Jump to content
RESET Forums (homeservershow.com)

  • Dave
     Share

    The first beta for DriveBender has been released to the public.  DriveBender is one of several options recently announced that will take the place of Drive Extender that was a major feature in Windows Home Server.  This article is a quick look at the software, the install, and some notes from the author about the beta.

     

    Installation Screens

     

    imageimage

     

    imageimage

     

    imageimage

     

    imageimage

     

    image

     

    Popped under

     

    imageimage

     

    imageimage

     

    Once the machine has been rebooted you will find the DriveBender Manager icon on the desktop.  At this time there is no Add-In functionality for Windows Home Server 2011 although the software will work just the same.  It just won’t be available in your 2011 Dashboard.

     

    Release Notes

    Before we start

    First of all there are a few points we would like to draw your attention to

    1) First and foremost, this is BETA software. And although we have gone to great lengths to ensure it doesn’t do anything undesirable, you should not use this version in a production environment until it hits a release milestone.

    2) Drive Bender does not format, nor change the structure of any drive attached to a pool. Any drive attached, will have its existing content preserved.

    3) Drive Bender does not require exclusive use of a hard drive. It will happily attach any partition (or volume), empty or not to a pool instance.

    4) Drive Bender uses a standard file system on every drive in the pool. If a drive is pulled from the pool, it can be read just like any other drive.

     

    Requirements

    Drive Bender requires Windows XP(x86/x64 - untested), Windows Vista (x86/x64), Windows 7 (x86/x64), Windows 2003, Windows 2008, Windows 2008 R2 and Windows Home Server 2011. The Drive Bender Management console requires .NET v4

     

    Terminology

    There are a number of terms used throughout this guide that we feel need some explanation.

    Pool instance: This is a collection of one or more drives. Drive Bender is capable of having one or more pool instance.

    Mount point: A mount point is an access point defined on a specific pool, of which each pool can have one or more mount points. A mount point can be defined as a networked resource (like a shared folder) or as a drive letter. For those running Windows Home Server, this is the same as Shared Folder.

     

    Points of note

    This section details known issues (and workarounds if applicable) for this version of Drive Bender

    Special Note - During the final testing phase there was a bug discovered with the transaction engine (this engine performs a number of tasks, including ensuring the pool remains consistent across the different volumes). As a result we have disabled the transaction engine for this initial beta. Because of this, please note the following.

    a) When deleting a folder, orphaned files / folders could be left on one or more of the volumes. This can happen if an undetected lock is on the target.

    B)
    There may be locking issues when renaming folders.

    c) File duplication has been disabled.

     

    The Windows Home Server 2011 plugin that we had hoped to ship with the beta will be shipping with the next beta release.

    Folder security has not been fully enabled.

    There is no file size check being performed on the pooled target drive.

    The performance during some read and write operations is less than optimal.

    During testing we have found that the management console may not install if the target machine does not have .NET v4 installed. You can manually install the management console from the Drive Bender installation folder.

     

    Installation

    Installing Drive Bender is straight forward. After running the install wizard, you will need to reboot your machine (this is a onetime event, from here on out there is no further rebooting). After which you will you will need to start the Drive Bender Management (Start -> Drive Bender).

    image

     

    I have it installed and running on my test server as shown above.

     

    image

     

    Creating a Pool.

     

    image

     

    Pool created.

     

    image

     

    Create a mount point so you can access the new pool.

     

    image

     

    Here is where it’s getting tricky.  Use the mount point as a network drive or local drive.

     

    image

     

    image

     

    I chose to mount it as a drive to see what it would look like locally.  Drive “”?

     

    image

     

    Mount point is alive in the manager.

     

    image

     

    I don’t see it.

     

    image

     

    I created another mount point but this time selected network share and it shows up.

     

    image

     

    mountinlaunchpad-150x150.jpg

     

    The network share shows up in the shared folders launched from the WHS2011 LaunchPad.

     

    Now guess what time it is?  Time to test, test, test!

     

    Hit the forums for more discussion on Drive Bender.

     Share


    User Feedback

    Recommended Comments

    There are no comments to display.



    Create an account or sign in to comment

    You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

    Create an account

    Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

    Register a new account

    Sign in

    Already have an account? Sign in here.

    Sign In Now

  • Our picks

    • RT6600ax tri-band Wi-Fi 6 router   Provide ultrafast and secure wireless connectivity to your home or office with support for the expanded 5.9 GHz spectrum,* combined wireless throughput of 6.6 Gbps, and a secure network infrastructure backed by the intuitive Synology Router Manager (SRM).
      • 0 replies
    • I throw this out every once in a while.  Is anyone interested in writing up "semi-formal" reviews here on the forums?  I say semi-formal because they don't have to be pro level, just a good attempt at telling the story about the gear.  Something you have purchased lately.  You don't have to go buy stuff, just incorporate what you have already have purchased.  Hit me up with any questions.  You never know where it will lead!
        • Like
      • 4 replies
    • D-Link has dropped a couple of new products and additions to their lineup of smart home gear.  Hold on because there is a lot of gear!
      Let's start with cameras.  D-Link has new Wi-Fi cameras, the Full HD Pan and Tilt Pro Wi-Fi Camera (DCS-8302LH) and Full HD Indoor and Outdoor Pro Wi-Fi Camera (DCS-8526LH).  These are not just new, and good looking cams, they can now perform people detection and glass break detection.  The new cameras also feature expanded ways for customers to save video, including ONVIF Profile S, which enables custom storage and streaming options to personal NAS devices, built-in storage microSD capacity up to 256 GB, as well as free and paid cloud storage options. 
       

       
      This year's camera models include both an indoor and an outdoor model. The outdoor model features a spotlight and siren that can be triggered when motion is detected, deterring potential intruders. The indoor model pans around to give a full 360-degree view of any room and tracks motion. Both include two-way audio. 
      Full HD Pan and Tilt Pro Wi-Fi Camera is the model (DCS-8302LH), available in Q2, 2020, and retail pricing will be $99.99.
      Full HD Indoor and Outdoor Pro Wi-Fi Camera is the model (DCS-8526LH), available in Q3, 2020, and retail pricing will be $119.99.
      One of my favorite products is Wi-Fi.  D-Link has a whole lot of new products coming including Wi-Fi 6, Mesh, Alexa and Google Assistant integration, IFTTT, Parental Controls, and more!
       

       
      There are so many new SKU's that I can't make heads or tails of them!  I'm going to be speaking with D-Link more this week and will sort all of these out. I do want you to see all they are offering and what the release date and projected retail pricing will be.

      AC1900 Scalable Mesh Wi-Fi Router (COVR-1900-US), Q1 2020, $119.99
      AC1750 Mesh Wi-Fi Router (DIR-1750-US), Q1 2020, $99.99
      AC1900 Mesh Wi-Fi Router (DIR-1950-US), Q1 2020, $119.99
      AC1750 Mesh Wi-Fi Range Extender (DAP-1755-US), Q1 2020, $99.99
      AC1950 Mesh Wi-Fi Range Extender (DAP-1955-US), Q1 2020, $109.99
      Smart AX1500 Mesh Wi-Fi 6 Router (DIR-X1560-US), Q1 2020, $119.99
      Smart AX1800 Mesh Wi-Fi 6 Router (DIR-X1870-US), Q2 2020, $139.99
      Smart AX2400 Mesh Wi-Fi 6 Router (DIR-X2460-US), Q3 2020, $159.99
      Smart AX5400 Mesh Wi-Fi 6 Router (DIR-X5460-US), Q1 2020, $279.99
      AX1800 Mesh Wi-Fi 6 Range Extender (DAP-X1870-US), Q2 2020, $129.99
      AX1800 Whole Home Mesh System (COVR-X1872-US), QX22020, $269.99
        • Like
      • 0 replies
    • RESET Merch Shop
      Get ya Merch here!  I've created a T-Shirt shop with the famous RESET paperclip. I've pasted that clip on just about everything so you can wear it around town!  Cable bags, Coffee Mugs, T-Shirts, and more. 
       
      https://reset.threadless.com/
       
      or you can get it it via
       
      https://reset.fm/store
       
      Here is the main design.
       

       
      Below is a part of the order that I put in!  
       
       

       
      The Heather Grey above is the Extra Soft version and it is awesome.  I highly recommend the softness!    The "Chili Red" is the Tri-Blend and probably my favorite feel and color.

       
      This is the Zip-Up Hoody, Heather Indigo, Sponge Fleece, Men's, Large.  In my podcast I couldn't remember what style it was but it is Sponge Fleece. It's REALLY soft on the inside. Soft outside as well. The only problem is with the zip up hoody the logo is on the back. Regular hoody, it will be on the front.
       
      https://reset.threadless.com/
       
      or you can get it it via
       
      https://reset.fm/store
       
      Thank you for supporting this community. Everything you purchase will help keep the lights on the hard drives spinning.
       
      • 0 replies
    • OneDrive Personal Vault and expandable storage
      Microsoft's OneDrive has a few new features and options worth pointing out.  Personal Vault and Expandable Storage.
       
      Personal Vault is a protected area in OneDrive that can only be accessed with a strong authentication method or a second step of identity verification, such as your fingerprint, face, PIN, or a code sent to you via email or SMS. 
       
      Personal Vault gives you an added layer of protection for your most important files, photos, and videos—for example, copies of documents such as your passport, driver’s license, or insurance information—should someone gain access to your account or device.
      Plus, this added security won’t slow you down. You can quickly access your important documents, photos, and files with confidence wherever you are, on your PC, OneDrive.com, or your mobile device.

       
      Beyond a second layer of identity verification, Personal Vault also includes the following security measures:
       
      Scan and shoot—Using the OneDrive app, you can scan documents or shoot photos directly into your Personal Vault, keeping them off less secure areas of your device, like your camera roll.
      Automatic locking—No need to worry about whether you left your Personal Vault or your files open—both will close and lock automatically after a period of inactivity.
      BitLocker encryption—On Windows 10 PCs, OneDrive automatically syncs your Personal Vault files to a BitLocker-encrypted area of your local hard drive.
      Restricted sharing—To prevent accidental sharing, files in Personal Vault and shared items moved into Personal Vault cannot be shared.
       
      Taken together, these security measures help ensure that Personal Vault files are not stored unprotected on your PC, and your files have additional protection, even if your Windows 10 PC or mobile device is lost, stolen, or someone gains access to it or to your account.
       
      Expandable Storage
       
      If you are and Office 365 Subscriber you get 1 TB of OneDrive storage space with all the other Office goodies like Word, Excel, etc.  I know personally that I have gone over the 1TB limit and have always wanted to be able to add additional storage to my account.  Now you can!

       
      Pick and option and keep on hoarding, errr, I mean saving! Cancel anytime, upgrade at any moment.
      • 1 reply
×
×
  • Create New...