We Got Served http://www.wegotserved.com Fri, 17 Oct 2014 06:40:34 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 New 4X4 Linksys AC2400 Dual Band Wi-Fi Router Unveiled http://www.wegotserved.com/2014/10/17/new-4x4-linksys-ac2400-dual-band-wi-fi-router-unveiled/ http://www.wegotserved.com/2014/10/17/new-4x4-linksys-ac2400-dual-band-wi-fi-router-unveiled/#comments Fri, 17 Oct 2014 06:40:34 +0000 http://www.wegotserved.com/?p=70071 New Linksys AC2400 Dual Band Wi-Fi Router includes four beamforming antennae, four gigabit ports and network streaming to power the connected home.

The post New 4X4 Linksys AC2400 Dual Band Wi-Fi Router Unveiled appeared first on We Got Served.


Building on its stable of high-specification networking devices, Linskys this week announced its first 4X4 wireless router, which includes four antennae to deliver wireless network speeds up to 2.4 Gbps.

Targeted at families and gamers, the Linksys AC2400 Dual Band Wi-Fi Router (E8350) uses multiple antennae to deliver four simultaneous, independent data streams to devices on the network, maximising throughput for smooth video streaming, online gaming and other bandwidth-intensive tasks.

The dual-band router can push out concurrent Wi-Fi networks rated at 600 and 1733 Mbps while an on-board, 4 port Gigabit switch allows multiple wired connections to devices over Ethernet.

Antenna 150x150 New 4X4 Linksys AC2400 Dual Band Wi Fi Router Unveiled E8350 Angle 150x150 New 4X4 Linksys AC2400 Dual Band Wi Fi Router Unveiled E8350 Back 150x150 New 4X4 Linksys AC2400 Dual Band Wi Fi Router Unveiled E8350 Front 150x150 New 4X4 Linksys AC2400 Dual Band Wi Fi Router Unveiled

The E8350 included a single USB 3.0 port as well as the same combined USB 2.0/eSATA port found on other Linksys routers, such as the WRT1900AC device we recently reviewed. Those ports power network storage features for external USB hard disk and flash drives while a DLNA media server is also included to enhance media streaming to other network devices.

The new Linksys AC2400 Dual Band Wi-Fi Router (E8350) is ships this week – expect pricing to be around £199.99.



The post New 4X4 Linksys AC2400 Dual Band Wi-Fi Router Unveiled appeared first on We Got Served.

http://www.wegotserved.com/2014/10/17/new-4x4-linksys-ac2400-dual-band-wi-fi-router-unveiled/feed/ 0
Download a Free Excerpt of Using OS X Yosemite Server at Home http://www.wegotserved.com/2014/10/16/download-free-excerpt-using-os-x-yosemite-server-home/ http://www.wegotserved.com/2014/10/16/download-free-excerpt-using-os-x-yosemite-server-home/#comments Thu, 16 Oct 2014 07:14:06 +0000 http://www.wegotserved.com/?p=70063 We Got Served's latest eBook, Using OS X Yosemite Server at Home, is imminent! Grab a free excerpt of the book ahead of release!

The post Download a Free Excerpt of Using OS X Yosemite Server at Home appeared first on We Got Served.


We Got Served’s latest eBook, Using OS X Yosemite Server at Home, is here! If you’re thinking of using Apple’s brand new 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, the eBook provides a comprehensive guide to OS X Yosemite Server.


Download a Free Excerpt

Want to try before you buy? No problem – check out our 28 page free excerpt of Using OS X Yosemite Server at Home.


Using OS X Yosemite Server at Home

Apple’s brand new version of OS X Server, 10.10 Yosemite is coming and brings a raft of new features and enhancements to Apple’s desktop and mobile platforms.

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)

Buy: Using OS X Yosemite Server at Home



The post Download a Free Excerpt of Using OS X Yosemite Server at Home appeared first on We Got Served.

http://www.wegotserved.com/2014/10/16/download-free-excerpt-using-os-x-yosemite-server-home/feed/ 0
Belkin QODE Ultimate Pro Keyboard for iPad Air Seeks to Enhance Productivity http://www.wegotserved.com/2014/10/14/belkin-qode-ultimate-pro-keyboard-for-ipad-air-seeks-enhance-productivity/ http://www.wegotserved.com/2014/10/14/belkin-qode-ultimate-pro-keyboard-for-ipad-air-seeks-enhance-productivity/#comments Tue, 14 Oct 2014 17:23:21 +0000 http://www.wegotserved.com/?p=70058 Could the new Belkin QODE Ultimate Pro Keyboard for iPad Air be the device that helps you finally kick your laptop into touch?

The post Belkin QODE Ultimate Pro Keyboard for iPad Air Seeks to Enhance Productivity appeared first on We Got Served.


On my daily commute, I regularly see my fellow travellers whipping out their iPads to browse the web, watch videos and catch up on their reading but few are used for serious work. Sure, the odd email will be knocked out in transit but I’ve yet to see Apple’s popular touch device truly beat an ultraportable for serious work.

Don’t get me wrong, I love the iPad Air – I have two at home – but I find it very hard to work on. Maybe I’m just old school, or maybe the right keyboard has yet to come along. The Belkin QODE Ultimate Pro Keyboard for iPad Air is designed to change the minds of people just like me.

Slugging it out with the likes of the Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard, Belkin’s premium tablet-tapper combines a backlit, laptop-style keyboard with a detachable case that protects your iPad’s touchscreen.

The £129.99/$149.99 device builds on the original QODE Ultimate Keyboard with more responsive keys, adjustable viewing angles and the aforementioned backlight, which incorporates three brightness levels, and removable case. With a Bluetooth connection on board, the device is able to pair two devices at once.

Handily, it’s adjustable with portrait and landscape modes supported and that case is compatible with the Apple Smart Cover for two-sided protection when the keyboard isn’t in use.

To optimise power consumption, the keyboard is automatically powered on when the iPad Air is docked and off when closed – that helps the Belkin QODE Ultimate Pro Keyboard for iPad Air deliver up to a year of battery life on a single charge. As you may have anticipated, both Silver and Space Gray models are available, both clad in aircraft-grade aluminium.

The Belkin QODE Ultimate Pro Keyboard for iPad available now at Belkin.com,  Amazon.com and select retailers worldwide.

The post Belkin QODE Ultimate Pro Keyboard for iPad Air Seeks to Enhance Productivity appeared first on We Got Served.

http://www.wegotserved.com/2014/10/14/belkin-qode-ultimate-pro-keyboard-for-ipad-air-seeks-enhance-productivity/feed/ 0
Review: Linksys WRT 8-Port Gigabit Switch http://www.wegotserved.com/2014/10/14/review-linksys-wrt-8-port-gigabit-switch/ http://www.wegotserved.com/2014/10/14/review-linksys-wrt-8-port-gigabit-switch/#comments Tue, 14 Oct 2014 04:00:34 +0000 http://www.wegotserved.com/?p=70044 Today, Linksys announced the perfect partner to their retro-styled WRT1900AC router. The Linksys WRT 8-Port Gigabit Switch is first a new line-up of products to complement the classic devices. Our review model landed last week in time for today's launch. Let's take a look!

The post Review: Linksys WRT 8-Port Gigabit Switch appeared first on We Got Served.


In last week’s review of the Linksys WRT1900AC Wireless Router, we discovered a networking device that’s a fabulous cocktail of old-school styling and blistering performance. If its retro blue and black colour palette and chunky lines fail to stir up some nostalgic good vibes (for the uninitiated, Google Linksys WRT54G), then you should check yourself for a heartbeat.

So I was delighted to hear the news from Linksys last week that the WRT1900AC would soon be joined by a range of classic, WRT-styled add-ons. Today, the company announced the first in a new line-up of devices to complement the iconic WRT1900AC wireless router – the Linksys WRT 8-Port Gigabit Switch (SE4008). Our review sample dropped on the doormat late last week, so having published the WRT1900AC review last week, I was very keen to check out the new device.

What’s in the Box?

Priced at $69.99, the Linksys WRT 8-Port Gigabit Switch isn’t positioned at such a premium as its big brother, the Linksys WRT1900AC router. Check online and you’ll find that Linksys tends to price its top-end 8-port Gigabit switches around that same price point, although you’ll find previous range-toppers, such as the Linksys SE2800 8-Port Gigabit Ethernet Switch (a device that’s been happily supporting my home office for the last year or so) available with a healthy online discount, and budget devices from competitors such as TP-LINK available for a lot less.

The device itself is packaged with a power adaptor and documentation CD but surprisingly, there’s no Ethernet cable in the box which, for a top-end consumer device, seems a little measly. So make sure you’ve got at least one cable spare to connect the switch up to the network.

As you can see from our packshot below, our review unit took a knock in transit – expect your box to come without a “front-crease” feature!

WRT 8 Port Switch box 1 Review: Linksys WRT 8 Port Gigabit Switch


The Linksys WRT 8-Port Gigabit Switch itself is designed to very closely resemble the WRT1900AC. If anything, it’s actually slightly larger (taller) than its partner, but retains those same classic blue and black detailing and muscular lines.

WRT 8 Port Switch 1 Review: Linksys WRT 8 Port Gigabit Switch WRT 8 Port Switch 5 Review: Linksys WRT 8 Port Gigabit Switch

The consistency in design extends to the front indicator panel, which uses the same style of illumination to denote power and an active Ethernet connection.

WRT 8 Port Switch Review: Linksys WRT 8 Port Gigabit Switch

In a great touch, the rear of the WRT includes a manual switch to extinguish the front LED indicators – the WRT1900AC allows its indicators to be switched off via its browser-based management console, so those that have done this will be very pleased to see the feature included on the WRT switch too. Of course, as an unmanaged switch, there’s no management console available on the WRT, so a physical button is required.

Completing the rear line-up you you’ll find the expected 8 gigabit Ethernet ports, alongside a power input and a physical I/O switch.

From the images above, you may have noticed indentations at each corner of the switch. It’s designed to stack below the WRT1900AC router, saving space on the desktop. Alternatively, its feet include the same wall mount screw holes as the WRT1900AC, although again, no screws accompany the switch in box. Stack the two devices and they’ll look very mean indeed.

WRT 8 Port Switch 4 Review: Linksys WRT 8 Port Gigabit Switch WRT 8 Port Switch 3 Review: Linksys WRT 8 Port Gigabit Switch

The post Review: Linksys WRT 8-Port Gigabit Switch appeared first on We Got Served.

http://www.wegotserved.com/2014/10/14/review-linksys-wrt-8-port-gigabit-switch/feed/ 1
Review: Linksys WRT1900AC Wireless Router http://www.wegotserved.com/2014/10/10/review-linksys-wrt1900ac-wireless-router/ http://www.wegotserved.com/2014/10/10/review-linksys-wrt1900ac-wireless-router/#comments Fri, 10 Oct 2014 15:44:33 +0000 http://www.wegotserved.com/?p=69979 The retro-styled Linksys WRT1900AC Wireless Router is billed by the manufacturer as a "prosumer's dream...the most powerful router in its class on the market". Will it live up to that promise? Let's take a look.

The post Review: Linksys WRT1900AC Wireless Router appeared first on We Got Served.


At the beginning of the year, when Linksys WRT1900AC Wireless Router was announced, you couldn’t help but smile. The retro-styling of the device, harking back to the days of the classic WRT54G, got many of us tech writers (of a certain age) all misty-eyed as we recalled past adventures of previous decades.

“The launch of the new WRT router is not only a celebration for the Linksys brand but for our customers too. We have brought back the WRT because our customers have asked for a router that had the reliability, functionality and open source capabilities but with today’s AC wireless technology. The WRT1900AC is the result of all these requests,” said Mike Chen, vice president of product management for Linksys when the device was launched.

A blend of routers ancient and modern, the fabulous-looking chassis of the WRT1900AC may look like familiar on the outside, but it’s most definitely all new on the inside. Powered by a dual-core 1.2 GHz processor with 128MB of flash storage as well as 256MB of DDR3 RAM, the WRT1900AC is packed with features that you most certainly wouldn’t find on that 90s classic.

With speeds of up to 1,300Mbps on the 5GHz band and up to 600Mbps on the 2.4GHz band, this 820.11ac router will shift bits around your home much more quickly than the old 54G. However, the WRT label isn’t just retro branding. As they did with the WRT54G, Linksys are again embracing the spirit of open source, encouraging developers to create new custom firmware for the WRT1900AC, with hardware and SDKs being shipped out to coders. OpenWRT custom firmware for the WRT1900AC is available for download for those who wish to experiment – although this is not recommended for novices.

With the company promising the Linksys WRT1900AC Wireless Router to be “the most powerful router in its class on the market…  a prosumers’ dream,” expectations are high and we’re looking forward to seeing how the new device stacks up.

What’s in the Box?

At a retail price of £220/$249, the Linksys WRT1900AC is very much a premium product and it’s packaged as such. Linksys have designed the unwrapping of the WRT1900AC router to be an experience, and the router is beautifully packaged in a layered box that unveils the router, quick start guide, branded antennas and accessories one by one.

linksys wrt1099ac 1 150x150 Review: Linksys WRT1900AC Wireless Router linksys wrt1099ac 2 150x150 Review: Linksys WRT1900AC Wireless Router linksys wrt1099ac 3 150x150 Review: Linksys WRT1900AC Wireless Router linksys wrt1099ac 4 150x150 Review: Linksys WRT1900AC Wireless Router linksys wrt1099ac 5 150x150 Review: Linksys WRT1900AC Wireless Router linksys wrt1099ac 6 150x150 Review: Linksys WRT1900AC Wireless Router

It’s a package that really wants to make a statement and the same is true of the device itself. I mentioned the blue and black retro-styling, but otherwise, the angled edges and adjustable anntennas of the WRT-1900AC give the menacing air of a modern day stealth bomber. The router is big, muscular and heavy – it’s not a device that wants to be hidden away. It’s going to create shadows, rather than hide in them.

linksys wrt1099ac 10 Review: Linksys WRT1900AC Wireless Router

As is normal, the front face of the device includes a phalanx of status LEDs which will inform you about the various wireless and physical connections established by the WRT1900AC. Handily, these can be switched off in the device’s web-based management console if you prefer.

linksys wrt1099ac 9 Review: Linksys WRT1900AC Wireless Router

At the rear, you’ll find connectors for the four antennas (two on the rear face and one on each side of the router near the back) and from left to right, a Wi-Fi Protected Setup button (for easy computer connection), four gigabit Ethernet sockets, an RJ-45 Internet input (for your modem), a USB 3,0 port, combined USB 2.0/eSATA port (for networking a printer or direct-attached storage device), reset button, power input and a physical power I/O switch.

The device is packaged with a single Ethernet cable and an external power supply that’s a little larger than the integrated wall socket adaptors that you generally find on routers.


linksys wrt1099ac 7 150x150 Review: Linksys WRT1900AC Wireless Router linksys wrt1099ac 8 150x150 Review: Linksys WRT1900AC Wireless Router linksys wrt1099ac 91 150x150 Review: Linksys WRT1900AC Wireless Router linksys wrt1099ac 101 150x150 Review: Linksys WRT1900AC Wireless Router linksys wrt1099ac 11 150x150 Review: Linksys WRT1900AC Wireless Router linksys wrt1099ac 12 150x150 Review: Linksys WRT1900AC Wireless Router linksys wrt1099ac 13 150x150 Review: Linksys WRT1900AC Wireless Router linksys wrt1099ac 14 150x150 Review: Linksys WRT1900AC Wireless Router linksys wrt1099ac 15 150x150 Review: Linksys WRT1900AC Wireless Router linksys wrt1099ac 16 150x150 Review: Linksys WRT1900AC Wireless Router

Flip over the device and you’ll find fixing holes cleverly integrated into the WRT1900AC’s feet for wall-mounting – you’ve seen WRT54Gs wall-mounted in restaurants, stores and hotels the world over. But with the WRT1900AC being a fair amount larger than that older device, it will most definitely be noticeable on the wall. Now I’m the kind of guy who usually prefers my tech to be hidden away, but you can’t help but love the sleek lines of the WRT1900AC – it’s a healthy slab of router, make no mistake.

The post Review: Linksys WRT1900AC Wireless Router appeared first on We Got Served.

http://www.wegotserved.com/2014/10/10/review-linksys-wrt1900ac-wireless-router/feed/ 0
Review: Western Digital WD Sentinel DX4200 Storage Server http://www.wegotserved.com/2014/10/08/review-western-digital-wd-sentinel-dx4200/ http://www.wegotserved.com/2014/10/08/review-western-digital-wd-sentinel-dx4200/#comments Wed, 08 Oct 2014 14:48:39 +0000 http://www.wegotserved.com/?p=69670 Compact, flexible and powerful, the Western Digital WD Sentinel DX4200 looks to be a competitive choice for any business seeking to expand its storage capabilities.

The post Review: Western Digital WD Sentinel DX4200 Storage Server appeared first on We Got Served.

WD Sentinel DX4200

Over the last three years, Western Digital has made a concerted effort to build a strong network attached storage and server business. Whilst most recently we’ve seen the company’s MyCloud consumer NAS devices take the spotlight, today Western Digital is announcing a new business storage server. Meet the WD Sentinel DX4200.

We were sent one of the first review models this week, to ensure we could share our thoughts on the new server alongside today’s launch. Let’s take it for a spin.

The WD Sentinel Range

The brand new WD Sentinel DX4200 is offered in addition to, rather than replacing, other products in the Sentinel business server range. For the uninitiated, Western Digital positions the MyCloud range predominately at consumers, whilst the Sentinel product line is focused on small and medium sized business – although the more “professional” MyCloud lines, the two-bay MyCloud EX2 and four-bay MyCloud EX4 can be considered as “cross-over” devices which could serve SOHO (small office/home office users and prosumers alike.

However, (and this is important, so pay attention) the Sentinel range itself comprises two types of server, targeting users with differing needs and levels of technical expertise. The WD Sentinel series was launched with the WD Sentinel DX4000 back in 2011 (which was subsequently joined by the 1U rack-mount RX4000) – both four-bay devices built around Microsoft’s Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials operating system. These “X” lines, like today’s review model, the DX4200, are targeted at medium-sized businesses (over 25 seats) which usually have dedicated IT pro administrators managing the network. Typically, these businesses will already have at least one server in place, and will be interested in expanding their storage.

Following the launch of the Sentinel DX and RX models, last year, the company augmented their business server range with the WD Sentinel DS5100 and DS6100 – again four-bay servers, this time running the Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials platform. These “S” lines are targeted at small business owners and administrators looking for their first server. As a result, they (and competitor products running Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials) require less technical expertise to set up and configure, with wizards and visual dashboards supporting the administrator along the way.

As you may have guessed from the product number, the WD Sentinel DX4200 sits in the middle of the Sentinel product range. Like its DX siblings, it’s built on the Windows Storage Server operating system (although it ships with the newer Windows Storage Server 2012 R2 Workgroup) and is offered with a slightly more advanced hardware specification than the DX4000. As we’ll see, there are other improvements over the DX4000 to consider on the software side too, but before we get into the details, let’s take a look at the new device.

What’s in the Box?

Our review model is the 16 TB WD Sentinel DX4200, which will retail at an MSRP of £1299 (excluding VAT). An 8 TB version has also been announced which is priced at £999. Open up the box and you’ll discover:

  • The WD Sentinel DX4200
  • Ethernet Cable
  • Power adaptor
  • Installation Guide

The chassis remains consistent with other servers in the Sentinel range – it’s a compact design that WD claims is currently the smallest Windows Storage Server available on the market today. That may be true, but it achieves much of its compact shape courtesy of an external power supply. A front LCD panel allows simple monitoring of server status, while a lockable, hinged door protects the four drive bays held within.

One feature I really love is that the operating system itself is held on a separate 2.5″ 500GB Western Digital WD-AV boot drive tucked away elsewhere in the chassis, maximising the available storage space on the four drive bays for your data. As an upgrade option at purchase, that boot drive can also be mirrored in a RAID 1 array with a second drive, so if disaster strikes and your Windows installation fails, it can be restored without too much drama.

Open up the drive bay door, and you can slide out the hard drives themselves. The WD Sentinel DX4200 features a simple, flip-down drive bay design which allows users to easily hot swap the drives as required.


wd sentinel dx4200 150x150 Review: Western Digital WD Sentinel DX4200 Storage Server wd sentinel dx4200 2 150x150 Review: Western Digital WD Sentinel DX4200 Storage Server wd sentinel dx4200 3 150x150 Review: Western Digital WD Sentinel DX4200 Storage Server wd sentinel dx4200 4 150x150 Review: Western Digital WD Sentinel DX4200 Storage Server wd sentinel dx4200 5 150x150 Review: Western Digital WD Sentinel DX4200 Storage Server

A key difference of the Sentinel range compared to Western Digital’s MyCloud consumer devices is the selection of the drives themselves. While you’ll see WD’s Red NAS hard drives on those consumer devices, the business-class Sentinel range is equipped with WD SE (7200 RPM) drives – all four bays are utilised on our review model (each with a 4 TB drive). Upgrades can be purchased directly from WD or the usual stockists.

We’ve found previously that WD SE drives will consume a little extra power than the WD Red drives (up to 5-10 W extra, in fact) you will find additional features on the WD SE drives to improve reliability and performance. In truth, I was expecting to see the new WD Red Pro drives shipping on the new Sentinel, which are available in capacities up to 4 TB, but the WD SE remains a strong choice for business. WD quotes 1.2 million hours mean time before failure (MTBF) for the SE (against a WD RE drive’s quoted 1.4 million figure. The WD Red is quoted at 1 million hours.)

Western Digital will clearly seek to promote the Enterprise-class drives in the Sentinel DX4200  The SE drive includes a Dual Actuator feature using a drive arm (which moves the read/write head) with two joints, rather than the usual one. The benefit? More precise movement of the head delivers greater positional accuracy over the data tracks, leading to improved performance. An enhanced vibration cancellation feature known as Rotary Acceleration Feed Forward (RAFF) is also included in WD SE drives. This monitors and corrects both linear and rotational vibration in real-time, ensuring improved performance in multi-bay devices where vibration can be an issue. A third feature, StableTrac, is deployed in WD SE drives (greater than 2 TB) to further dampen vibration from the hardware around the drive. In these drives, the motor shaft is secured at both ends, stabilising the disk platters and ensuring accurate tracking during read/write operations.

Add a multi-axis shock sensor to detect any impact on the drive, protecting the data on board, error recovery controls for RAID arrays,  NoTouch Ramp Load technology  to reduce wear and tear plus the ability to dynamically adjust the read/write head’s fly height in real time and you have a hard drive that’s loaded with features.

Around the back of the DX4200, you’ll find dual Gigabit Ethernet ports, four USB 3.0 for expansion and accessories, a VGA port and twin power sockets allowing the use of a redundant power supply – keeping the server up and running in the event of a PSU problem. Note, however, that Western Digital only ships a single power supply in the box, so you’ll need to purchase a second PSU separately. It’s the same story with Ethernet cables – only a single cable is supplied.

Inside, the WD Sentinel DX4200 is powered by the latest Intel Atom C2338 “Avoton” processor. Rated at 1.70 GHz with a turbo speed burst of 2.0 GHz, the low-power processor is specifically designed for small business server applications, with sufficient horsepower to shift data around your business network. Enhanced features such virtualization support and AES hardware encryption (speeding up data encryption processes) are also available.

Western Digital pairs the processor with 4 GB ECC RAM in support – that’s a step up from the 2 GB supplied on the DX4000 and being the error-correcting variety, ensures that the WD Sentinel DX4200 conforms to Microsoft’s logo requirements. You should also find that the newer processor draws less power than the venerable Intel Atom D525 processor supplied on the older model, with a 7W TDP rating compared to 13W on the Atom D525. If you’re seeking more power than the Atom can muster, then you’ll need to take a look at the WD Sentinel DS5100 and 6100, both of which are equipped with Intel Xeon processors.

The headline: decent performance and enhanced processor features, with lower running costs.

Using the WD Sentinel DX4200

One big change on the DX4200, from earlier models in the WD Sentinel range, is the development of a new monitoring console. WD StorCentral Dashboard is its name and it debuts in the WD Sentinel DX4200. The idea is to provide users with an easy way to monitor the server and access common management tasks.

While getting up and running with the server is not as quick and easy as a consumer or small business Linux NAS device, it’s straightforward enough. Connect your cables and power up the server to start Windows. You’ll be asked to set a Windows administrator password then, following a reboot, you’re straight into a WD Device Setup wizard where you set an email address for notifications and alerts (an optional setting), install WD software updates and configure your storage. Handily, Western Digital include their own pre-configured SMTP server for email that works out of the box, so there’s no need to scrabble around for email server settings.

For storage management, the WD Device Setup wizard directs you to Server Manager to configure a Storage Pool using Windows Server’s Storage Spaces. Without clear guidance in the wizard, it’s difficult to understand exactly how the storage pool has been pre-configured – or indeed if a storage pool has been pre-configured (answer: it hasn’t), so you’ll need to jump off to Windows’ Server Manager to get your storage pool and virtual disks up and running.

While all of the underlying Windows Storage Server 2012 R2 Workgroup components and settings are available to configure as usual, WD StorCentral provides a visual management console which helps you with server monitoring – storage capacity, CPU and memory utilisation, system alerts, network status and domain configuration. You can also navigate easily to specific areas of the operating system that you may need to configure. Unlike the WD Sentinel DX4000, which ran on an Essentials version of Windows Storage Server 2008 that included a comprehensive server management dashboard courtesy of Microsoft, Windows Storage Server 2012 R2 Workgroup does not include such a feature. Indeed it appears that Microsoft are only just getting around to releasing an Essentials SKU for Windows Storage Server 2012 R2.

As you work through the WD StorCentral dashboard, which is very easy to navigate thanks to five large tabs in the left hand sidebar – Home, Health, Storage. Settings and Help – you’re able to deep dive into certain areas of the server configuration to tweak settings. This employs a combination of standard Windows Server dialogs and windows as well as bespoke WD-developed control panels, but thankfully the design is reasonably consistent between the two.

storcentral 1 150x150 Review: Western Digital WD Sentinel DX4200 Storage Server storcentral 3 150x150 Review: Western Digital WD Sentinel DX4200 Storage Server storcentral 4 150x150 Review: Western Digital WD Sentinel DX4200 Storage Server storcentral 5 150x150 Review: Western Digital WD Sentinel DX4200 Storage Server

Handy though it is, the WD StorCentral dashboard is no match for the Windows Server Essentials Dashboard found on the DX4000. If you’re using the server in Workgroup mode, for example, it lacks a number of configuration options that you’d wish to find in a NAS management console.  Folder management and especially user account settings both spring to mind. It’s simple and easy to use, but it’s mostly focused on server monitoring – unlikely to be a daily destination.

The post Review: Western Digital WD Sentinel DX4200 Storage Server appeared first on We Got Served.

http://www.wegotserved.com/2014/10/08/review-western-digital-wd-sentinel-dx4200/feed/ 0
Review: ASUSTOR AS7010T NAS Server http://www.wegotserved.com/2014/10/04/review-asustor-as7010t-nas-server/ http://www.wegotserved.com/2014/10/04/review-asustor-as7010t-nas-server/#comments Sat, 04 Oct 2014 08:22:34 +0000 http://www.wegotserved.com/?p=69880 The new ASUSTOR AS7010T is a premium NAS for business, offering a compelling combination of features and performance wrapped in a compact, high capacity package.

The post Review: ASUSTOR AS7010T NAS Server appeared first on We Got Served.


The era of the Super NAS is here! From the low-powered, humble devices of ten years ago, network attached storage devices have rapidly developed to take on mainstream small business servers and the ASUSTOR AS7010T NAS Server is leading the charge.

This new, ten bay premium device is targeted at enterprise and creative professionals, although is will also do a great job for prosumers with money to spend. Intel’s Core i3-4330 processor (a dual-core Haswell chip running at 3.5 GHz) has been selected to power the unit – a far more powerful CPU than the usual Intel Atom and Marvell Armada processors we generally encounter in NAS devices.

It’s paired with a healthy, 2 GB slab of DDR3 RAM, which is expandable up to 16 GB and again positions the AS7010T at the top-end of the network attached storage category. Those wishing to save a little money can opt for the eight-bay AS7008T model which offers the same internal specification as its big brother, with a slightly reduced storage capacity. With pricing recommended at £1,519 for the AS7010T and £1,219 for the AS7008T, the new 70 Series ships with a big ticket – but does it offer big performance?

This week, we received one of the first models to roll off the production line. Let’s get the package open and check out what it can do.

asustor as7010t 1 150x150 Review: ASUSTOR AS7010T NAS Server asustor as7010t 2 150x150 Review: ASUSTOR AS7010T NAS Server asustor as7010t 3 150x150 Review: ASUSTOR AS7010T NAS Server asustor as7010t 4 150x150 Review: ASUSTOR AS7010T NAS Server

Eschewing the common trend for business appliances to ship in boring, brown cardboard packaging, the AS7010T ships in newly designed packaging that pops with day-glo orange highlights, shouting loudly about the features within, It certainly makes a statement! Open up the box and you’ll find:

  • The ASUSTOR AS7101T NAS Server
  • Two Ethernet cables
  • Power cable
  • Mounting screws for 2.5″ and 3.5″ hard drives
  • Software CD
  • Quick Start Guide


asustor as7010t 6 150x150 Review: ASUSTOR AS7010T NAS Server asustor as7010t 7 150x150 Review: ASUSTOR AS7010T NAS Server asustor as7010t 8 150x150 Review: ASUSTOR AS7010T NAS Server asustor as7010t 9 150x150 Review: ASUSTOR AS7010T NAS Server

The chassis design is very similar to other devices in the ASUSTOR range, and that’s no bad decision as its simple aesthetics will fit in well in an office environment. Build quality is up to ASUSTOR’s usual high standards – a combination of high quality plastics and textured metal casing providing a decent finish.

The front face of the AS7010T includes power and one touch backup buttons alongside an LED display panel which provides simple status reporting as well as a number of basic power and network features, controlled using the adjacent buttons. A new drive bay design debuts on the 70 Series, with an integral locking mechanism that ensures hard drives can’t be accidentally removed during operation. The lock itself requires a flat-head screwdriver to turn – I was surprised to see the lack of a key lock on the AS7010T which would do a better job of securing the drives from theft. Given AS7010T is targeted at business use, that’s an omission that may put off those seeking maximum physical security on the device.

asustor as7010t 11 Review: ASUSTOR AS7010T NAS Server

The drive caddy itself is robust – a combination of plastic, reinforced with metal for added strength which glides easily into the inner chassis.

From a connectivity perspective, the AS7010T is well equipped. A convenient, front-facing USB 3.0 port is joined by a further two on the rear of the server, accompanied by two USB 2.0 ports for connecting peripherals. Two Gigabit Ethernet ports (managed by a Broadcom NetLink BCM57781 controller) allow link aggregation and failover support and you’ll also find twin eSATA ports for expanding storage.

Continuing the current trend in NAS devices, a HDMI 1.4a port is fitted to the 70 Series, and its joined for the first time by an optical audio S/PDIF port, allowing a broader range of connections to AV receivers and other entertainment devices. I was again surprised to see the lack of a redundant power supply on the new model, which is commonly found on business-class NAS servers, so you’ll need to use the single power socket with an uninterruptible power supply to maximise up time. On the flip side, at least the PSU is integrated into the chassis, so there’s no ugly external power supply floating around the rear of the device.

Overall, it’s a polished, high quality specification and build – the kind we’ve become used to from ASUSTOR. Enterprise admins may point to a couple of omissions – secure, lockable drive bays  (with a key) and a redundant power supply would have led to a complete package for the business owner – those aside, it’s a compelling specification.

The post Review: ASUSTOR AS7010T NAS Server appeared first on We Got Served.

http://www.wegotserved.com/2014/10/04/review-asustor-as7010t-nas-server/feed/ 0
Budget QNAP TS-x31 NAS Range Announced, Powered by ARM Cortex-A9 CPU http://www.wegotserved.com/2014/10/02/budget-qnap-ts-x31-nas-range-announced-powered-arm-cortex-a9-cpu/ http://www.wegotserved.com/2014/10/02/budget-qnap-ts-x31-nas-range-announced-powered-arm-cortex-a9-cpu/#comments Thu, 02 Oct 2014 17:39:54 +0000 http://www.wegotserved.com/?p=69871 Value QNAP TS-x31 NAS range announced, shipping in 1, 2 and 4-bay configurations, powered by Freescale ARM Cortex-A9 processor.

The post Budget QNAP TS-x31 NAS Range Announced, Powered by ARM Cortex-A9 CPU appeared first on We Got Served.


Hot on the heels of the recent QNAP TS-x51 Turbo NAS launch announced in the Summer, QNAP today unveiled its “little brother”, the TurboNAS TS-x31.

The new budget range forgoes the X51’s dual-core Intel Celeron 2.41GHz processor with 1GB DDR3L RAM, which is replaced by a dual-core, 1.2 GHz Freescale ARM Cortex-A9 CPU, paired with 512 MB RAM.

It’ll ship in 1, 2 and 4-bay configurations, with a predominately consumer focused role, targeted at backup, synchronization, remote access, and home entertainment tasks.

The new model includes dual LAN ports to facilitate dual IP settings, port-trunking modes and enables users to set up fault tolerance or link aggregation for increased data throughput. QNAP has clocked data transfers at respectable 110 MB/s read & 80 MB/s write speeds.

ts x31 1 150x150 Budget QNAP TS x31 NAS Range Announced, Powered by ARM Cortex A9 CPU ts x31 2 150x150 Budget QNAP TS x31 NAS Range Announced, Powered by ARM Cortex A9 CPU ts x31 3 150x150 Budget QNAP TS x31 NAS Range Announced, Powered by ARM Cortex A9 CPU ts x31 4 150x150 Budget QNAP TS x31 NAS Range Announced, Powered by ARM Cortex A9 CPU ts x31 5 150x150 Budget QNAP TS x31 NAS Range Announced, Powered by ARM Cortex A9 CPU


While the Coretx-A9 isn’t beefy enough for real-time HD video transcoding, QNAP do include an offline transcoding option which works overnight or at other points when the NAS isn’t active, creating pre-rendered, device-optimized versions of video files.

Three SuperSpeed USB 3.0 ports are included for expansion and connectivity to peripheral devices and you can expect the TS-x31 series to benefit from all of the features of QNAP’s latest QTS software.

The QNAP TurboNAS TS-x31 series is shipping now globally.

The post Budget QNAP TS-x31 NAS Range Announced, Powered by ARM Cortex-A9 CPU appeared first on We Got Served.

http://www.wegotserved.com/2014/10/02/budget-qnap-ts-x31-nas-range-announced-powered-arm-cortex-a9-cpu/feed/ 0
QNAP Releases Additional Fix for Bash Shellshock Vulnerability http://www.wegotserved.com/2014/10/02/qnap-releases-additional-fix-bash-shellshock-vulnerability/ http://www.wegotserved.com/2014/10/02/qnap-releases-additional-fix-bash-shellshock-vulnerability/#comments Thu, 02 Oct 2014 17:13:14 +0000 http://www.wegotserved.com/?p=69869 Qfix v1.01 released by NAS specialist, providing additional protection against the Bash Shellshock vulnerability.

The post QNAP Releases Additional Fix for Bash Shellshock Vulnerability appeared first on We Got Served.


Following news of this week’s Bash Shellshock vulnerability patch issued by QNAP, the company today announced a second patch for its Turbo NAS range, which further protects users from the exploit. All affected users are urged to update.

Here’s the announcement in full:

QNAP Releases Qfix 1.0.1 to Resolve Additional GNU Bash Environment Variable Command Injection Vulnerabilities

Taipei, Taiwan, October 2, 2014 – QNAP® Systems, Inc. today released the Qfix 1.0.1 patch for its Turbo NAS lineup to address the GNU Bash Environment Variable Command Injection Vulnerability (CVE-2014-6271, CVE-2014-7169, CVE-2014-6277, CVE-2014-6278, CVE-2014-7186, and CVE-2014-7187), also known as “Shellshock,” that can allow attackers to gain remote control over UNIX/Linux-based systems.

QNAP has previously released QTS version 4.1.1 Build 0927 to resolve CVE-2014-6271 and CVE-2014-7169. With Qfix 1.0.1 more vulnerabilities including CVE-2014-6277, CVE-2014-6278, CVE-2014-7186, and CVE-2014-7187 are now resolved. Users are strongly urged to immediately install Qfix 1.0.1 on their Turbo NAS.

Qfix 1.0.1 is now available for Turbo NAS running QTS 4.1.1 from QNAP’s official download site (http://www.qnap.com/download) for the following models:

  • TS-EC880 Pro, TS-EC1080 Pro, TS-EC880U-RP, TS-EC1280U-RP, TS-EC1680U-RP, TS-EC2480U-RP
  • TS-879 Pro, TS-1079 Pro, TS-879U-RP/EC879U-RP , TS-1279U-RP/EC1279U-RP, TS-1679U-RP/EC1679U-RP, SS-EC1279U-SAS-RP, SS-EC1879U-SAS-RP, SS-EC2479U-SAS-RP
  • TS-470, TS-470 Pro, TS-670, TS-670 Pro, TS-870, TS-870 Pro
  • TS-1270U-RP, TS-870U-RP, TS-1269U-RP,TS-869U-RP, TS-269 Pro/269L, TS-469 Pro/469L, TS-469U-RP/SP, TS-569 Pro/569L, TS-669 Pro/669L, TS-869 Pro/869L
  • SS-453 Pro, SS-853 Pro, TS-253 Pro, TS-453 Pro, TS-653 Pro, TS-853 Pro
  • TS-251, TS-451, TS-651, TS-851
  • HS-210, HS-251, IS-400 Pro
  • TS-121, TS-221, TS-421, TS-421U
  • TS-120, TS-220, TS-420, TS-420U
  • TS-119/119P+/119P II, TS-219/219P/219P+/219P II, TS-419P/419P+/419P II, TS-419U/419U+/419U II
  • TS-259 Pro/259 Pro+, TS-459 Pro/459 Pro+/459 Pro II, TS-459U-RP/SP, TS-459U-RP+/SP+, TS-559 Pro/559 Pro+/559 Pro II, TS-659 Pro/659 Pro+/659 Pro II, TS-859 Pro/859 Pro+, TS-859U/859U+
  • SS-439 Pro, SS-839 Pro, TS-239 Pro, TS-239H, TS-239 Pro II, TS-239 Pro II+, TS-439 Pro, TS-439 Pro II, TS-439 Pro II+, TS-439U RP/SP, TS-639 Pro
  • TS-110, TS-210, TS-410, TS-410U
  • TS-112/112P, TS-212/212P/212-E, TS-412, TS-412U
  • TS-509 Pro, TS-809 Pro, TS-809U-RP

QNAP will release a new patch later for the following Turbo NAS models, VioStor NVR models and NMP media players to fix Bash security issues:

  • Turbo NAS: TS-109/209/409/409U series
  • VioStor NVR (QVR 5.0.2 version):
    VS-12164U-RP Pro+/ 12156U-RP Pro+/ 12148U-RP Pro+/ 12140U-RP Pro+
    VS-12164U-RP Pro/ 12156U-RP Pro/ 12148U-RP Pro/ 12140U-RP Pro
    VS-8148U-RP Pro+/ 8140U-RP Pro+/ 8132U-RP Pro+/ 8124U-RP Pro+
    VS-8148U-RP Pro/ 8140U-RP Pro/ 8132U-RP Pro/ 8124U-RP Pro
    VS-8148 Pro+/ 8140 Pro+/ 8132 Pro+/ 8124 Pro+
    VS-6120/ 6116/ 6112 Pro+
    VS-6020/ 6016/ 6012 Pro
    VS-4116/ 4112/ 4108U-RP Pro+
    VS-4016/ 4012/ 4008U-RP Pro
    VS-4116/ 4112/ 4108 Pro+
    VS-4016/ 4012/ 4008 Pro
    VS-2112/ 2108/ 2104 Pro+
    VS-2012/ 2008/ 2004 Pro
    VS-2108L/ VS-2104L
  • Media players: NMP-1000P, NMP-1000

The following models are not affected by Bash security vulnerabilities:

  • Turbo NAS: TS-431, TS-231, TS-131, TS-201, TS-101, TS-100
  • QGenie: QG-103N

Users with further questions can contact QNAP Technical Support at: http://helpdesk.qnap.com.

The post QNAP Releases Additional Fix for Bash Shellshock Vulnerability appeared first on We Got Served.

http://www.wegotserved.com/2014/10/02/qnap-releases-additional-fix-bash-shellshock-vulnerability/feed/ 0
How to: Download, Install and Test Windows 10 Technical Preview http://www.wegotserved.com/2014/10/02/download-install-test-windows-10-technical-preview/ http://www.wegotserved.com/2014/10/02/download-install-test-windows-10-technical-preview/#comments Thu, 02 Oct 2014 14:54:02 +0000 http://www.wegotserved.com/?p=69842 There's a variety of ways to install and test Windows 10 Technical Preview - on dedicated hardware, a shared or dual boot PC or a virtual machine (VM). Find out which will serve you best with our step by step walkthrough.

The post How to: Download, Install and Test Windows 10 Technical Preview appeared first on We Got Served.


So, you’ve heard the news – Windows 10 Technical Preview is here and you want a piece of it. Great! The Windows Insider Program is open to all, but before you dive into these potentially murky waters, its well worth taking some time out to plan your testing.

Why? There are a couple of reasons, actually. First, you’re going to need some test kit – it could be an old PC you’re not using, you could create a separate partition on an existing PC and configure it to dual-boot. You could run the Windows 10 Technical Preview as a Virtual Machine (VM) on your current PC, Mac or Linux computer. There are varying options that will work better for you than others depending on how often you wish to use the test builds.

Do you just want to load up the bits and have a quick look around at what’s new? A VM is ideal for this scenario – allowing you to run Windows 10 Technical Preview in an application window on your everyday computer. When you’re done with it – delete it.

Perhaps you want to test out Windows 10 Technical Preview with some specific applications, or in a specific role – as a home server, home theater PC or work desktop. A dual-boot option, or dedicated hardware is going to be your best bet here. You can test the new operating system over a longer period of time, try out different apps, see how it works with other hardware you have around the home (from a networking perspective) and continue installing updates and  new builds as they’re released by Microsoft.

The riskiest option – for those living on the bleeding edge – is to use the preview release “as live” on a “production” computer – i.e. your everyday machine. This is generally not advised, but of course, is possible. The Technical Preview is a very early build in the Windows 10 development cycle, which is expected to run through to mid-2015 – so these builds will have many bugs, features that won’t work, dead ends and of course, the ever-present risk of data loss.  This thing is going to crash, and maybe crash hard from time to time. In previous Windows beta tests, I’ve experienced crashes (on rare occasions) that required a full re-installation of Windows. In the old Windows Media Center beta days, that would kill a morning at least! Be safe with your data, that’s all I ask, and do not trust the preview (or any beta product) with data that you can’t afford to lose.

So, think about how you want to use Windows 10 Technical Preview and decide on the test set-up that’s right for you.

Windows 10 Technical Preview Minimum System Requirements

Microsoft advises that any PC that is able to run Windows 8.1 should be fine for running Windows 10. You’ll need hardware, or a virtual environment, with at least the following specifications:

  • Processor: 1 GHz or faster
  • RAM: 1 GB (32-bit) or 2 GB (64-bit)
  • Free hard disk space: 16 GB
  • Graphics card: Microsoft DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM driver
  • A Microsoft account and Internet access

There are a few additional considerations to be aware of too:

  • To access the Windows Store and to download and run apps, you need an Internet connection, a screen resolution of at least 1024 x 768, and a Microsoft account.
  • After you install the preview, you won’t be able to play DVDs using Windows Media Player.
  • Technical Preview is not supported on Windows RT or Windows Phone devices.
  • For 64-bit installations of Technical Preview, a small number of older PCs may be blocked from installing the preview because they don’t support CMPXCHG16b, PrefetchW, and LAHF/SAHF.
  • To use touch, you need a monitor that supports multitouch.
  • The preview works best with a mouse and keyboard. Improvements to touch will appear in future updates.
  • Windows 10 Technical Preview for Enterprise is available in English, Chinese (Simplified), and Portuguese (Brazil). If you’re running Windows 8.1, Windows 8, or Windows 7 and your system language isn’t English, Chinese (Simplified), or Portuguese (Brazil), you can only keep your personal files when you upgrade. You won’t be able to keep your apps or Windows settings.

For the media fans among you, note the point on DVD playback – any Microsoft-delivered media add-ons, such as DVD playback and Windows Media Center support aren’t available in the Windows 10 Technical Preview. Will that mean they’re not included in Windows 10 when it’s released next year? Only Microsoft knows, but my money is on you having to find third-party solutions in the future (don’t worry, there are a few great ones out there).

My Test Setup

As we’re settling in for a long-term test, I’ll actually be running two separate Windows 10 Technical Preview installations. That’s mostly because I need access to the build when I’m on the move as well as at home to support posting here at We Got Served (you have no idea how much of this blog is written on trains!). So, on my main laptop – an Early 2014 MacBook Air, I’ll be installing Windows 10 Technical Preview in a virtual machine, using the free and excellent VirtualBox app from Oracle.

I’ve also picked up a new PC for testing the release – this will be the main system I use for trying out alternative apps, configurations, media streaming and so on. For this, I’ll be using the brilliant Intel NUC D54250WYK3 – a small footprint, passively cooled, silent and powerful PC which takes up very little space in the WGS lab. Built on the “Haswell” Intel Core i5 processor it’s got more than enough horsepower for Windows 10 Technical Preview.

It’s a barebones kit, meaning that you have to purchase and install your RAM and storage separately (which literally takes 5 minutes). I’m teaming up the NUC with 16 GB Crucial RAM and a Crucial CT240M500SSD3 240GB M500 mSATA 6Gb/s Internal SSD for storage.

Having used an Intel NUC for well over a year, I’m a huge fan and can’t recommend them highly enough for day to day desktop use and, of course, as a home theater PC.

Download and Install the Windows 10 Technical Preview

As I previously mentioned, the Windows 10 Technical Preview is now available to download, but you’ll need to sign up to the Windows Insider Program to gain access to the release. Read the terms and conditions carefully (they’re boring, but there for a reason!) and go get the build. You’ll find there’s various builds available for a small number of languages – find the one that fits you best. It will download as an ISO file.

Install Windows 10 Technical Preview in a Virtual Machine

Installing the test release in a Virtual Machine or VM, as it’s known, is an excellent way of trying out Microsoft’s latest work without the need to wipe PCs and hard drive partitions. If you’re new to virtual machines, or you don’t know why running virtual machines on is a good idea, let me explain for you. As a confirmed “tinkerer”, the fact that you can create VMs that you can experiment with and not worry about damaging or destroying an existing machine is a godsend. Not only that, but most virtualization apps have the ability to take a “snapshot” of the system and revert back to that point – that makes testing new apps and enhancements even easier. If I break something, I don’t have to worry about reinstalling the system, and can even revert back to a known good version!

However, that’s not the only reason that virtualization is a good idea. If you’re like me and run your PCs 24/7, then it’s most likely sitting idle a majority of the time. And even if it isn’t, running virtual machines may be a better way to save on power consumption. Instead of having a host of additional hardware around the home, which eat a lot more power, you can have your most powerful system host a few machines virtually.

There have been a number of decent virtualization solutions over the years, but I tend to favour Oracle’s VirtualBox. It is feature rich, free, easy to set up and works well – four pretty fundamental benefits! Note, there is a limitation on the host operating systems you can run in VirtualBox, based on your host hardware. To run 64-bit “guest” machines, your computer’s CPU must support 64-bit architecture, support Intel-VT or AMD-V (depending on your CPU manufacturer), and the system has to support hardware DEP (Intel calls it XD bit, and AMD calls it Enhanced Virus Protection in the BIOS). You may have to enable Intel-VT or AMD-V manually on your system, as it is usually turned off by default. If your hardware doesn’t support these features, you’re limited to just 32-bit guest Operating Systems. You can check your computer’s hardware by downloading Securable (http://www.grc.com/securable.htm) which will check for these features and report their status to you.

securable How to: Download, Install and Test Windows 10 Technical Preview

Download VirtualBox for your host operating system (https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads), and also the Oracle VM VirtualBox Extension Pack, which includes additional features you’ll want to take advantage of when using the virtual machine.

virtualbox How to: Download, Install and Test Windows 10 Technical Preview

Once those are downloaded, start the VirtualBox installation – most of the defaults are just fine. We do want all of the options installed (which is the default) and during the process, VirtualBox (if you’re installing on Windows) may prompt you a few times about driver installation. Because the VirtualBox drivers aren’t signed by Microsoft, it will prompt you to make sure you want to install each of them. Select Continue Anyway each time the dialog pops up, which should be about five times. If you’re installing VirtualBox on a Mac, there’s no interaction needed during the installation.

The post How to: Download, Install and Test Windows 10 Technical Preview appeared first on We Got Served.

http://www.wegotserved.com/2014/10/02/download-install-test-windows-10-technical-preview/feed/ 3
Windows 10 Technical Preview Forum Now Open http://www.wegotserved.com/2014/10/01/windows-10-technical-preview-forum-now-open/ http://www.wegotserved.com/2014/10/01/windows-10-technical-preview-forum-now-open/#comments Wed, 01 Oct 2014 20:28:04 +0000 http://www.wegotserved.com/?p=69839 Our Windows 10 Technical Preview forums is now open. Join our 98,000 registered forum members and share your experiences with the new release.

The post Windows 10 Technical Preview Forum Now Open appeared first on We Got Served.


If you’re about to download, or have already downloaded Windows 10 Technical Preview and you wish to share your experiences, have questions, need support or just want to chat with other users, then be sure to check out our new Windows 10 Technical Preview Forum which is now open over at WGS Forums.

Given how far we are away from the full release of Windows 10, I’d be interested to understand just how many of our readers will be downloading the beta release. Use the poll buttons below to tell us, and share what you’re looking forward to seeing, or the reasons you’re skipping this release, in the forums.

The post Windows 10 Technical Preview Forum Now Open appeared first on We Got Served.

http://www.wegotserved.com/2014/10/01/windows-10-technical-preview-forum-now-open/feed/ 0
Windows Server Technical Preview Now Available on MSDN http://www.wegotserved.com/2014/10/01/windows-server-technical-preview-now-available-msdn/ http://www.wegotserved.com/2014/10/01/windows-server-technical-preview-now-available-msdn/#comments Wed, 01 Oct 2014 17:31:44 +0000 http://www.wegotserved.com/?p=69836 MSDN subscribers have an additional surprise in their downloads area today. It's the Windows Server Technical Preview.

The post Windows Server Technical Preview Now Available on MSDN appeared first on We Got Served.


Whilst tech enthusiasts download the latest (and greatest? We’ll see.) Windows 10 Technical Preview bits, Enterprise admins and testers received a surprise today when the Windows Server Technical Preview was launched on the Microsoft Development network (MSDN).

Standard, Hyper-V and Datacenter editions of the as-yet-unamed server platform have been released by Microsoft today – there’s no Server Essentials vNext release available right now, though and you’ll need to be an MSDN subscriber to be able to access the downloads.

According to this help page on Microsoft TechNet, here’s what’s new (currently) in the upcoming server release

  • What’s New in Active Directory Federation Services. Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS) in Windows Server Technical Preview includes new features that enable you to configure AD FS to authenticate users stored in Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) directories. For more information, see Active Directory Federation Services Overview.
  • What’s new for Hyper-V in the Technical Preview. This topic explains the new and changed functionality of the Hyper-V role in Windows Server Technical Preview, Client Hyper-V running on Windows 10 Technical Preview, and Microsoft Hyper-V Server Technical Preview.
  • Windows Defender Overview. Windows Defender is installed and enabled by default in Windows Server Technical Preview, but the user interface for Windows Defender is not installed. However, Windows Defender will update antimalware definitions and protect the computer without the user interface. If you need the user interface for Windows Defender, you can install it after the operating system installation by using the Add Roles and Features Wizard.
  • What’s New in Remote Desktop Services in the Windows Server Technical Preview. For the Windows Server Technical Preview, the Remote Desktop Services team focused on improvements based on customer requests. We added support for OpenGL and OpenCL applications, and added MultiPoint Services as a new role in Windows Server.
  • What’s New in Storage Services in Windows Server Technical Preview. This topic explains the new and changed functionality of Storage Services. An update in storage quality of service now enables you to create storage QoS policies on a Scale-Out File Server and assign them to one or more virtual disks on Hyper-V virtual machines. Storage Replica is a new feature that enables synchronous replication between servers for disaster recovery, as well as stretching of a failover cluster for high availability..
  • What’s New in Failover Clustering in Windows Server Technical Preview. This topic explains the new and changed functionality of Failover Clustering. A Hyper-V or Scale-out File Server failover cluster can now easily be upgraded without any downtime or need to build a new cluster with nodes that are running Windows Server Technical Preview.
  • What’s New in Web Application Proxy. Web Application Proxy now supports preauthentication for applications using the HTTP Basic protocol, wildcards in external URLS of applications, redirection from HTTP to HTTPS, use of pass-through authentication with HTTP applications, publishing of Remote Desktop Gateway apps, a new debug log, propagation of client IP addresses to backend applications, and improvements to the Administrator console.
  • What’s New in Windows PowerShell 5.0. Windows PowerShell 5.0 includes significant new features—including support for developing with classes, and new security features—that extend its use, improve its usability, and allow you to control and manage Windows-based environments more easily and comprehensively. Multiple new features in Windows PowerShell Desired State Configuration (DSC) are also described in this topic.
  • What’s New in Networking in Windows Server Technical Preview. With this topic you can discover information about new networking technologies, such as Network Controller and Generic Routing Encapsulation (GRE) Tunneling, and new features for existing technologies, including IP Address Management (IPAM), DNS, and DHCP. Detailed information about what’s new is available for these networking technologies:

The post Windows Server Technical Preview Now Available on MSDN appeared first on We Got Served.

http://www.wegotserved.com/2014/10/01/windows-server-technical-preview-now-available-msdn/feed/ 0