Tip – Showing Thumbnails in SBS 2008 / SBS 2011

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…

The Large Icons view shows icons, not thumbnails

…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.

In Folder Options, uncheck Always show icons, never thumbnails

Now you see thumbnails, even though the menu says ‘Icons’:

Look ma, thumbnails!

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Geek Cake

This is one Rubik’s Cube that I *won’t* be able to finish in < 90 seconds:

Rubik's Cube Cake

It’s bigger than it looks.

Rubik's Cube Cake (cut)

Best cake ever! Thanks Melany and Rachel!! Smile

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Video – Using MultiPoint Server 2011 with an iPad

Yes, this is an iPad - get over itOne 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
  • Laptops
  • Netbooks
  • Thin clients
  • USB stations
  • Even iPads (yes, you read that right)

I put together a short two-part video showing how to:

  1. Remote control your iPad from a Windows PC, and
  2. 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 Winking smile

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Build an 8 TB WHS 2011 Box for Under $750

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?

HP ProLiant MicroserverGood news!

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:

Part #





Microsoft WHS 2011 OEM




HP ProLiant Microserver




Western Digital 2 TB Green HD




Western Digital 2 TB Green HD




Western Digital 2 TB Green HD




Western Digital 2 TB Green HD




Crucial 2 GB 240-Pin DDR3 RAM







Grand Total: $749.92 delivered from www.newegg.com as of 06/04/2011.

Proof (copy of the shopping cart):

Shopping cart from Newegg.com showing an 8 TB WHS 2011 box delivered for <$750

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. Winking smile

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SMB MVP Roadshow Windows MultiPoint Server Links

Here are my WMS 2011 Resource Links from the presentation last night:

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Basic Principles of Defensive Driving

Basic Principles of Defensive Driving

Principles of Defensive Driving

As a new driver, one of the best ways to feel confident on the road is to actively practice defensive driving. In many countries, road accidents are a major cause of injury, so the importance of defensive driving shouldn’t be underestimated. Taking proactive steps toward ensuring that drivers are aware of the risks associated is one of the best ways to help minimize mistakes.

There are a few different strategies that go into this driving technique. In this post, we’ll dive deeper into the three core principles of defensive driving so that you can learn how to become a better, and safer, driver.


Defensive driving is a style of driving that’s intended to help keep all drivers on the road safe. It employs specific driving techniques that focus on anticipating dangerous situations, despite the actions of other drivers, and taking action to avoid a collision. Essentially, defensive driving is a comprehensive set of driving skills that highlights hazard identification, risk assessment, and appropriate response. Learn more about by visiting  https://www.myimprov.com/defensive-driving/texas/tx-online-course/.


In order to practice defensive driving, it’s important to learn how to anticipate and plan for all kinds of events that may occur on the road. Anticipation helps drivers identify potential hazards on the road and plan ahead for how to avoid them when possible. Planning helps drivers understand what to do in the event a hazard is unavoidable. This skill can help you understand what other drivers or pedestrians may do and how the weather or environment may affect your driving experience. Through anticipation and advanced planning, drivers can quickly react to unexpected events and make decisions to minimize risks.

Anticipating Potential Hazards on the Road

To anticipate certain events, you first need to be aware of different types of hazards you can expect on the road. Of course, while hazards like weather vary by location, it’s still good to be mindful of them for when you find yourself driving in an unfamiliar location. Some hazards you should be on the lookout for include:

  • Poor visibility caused by weather, such as fog, rain, or snow
  • Construction areas causing traffic diversions
  • Drivers who are distracted by texting, talking on the phone, or using a navigation system
  • Intoxicated or impaired drivers
  • Speeding or reckless driving
  • Animals or pedestrians crossing the street
  • Road conditions, such as potholes, icy patches, or debris

To stay on top of any and all potential hazards, make sure you’re constantly scanning your surroundings and avoiding distractions. Additionally, driving at the speed limit will help you react in time if you do run into a hazard while driving.

Planning Your Route to Avoid Dangerous Areas

Before heading out, you should always check the weather and your route in advance to be aware of driving conditions, closed roads, or construction work. Planning your route in advance can help you avoid dangerous driving conditions or help make you aware of certain hazards so that you’re not surprised on the road.

Aside from that, you can use a GPS or traffic app to plan your exact route to help avoid traffic and find the safest route or check online for any reports of accidents in the area.

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While the first principle of defensive driving focuses on pre-planning and things you can take care of before you even get behind the wheel, the second looks at how to prepare yourself, and your vehicle, for potential obstacles. Positioning your car properly can help you become a better defensive driver by enabling you to maintain a safe distance from other vehicles and avoid dangerous situations. It also gives you a better view of the road ahead and allows you to be more aware of the surrounding traffic and to make quick decisions when necessary.

Maintaining a Safe Following Distance

There are a few ways to keep a safe distance from other vehicles on the road. For starters, many drivers follow the 3-second rule, which implies that you should calculate the distance between you and the car in front of you in terms of time instead of space so that you can stop safely in the event of an abrupt hazard.

Other ways to maintain a safe following distance include:

  • Avoid following trucks or other vehicles with larger blind spots too closely
  • Don’t tailgate
  • Allow for extra distance on wet or slippery roads or when there’s fog, rain, or snow
  • Be aware of the speed limit and adjust your following distance accordingly

Proper Use of Turn Signals and Lane Changes

When driving defensively, your turn signals are one of the main ways you communicate with other drivers on the road in order to ensure the safety of everyone. Therefore, proper use of turn signals and lane changes is very important. Before changing lanes, turn on your turn signal to let other drivers know your intentions. Make sure to check your mirrors and blind spots to make sure the lane change is safe. When turning, use your turn signal at least 100 feet before the turn o to give other cars time to adjust. As you approach the turn, slow down and make sure you are in the correct lane. Don’t forget to turn off your turn signal once you complete the turn.


Proper speed control is a critical part of defensive driving. It’s important to always maintain a safe speed when driving, and use the safest car for new drivers, regardless of the conditions. This means staying within the posted speed limit as well as adjusting your speed to match the flow of traffic and road conditions. Always be mindful of potential hazards that might require you to slow down, such as curves, intersections, or pedestrians. Maintaining proper speed control is the best way to ensure you have enough time to react to any potential dangers.

Adapt Your Speed to Road Conditions

When driving defensively, you should always adjust your speed to the current road conditions. Slow down when the road is wet, icy, or otherwise hazardous, or when visibility is low, such as at night, in fog, or when there’s heavy rain or snow. The speed limit is a maximum and should not be taken as a target; rather, it should be seen as the top speed you can safely travel in ideal conditions. You should always be prepared to adjust your speed to the conditions, even if it means driving slower than the posted speed limit.

Avoid Aggressive Driving Behaviors

Aggressive driving can take on many different forms. When driving defensively, it’s important to be aware of your own driving behavior. Sometimes, if you find yourself in a bad mood or are distracted, you might engage in aggressive driving without noticing it. To avoid this type of situation and keep yourself and everyone on the road safe, here are a few tips on how you can become a less aggressive driver:

  • Maintain a safe following distance and drive the speed limit
  • Avoid making sudden lane changes or cutting other drivers off
  • Avoid tailgating, weaving in and out of traffic, and passing other vehicles on the right
  • Be aware of your blind spots and use your mirrors to check for other vehicles.
  • Yield to other drivers when necessary and remain calm and courteous on the road
  • Don’t make rude gestures or respond to other drivers’ gestures


Defensive driving is an important skill for drivers of all ages and experience levels to masters. Of course, it’s ideal to learn certain driving behaviors and skills as a new driver and then practice them your whole life. Defensive driving can help reduce the number of collisions, minimize potential damage, and save lives. Take the time to review defensive driving tips and refresh your road knowledge to help ensure that you and your passengers remain safe on the roads.

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