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Mailbag 21st December 2010

  • WHS system storage very high
  • Windows 7 64bit console is not compatible
  • News on FlexRAID the Drive Extender replacement
  • Unable to access Windows Home Server shares

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This is my last mailbag before Christmas, so I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all that read the mailbag each week a very Merry Christmas. I will still be posting over the Christmas period, plus with the January sales just around the corner I will be taking the opportunity to start posting the deal of the week, if anyone does see any real WHS bargains please let me know. Continue reading

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Mailbag 15th December 2010

  • Can I move my hard drives from my old WHS to my new WHS?
  • Does RAID & Windows Home Server really mix?
  • How to rebuild my Windows Home Server
  • Should I stick with WHS v1 or go for Vail when released?
  • WHS Open Source Options

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This week the spotlight has been around the open source alternatives to Microsoft’s Windows Home Server. There are many alternatives to WHS and it is very surprising just how worthy some of them really are, what’s more surprising is how many people are looking at the possibility of moving to some of them on offer.

It takes an incredible amount of faith to put all your home videos/photos, hundreds sometimes thousands of £/$ of music, and in many cases there entire film/DVD collection to an operating system like Windows Home Server, could you have the same trust/confidence in an unknown operating system?

I am not trying to discourage anyone from using open source software, after all many people really on open source software and I am certainly one of them, but I would say make sure you have a failsafe backup and make sure you have read reviews and write ups, about the pros and cons about any of the alternatives. Continue reading

Mailbag 23/09/2010 – Windows 7 Server Mode

The main problem I have been hearing this week is people using windows 7 as a file server or people trying to access their windows 7 machine in some way from a Windows XP machine. This is fine if the windows 7 pc gets regularly restarted, the reason for this, not fully known to me, is that windows 7 has an issue with memory allocation to system non-paged pool.

You may be getting this error log issued to your event logs:

Source: srv
Event ID: 2017
Level: Error
Description: The server was unable to allocate from the system nonpaged pool because the server reached the configured limit for nonpaged pool allocations.

The fix is just a simple registry change below:

Set the following registry key to ‘1′:
HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\Memory Management\LargeSystemCache

and set the following registry key to ‘3′:

This should definitely sort out the problem, if not please let me know.

I found a fix many months ago unfortunately I am unsure where I got it from, so I am not able to give recognition to the correct person.

Remote Printer Map

I have been recently looking a for a remote printer script so that when I setup a domain server I can attach one batch file to each user and when they logon to the new machine on the domain the script would install the printers, you can see below the script I found:

“rundll32 printui.dll,PrintUIEntry /in /n\\<servername>\<printer  sharename>”

Obviously replace the server name and share name with you server name and share name.

I will admit this isn’t the best script as it installs the printer whether it is already installed on the machine or not but at least you know it will always be installed for the user, if you do find anything better then please let me know.