Disk Management 1.1 for Windows Home Server released

by Alex Kuretz on February 21, 2010 · 1 comment

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Sam Wood has written to let me know about the release of version 1.1 of his very popular Disk Management for Windows Home Server Add-In. The new version has been significantly overhauled with an updated interface, better performance, and a number of new features which are listed below in the official announcement.

You can download Disk Management as a 30 day free trial, after which there is a $10 per server license fee. I’ve been fortunate to participate in the beta testing of the 1.1 version, and if you found the previous free version to be valuable I’m sure you’ll appreciate the updates included in this new release.

Forum discussion on the new Add-In has already begun and there’s been good feedback so far, with users praising the automatic importing of saved wireframes from the previous version of Disk Management. Check out the full release below, and let us know how you like the changes to Disk Management.

Disk Management 1.1 for Windows Home Server

Tentacle Software is proud to announce the release of Disk Management 1.1, the next version of our very popular Windows Home Server Add-In. It has, as they say, been a long time coming.

We’ve kept this release under the radar, for the most part. We’ve talked about it in hushed whispers (through various threads on We Got Served, and teaser posts here) for at least a year and a half. Why did it take so long? We really, really wanted to get it right.

New Features
We re-architected the entire Add-In to use a Windows Service to do all the back-end heavy lifting. That’s given us the flexibility to add a bunch of functionality that you’ve all been asking for.

Everyone loves bullet points, so here are our new shinies in no particular order:

* Significantly improved user interface (including a collapsible pane for the wireframe if you don’t use it)
* Significantly improved performance, especially on multi-core CPUs
* Charts for disk space statistics
* Charts for disk space utilisation over time
* Disk statistics logging to a file
* More disk details, including the NTFS mount point for each disk
* Real counting of the actual backup database size (for all you crazy kids with backup duplication enabled)
* A detailed help file

The new UI is something we’re really proud of. No more pop-up windows to see detailed information about your disks, it’s all there in one display.

New Price
The other major change is that we’re going professional. Disk Management will no longer be free.

There are a number of reasons for us to do this, but mostly we believe that Disk Management is worth paying for, and moving to a paid model will help ensure that Disk Management is supported and maintained in the future.

Disk Management is available as a free 30-day trial, with no feature or functionality limitations. You can try it out with no risk and see how awesome the new version is. If you love it as much as we do, a license for v1.x will cost you US$10 per server.

New Website
The Tentacle Software website has had a major facelift. We’ve got a whole new style, and a new store. Have a look and tell us what you think; we would love to hear your feedback.

The Future
We’re very excited about this release, as I’m sure you can tell. We believe that Disk Management 1.1 is the start of something special for us, and we’ve got plans for all sorts of goodies for Windows Home Server that I’m sure you’ll love.

We want to sincerely thank all our beta testers, and everyone who has given us feedback. Disk Management and Tentacle Software are two years old and we couldn’t have made it this far without you.

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I'm Alex Kuretz, and I'm the founder of MediaSmartServer.net. I was the Lead Test and Integration Engineer at HP for the MediaSmart Server until April 2008 when I moved on to other opportunities outside HP. I've kept active in the Windows Home Server community, creating several add-ins and helping users make the most of their Home Servers.

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Comp1962 February 22, 2010 at 12:33 am

As soon as I get to the other room I am going to install the new version. Funny thing is I just put the previous version on the new server. The previous version was worth paying for and its proven itself to be a valuable tool. The minute I saw Cavedivers post about it I jumped at the opertunity to look at it and it was not long before I downloaded it. Paying a small fee for its use is well worth. Fortunately for Cavediver his existing wireframe was imported saving him lots of work.

Simply put the new version looks outstanding and is well worth the small fee to use it plain and simple.

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