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    • JackoUK
      By JackoUK
      It's that time of year again (plus or minus a few months) for Windows owners to pour out a suitable beverage, switch on the TV (say to a cricket match in Summer) and multiplex those activities with updating Windows on one's devices.
      This time round I reverted to an 'in place' upgrade using the Upgrade now button at https://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/software-download/windows10, wondering whether my shared folder setup would be destroyed as it had been in previous upgrades … but no, in general all went smoothly for:
      HP Microserver N36L
      HP Microserver N54L
      HP Microserver Gen8 x 2
      These are pure file servers running W10 Professional.
      The only point to note is the continued absence of the CPU usage trace on the Gen8 Task Manager graph.
       
       
    • wigster
      By wigster
      Hi,
       
      I just upgraded my laptop to the latest Windows 10 1903 (18362.53) which is in release preview. The following issue may or may not be resulting from that.
       
      My WS2012R2 Essentials server is now reporting this laptop as Offline. On the other hand the connector icon on the laptop is green, I can launch the Dashboard through it, so everything seems to be connected.
       
      More importantly, I now cannot backup this laptop: it tries and complains that it cannot connect to the WS Essentials Client Computer Management Service. I have tried reinstalling the Connector to no avail. It used to work a couple of weeks ago, before this upgrade, but in principle it could have been some other unrelated change.
       
      Does anyone else have a similar problem with Windows 1903? Or is it just me? Is there something I can try? 
    • Al_Borges
      By Al_Borges
      Microsoft is changing the update policy for windows 10  per this article on thurrotts website
       
       https://www.thurrott.com/windows/windows-10/204359/microsoft-makes-major-changes-to-windows-10-updating
       
      a couple of years ago, I stopped using a windows 10 homeserver because the update cycles kept breaking things
       
      this new announcement could cause some reconsideration of this.  
       
      Don't think I am going to replace my Qnap nas anytime soon -its been rock solid
      but if I where building a new server, would consider it.
       
      wouldn't be hard to set up machine with a lot more capability than most NAS's without laying out 400 bucks for a windows server license
       
      and you can use Drivepool, which I miss from my W10 server
       
       
    • sallai97
      By sallai97
      Greetings!
       
      I've looked up a lot of topics about this, but i've always find the half of the answers to my questions. I guess it's an unusual situation this time...
       
      I would like to install windows 10 to my server in AHCI mode but without intelligent provisioning (it's died while upgrading it so there is no option to use it, that's another topic).
      I'm able to boot the windows installer from iLO remote console but it cannot find the hdd driver. I've tried with few drivers, but no luck.
      When the raid controller is the selected controller (the raid would be perfect too), the installer doesn't boot up.
       
       
      Parameters/facts:
      -AHCI mode on( the installer is boots up in this mode only)
      - No intelligent provisioning
      -HP smart array won't load either
      -2 hdd
       
      Questions:
      -This concept is possible?
      -If yes, the raid is possible without IP and HP smart array?
      -Is this will be easier with VMware esxi?
       
      Thanks in advance!
       
       
    • Al_Borges
      By Al_Borges
      the selection and quality of the windows 10 store apps   has taken a turn for the better in the last few months
       
      Software publishers have started to load in their win32 apps  in the Store
       
      The big one is  Itunes  of course.    I dont use Itunes per se but a program I use ( mediamonkey)  requires it to be installed to sync to Ipods and Iphones
       
      The big advantage of loading in Itunes this way  is that it leaves behind all the other crud  ( apple updater, Bonjour etc) and just does Itunes
       
      But there are several others that I have used and can recommend.  In some cases the author asks for a small fee for the program via the store.  but you can install on any  of devices hooked into your account and updates are handled thru the MS update process
       
      Paint.net  a solid paint/photoshop type program.  Very good program that I have used for many years.    This is the program that should have replaced MS Paint, rather than the POS  Paint 3D
       
      Libre Office   full featured office suite -  fork of the openoffice project  solid program  more like MS Office than the google office suite.  One of my daughters went to school using this and wrote her PHD thesis with it.  
       
      Irfranview  Lightweight handy image viewer/editor.     I have used this program for over 20 years !!!!     If I need to just crop or lighten an image to paste into another document,  this is what I use.   
       
      Inkscape   open source Vector drawing program -    similar to Adobe Illustrator  and visio     dont use this program often  but  since visio isnt part of the standard office 365 package,  a good program to have loaded up 
       
      Autodesk CAD Mobile    Dont confuse this for a full featured CAD program , but for viewing and marking DWG files or creating simple CAD profiles,  this free program works fine
       
      Please feel free to pass along other useful items you found in the windows store
       


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