Home Gadget Geeks

Targus Mobile ViP Backpack Hands on and Mike’s New Windows Server – HGG316

Listen Mobile:   Jim Collison is joined by Mike Wieger for show #316 of Home Gadget Geeks brought to you by the Average Guy Network. Please leave a REVIEW (iPhone or iPad) at ;type=Podcast&ls=1&mt=1 WANT TO SUBSCRIBE? Join us for the show live each Thursday at 8pmC/9E/1UTC at Full show notes and video at Targus Mobile ViP Checkpoint Friendly Backpack with SafePort Sling Drop Protection for Laptops Up to Inches, Black (PSB862).  Her review is below.  After the show I purchased it. Below is the link to the one I purchased   Get the Home Gadget Geeks Mobile Apps at is powered by Maplegrove Partners web hosting. Get secure, reliable, high-speed hosting from people you know and trust.  For more information visit Catch all the subscription links at Facebook Group: Jim’s Twitter: #!/jcollison Contact the show at Find this and other great Podcasts from the Average Guy Network at
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Home Gadget Geeks

Update on All things Microsoft with Richard Hay – HGG214

Richard Hay, Microsoft MVP for Windows from and on Twitter at joins Jim () for show #214 of Home Gadget Geeks brought to you by the Average Guy Network, part of community. Support the Average Guy Tech Scholarship Fund: or if you are in Canada, use WANT TO SUBSCRIBE? Join us for the show live each Thursday at 8pmC/9E/1UTC at or call in your questions or comments to be played on the show at (402) 478-8450 Full show notes and video at Listen Mobile:   Home Server Show / Surface Geeks / The Average Guy Meetop Rich’s Site – Windows Super Site –   Catch all the subscription links at Facebook Group: Jim’s Twitter: #!/jcollison Contact the show at Find this and other great Podcasts from the Average Guy Network at
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Other Podcasts

Windows 10, Microsoft Band and Home Servers on Open Mike Night!

Jim recently joined Mike Wieger, fellow Omaha Podcaster for episode 34 of Open Mike Nice found at ; Jim and Mike talk about the latest with Windows, both Windows 8 and the new Windows 10 Tech Preview, a bit about the new released Microsoft Band, some about Home Servers and NAS devices and a little preview on some future chat about ; Big thanks to Mike for having me on the show and it was a ; You can find of Mike’s podcasts at   Jim’s Twitter: #!/jcollison Mike’s Twitter Contact Jim at Find this and other great Podcasts from the Average Guy Network at
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Home Gadget Geeks

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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Home Gadget Geeks

Home Networking, ZyXel, Pulling Network Cable, VoIP, ENGenious EAP600, PoE, DataShark 70025 Tester, Asus RT-AC66U, Plenum Cable – HT107

Jim (@jcollison) is joined this week by Kevin Schoonover (@schoondoggy1979), Greg Welch (@welchwerks) , Bill Paulmenn (@BillPaulmenn) and Renny Phipps (@rennyphipps) for Show 107!  Part II of a 4 Part Series on Home Networking.  How to do it, how not to and how to get it done with what you have!  Hope you enjoy this episode.  Part 3 will be next weekend (March 9th or 10th, watch twtter) with the guys from BYOB. Join us for the show live each Thursday at 8pmC/9E at Listen Mobile:   See Jim and Mike Howard on Podcasters Roundtable that was recorded on March 1. or on Youtube at Click the image for full view Kevin Schoonover Deployed ZyXel ZyWALL 20 firewall, upgrade from old NAT router Deployed EnGenius EAP600 WAP-Concurrent Dual Radio I have had great luck with Windows Homegroup Belarc Advisor network audit and interface launcher Pull a nylon twine with each cable run Pull-zit If I were building a new house,,,,,, Resource- Resource- Resource- Resource-   Bill Paulmenn Wireless Routers : AC Routers tested and installed into service – 3 Asus RT-AC66U Dual Band / with Forked open source firmware.  Detailed Links and Specs Open source VPN built in Free Dropbox like – DIY Cloud Compete with my “SuperRouter” Making custom network cables. How to test your new cables (test hardware and functions) DataShark 70025 Tester If you have to cross electrical lines do it at 90 degrees (old wives tale?) How to run your network wires from your attic to your basement or other floors with metal chains! Renny Phipps General notes Use DynDNS to provide consistent access to your network from the internet Use Cat 6 for long runs (over say 15 Meters) Avoid getting within 2 feet of electrical cabling if possible To find the fastest DNS server for your area/connection try “Name Bench” or “DNS Benchmark” Use a UPS to keep your wireless network up during blackouts Network Diagram is here # short Videos here   Greg Welch Network Hardware: Netgear ProSafe 24-port Gigabit Smart Switch GS724Tv3 Supports Link Aggregation groups (LAG’s) and VLAN’s Supermicro SuperServer 5015A-H    aka   (PFSENSE Router) Added Intel dual port gigabit NIC with riser card Netgear WNDRv2   (PFSENSE AP) # APC Smart-UPS 1500VA USB & Serial RM 2U 120V ;total_watts=50 Added APC AP9630 UPS Network Management Card Completely Wireless: After moving to a new house we are completely wireless for all workstations and tablets All on 5 GHz N except as noted 2- Workstations ASUS ITX 3rd Gen I-5 (BYOB) 1- WorkStation Dell 2 – Dual Xeons GHz N USB 1- IPAD 4th GEN   (prints to the laserjet) 2- Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2 Windows 8 1- Kindle Fire N 1- Samsung 60 inch Series 7  LCD   GHz for its Netflix and Vudu etc. 1- XBOX 360  N 2- HTC 8X Windows Phones 1- HTPC Decommissioned for a little while, will be working on a redesign 1- HP LaserJet Pro 200 Color MFP M276nw
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Back Up / Storage

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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