Each month when we do test restores of client servers, we pick a few files to demonstrate and verify that the files are valid. And typically the files we choose are JPGs because you can ‘see’ that there is content in them, not just some hollow Word or Excel doc that ‘looks’ OK.
Using JPGs works great for SBS 2003. However, Server 2008 doesn’t show thumbnails by default, even if you select the Icon view, like this…
…you don’t get thumbnails. You get little pointless icons.
But it’s easy to turn those icons into real thumbnails:
In Windows Explorer click Tools | Folder Options | View | uncheck the box that says Always show icons, never thumbnails | click OK.
Now you see thumbnails, even though the menu says ‘Icons’:
This is one Rubik’s Cube that I *won’t* be able to finish in < 90 seconds:
It’s bigger than it looks.
Best cake ever! Thanks Melany and Rachel!!
One of the nice things about Windows MultiPoint Server 2011 is that you can use a variety of clients to connect to it and control it. Clients like:
- Desktop PCs
- Thin clients
- USB stations
- Even iPads (yes, you read that right)
I put together a short two-part video showing how to:
- Remote control your iPad from a Windows PC, and
- How to control a MultiPoint 2011 server from an iPad.
Note: Part 1 of the video shows a jailbroken iPad. You do NOT need to jailbreak the iPad to control the MultiPoint server. I jailbroke it so I could remote into the iPad to shoot the video (and because jailbreaking is fun and lets you do stuff that Apple should have done originally).
You can do Part 2 of the video (controlling the WMS 2011 Server) with an off-the-shelf iPad 1 or iPad 2 and an RDP program from the iTunes App Store – rest assured that your warranty will still be intact.
Controlling Windows MultiPoint Server 2011 with an iPad
Well, it’s kind of short – 12 minutes
Is your Windows Home Server v1 getting a bit long in the tooth? Or have you just not gotten around to building your first WHS box?
While doing some pricing research online today at the best online stores like shoppok, I saw that the components for my WHS 2011 box have dropped in price. If you’d like to build an identical system that’s super-green and has TONS of storage, here are the specs, prices, and URLs:
Grand Total: $749.92 delivered from www.newegg.com as of 06/04/2011.
Proof (copy of the shopping cart):
To do the actual install you’ll need to plug in a keyboard, monitor, mouse, and network cable. You won’t need any of those after the configuration is done (except for the CAT5e cable) so I didn’t include them in the price since they’re only tools used temporarily.
To install the OS (which is on a DVD) I used my laptop to turn the DVD into an ISO (using IMGBurn), then burned that ISO (using the Windows 7 USB/DVD download tool) onto a USB flash drive (another temporary tool).
When all is said and done, you’ll have the HP server sitting on a shelf somewhere with only a power cable and CAT5e cable plugged into it.
64-bit processor / 3 GB RAM / 8 TB storage / gigabit / eSATA on the back, built-in video / 5.25” bay for adding an optical drive later / about 47 Watts of power. (That costs < $30 per year in my neck of the woods to leave running 24×7.)
Throw in a USB sound card and you can even do MagicJack for home phone.
Here are my WMS 2011 Resource Links from the presentation last night:
Hint: You might need http://gettag.mobi to decode this.