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WD Red Drives – Replacing My Server Storage

Though I have been switching to primarily NAS units for my everyday central storage needs and have used WD Red Drives in those units, I still have one non-VM server left that I use for local backup and movie archiving. The server has been running great for many years but recently I had yet another drive […]

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Home Network Security – My New Obsession

Sometimes you go along thinking that everything is great, your hardware is working, you have great network security, and you exercise safe computing. So what could possibly go wrong? Turns out a bunch of stuff can go wrong and one day you get that rude awakening that you have taken things for granted and have […]

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QNAP TS-451–The Alternative Server

Being a devout Windows Home Server fan for many years, it has always been tough for me to find a substitute for it. I have tried numerous NAS units and have always been left extremely disappointed. Since my recent move, I have found myself reviewing my storage needs as well as my overall strategy for […]

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Moving from WHS 2011 to Windows Server 2012 Essentials R2

Migrating from one server version to another is not a trivial task as there are typically no easy ways to simply upgrade.  For all practical purposes it is a new install with the added complication of having to deal with existing data and structures.  As always, make sure you have a backup copy of your […]

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Creating a Virtual Machine with Hyper-V in Windows 8

Ever wish you had a dedicated machine you could use for testing software or had the ability to run dedicated tasks such as maybe a backup server or media server?  Then creating a Virtual Machine with Hyper-V might be worth a look.  There are many reasons you may want to run VM’s but one of the most […]

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Storage Spaces–2012 Essentials R2

Well, here we go again with another round with Storage Spaces. If you have read my other reviews on Storage Spaces, you know that I have not been a fan of past versions, especially in the parity configuration. With promise of new functionality, speed, and security, I was naturally attracted to testing it again. After […]

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Anytime Access Problems on Windows Server 2012 Essentials R2 Preview

Besides the Hyper-V, UEFI support, and the removal of the 2T limits, one feature I was interested in testing with Essentials was the Anytime Access.  The promise of VPN and Web access was intriguing to me as I routinely need files from my system.  I know the web access was in 2011  and the VPN […]

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Xbox One –Why I want one

Background For years I have been attracted to PC gaming and never cared much about the Xbox.  There were many reasons for this but primarily because I preferred the controls of a PC, the graphics resolution of a PC, and I was completely uncoordinated with the Xbox controller. In addition, it did not allow me […]

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Plex Media-A New Way to Stream

If you are like me you love to stream your content to other devices both inside and outside your network.  The issue is the typically convoluted and unstable packages such as Twonky, tVersity, or PlayOn.  There are obviously solutions like Windows Media Center or XBMC but they do not stream or transcode to mobile devices.  […]

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Microsoft Wedge Mobile Keyboard on the Surface

Recently I had the opportunity to visit the Microsoft store in San Diego California. I was wondering around looking at the different laptops and testing out the type cover for the Surface. In the process I ran across the new Microsoft Wedge Mobile Keyboard. I had seen pictures of this before however this was the […]

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rtRemote-iTunes Remote for the Surface RT

As many of you have seen by now, the app selection for Windows 8/RT is growing in availability, but not necessarily in quality yet.  There are still tons of third party developers that are releasing garbage apps which is making it hard to sort through and get something worthwhile.  In my recent search, I came […]

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Going From Physical to Virtual Machines at Home

A topic I have struggled with for a long, long time has been the use of virtual machines in an actual home environment.  In the past VM’s where limited to enthusiast but now that Hyper-V is bundled with Windows 8, I wanted to revisit the practicality of using a VM in a home environment to […]

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