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Home Networking, Windows Server 2012 Essentials, Lights Out, the HP N40L, N54L and the Deal with NASA Interns – HT108

Jim (@jcollison) is joined this week by Andrew (@unrealshots) and Christian for Show 108!  We were all about Christian (and Gary’s) Home Networking setup to include an in depth look at Windows Server 2012 Essentials, SharePoint and Active Directory!  How to do it, how not to and how to get it done with what you have!  We also talked about Lights Out, a Windows Server Addin, The HP Microserver N40L and N54L as well as Christian’s Intern experience at NASA. Join us for the show live each Thursday at 8pmC/9E at Listen Mobile:   No LIVE show for the next two weeks – Jim is in Germany.  Follow all the pics I take at   Congrats to the Drobo Winner Jay Shridharani  Server 2012 Essentials: I. Overview What makes Server 2012 Essentials different from Server 2011? Why should I pay $300 more for Server 2012 Essentials when WHS 2011 is $50 bucks? Big Features: Why it’s great for home users Why it’s great for geeks II. Let’s Dig In: TeamViewer Screen Sharing Session Microsoft brag features Data Protection, continued. Windows Server 2012 Essentials can perform complete system backups and bare-metal restores of the server itself as well as the client computers connected to the network—now with support for volumes larger than 2 terabytes. New with Windows Server 2012, the Microsoft Online Backup can be used to protect files and folders in a cloud-based storage service that is managed by Microsoft. Windows Server 2012 Essentials also centrally manages and configures the new File History feature of Windows 8 clients, helping users to recover from accidently deleted or overwritten files without requiring administrator assistance. Anywhere Access. Remote Web Access provides a stream-lined, touch-friendly browser experience for accessing applications and data from virtually anywhere they have an Internet connection using almost any device. Windows Server 2012 Essentials also provides an updated Windows Phone app and a new Metro app for Windows 8 clients, allowing users to intuitively connect to, search across, and access files and folders on the server; files are also automatically cached for offline access and synchronized when a connection to the server becomes available. Windows Server 2012 Essentials turns setting up virtual private networking (VPN) into a painless wizard-driven process of just a few clicks, and simplifies the management of VPN access for users. Client computers can leverage a VPN connection to remotely join the Essentials environment without the need to come into the office. Workload Flexibility. Windows Server 2012 Essentials has been designed to allow customers the flexibility to choose which applications and services run on-premises and which run in the cloud. In previous versions, Windows Small Business Server Standard included Exchange Server as a component product, which added expense and complexity for customers who wished to leverage cloud-based messaging and collaboration services. With Windows Server 2012 Essentials, customers can take advantage of the same integrated management experience whether they choose to run an on-premises copy of Exchange Server, subscribe to a hosted Exchange service, or subscribe to Office 365. Extensibility. Windows Server 2012 Essentials builds on the extensibility model of Windows SBS 2011 Essentials, which allows other software vendors to add capabilities and features to the core product, and adds a new set of Web Services APIs. It also maintains compatibility with the existing software development kit (SDK) and Add-Ins created for Windows SBS 2011 Essentials. You can email Christian directly at The Average Guy Facebook Group The Average Guy Facebook Page If you’d like to subscribe to the show, click on  to update your iTunes library, or for other Podcast downloading applications, please click on the RSS Feed and pick your Pod Catcher of choice! Or, you can now stream the show online at at The Show Announcements and Schedule: #!/TheAverageGuyTV Jim’s Twitter: #!/jcollison Contact the show at Find us on Facebook: Find this and other great Podcasts from the Average Guy Network at
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Taking Advantage of Free Cloud Storage for 3-2-1 Backup (Updated)

Even Backup guys need to practice and plan for good backup #160; As a Microsoft Windows Home Server MVP and podcaster with the Home Server Show, you would think that of all people, I would have my backup plans documented well and in #160; Well, I do, kind #160; I have been running a bit loose lately and I thought it was time to tightening things up. At home, I currently run a Windows Home Server (WHS) 2011 box with about 2TB of total storage space and 2 TB of storage to back those files #160; I also backup everything to a ioSafe Solo (an external hard drive that is fire and water proof) that has the most important 1 TB of my data backed up as #160; If there was ever a fire at my home, my data wouldn’t burn. I will be moving my WHS and the data to the next version (Windows Server 2012 Essentials) some time in 2013 and I though now would be a good time get it all in the cloud for the #160; Why the cloud?  First, I have been writing and updating a running post on Cloud Storage Options. Currently, cloud, or offsite data storage on someone else’s servers, is becoming more popular and #160; There are at lease 20 companies with some kind of #160; You can get more details on it HERE. Second,  In order to follow a good back up plan, one should follow the 3-2-1 #160; What is that you ask?  The simplest way to remember how to use the 3-2-1 rule is this: Keep 3 copies of any important file (a primary and two backups) Keep those files on 2 different media types (such as hard drive and optical media), to protect against different types of hazards. Then, 1 copy should be stored offsite (or at least offline). While 3-2-1 storage is the best possible method, it’s not always possible or practical. A second media type can often be cumbersome for those working with large data files such as pictures or videos. In many cases, people can make do with hard-drive-only copies of their data. Best practices, however, still require 3 copies and some physical separation between the copies. So how does 3-2-1 work out for me?  The original file (1) is stored physically in a shared folder on the WHS (my server is a HP N40L MicroServer).  I try to keep very few files on my actual desktop #160; With Gigabit Ethernet, there is really very little need for me to have the files #160; For most applications, having it on the network is just fine. The first copy (2) of the file then is stored in a back up on the ioSafe Solo or to an additional hard drive on the HP MicroServer, depending on how important it #160; Using the backup features that comes with the WHS 2011 software, I automatically back up all the files on the server twice a day to either of the two #160; Once at noon and once again at #160; What was mostly missing from my plan was the third form of back up, or something that is offsite or #160; I think I have a very inexpensive option to cover that now as well. Cloud storage has been getting cheaper while at the same time more generous in sizes over the last several #160; In many cases, it’s free and easy to access now with a WHS or even your #160; In my case, I have installed Microsoft’s SkyDrive and as two services that run on my #160; I have also installed a Pogoplug device on my network and the software on the #160; The Pogoplug has attached storage with a 1 TB #160; This will accommodate and duplicate the larger files that I create with the #160; It also keeps them local and easy to #160; Since they are in a WHS folder, backed up by the WHS and are on the Pogoplug, you could consider that 3 #160; However, since they are all local copies and one is not offsite, I do need to get a copy to the cloud for cold #160; With that folder at 114 GB, I will most likely need to move to a paid service for that. Updated 2/3/2013:  I have made some changes since I first wrote this #160; To make things simple, I am now backing up the entire WHS 2011 shared folder structure to either the ioSafe Solo for local disaster protection using the WHS 2011 backup software, the local Pogoplug via the Pogoplug software and to #160; PCs backup nightly via the WHS 2011 software so I catch any file created that was not moved to the files shares on WHS 2011 CLOUD         Data Type Cloud Company Max Free Storage Physical Location on Home Server Current Storage Size Shared Files with Friends Dropbox 9GB Dropbox Folder Scanned Documents (pdf) Microsoft Office Data Files Pictures SkyDrive 25GB SkyDrive Folder Music Amazon 250K Songs No Local Copy 2889 Songs All WHS 2011 Shares Crashplan Unlimited All Folder Shares All WHS 2011 Client PCs Crashplan Unlimited Client Computer Backup 307GB Studio PC real time sync Pogoplug 2GB N/A             CLOUD NOT USING         No Data Box 50GB               LOCAL         Data Type Local Location Max Local Storage Physical Location on Home Sever Current Storage Size All WHS 2011 Shares ioSafe Solo – via WHS2011 Backup 1TB All Folder Shares All WHS 2011 Shares Pogoplug 1TB All Folder Shares All WHS 2011 Client PCs ioSafe Solo 1TB Client Computer Backup 307GB So right now, my total storage requirements for everything I want to back up is less than 300GB Below you can see a screen shot of my current WHS 2011 shares. Currently, the Documents, Music, Pictures, Public, Recorded TV, Users and Video folders are empty on the #160; I also no longer keep music local and only store it in the cloud on #160; Since we purchase our music there, it just make sense not to have it #160; I can always download it from there if I need it. Once everything is done syncing with the various cloud locations (this could take the better part of the week or two), the plan is to back up the entire WHS 2011 box to a cloud offering that allows for unlimited storage for a third (3) #160; Yes, that means that most files will be backed up to the cloud twice!  That’s the way we backup guys roll!  You can never have enough backups. What is your backup plan?  Post a few notes here or join us for the conversation over at the Average Guy Facebook group () or for the more serious and technical conversations () .  
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Home Gadget Geeks

The Disaster that is Windows 8? iPad Mini, LastPass Giveaway, Pogoplug Giveaway – HT097

Jim and Christian are joined this week by Gordon Schmidt (#8217;s Knee Jerk Reaction) and special guest Ces White () for show 97 Lots of connectivity and sound issues this week.  Apologies for the sound quality for most of the podcast. Support the Average Guy Tech Scholarship Fund: Join us for the show live each Thursday at 8pmC/9E/1UTC at Listen Mobile: LastPass Giveaway Winners: Antonio Facciponti Rob Berg New Pogoplug Giveaway Starts today.  Cloud Storage Know It Guyde – Updated: Jim at the KC Microsoft Store on Saturday #!/events/233372026794040/ #!/events/434644559929768/ If you are new to podcasts and are looking for a way to easily listen each week, you might want to consider using Stitcher. Available for both Android and iPhone platforms, it a great way to listen to podcasts both at home and on the road. Of course, this show and all the past shows are on Stiticher. – Search Home Tech. It’s educations for your ears! Facebook Page:  Facebook Group: If you’d like to subscribe to the show, click on to update your iTunes library, or for other Podcast downloading applications, please click on the RSS Feed and pick your Pod Catcher of choice! Or, you can now stream the show online at at Jim’s Twitter: #!/jcollison Andrew’s Twitter: #!/unrealshots Contact Christian: Contact the show at Find us on Facebook: Find this and other great Podcasts from the Average Guy Network at Some links may contain affiliate codes that benefit the Average Guy Podcast Network.
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Home Tech

Live in the Kansas City Area? Meetup with Jim at the Microsoft Store on October 13th, 4:30pm.

I will be down in Kansas City THIS SATURDAY, October 13, 2012, visiting my college student and thought it might be fun to get a meetup going for those who cannot make the October 20th Home Server Show Meetup in #160;  Right now I am planning on meeting at the Overland Park Microsoft Store, Oak Park Mall, 11467 West 95th Street, Overland Park KS 66214 at 4#160; Click here for a link to the store. If you think you might want to join me there, leave a comment at the bottom of the post so I can look for you #160; I might even attempt a live #160; You going to join me? Buy an ultrabook nearly 30% off and get a free netbook!
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One Big Windows 8 Surface Tablet – HT089

Jim is joined this week by Mike Howard for Show 89 of The Home Tech Podcast. We are all Windows 8 Surface Tablet demo this week.  Jim purchased an HP TouchSmart 310 off of Craigslist and installed the RTM version of Windows 8 and turned it into one large Surface Tablet.  Since most of the show was a demo, very little show notes for the week.  Make sure you watch the YouTube video for all the details. MozyPro–secure online backup for businesses Join us for the show live each Thursday at 8pmC/9E/1UTC at Listen Mobile: Specs on the HP Touchsmart 310 (Found Here) Operating system installed – Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium 64 Processor – AMD Athlon II X2 245e • GHz Chipset – AMD M880G Memory – 4 GB DDR3 750 GB SATA (7200 rpm) Slim Tray SuperMulti DVD Burner with LightScribe Technology ATI Radeon HD 4270 (up to GB) cm (20″) touch-enabled diagonal widescreen HD LCD Display 6 USB , 1 Headphone, 1 Line-out, 1 Microphone, 1 RJ45 10/100/1000 Base-T network interface Wireless LAN b/g/n Facebook Page:  Facebook Group: If you’d like to subscribe to the show, click on to update your iTunes library, or for other Podcast downloading applications, please click on the RSS Feed and pick your Pod Catcher of choice! Or, you can now stream the show online at at The Show Announcements and Schedule: #!/TheAverageGuyTV Jim’s Twitter: #!/jcollison Andrew’s Twitter: #!/unrealshots Contact Christian: Contact the show at Find us on Facebook: Find this and other great Podcasts from the Average Guy Network at Some links may contain affiliate codes that benefit the Average Guy Podcast Network.
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Home Tech

Adding a Google Apps Email Account to Outlook.com

  The new is out from Microsoft and it has quietly made a splash with a reported 1 million users in 6 hours. I am a Google Apps user and I have several email accounts that are not your traditional but are and are hosted on Gmail #160; The set up for regular Gmail accounts is fairly straight forward, the setting up an Google Apps account is not as intuitive for the average #160; Here is how you get it started. First, go out to and sign in with your Microsoft #160; If you don’t have one, now would be the time to get one. Click image to make it larger From settings, select More mail settings. Under Options, select Sending/receiving email from other accounts Select Add an email account Type in your Google Apps email account and #160; DO NOT SELECT #160; Click on the Advanced options In the POP3 user name box, complete the user name with the full email #160; In this example, just copy Email address and paste it into POP3 user name. Change the Incoming mail server to #160; Leave the (SSL) box #160; The second check box is up to you. Click and next and you are done Now I can group my Google Apps Email accounts into a single folder and make it a one stop shop for getting all my gmail in one place! Enjoy the new
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Windows Server 2012 Essentials Beta Deeper Dive: Domains and Storage Spaces

Jim was joined by John Zajdler, Chris Courney (Drashna), Greg Welsh, Mike Martis (BYOB) and Paul Braren for a deeper dive into Windows Server 2012 Essentials Beta that was released to the public on July 11, 2012.  In the show we look at two of the more discussed features of the new OS in Domains and Storage Spaces.  We cover both discussion points as well as live demos. Listen Mobile:   We did a first look video last week when the product was released. You can find it here. We also talked about it some during the Home Tech Podcast last week. That discussion is here. A book from Microsoft on Windows Server 2012: Some links mentioned during the show: Paul’s experience with back up speeds: Complete screen shots of the install: The Average Guy Facebook Page The Average Guy Facebook Group If you’d like to subscribe to the show, click on to update your iTunes library, or for other Podcast downloading applications, please click on the RSS Feed and pick your Pod Catcher of choice! Or, you can now stream the show online at at Jim’s Twitter: #!/jcollison The Show Announcements and Schedule: #!/TheAverageGuyTV Andrew’s Twitter: #!/unrealshots Contact Christian: Contact the show at Find us on Facebook: Find this and other great Podcasts from the Average Guy Network at
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