We Got Served http://www.wegotserved.com Wed, 17 Sep 2014 13:51:48 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 Using OS X Yosemite Server at Home is Now Available to Pre-order http://www.wegotserved.com/2014/09/17/using-os-x-yosemite-server-home-now-available-pre-order/ http://www.wegotserved.com/2014/09/17/using-os-x-yosemite-server-home-now-available-pre-order/#comments Wed, 17 Sep 2014 13:01:51 +0000 http://www.wegotserved.com/?p=69647 Our new guide to Apple's latest home and small business server release, Using OS X Yosemite Server at Home, is here!

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I’m really delighted to announced that We Got Served’s brand new eBook, Using OS X Yosemite Server at Home, is now available to pre-order from WGS Store.

With each edition of the Using OS X Server guides we release, we not only throughly revise and update the book to reflect the enhancements delivered by Apple, we also extend the guide with new chapters, walkthroughs and additional content – the 400-or-so page OS X Mavericks Server guide has now been bumped up to 782 pages!

There’s a big new section on storage management in OS X, covering RAID management and direct attached storage options for OS X Server plus a massive guide to iCloud and Family Sharing enhancements which will be arriving very soon. Also included this time around is a detailed walkthrough on publishing custom websites on OS X Server, with a case study using a WordPress installation.

We’re offering Using OS X Yosemite Server at Home with a special pre-order discount from today (£12.99 rather than the regular price of £14.99). We’re not able to release the eBook until Apple finally releases OS X Yosemite Server, but buy now and you’ll have a link in your inbox to download the guide as soon as they push the button!

Here’s the low-down on what to expect:

Pre-order Using OS X Yosemite Server at Home Now
Ships October 2014 (Following Release of Using OS X Yosemite)

If you’re thinking of using OS X Yosemite Server to manage computers and mobile devices in your home or small business, this is the guide for you.

Using OS X Yosemite Server at Home guides you step by step through installing, configuring and working with Apple’s server platform. The 782 page eBook illustrates, with hundreds of colour screenshots, how it tightly integrates with Macs, Windows PCs, iOS devices like iPads and iPhone and the Cloud to create a seamless computing experience at home, at work or on the move.

Written in straightforward language for everyday users and those new to OS X Server, the eBook provides a comprehensive guide to OS X Server’s new and improved features.

Learn about file and folder sharing with Macs, PCs, Mobile devices and the web, setting up shared family calendars and contacts, using VPN and Back to My Mac to access your home or office devices remotely, backing up with the Time Machine service, managing iPhones, iPads and Macs with Profile Manager, publishing custom websites with PHP, Apache and MySQL support, media streaming, securing access with Yosemite Server’s new Firewall, serving software updates to your Macs, running your own Mail server at home, and a whole lot more.

Using OS X Yosemite Server at Home also provides a detailed guide to the latest revisions to Apple’s iCloud services, demonstrating how improved cloud integration across OS X Server, OS X, iOS 8 and other devices keeps family, friends and colleagues connected with easy file synchronisation, online photo sharing and storage, shared apps and other iTunes purchases, shared calendars and other family sharing features.

For those more experienced with OS X Server, Using OS X Yosemite Server at Home provides essential details on what’s changed from OS X Mavericks, speeding up your deployment and allowing you to get to grips quickly with the latest features.

If you’re new to OS X Server or simply upgrading from the last release, you’ll find Using OS X Yosemite Server at Home an indispensable guide to help you get excited, get going and do more with Apple’s latest server release.

 

Chapter List

  • 1. Choosing Your Hardware
  • 2. What’s New in OS X Yosemite?
  • 3. Who Needs a Home Server Anyway?
  • 4. Installing OS X Yosemite Server
  • 5. The Server App
  • 6. Network Configuration
  • 7. Managing Storage – Disks, RAID Sets and the Cloud
  • 8. Users and User Groups
  • 9. Securing Access to the Server
  • 10. Managing OS X Devices With Profile Manager
  • 11. Managing iOS Devices With Profile Manager
  • 12. iCloud and Family Sharing
  • 13. File and Folder Sharing
  • 14. Media Streaming
  • 15. Managing a Shared Family Address Book
  • 16. Create a Shared Family Calendar
  • 17. Setting Up Messages
  • 18. Backing Up Your Macs to Yosemite Server With Time Machine
  • 19. Backing Up Windows PCs to Yosemite Server
  • 20. Access Yosemite Server From Anywhere With VPN
  • 21. Create and Host Websites, Blogs and Wikis
  • 22. Host Custom Websites Using Apache, PHP and MySQL
  • 23. Access Your Server With FTP
  • 24. Manage Your Mail With OS X Server
  • 25. Managing Mac Updates With Software Update
  • 26. Manage App Store Updates With the  OS X Caching Service

 

Formats: PDF, ePub, Mobi
Pages: 782 (A4 Print equivalent)

Expect to see pre-orders available at Amazon and iBook Store later in the week.

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Thecus Announces World’s First Windows Storage Server 2012 R2 Essentials NAS http://www.wegotserved.com/2014/09/16/thecus-announces-worlds-first-windows-storage-server-2012-r2-essentials-nas/ http://www.wegotserved.com/2014/09/16/thecus-announces-worlds-first-windows-storage-server-2012-r2-essentials-nas/#comments Tue, 16 Sep 2014 11:53:19 +0000 http://www.wegotserved.com/?p=69639 New Microsoft Windows Storage Server 2012 R2 Essentials platform sneaks into the market, wrapped in a Thecus NAS solution.

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NAS specialist Thecus today announced new range of devices, debuting a brand new Windows Server SKU from Microsoft.

Shipping next month, the 2-bay Thecus W2000, 4-bay W4000, and the 5-bay W5000 are NAS models powered by Microsoft’s Windows Storage Server 2012 R2 Essentials – a server edition previously unannounced by Redmond.

Windows Storage Server 2012 R2 is Microsoft’s specialist business storage server platform. A previous release of the product, Windows Storage Server 2008 R2, shipped with Essentials, Workgroup, Standard and Enterprise editions, suiting businesses of various sizes.

However the line-up was consolidated and at the release of Windows Storage Server 2012 R2 in September 2013, just two product editions were announced – Standard and Workgroup.

 

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Clearly, it appears another product rejig has happened at Microsoft, with the launch of what is expected to be a cheaper version of the operating system. How the new Windows Storage Server 2012 R2 Essentials product line differs from its siblings is currently unknown, with no platform information currently published by Microsoft or Thecus. Microsoft’s own Windows Server product comparison has yet to be updated with details of the new edition.

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On the hardware side, the new models are all powered by Intel Atom processors (a dual core 1.86 GHz D2550 on the W5000 and W4000, but strangely a faster 2.13 GHz dual-core Atom on the entry-level W2000, according to the Thecus website). All ship with 2GB RAM,  Gigabit Ethernet plus HDMI and VGA ports.

The two-bay W2000 offers twin USB 2.0 and an eSATA port for expansion, with the W4000 & W5000 shipping with four USB 2.0 ports, single USB 3.0 and eSATA. Pricing has not been announced at this point.

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All-New LaCie d2 Thunderbolt Desktop Storage Line Announced http://www.wegotserved.com/2014/09/10/new-lacie-d2-thunderbolt-desktop-storage-line-announced/ http://www.wegotserved.com/2014/09/10/new-lacie-d2-thunderbolt-desktop-storage-line-announced/#comments Wed, 10 Sep 2014 12:00:03 +0000 http://www.wegotserved.com/?p=69625 Refreshed Lacie d2 Thunderbolt external storage shipping this month with capacities up to 6 TB and speeds reaching 1150 MB/s.

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LaCie, Seagate’s premium storage brand, today announced the latest revision of its high-speed desktop storage line for creative professionals. The all-new LaCie d2 Thunderbolt will be shipping with a fresh, all-aluminum unibody enclosure with both dual Thunderbolt 2 and USB 3.0 connections delivering file transfer speeds up to 200 MB/s.

Seagate professional hard disks, in capacities of 3 TB, 4 TB and 6 TB ship with the new d2 Thunderbolt bringing huge storage capacities to the single-bay model.

The twin Thunderbolt 2 ports can be daisy chained to additional drives as well as to video monitors, which the company is positioning as an ideal option for video editing – especially for high definition and 4K workflows as well as other creative tasks utilising large files.

Meanwhile, the Neil Poulton-designed aluminium chassis is fanless and includes anti-vibration features to further minimise noise output.

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Those seeking even faster transfer rates can opt for a 128 GB SSD upgrade which ships in October and delivers speeds up to 1150 MB/s

The latest LaCie d2 Thunderbolt product is the latest revision of a storage line that goes back ten years to 2004, when the LaCie d2 SATA drive first hit the market. Since then, the aluminium chassis has seen some minor tweaks but it’s the internals that have seen the biggest shift, with the USB 3.0 standard and then Thunderbolt/Thunderbolt 2 delivering incredible transfer speed increases.

LaCie’s Thunderbolt-enabled storage range now encompasses single-bay devices such as the d2 all the way up to 8-bay rack-mounted behemoths like the LaCie 8big Rack.

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The LaCie d2 Thunderbolt 2 will be available this month through Apple and LaCie at the following prices: 3 TB ($299.00), 4 TB ($399.00) 6 TB ($499.00). The 128 GB LaCie d2 SSD Upgrade ($299.00) will be available in October. The LaCie d2 will also be offered in a USB 3.0-only version in 3 TB, 4 TB, and 5 TB capacities, available in October.

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New Buffalo MiniStation High Speed USB Drives Unveiled http://www.wegotserved.com/2014/09/10/new-buffalo-ministation-high-speed-usb-drives-unveiled/ http://www.wegotserved.com/2014/09/10/new-buffalo-ministation-high-speed-usb-drives-unveiled/#comments Wed, 10 Sep 2014 06:19:42 +0000 http://www.wegotserved.com/?p=69614 Two new Buffalo MiniStation external hard drives announced, offering speedy and secure storage choice.

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Storage specialist Buffalo Technology this week unwrapped two new high-speed external hard drives, shipping under the Buffalo MiniStation brand.

The MiniStation DDR (HD-PGDU3) promises file transfer speeds up to of 5 Gbps via its USB 3.0 port. Available from around £110, the MiniStation will ship in 500 GB and 1 TB capacities, and includes a range of bundled features including a Backup Utility, RAMDISK Utility and TurboPC EX.

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Announcing the MiniStation, the company quoted the ability to transfer 1,000 images in just 3.5 seconds, making this hard drive 2.3 times faster than a standard USB 3.0 hard drive.

Also shipping is the MiniStation Safe (HD-PNFU3), a sturdier device with a shockproof chassis and on-board data encryption. A ‘Lock-and-Go’ security feature allows users to password-protect their data, or additional protection, you can also choose between 128 or 256 bit encryption.

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The MiniStation Safe will be available in red and black in 500 GB, 1 TB and 2 TB capacities. Expect to see the 1 TB version available shortly for £65.99.

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New Entry Level Synology DiskStation DS115j Introduces Consumers to Network Attached Storage http://www.wegotserved.com/2014/09/08/new-entry-level-synology-diskstation-ds115j-introduces-consumers-network-attached-storage/ http://www.wegotserved.com/2014/09/08/new-entry-level-synology-diskstation-ds115j-introduces-consumers-network-attached-storage/#comments Mon, 08 Sep 2014 05:44:05 +0000 http://www.wegotserved.com/?p=69605 Synology DiskStation DS115j seeks to woo consumers into the world of NAS.

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Whilst the number of people purchasing network attached storage devices grows year over year, it’s true that there are a lot more consumers who do not own a NAS. Persuading users to move from direct to network attached storage is the goal of many manufacturers and to help Synology in that quest, the company has announced the DiskStation DS115j.

It’s an entry-level, single-bay NAS device specially designed for the home environment, combining capable performance with low power consumption. The DiskStation DS115j consumes 3.85 watts when hard drives enter hibernation mode, and below 13 watts under full operation.

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Powered by a Marvell Armada 370 processor with just 256 MB RAM in support, you’d anticipate the DiskStation DS115j isn’t going to set the world on fire with its performance. That said, file transfers of up to 103 MB/sec (read) are respectable, and you can take advantage of many of the same features as more powerful and higher capacity models in the Synology range.

For an introduction into the world of Synology NAS the DiskStation DS115j is £78 including VAT and is now shipping globally.

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Cloud Media Preps OpenHour Chameleon Budget Home Theater PC http://www.wegotserved.com/2014/09/04/cloud-media-preps-openhour-chameleon-budget-home-theater-pc/ http://www.wegotserved.com/2014/09/04/cloud-media-preps-openhour-chameleon-budget-home-theater-pc/#comments Thu, 04 Sep 2014 07:01:46 +0000 http://www.wegotserved.com/?p=69599 New OpenHour Chameleon $149 Android/Linux PC, from the makers of Popcorn Hour, offers a classy chassis, silent running and support for XBMC.

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It’s been quite a while since we heard from Cloud Media (the new name for the company that brought you the Popcorn Hour media player range), however my attention was piqued this week as the company trailed their forthcoming OpenHour Chameleon budget Home Theater PC.

Those of you interested in the HTPC category will know there has been an explosion in cheap “Android TV Box” style PCs shipping from Asia in the last two years. The OpenHour Chameleon looks (on the surface) like an altogether classier proposition, with a solid, aluminium chassis and passive cooling which renoves the need for noisy fans.

The PC is built around the RockChip RK3288, a system on chip based on the quad-core Cortex-A17 processor. It offers full 4K video decoding, supporting OpenGL ES 3.0, OpenC L1.1 and DirectX 11.

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A small but neat innovation – the PC boots from an SD card, so serial tinkerers out there won’t have to worry about bricking the PC with updates, tweaks and hacks. Simply pull out the SD Card, reformat it with you operating system of choice and you’re back up and running. On the flip-side, there’s no local hard-drive so you’re restricted to the SD card for storage, so consider this predominately a networking streaming solution with support for (small) apps. With Android on board, you’ll be able to benefit from compatible apps from Google Play.

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The OpenHour Chameleon will support both Android and Linux installations, ensuring compatibility with XBMC (soon to be rebranded as Kodi) and a plethora of plug-ins for the popular media centre app. Bitstream audio via passthrough is slated for support in XBMC, so your TV and movies should sound great when enabled.

At $149, those looking for a reasonably open media streaming solution for the lounge, or a hobby platform for the winter should take a look. The OpenHour Chameleon is shipping in October and with pre-orders available soon.

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Synology Issues Security Update for DiskStation Manager http://www.wegotserved.com/2014/09/04/synology-issues-security-update-diskstation-manager/ http://www.wegotserved.com/2014/09/04/synology-issues-security-update-diskstation-manager/#comments Thu, 04 Sep 2014 06:34:19 +0000 http://www.wegotserved.com/?p=69597 New patch for Synology NAS devices fixes security holes in Open SSL and Kerberos to prevent denial of service attacks.

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Following a recent, well-publicised security weakness was exploited by a ransomware gang, Synology today announced another swathe of security fixes for their DiskStation Manager NAS software.

The latest release, DiskStation Manager (DSM) 5.0-4493 updates the version of Open SSL installed on the platform (to version 1.0.1i) mitigating multiple known security issues. Fixes for the Kerberos 5  network authentication protocol address multiple issues that could allow remote attackers to launch a denial of service attack on NAS devices connected to the Internet.

Today’s release also includes a number of bug fixes for DSM’s NFS support, Time Machine support and DHCP server.

Full details:

  1. Upgraded OpenSSL to Version 1.0.1i to fix multiple security issues (CVE-2014-3505, CVE-2014-3506, CVE-2014-3507, CVE-2014-3508, CVE-2014-3509, CVE-2014-3510, CVE-2014-3511, CVE-2014-3512, and CVE-2014-5139).
  2. Implemented fixes for Kerberos 5 to address multiple security issues that allow remote attackers to cause a denial of service (CVE-2012-1013, CVE-2014-4341, CVE-2014-4342, CVE-2014-4344).
  3. Fixed an issue where files with ACL attributes could become inaccessible after being loaded in large batches when DiskStation acts as an NFS server.
  4. Fixed an issue where the restore might not be successful when containing multiple subfolders in Time Backup.
  5. Fixed an issue where DHCP server service does not map to the correct VLAN interface if the service started before VLAN is enabled.

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Western Digital Joins Wi-fi Storage Party With the WD My Passport Wireless http://www.wegotserved.com/2014/09/03/western-digital-joins-wi-fi-storage-party-wd-passport-wireless/ http://www.wegotserved.com/2014/09/03/western-digital-joins-wi-fi-storage-party-wd-passport-wireless/#comments Wed, 03 Sep 2014 16:44:53 +0000 http://www.wegotserved.com/?p=69588 WD My Passport Wireless, the latest addition to Western Digital's portable hard drive range, seeks to extend smartphone and tablet storage with Wi-Fi streaming.

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At a launch event in London today, Western Digital took the wraps off its latest product in their My Passport mobile storage range. The WD My Passport Wireless combines a portable hard-drive with an on-board Wi-Fi access point, allowing smartphones, tablets and computers to connect and stream content on the move.

Arriving some time after Seagate has launched two generations of their competing GoFlex Satellite Wireless range, the new drives – available in 500 GB, 1 TB and 2 TB capacities are targeted at families, photographers and road warriors needing to access and store documents, music, videos and photos on the move. LaCie’s Fuel drives have also been in market for some time.

Addressing the delay in releasing a Wireless Drive, WD’s Scott Vouri, Vice President, Consumer Marketing, expressed the company’s view that the underlying technology powering such products had only just reached the performance standards required by Western Digital. The Wi-fi range, battery life and bandwidth available last year did not meet the expected requirements, and despite previewing Wireless Drives at CES earlier this year, only now is Western Digital comfortable to release a wireless-enabled drive.

With regard to specifications, the WD My Passport Wireless ships with an 802.11n Wi-Fi access point on board, to which up to 8 connections can be supported. Three networking modes are available –  point to point (direct connection to the drive), wi-fi hotspot (using a passthrough connection to a local Wi-Fi network) and home network connection (portable drive available on the network as a shared drive). An SD card slot allows local transfer and storage of content on the drive.

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According to Western Digital, the WD My Passport Wireless can stream up to 4 HD movies simultaneously. Battery life promises up to 20 hours standby and 6 hours HD video streaming. Vouri outlined technical enhancements in the drive, including an integrated RAM cache. To save battery life, the WD My Passport Wireless copies media into RAM and then spins down the hard drive, optimising power consumption and extending time to the next recharge.

During the launch, the company also made much of an improved WD My Cloud Mobile application for iOS and Android (available today) which delivers an enhanced user experience and improved content management features. Content access via the app can now be searched and sorted with thumbnail views of photos, videos and music. Also included in the update are media players for music, videos and photos as well as playlist support. The app supports the new WD My Passport Wireless as well as other My Cloud devices in the WD range.

With regard to pricing and availability, the WD My Passport Wireless is now shipping at £109/$130 for the 500 GB model, £129/$180 for 1 TB and £199/$220 for the 2 TB drive.

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Buffalo Adds TeraStation 5200 NVR Network Video Recorder to NAS Range http://www.wegotserved.com/2014/09/03/buffalo-adds-terastation-5200-nvr-network-video-recorder-nas-range/ http://www.wegotserved.com/2014/09/03/buffalo-adds-terastation-5200-nvr-network-video-recorder-nas-range/#comments Wed, 03 Sep 2014 13:59:45 +0000 http://www.wegotserved.com/?p=69580 New Buffalo TeraStation 5200 NVR two-bay NAS ships with pre-installed network camera surveillance controls from Axis Communications.

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Buffalo Technology today announced a partnership with Axis Communications which has created the TeraStation 5200 Network Video Recorder series (TS5200DS). It’s a two-bay NAS that comes pre-installed with Axis Camera Companion software, which can control up to 16 HD Axis cameras, running at 30fps.

The new series is available in 2 TB, 4 TB and 8 TB configurations, with all models powered by a dual-core Intel Atom D2550 running at 1.86 GHz, with 2 GB RAM in support.

Four USB ports are included (twin USB 2.0 and 3.0 sockets) along with Gigabit Ethernet and RAID support (JBOD, 0, 1). Cloud backup to Amazon S3 storage service is available alongside a 3 year warranty.

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IFA 2014: Logitech Unwraps New Keyboard, Mouse and Ultimate Ears Speakers http://www.wegotserved.com/2014/09/03/ifa-2014-logitech-unwraps-new-keyboard-mouse-ultimate-ears-speakers/ http://www.wegotserved.com/2014/09/03/ifa-2014-logitech-unwraps-new-keyboard-mouse-ultimate-ears-speakers/#comments Wed, 03 Sep 2014 13:33:09 +0000 http://www.wegotserved.com/?p=69563 Summer showcase sees Logitech and a host of friends unveil new devices.

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It’s IFA time once again, and as the summer showcase opens its doors in Berlin, Germany the press releases come rolling in with tales of new products and services that you’ll (may) be unwrapping this holiday season.

Logitech pinged us this morning with news of a new keyboard, mouse and Ultimate Ears speakers that are being launched at the show this week.

First up, the Bluetooth Multi-Device Keyboard K480 works with your computer, tablet and smartphone. An Easy-Switch dial allows you to switch controls to up to three connected Bluetooth devices whilst an integrated stand holds your phone or tablet at just the right angle for you to read while you type. Once for the multi-taskers out there. Windows, Mac or Chromebook computers are supported as well as Android or iOS mobile devices.

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The Bluetooth Multi-Device Keyboard K480 ships this month in the UK and USA at £49.99.

Meanwhile, the Logitech Wireless Mouse M280 is a brand new model with an optical sensor which delivers up to 18 months of battery life. It’s also arriving this month, priced at £29.99.

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And finally, the Ultimate Ears Boom mobile, Bluetooth speaker is being remixed in a variety of colours. The £169 speaker is both water and stain resistant – “lifeproof” according to the makerters – with a 50 foot wireless connection range and 15 hours recharagable battery life.

There’s a colour for you, your mum, your dad, and your sister:

  • Blue Steel – midnight blue skin with a gray strap and red accents
  • Superhero – royal blue skin with a vibrant red strap and black accents
  • Aqua – sea blue skin with a bright green strap and white accents
  • Citrus – fluorescent yellow skin with a white strap and green accents
  • Orchid – lavender skin with a white strap and red accents
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QNAP Positions New Intel Celeron-Powered Turbo NAS x53 Series as a PC Substitute http://www.wegotserved.com/2014/08/21/qnap-positions-new-intel-celeron-powered-turbo-nas-x53-series-pc-substitute/ http://www.wegotserved.com/2014/08/21/qnap-positions-new-intel-celeron-powered-turbo-nas-x53-series-pc-substitute/#comments Thu, 21 Aug 2014 16:56:23 +0000 http://www.wegotserved.com/?p=69551 With more powerful specs, high-end media streaming and the ability to run multiple Windows and Linux virtual desktops simultaneously, maybe your next PC should be a NAS!

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QNAP today announced a suite of powerful NAS devices that they’re positioning as cost-effective PC substitutes, with access to shared data, real-time surveillance monitoring, advanced media streaming capabilities and more.

The new Turbo NAS TS-x53 Pro series is shipping in 2, 4, 6 and 8 bay configurations alongside an SS-x53 Pro series, utilising 2.5” drives in 4 and 8 bay configurations. Both are powered by a quad-core Intel Celeron processor rated at 2 GHz, with a maximum burst rate of 2.4 GHz – a faster processor than the Intel Atoms and Marvell Armada processors shipping in competing NAS devices.

Buyers can opt for 2 GB, 4 GB or 8 GB RAM in support, with QNAP boasting  file transfer speeds up to 400 MB/s in port trunking mode.

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This more powerful hardware enables the NAS device to provide desktop virtualisation capabilities with Linux and Windows operating systems both supported. Full HD video can be transcoded in real-time for streaming to network devices, or played directly over HDMI to a TV using XBMC media center. Hook up a USB keyboard and mouse, fire up one of those VMs, and you have a ready-made PC replacement available, directly on your NAS. That’s QNAP’s thinking, anyway.

As with other devices in the QNAP range, the x53 Pro series offers strong enterprise integration features, including Active Directory and LDAP connections and support for the major virtualization vendors including Microsoft, Citrix and VMware.

Specs are as follows:

The TS-x53 Pro series

  • TS-253 Pro: 2-bay tower model
  • TS-453 Pro: 4-bay tower model
  • TS-653 Pro: 6-bay tower model
  • TS-853 Pro: 8-bay tower model
  • Quad-core Intel® Celeron® 2.0 GHz processor (burst up to 2.41GHz) with Virtualization Technology (VT-x), 8GB or 2GB DDR3L RAM (expandable to 8GB); 2.5”/3.5” SATA 6Gbps HDD/SSD, hard drives hot-swappable; 3 x USB 3.0; 2 x Gigabit LAN ports (TS-253 Pro) / 4 x Gigabit LAN ports (TS-453 Pro, TS-653 Pro, TS-853 Pro); 1 x HDMI; LCD panel (TS-453 Pro, TS-653 Pro, TS-853 Pro)

The SS-x53 Pro series

  • SS-453 Pro: 4-bay tower model
  • SS-853 Pro: 8-bay tower model
  • Quad-core Intel® Celeron® 2.0 GHz processor (burst up to 2.41GHz) with VT-x, 4GB DDR3L RAM (expandable to 8GB); 2.5” SATA 6Gbps HDD/SSD, hard drives hot-swappable; 3 x USB 3.0; 2 x Gigabit LAN ports (SS-453 Pro) / 4 x Gigabit LAN ports (SS-853 Pro); 1 x HDMI; LCD panel (SS-853 Pro)

The QNAP Turbo NAS TS-x53 Pro and SS-x53 Pro series are now available. Check your favourite online retailer for pricing.

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Review: FlexRAID Transparent RAID http://www.wegotserved.com/2014/08/18/review-flexraid-transparent-raid/ http://www.wegotserved.com/2014/08/18/review-flexraid-transparent-raid/#comments Mon, 18 Aug 2014 07:15:02 +0000 http://www.wegotserved.com/?p=69529 Cameron Bishop takes a look at FlexRAID Transparent Raid - an ambitious attempt to marry the ease and convenience of software RAID with the level of control usually reserved for hardware RAID.

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If you have a large data collection across multiple drives, then you need a method of combining the drives together and keeping everything in check.  Back in the day, Windows Home Server introduced many home users to the wonderful world of storage and better yet, it made it so easy.  Since the ultimate demise of Microsoft’s Drive Extender there’s been a bit of a hole in the options for home server enthusiasts.  Should you bite the bullet and go for a hardware RAID setup, or should you spend your time setting up a software solution such as Microsoft Storage Spaces to replicate the good old days of disk pooling?

Transparent RAID is a technology developed and sold by FlexRAID.  The product was started as a concept and has developed into a standalone product, with the focus being on non-destructive RAID, designed to fit in with a user’s existing data collection.  So what does it do?  In a nutshell, Transparent RAID wants to give you all the flexibility and features of having a hardware RAID setup without actually needing one, while avoiding some of the pitfalls of hardware RAID.

This means features like Hot Spare or Online RAID Expansion and Contraction are available, and the whole product is managed from a web interface – perfectly suited for a headless system.  The RAID setup works on parity (much like RAID 5 or 6) and provides efficient disk reads and writes while allowing for disk failure and recovery from failure.

Test Setup

To test the software I decided to compare it to Microsoft Storage Spaces, something most readers should have access to.  I grabbed a PC with an Intel Core i3-2100 supported by 4GB of RAM and installed a 160GB hard drive for the operating system. Four 1TB hard drives were used for storage.  The operating system of choice here was Windows 8.1 x64 with all updates installed.

Firstly there were some baseline disk tests to determine our speeds, with the OS drive importantly being faster than the four storage drives.  This helps set expectations for file transfer speeds down the track.

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The operating system drive is snappy for a mechanical drive.

 

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These storage drives are not speed demons, but represent typical mechanical drive operation

 

To complement these tests, I created a large file for continuous file transfer speed tests, and grabbed a folder of real-world files (a collection of device drivers) to simulate a transfer of multiple files at multiple sizes.

To start with, I just tested these drives formatted with NTFS inside Windows without any storage pooling technology running at all.

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The results showed that a large file copy transferred at roughly 100-110MB/s and the random files bounced around a bit but stayed between 50-80MB/s for the duration of the transfer.  This is our benchmark, and now that we know roughly how fast the disks go we can start testing.

Product Setup

Transparent RAID installs in two parts – the host component intended for the machine with the storage drives, and the client component that manages the host.  Installation for the host is taken care of by a batch file that installs the proprietary storage driver and then asks to reboot.  This will be very familiar to anyone who has owned a hardware RAID card as Transparent RAID mimics the same host/client setup.

 

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Install of the host software includes a proprietary driver from the developer

 

One criticism of the install is that log files are generated on the root of C: so after my round of installing and testing I had over 55mb of log files generated.  Depending on the rate of expansion, these could swallow some serious disk space if left unchecked.

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