Build a smart TV network

  To do this you’ll need: Hardware: You’ll need something to serve the files from. This can be a lowly NAS box or a more substantial system if you want to make use of full transcoding though many formats play directly. Software: A DLNA server of some description would be useful. We’re going to use…

Make your own Windows home server OS

 Microsoft’s decision to pull the plug on Windows Home Server (WHS) is interesting to say the least. It’s decided to fold the OS into the new Essentials version of its upcoming Windows Server 2012. You can read about the move in the company’s product PDF at tinyurl.com/779nytz. Basically Microsoft reckons WHS saw best use among…

Automating backups with Windows Home Server

Naturally another great feature of a home server especially if you’ve given it a bit of space is as a central repository for your backups – and not just your desktop PC but for every computer in the house. Windows Home Server makes it easy to not only back up all your computers but automate…

Affordable servers for home or office

As the number of connected devices in the home continues to explode the need for a home network has never been greater. With so many different tablets laptops media extenders and other multimedia-munching devices creeping into every room of the house it makes sense to have a centralised storage device to host all of your…

Big possibilities: GIGABYTE E350N-USB3 review

So we’re looking at a whole new swathe of AMD processors for desktops notebooks and netbooks (not to mention nettops tablets all-in-ones etc) but the one that’s really tickling our creative fancy at the moment are these E-Series 350 boards. With models from ASUS GIGABYTE and MSI available from the begining these admittedly not terribly…

Microsoft releases public preview of Windows Home Server 2.0

Microsoft’s follow-up to Windows Home Server codenamed Vail has gone public albeit in a preview edition.The company has posted the first public beta of Windows Home Server 2.0 (or Windows Home Server v2 take your pick) on its Microsoft Connect site.Key features in Vail include the ability to stream music and video files from your…

Intel unveils new Atom platform for home servers

So you thought that Intel’s peppy Atom processor was just for netbooks and low-cost all-in-one desktops? That’s possibly what Intel thought too until a number of manufacturers started to build compact home server boxes around the chip.In recognition of this small but growing market segment Intel has now launched an Atom platform designed specially for…

Mick Brown – Windows Home Server

Mick Brown built a low cost system that has plenty of storage space. He says: “the main purpose was to allow all our family photos videos movies music and documents to be stored in one location.  I wanted a system that would run constantly and quietly.  The WHS is more flexible than a NAS.  It…

Asus releases Atom-powered home server

Asus has become the latest big brand vendor to hop onto Microsoft’s Windows Home Server bandwagon even if that wagon is still just trundling along.The TS Mini system announced last week and due for local release “early next year”  according to an Asus spokeswoman is built around a 1.66GHz Atom N280 with two 3.5 inch…

Windows Home Server gets Power Pack 3 update next week

Critics may consider it more as WTF than WHS but Microsoft continues to plug away at its Windows-based home server platform.Next Wednesday sees the third major update since Windows Home Server made its debut in 2007 with Power Pack 3 bringing the platform in line with Windows 7.Windows 7 PCs can be set to wake…