My Movies for WHS 2011, Windows 7 Media Center Updated

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My Movies for Windows Home Server 2011 has been updated to v2.11 Pre-Release 1. The new version of the My Movies backend is adding a number of features along with the usual collection of fixes. Several of the fixes relate to how My Movies for WHS 2011 handles converted files. Of particular interest is the new backend support for downloading […]

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Guide to Building a Windows Home Server

Windows Home Server

If building a home server is on your to-do list for the new year, then perhaps a little how-to guide is just what you need to get started. I’m not sure about all of the hardware choices made for this particular guide. Intel Xeon processors tend to carry a price premium that isn’t really warranted for a WHS box, though […]

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Drobo Gets a WHS 2011 Add-In


I listen to a lot of podcasts. Too many, in fact. One podcast I used to listen to that has fallen off my playlist is The Home Server Show. It’s too bad I haven’t been listening as I evidently missed a challenge issued on a recent episode to the WHS community to develop an add-in for managing an attached Drobo. Turns […]

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Drive Bender for WHS 2011 Reviewed


Drive Bender was released a couple of weeks ago, making it the first commercial add-on to bring drive pooling back to Windows Home Server. The original WHS Drive Extender was sorely missed in WHS 2011, but it had its fair share of issues, so any third-party solution looking to bring that same kind of low-level functionality has to be approached […]

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Auto-minimize the WHS 2011 Launchpad


One of my biggest Windows Home Server 2011 pet peeves involves the new Launchpad software. It’s not that I don’t like the software. It does a good job of exposing the server’s functions and alert status. The problem is that there is no option to launch it minimized at startup, leaving it to constantly float around on my desktop. It’s […]

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Drive Bender Released, Pooled Storage Comes to WHS 2011

One of the signature technologies of the original Windows Home Server was Drive Extender. Drive Extender allowed multiple, disparate hard drives to appear as one single drive with built-in redundancy to boot. It was simple, elegant, and dropped from Windows Home Server 2011. As soon as word hit the streets that Drive Extender was not to be a part of […]

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Fractal Design Define XL Case Review

Fractal Desigh Define XL

We recently reviewed and are now giving away the Fractal Design Core 3000, one of Fractal Design’s larger cases. We tried it out as a home server case and found a lot to like about it. However, their top end case is the Define XL. With internal space for 10 hard drives and 4 5.25″ bays just begging to be […]

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