Windows Home Server Backup Database Hard Copy (BDHC) Add-In

by Alex Kuretz on April 1, 2010 · 6 comments


Long time MediaSmartServer.Net member J-Rock (creator of the Light Show Settings Add-In) has created a handy new Add-In to add that an extra level of reliability and security to your HP MediaSmart Server or other Windows Home Server platform.

The WHS Backup Database Hard-Copy Add-In allows you to keep an offsite copy of your backup database with the simple click of a button and a few gallons of ink. The add-in translates your backup database into a simple to understand hexadecimal-based format (just letters and numbers), placing the output in a text file in the Public share of your server. Once the file is ready, you can print the file (\\server\Public\BDHC.txt) and keep your extra backup database hard copy safe and sound in brown manila envelopes or empty paper boxes, safely stored in your attic, basement, or trunk of the car.

Here are some of the highlights:

  • Important registry keys are printed along with clear instructions on how to use regedit to recreate them to restore the backup database.
  • Each backup database file is printed along with the file name, file size, and md5 hash so that restoration is easily validated.
  • Simple restoration via notepad and keyboard entry.
  • An upcoming release will add PDF generated hard copies in 18-point Comic Sans to make restoration of the backup database even easier!

Thank you to J-Rock for making us aware of this exciting new Add-In. To see more of J-Rock’s excellent work, be sure to visit the forums and let him know what you think of his April Fools Day Add-In. :)

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I'm Alex Kuretz, and I'm the founder of 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.


Nigel Wilks April 1, 2010 at 9:12 am

Great Jerry!

Al Feersum April 1, 2010 at 9:30 am


So, all we need now is some Add-In author that can provide a nice web interface so we can type the data in over the ‘net, ‘cos of course, with something like that you couldn’t leave it to chance that a paper copy would be safe in your house, so you’d have to carry it with you in a briefcase printed in 2pt Consolas…

Diehard April 1, 2010 at 9:40 am

Wow, twice in the same day. Happy April Fool’s Day

Alex Kuretz April 1, 2010 at 9:47 am

@Diehard – J-rock hooked me up with this one, I only planned the one article. :)

Timothy Daleo April 1, 2010 at 11:17 am

Can’t wait to use this new Add-In. I just ordered a $400 scanner with ADF and OCR software to save me the data entry. My wife is at Staples now pickling up 6 cases of paper. Thanks again!

Comp1962 April 1, 2010 at 10:45 pm

Wow interesting Add-In – tell me if you got a dot matrix printer can it do it in Brail or do ya require a versabrail machine

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