SSD Owners Needed to Help Improve Home Server SMART Add-In

by Alex Kuretz on February 17, 2012 · 1 comment

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Matt Sawyer of Dojo North Software has posted in the forums announcing that he is in need of help testing the next release of his popular Home Server SMART Add-In. If you own an SSD, whether in your server or another PC you can help Matt with just a few minutes of your time. See below for a synopsis of what Matt is looking for, and visit his forum post for all the details.

If you’d like to help, post in the forums or contact Matt on his website.

I am getting ready to release the next beta of Home Server SMART 2012, and I need your help. As many of you are well aware, the beta (and earlier) does not correctly report SMART results for Solid State Disks (SSDs). This is because, before a few weeks ago, I never even considered SSDs or the fact they would report completely different data.

If you are running a home server with WHS 2011 (or SBS 2011 Essentials/Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials) and there’s an SSD in it, you can use the Home Server SMART 2012 beta code that I hope to have available in the next week.

If you don’t have an SSD in your server BUT you’ve got one in a desktop or laptop, I’ve created a Windows Forms-based UI that contains much of the Home Server SMART 2012 code, but can be run in 64-bit editions of Windows Vista and Windows 7. This “WindowSMART” application was built mainly for me to use as a means of testing code on the development PC before pushing it onto my home servers, but anybody can run it.

So if anyone is willing to volunteer to run either the HSS 2012 beta or the WindowSMART test UI, your help will be greatly appreciated–and hopefully should require very, very little of your time. Mostly you would just need to run the tool, take screen caps and email them back to me.

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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.

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Schliemann February 17, 2012 at 4:01 pm

I’ve got an OCZ Vertex 2 3.5″ in my DataVault X510 and I’ll gladly help.

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