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I've re-branded Home Server SMART. Since it's 2012 and I wasn't going to even make it into beta before the end of 2011, I decided to rebrand from HSS 2011 to HSS 2012 when I moved it out of alpha and into beta.

Home Server SMART 2012 is now available as Beta Build 1 (v2.2.1.21). I released it yesterday, two years to the day that Home Server SMART for WHS v1 was first released. HSS 2012 contains all the same features you knew and loved from HSS for WHS v1. And thanks to my alpha testers, I was able to fix some pretty nasty bugs, particularly Dashboard errors and crashes that occurred when disk pooling software (Drive Bender and StableBit DrivePool) are used, due to the virtual drives they create that HSS had a difficult time processing.

Beta 1 does not yet post alerts to the server, but email reporting works just fine so you can be apprised when health changes and high temperatures are detected.

I've re-done my website, and made the product page a lot smaller and more concise--very few details. For the details, I installed the MediaWiki application and use wikis (a LOT easier to edit) for product details, bug fix lists, features, etc. The wiki and product page both contain installation instructions, as well as a download link. Bug reporting links are also available on both pages.

If you want to learn more, please visit ... SMART_2012
Skip the details: ... TBeta.aspx

UPGRADING from Alpha: If you ran the Alpha build, you MUST uninstall it. I know that WHS 2011 isn't supposed to work this way. However, I made a bunch of changes to the installer and file placement. If you perform an in-place upgrade, the new files will not get placed in the correct folder, and you will likely wind up with mismatched versions of files. You do NOT need to reboot to complete the uninstall and subsequent install of the new version.

If you use BitLocker Drive Encryption on your Server (this is an essential for small business owners with on-premises SBS/Storage Servers, and recommended for all users, you may want to consider my Home Server SMART BitLocker Helper Service for disk pools if the following are true:

  • You use BitLocker Drive Encryption on your Server.
  • You use disk pooling software Drive Bender or StableBit DrivePool.
  • You have BitLocker-encrypted USB and/or FireWire disks participating in disk pools.

The Home Server SMART BitLocker Helper Service works in conjunction with Home Server SMART 2012 to ensure your BitLocker-encrypted USB and FireWire volumes are unlocked automatically at boot time, before the disk pool is started. Check it out here: ... Disk_Pools

Donations are welcome too! ... d=11344152

Matt Sawyer
Owner, Dojo North Software, LLC

HP EX490, 4GB, E5300, 15TB - Server 2012 - Sharing and Streaming
HP EX487, 4GB, E5300, 13TB - Server 2012 Essentials - Backups


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