
     

    Availability


    The Synology DSM 5.2 is free for users who own a DiskStation, RackStation, or Embedded DataStation x10 series and onward. To download, visit: www.synology.com/en-us/dsm/5.2. For DSM 5.2 release notes go to: www.synology.com/en-us/dsm/5.2/software_spec.
    About Synology


    Synology creates network attached storage and IP surveillance solutions that transform the way users manage data and conduct surveillance in the cloud era. By taking full advantage of the latest technologies, Synology aims to help users centralize data storage and backup, share files on-the-go, and implement professional surveillance solutions in reliable and affordable ways. Synology is committed to delivering products with forward-thinking features and the best in-class customer services.  For more information about Synology visit: www.synology.com


    Dave

    One Week With Surface 3

    By Dave, in Surface Geeks,

    Pleasantly Surprised!
     
    That's how I feel every time I pick up and use my Surface 3. I use my Surface 3 as a tablet 90% of the time. Not the norm, I know. I prefer using Windows 8.1 as a tablet first, touch-based OS. I prefer the UI to Android or iOS, and enjoy the power that lies behind the simplified Start screen. I have reviewed several Windows tablets for SurfaceGeeks and have used even more that I have never wrote a word about. In short, The Surface 3 is perfect for me.
     
    What I've Been Using...
     
    In 2015 alone, I have owned an iPad Air 2 Wifi + Cellular (returned within 24-hours), Surface Pro 3 i3 (couple months), and Galaxy Tab S 8.4 LTE (still using it). I have also been using an Asus Eeebook X205 that I picked up from the Microsoft Store for $179. My home desktop is a Mac mini running Yosemite and my work PC is a Lenovo small form factor PC running Windows 7. iOS is just not for me anymore, and I found the Air 2 not great to use without a kickstand. The Surface Pro 3 is awesome and the i3 model has few flaws IMO. The only negative for me was that I was using it as a tablet in my hands, and it could sometimes feel a little heavy and was usually unwieldily when walking around my home/office. Although, if not for learning about the Surface 3, I likely would still have the Pro 3. The Tab S has been an amazing one handed tablet with a plethora of applications that run well. I bought it for only $279, and yes that is with AT&T LTE support! However, I can't really get work done on the device. I don't want to have to carry a full size keyboard around and the custom keyboard by Samsung is just way too small. The Asus Eeebook has been an amazing device, considering its low price. But I missed having touch, and the BayTrail ATOM + 2GB RAM did sometimes feel slow for select desktop application. IE and Chrome were not a pleasure to use. Office ran OK, and benefitted from a decent keyboard and trackpad.
     
    The Perfect Surface?
     
    The day after the announcement of the Surface 3, I hit up my local Microsoft Store. It was love at first touch. Compared to the Pro 3, the Surface 3 felt noticeably lighter, the screen looked better to my eyes, and even the Type Cover performed better for me. I spent over an hour evaluating the 2GB model on the store floor, and chatted with the Store Manager. We were both super excited for Microsoft's newest device. Over the weeks that followed, my excitement remained strong as I saw unboxing from VIPs, bloggers and reviewers. Then the reviews started coming in. What was great is they didn't all come in at once. Every few days I would find a new written or video review about the Surface 3. For the most part, everyone was pleased with the device. Complaints seemed to focus on the key accessories being optional, and the battery life being hit or miss.
     
    I was fortunate enough to receive my Surface 3 bundle on launch day. I received a Surface 3 4GB/128GB model, a red Type Cover 3 and a red Surface Pen. I used the Type Cover during the initial setup of the device. Although I didn't do too much typing, I didn't make one mistake. I pair the Surface Pen, but never actually touched it to the screen. Since then, the accessories have been in my sleeve, but not used either of them since Day 1. The accessories are great and I love knowing I have them, but they literally won't be used more than a couple day a year. Hopefully, I will use the Surface Pen more because it looks and functions very well. The type Cover will be used when traveling and the Surface 3 is my only computer.
     
    Now to the Surface 3 itself. I used it everyday. At work, it is the device I grab to bring to meetings. Throughout the day, the Surface 3 is used to play music, watch YouTube videos, browse Twitter and chat with friends via Messenger. At home, it is my couch and bed companion. I also find it fits nicely next to my monitor on my desk and is used as a second screen. The hardware is first rate. There is a reason Microsoft charges $499 and up. No other tablet feels this good. The weight is perfectly balanced. Color accuracy of the screen and speaker performance is exceptional. Although not as flexible as the Pro 3, the kickstand is almost as good. It is nice not having to fiddle with it to get it just right. And it can be repositioned better one-handed than the Pro 3. It could use one more position to be perfect IMO. (My first "want" for its successor.) The in-hand feel is what keeps me going back to the Surface 3. I can walk around with it and use it one handed. The kickstand provides extra grip when I am using in two handed. I have't dropped her yet!
     
    Performance was one area I was cautiously keeping an eye on. The first day, I noticed apps installed very fast. Thanks to 802.11AC support, downloads were speedy. The eMMC storage didn't seem to slow installs. Modern UI apps were responsive once loaded. the Xbox Music app loads fairly quickly, MSN Weather is still a stubborn app to launch. All other "Windows" apps performed great and never made me feel like I was waiting. However, IE on the desktop was a bit of a dog. I prefer it over the touch-friendly Modern IE on most devices. Usually, IE runs better than Chrome and other browser on lower or midrange Windows devices. For example, on my BayTrail Asus Eeebook, using Chrome was not a pleasant experience versus IE. On my Surface 3, I took a chance and installed Chrome. It performs better than IE for my use case. Pinned Apps like Messenger, MySMS and PocketCasts all perform very well. And I get to instal extensions like Add to pocket and uBlock (ad-blocking). Checking Task Manager, I don't see any impactful hit on CPU or RAM usage. Until Windows 10 is out, and the Edge browser ready, I'll stick with Chrome. However, I do plan to transition to Edge when it is ready. Office has been installed, but only launched when I need to review work documents. I'm using the Mail, Calendar and People apps for my work email and calendaring needs. Since settling in, performance has been great and the ATOM x7 has given me no cause for concern. The 1-2 second pauses that made me miss the i3 Pro 3 seem to be gone or I have just gotten used to them. Clearly, they are not that impactful.
     
    Battery life reviews have been all over the place. I don't have hard numbers to share. My in my daily use, the battery life has been phenomenal. Yes, PHENOMENAL. The first full day, I had 18-hours uptime and nearly 50% battery life remaining. On the heaviest of usage days, I still have 35%+ remaining. In general, I can go 2-3 days between feeling the Surface 3 needs to be charged. This is a very fortunate thing, because it means I only have to charge the Surface 3 overnight when it does need a charge. The Surface 3 takes forever to charge. I am using the bundled power adapter but my own cable. The included micro-USB cable is shorter than I prefer, and the connection to the surface is very loose. My third party cable is longer and has a nice snug and secure connection into the Surface 3. It can take 3 to 6 hours to charge a Surface 3 depending on battery levels and whether the device is being used. It should have a USB 3 type-C connector for charging as it would charge must faster. (My second "want" for its successor.)
     
    Behind Mail, Calendar and OneNote... Tweetium, TubeCast and outcoldplayer are my most used apps. outcoldplayer is for accessing my Google Play Music library. TubeCast is a stopgap whiel I wait for the new Hyper app. Hyper was my goto YouTube app for Windows 8. However, the app was pulled so the developer could work on a a updated version supporting the new APIs Goolge wants devs to use. CrossyRoad is a favorite of mine. And the best experience I have had playing it has been on my Surface 3. It just looks so good with the extra screen real estate. Netflix content looks awesome as the screen's color accuracy s better than the Pro 3 and the speakers are front-facing and clear. My Bose SoundLink Around-Ear headphones paired easily and work well too. Below is my current Surface 3 Start screen showing the apps I use daily.
     
    [caption id=attachment_2066" align="aligncenter" width="960] My Surface 3 Start screen[/caption]
     
    What's Next?
     
    I plan to continue tweaking my usage of the Surface 3. Finding new ways to use it, and more apps to play with. I'll keep everyone updated via the SurfaceGeeks Podcast and the Agnostic Tech Podcast and future postings here. The Surface 3 will be my primary tablet, work companion and mobile computer. If things keep going as well as they are, I might even consider upgrading to the LTE model later this summer. Especially if it supports AT&T. If you have't tried a Surface 3... hit up a Microsoft Store or BestBuy. If you don't have one near you... order one. Microsoft has a great 30-day return policy. But you'll likely be pleased. Microsoft got it right again. For me, the Surface 3 is better than the Pro 3. It is so lightweight and easy to hold, that any sacrifices made in performance and screen size are easily forgotten. The Surface 3 is the best tablet I have ever owned. I love using it and know it will be "upgraded" in many ways when Windows 10 and the new universal Windows Apps starting hitting the store.

    Surface 3 starts at $499. The 4GB/128GB used is $599 + $129 for the Surface Type Cover 3 and $49 for the Surface Pen. Learn more here.

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