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    Windows8 and ads

    I'm probably going to catch a lot of flak but whatever, I've been a [H] reader for a decade and then some and I want them to go on for a couple more. I'm not sure if anyone in [H] management realize that if we use a Windows 8 full screen Internet Explorer browser, no ads appear because of the...
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    Storage Spaces Questions

    Been reading the past couple days on how much stride Microsoft's made with the introduction of Storage Spaces and ReFS (in Server 2012 Storage Spaces). Any reason why I shouldn't use it to manage my 16TB media server (8x2TB)? I plan on using parity resiliency. I understand that I'm going to...
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    Changing Server 2008 R2 Fonts

    Our project management firm landed a client in the Ukraine, so I need to allow some of our Citrix users over there to switch to the Russian (Cyrillic) language in Oracle Primavera and some other programs. Trouble is, the default system font in Server 2008 R2 does not support Cyrillic. I need to...
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    XBMC, Netflix and Subtitles

    I've not been able to find an answer online. Can anyone tell me if the Netflix plugin for XBMC have subtitles or closed caption toggles? Netflix for WMC doesn't, which forces me to drop out of WMC to watch Netflix from my browser in Windows 7. Defeats the purpose of a completely keyboard-less...
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    Windows 8 and Remote Control

    I've been holding off on upgrading my Windows 7 Media Center to Windows 8 for just one reason: poor Harmony support. The back button on the Harmony varies between programs. Some programs will exit to Start Screen when you hit the back button, and some program will actually go back a step (ie...
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    Windows 8

    My media center is still running MediaBrowser within Windows Media Center on Windows 7. I have several laptops and computers running Windows 8 and I'm pretty impress with how responsive it runs compared to Windows 7. I'm not entirely comfortable making the change to Windows 8 yet because I don't...
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    Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 install issue

    On a brand new ASRock A75 Extreme6 with an AMD A4-3300 Llano APU, 4GB DDR3-1600 Corsair, 4x Seagate 2TB drives, and 3x Samsung 2TB drives, I am able to install Windows Home Server v1, WHS 2011, Windows Server 2008 R2, and Windows 7 without a hitch. Despite being an A4-3000, it's actually a...
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    512e alignment issue

    I'm trying to understand this new 4k drive workings. I've read a few sites that talks about how 4k drives degrade in performance severely when running in 512e mode due to alignment issue, but I cannot find any information on how to correct it. If I had two Samsung 2TB drives (not known...
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    FreeNAS and OpenMediaVault

    Been reading the introduction Wiki for FreeNAS and saw that they branched out into two after version 7: FreeNAS 8 and OpenMediaVault. I've been looking at some of the videos provided by OpenMediaVault and it looks stupid simple to use. Any reason why I should use FreeNAS or why I should use...
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    Severe Media Storage Stutters

    The other day I assembled a new media server using an ASRock A75 Extreme6 board, an AMD A4 Llano APU at 2.5Ghz, 4GB of DDR3 1600 RAM, and six 2TB drives. First I installed Windows Home Server 2011 with Stablebit Drive Pool. It almost worked great. Movies populated on the media center...
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    WHS Versions

    I don't have my new storage computer parts available yet to experiment with WHS 2011, but on a spare computer I tried WHSv1 with a couple of ancient 200gb drives to see what the ruckus was about and I'm duly impressed with how easy it was to administer and how the drive pool works. Seeing how...
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    Windows Storage Server?

    I came across this in my Technet software list. Never noticed it before. Could anyone tell me if there's any advantage to using WSS 2008 R2 to WHS 2011 for a media server? My media server will consist of six 2TB drives in normal SATA (not RAID'd). I planned to use wither WHSv1 with drive...
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    WHS 2011: adding drives with data

    I stumbled over a comment on wegotserved.com where a drive cannot be added to Windows Home Server 2011 without being formatted - the third comment at the very bottom of the web site. This worries me because I have a BlackArmor NAS that's about to give out (the IO board keeps shutting down)...
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    FreeNAS vs WHS2011

    I ordered my new media server parts a couple days ago and it'll hopefully be in this weekend. I've been trying to decide which route to go, with regarding operating systems. FreeNAS is easy. Takes 20 seconds to install and you're set to run it on another computer's web browser. No tricks, no...
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    Media Storage Server

    One of my two BlackArmor NAS is starting to act wonky. It's been disconnecting my network map on all of the computers in the house within one hour of rebooting the NAS. I tried updating the firmware and do a factory restore, but no go. And yes, sleep mode is disabled on it. My company had two...
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    Running 32-bit software on Windows 2008 R2

    I'm in the process of building a new server using Windows 2008 R2 and RD Web Access, replacing a Windows 2003 R2 server running Citrix Access Essentials 2.0. Win 2003 and CAE 2.0 were 32-bit and only had 4gb of RAM, but was running on a decent Xeon powered machine. Win 2008 and RD Web Access...
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    RDS CAL Question

    I'm a long time Citrix administrator and we're looking into buying a new server and use Windows 2008 Server R2's Remote Desktop Service instead via RD Web Access to publish apps, thanks to RD Gateway allowing us to push apps through port 443 using SSL instead of 3389. My question is whether...
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    Karaoke Disk Software

    Anyone know of a free quality karaoke disk software for creating CD+Graphics? Also does anyone know if a specific kind of disk is required for burning a CD+Graphics disk or could a regular CD-R be used? I'm getting my daughter a Karaoke machine and I was wondering if it was possible to find...
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    300mbps Wiresless-N Question

    Would a 300mbps Wireless-N be capable of streaming Blu-ray rip from a media server over wifi? It'll still be in its original BDMV format.
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    LoJack for Laptop alternatives

    Are there free alternatives to Absolute Software's LoJack for Laptops and Computrace Complete for business? I found a bunch like Prey, Adeona, and so on but they all just track your laptop. LoJack and Computrace Complete can track and remotely retrieve files as well as lock computers and wipe...
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    Unsure what he's asking for..

    My brother emailed me asking for software help. Robust business software is not my forte so I thought I'd ask you guys instead. Here's his email: Travis, + I need your help. Our company President has tasked me to look for software that can track (company)'s small tools & equipment for our...
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    Exchange 2003 Server-Side Archiving

    Anyone know of a way to archive individual mailboxes from the Exchange 2003 server itself? Free is always good. It's an older server I'm about ready to take offline. Users are being migrated to Exchange 2010 using export/import PST and syncing with Outlook 2010, so their mails remain on the...
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    Citrix Replacement

    Do anyone here know if Server 2008's Terminal Server with Gateway Access is a good enough replacement for Citrix? I'm asking because I currently run Server 2003 32-bit on the Citrix Access Essentials 2.0 server and would like to upgrade to Server 2008 64-bit and Citrix Access Essentials 2.0...
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    Anti-idle for Windows 7

    Been ages since I looked for an anti-idle software, thanks to the demise of dial-up over 10 years ago for me. I have an employee here using Sprint U301 3G/4G mobile broadband to connect online away from the office and it disconnects him from inactivity every 15 minutes. Most anti-idle applets I...
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    HP ProLiant MicroServer

    http://h10010.www1.hp.com/wwpc/us/en/sm/WF05a/15351-15351-4237916-4237918-4237917-4248009.html Just got this product announcement in my HP newsletter this morning and thought I'd share it with you media server enthusiasts. It looks like a cheap and interesting option to consider when...
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    Workgroup on Domain PC

    Something I've never tried before - is it possible to create a workgroup account on a computer that's joined to a domain? I bring my laptop home often and my two little girls like to browse the internet on it. I'm in constant fear of them deleting my work doc (yes I have them backed up, but...
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    VM Brain Fart

    I've been spending the past hour sitting at my desk trying to get my brain working and for some reason it doesn't want to. I have a Sharepoint (WSS 3.0) server on Server 2008 I wish to test-upgrade to Sharepoint Fundamentals 2010 before deploying it live. I'd reckon the best way to test to...
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    Text Message Alert for Emails

    My boss wants me to set up a Public Folder in Exchange that retrieves voicemails from our NEC voicemail server. That's the easy part and it's done. It sends voicemails to the created phone number and records a WAV file and copies it to the public folder. Selected members of that public folder...
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    Custom Keys in Harmony One

    Anyone know of a way to add a key to the Harmony One? For example, when I play back Blu-ray rips, I use TotalMedia Theater embedded in Windows 7 Media Center, and if you right-click the movie, you can select your subtitles, or press "S" on your keyboard. I'd like to map the "S" key to an unused...
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    Media Server Question

    I'm looking to ditch the BlackArmor NAS in my sig by pulling the two 2TB drives out and use it to build a media server after performing some tests last night. The BlackArmor is not capable of more than 17MBps transfer rate, which is bad for Blu-ray rips. It was fine for all of my DVD collection...
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    BlackArmor NAS 220

    Anyone have this? Is anyone as disappointed as me regarding how slow this thing is? At best I get about 12MBps transfer speed. I've been using this NAS since it came out and never really paid attention to the speed of the thing because it stored all of my DVDs and played them fine on all of my...
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    Office 2010 on TechNet

    Anyone know if the 5/10/2010 and 5/18/2010 release of Office 2010 on TechNet is a final release? Office 2010 is slated to be launched to the public on June 15, just 2 more days. The main TechNet page only mentions Office 2010 trial and evaluation links.
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    HDMI 1.4 question

    With the rise of 3D capable HDMI 1.4 player, I wonder if there's anything special HTPC builders like us need to do to build 3D capable HTPC with Blu-ray drives. I know we'll be required a 3D capable television. Which video card does HDMI 1.4? Would I be required a specific kind of Blu-ray...
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    Browser for 7MC?

    Anyone know of a addon for 7MC that lets you use a browser from within the Media Center? There's a Mozilla browser called Kylo that's very TV friendly. I'm surprised it's not installable to run in Windows Media Center.
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    Buy Office 2007, upgrade to 2010 free

    http://www.office.com/techg Found this link in NewEgg's ad and thought to share it with those of you who missed it. The conditions are that you must buy Office 2007 and/or qualifying Office 2007 products between March 5 and September 30, 2010 and it must be activated before September 30...
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    Question about Microsoft CAL

    If I was to buy a 100-pack CAL for Windows Server's Exchange Server 2010, would it require that I renew the CAL every year or is it a one-time buy? I'm thinking that the yearly subscription is basically just for Software Assurance which will permit you to upgrade to the next version when it...
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    Sort Media Button = Bad

    Just wanted to make this post to get it out of my system. When you spend several months ripping 508 DVD's into genre folders and pulling several thousand backdrops and cover art for each DVD folders, the last thing you want to do is accidentally touch the Sort Media button which looks...
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    Handbrake and Subtitles

    I use Handbrake at 80.39% (RF:10) video to convert a 7.8gb DVD into a very nice quality 2.8gb MKV. I can't figure out how to make it also rip the subtitle so that it can be turned on and off in MPC-HC. I don't want it burned in. I want to be able to toggle it on and off. Can anyone tell me...
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    Company-Wide Signature

    Does anyone know how a company would go about creating company-wide signature/disclaimer at the bottom of their emails? My company uses Exchange Server 2003 on Windows SBS 2003. Free is always good by the way =) Thanks!
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    MediaBrowser Theme

    Is it just me or did MediaBrowser remove the Vanilla theme from their latest beta? I like having the backdrop show when I scroll through movie covers.
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