May 2011

This is part two of a three part series of articles serving as a review and basic install walk-through for the storage server unRAID. It attempts to explain the tradeoffs and install details of the popular storage alternative to Windows Home Server (WHS). This guide is something like “I wish I had known this before […]

The day has finally arrived!  Or “The Day of Reckoning” depending upon your point of view! WHS 2011 is in stock at an online retailer and now available for order. It was reported yesterday in Microsoft’s WHS 2011 forum, that the WHS 2011 System Builder software  is available for order at PC SuperStore for $106.56.  They are reporting that […]

Last week Boxee released a new firmware update for their Boxee Box media player. The update brought a lot of new features and bug fixes. Unfortunately this was also met with two critical changes in my opinion. The first was removing the ability to decode TrueHD to 5.1 channel PCM. Instead Boxee Box will decode […]

This is part one of a three part series of articles serving as a review and basic install walk-through for the storage server unRAID. It attempts to explain the tradeoffs and install details of the popular storage alternative to Windows Home Server (WHS). This guide is something like “I wish I had known this before […]

The following is a guest article written by forum member Dan “Nomad” Muzenjak. The first generation HP Media Vault enjoyed a small but loyal following of users and in some ways was a precursor to the MediaSmart Server, so it’s nice to see Dan breathe new life into these older devices. Thank you, Dan, for […]

The much anticipated HDHomeRun Prime, a 3 and 6 tuner Cable Card Networked Tuner and follow up to the successful Digital QAM HDHomeRun, is now available for pre order through NewEgg. The 3 tuner version is available for preorder at $249.99 whilst the 6 tuner version will be available in the coming week. See below […]

Microsoft announced on May 9th, 2011 via their blog that the evaluation copy of Windows Home Server 2011 is now available.  You can download it via their website. In the Microsoft WHS 2011 forum, WHS 2011 was released to OEMs for sale on May 1st. It was stated that System Builder versions would probably NOT […]

A while back I put together a review of the Boxee Box. Since then there have been many fixes/updates (such as the addition of Netflix and Vudu) that have made the Boxee Box a more viable option in the media player world. Much has changed since my original review so I have been planning on […]

Last year I decided to get a new server in anticipation of Windows Home Server 2011 due to capacity restraints with my existing server.  I’d read a few articles of what people thought it might be, all the rumors, etc.  Everyone anticipated that pretty much everything from WHS v.1 would remain, but with some nice […]

Hard Drive Sentinel is a popular application here at MediaSmartServer.net, with it’s extensive list of features and ability to get SMART data from many different storage controllers that often aren’t supported by WMI. You can read a good overview and see some screenshots in this forum post. Forum member “UberDave” recently found a Windows desktop […]