DataCore DriveHarmony now available in Beta

Today, DataCore has released a beta of their DriveHarmony software for Windows Home Server 2011.

This beta release will expire after 30 days, and is NOT meant for production use. DO NOT use production data with this release.

I’m downloading right now and will have more later. If you want to download the beta, click the link below.

Pro tip–The one where cfg.ini would not be recognized

Figured I’d post this in case anyone else runs into this issue. I was performing an unattended install of Windows Home Server 2011 and the setup failed. I tried to use the same cfg.ini file again, however, setup didn’t like the file the second time around. Knowing that I hadn’t changed anything, I opened the file and noticed something strange. There was an additional line that Setup adds to the file once its used it.

The line added is located in the [WinPE] section and is called Processed=true.

In my testing, removing this line will allow the cfg.ini file to be used again.

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                          Before setup runs                                       After setup runs

This tip applies to:

  • Windows Home Server 2011
  • Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials
  • Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials

Online help resources for WHS 2011 / SBSe 2011 / Storage Server R2 Essentials

This one’s a short post. Here are the direct links to the online help sites for Windows Home Server 2011, Small Business Server 2011, and Storage Server R2 Essentials.

Windows Home Server 2011 – http://onlinehelp.microsoft.com/en-us/windowshomeserver2011

Small Business Server 2011 Essentials – http://onlinehelp.microsoft.com/en-us/sbs2011essentials/

Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials – http://onlinehelp.microsoft.com/en-us/storageserver2008r2/

Tech-Ed North America 2011: Day 0 – Recap

After following the very poor directions given to me about finding the shuttle to bring me to the hotel, and being lied to and ripped off for 20 bucks (yes, I’m bitter.), I made it to my hotel, the Marriott Marquis in Downtown Atlanta. Check in was fairly effortless, and I’ve got a very nice room on an upper floor of the hotel with a great view of the city. For the week, Microsoft has invested in custom room keys, sponsored by Windows Intune, with an attached map of the downtown area.

After getting settled in my room, I met up with Randy Guthrie, Academic Developer Evangelist and some Imagine Cup USA Finals winners as well as other invited students, and had a quick bite to eat while waiting for everyone to arrive. Once everyone arrived, we made the 15 minute walk over to the Georgia World Congress Center, and along the way passed by CNN Center, World of Coca-Cola, and the Phillips Arena. While at the GWCC, took a quick walking tour of where keynote would be, the exhibit hall, bloggers lounge, etc. After the tour was over, we went out to dinner and then made final arrangements for the morning.

On Day 1 we’ll see announcements from Jason Zander and Robert Wahbe and from what I’m hearing these announcements will be interesting.

Here are some photos from Day 0:

Hands-On Labs for Windows Home Server 2011, Small Business Server 2011 Standard, and Small Business Server 2011

Today Microsoft is announcing the availability of hands-on virtual labs for Windows Home Server 2011, Small Business Server 2011 Standard, and Small Business Server 2011. These labs are intended to help end users and business decision makers alike evaluate the new products coming out of Microsoft’s Windows Server Solutions group. Available labs are listed below.

Windows Home Server 2011 Evaluation

This evaluation provides a hands on ability to experience the product including the following areas:

  • Adding a user
  • Using the client Launchpad
  • Managing PCs to ensure its health and security
  • Protecting the server and PC’s data
  • Adding server storage capacity
  • Using Remote Web Access

http://online.holsystems.com/portals/sbs/whs/

SBS 2011 Standard Technical Training

This 6 part Hands On Lab series explores SBS 2011 Standard in-depth including installation, configuration, server and user management and using the SBS 2011 Premium Add-on.

  • Planning and Preparation for Windows Small Business Server 2011 Standard
  • Installing Windows Small Business Server 2011 Standard
  • Managing Windows Small Business Server 2011 Standard
  • Using Windows Small Business Server 2011 Standard
  • Messaging and Collaboration in Windows Small Business Server 2011 Standard
  • Windows Small Business Server 2011 Premium Add-On

http://online.holsystems.com/portals/sbs/standard/

SBS 2011 Standard End-to-End Walkthrough

This hands-on lab provides an end-to-end demonstration of Windows Small Business Server (SBS) 2011 Standard which includes the following areas:

  • Adding a user account
  • Connecting the user’s PC to the SBS environment
  • Managing the user’s PC to ensure its health and security
  • Protecting the server and PC’s data
  • Adding server storage capacity
  • Using Remote Web Access

http://online.holsystems.com/portals/sbs/stndemo/

SBS 2011 Essentials Technical Training

This 6 part Hands On Lab series explores SBS 2011 Essentials in-depth including installation, configuration, server and user management, client backup and health monitoring and using add-ins.

  • Preparing for Deployment
  • Server Configuration
  • Server Management and Monitoring
  • User and Client Computer Management
  • Client Experience
  • Cloud Services and Add-ins

http://online.holsystems.com/portals/sbs/essentials/

SBS 2011 Essentials End-to-End Walkthrough

This hands-on lab provides an end-to-end demonstration of Windows Small Business Server (SBS) 2011 Essentials which includes the following areas:

  • Adding a user account
  • Connecting the user’s PC to the SBS environment
  • Managing the user’s PC to ensure its health and security
  • Protecting the server and PC’s data
  • Adding server storage capacity
  • Using Remote Web Access

http://online.holsystems.com/portals/sbs/essdemo/

How-to: Remove the Windows Server Solutions Mac Connector

If you’re like me and have multiple servers that all use the same type of connector software and are testing things out or just want to remove your Mac from being connected to your Windows Home Server 2011, Small Business Server 2011 Essentials, or Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials server, then these are the steps for you.

  1. Go to the Applications folder and drag the Launchpad application to the trash
  2. Go to your user folder (typically /Users/<yourusername>) and browse to Library –> Application Support –> Microsoft, and drag the Launchpad folder to the trash
  3. Go to the root of your hard drive, and browse to Library –> Application Support –> Microsoft, and drag the Launchpad folder to the trash
  4. Go to the root of your hard drive, and browse to Library –> Preferences, and drag ‘com.microsoft.launchpad.plist’ to the trash
  5. Empty the Trash and reboot

That’s it. The connector has now been removed.

How-To: Configure Time Machine with Windows Home Server 2011

(UPDATE 04/11/2011 – Corrected error with sparseimage. Should be sparsebundle. Directions corrected.)

Note: These directions will not work with Mac OS X Lion as Apple has removed the necessary components to allow this functionality to work.

In today’s how-to, we’re going to setup Time Machine for a Mac client with the backups being stored on Windows Home Server 2011. These same steps should work with Small Business Server 2011 Essentials and Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials as well. (P.S. If after reading this, and you agree with me that setup could be easier, go here and vote.)

Step 1: Create shared folder on server

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  • Click the Shared Folders and Hard Drives tab

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  • Click Add a Folder, and fill in the details then click Next

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  • Click Specific People, and then assign Read/Write permissions to the user account you wish to use on your Mac.

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  • Click Add Folder,and then when the process is finished, click Close.

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Step 2: Enable Network Volume Support and create SparseBundle file

  • On each Mac that you wish to back up, go to the Applications folder, then Utilities, then open Terminal and type the following command then press Enter.
    • defaults write com.apple.systempreferences TMShowUnsupportedNetworkVolumes 1

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  • We need to determine the MAC address of the Ethernet port (en0) to properly create the sparsebundle file. (NOTE: Even if you are using a wireless connection to backup, you MUST use the MAC address of the Ethernet port.) To do so, in the same Terminal window, type ifconfig and press Enter.  Look for the line starting with en0, and then look just below that for the line starting with ether and make note of the address on that line.

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  • Now we will create the sparsebundle file that Time Machine will use. In the same Terminal  window, type the following command and press Enter. (NOTE: For the hard drive size, it needs to be the size of your hard drive. If you have a 160GB hard drive, then it will be ‘-size 160G’.)
    • hdiutil create –size <Hard Drive size>G –fs HFS+J –volname “<computername> Backup” <computername>_<MACAddress>.sparsebundle
      • Replace <Hard drive size> with the size of your hard drive
      • Replace <computername> with the name of your computer (Can be found in System Preferences –> Sharing) (Note: You may want to change the name to make it something short and simple.)
      • Replace <MACAddress> with the MAC Address you made note of in the previous step, leave out the colons in the address

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Step 3: Copy Sparsebundle to server and enable Time Machine

  • Close Terminal, then go to the Go menu and click Connect to Server, and type in smb://<ip address or name of server>, then press Enter. Choose the Shared Folder you created and click OK.
  • Browse to the location that the sparsebundle file was created in. This will most likely be the root of your user folder. (/users/<your username/)
  • Drag this sparsebundle file to the shared folder on the server

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  • After the file finishes copying, open System Preferences, and then click Time Machine

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  • Click Select Disk and select the shared folder on your server

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  • When prompted, enter the user name and password you wish to use and click Connect.

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  • A countdown of 120 seconds should begin, and then once that countdown finishes, your backup should commence.

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Congratulations! You’ve just configured Time Machine with Windows Home Server 2011.