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Tuesday, August 30, 2005
SlimServer and PRISMIQ Player:
You can experiment with combining the PRISMIQ MP and the SlimServer from Slim Devices (It's the server software which runs the SliMP3 and SqueezeBox.). After you install and configure it you should be able to browser your audio file collection hierarchically by Artist, Album, Genre, or File name. You can also enter a search string for Artist, Album, and Track title. I can play OGG files; I can view album art, etc. All while sat in front of your TV, rooms away from my PC. And the audio interface looks great.

- You can download and install the SlimServer software, which is available free of charge from here --> http://www.slimdevices.com/su_downloads.html

- During the install process SlimServer will ask for the location of you music files.

- Once installed you have to go to the PRISMIQ Media Manager and create a new Internet Radio station and a new web bookmark . being the ip address of the SlimServer.

- You can use the web browser on your PC to open and change the skin (yes it's fully skin-able too) to use the 'Handheld' skin. You could have done this from the PRISMIQ web browser.

- Next go to your TV with PRISMIQ MP running.

- First, launch the Internet radio station you created then open the bookmark you created.

- From there it is pretty straight forward. You can browse the music that you want to play, click on the play button after a second or two the music start playing.'

Saturday, August 13, 2005
Volume Shadow Copy - is this an alternative or complement to a RAID-based file server?

What Is Volume Shadow Copy Service?

The Volume Shadow Copy Service provides the backup infrastructure for the Microsoft Windows XP and Microsoft Windows Server 2003 operating systems, as well as a mechanism for creating consistent point-in-time copies of data known as shadow copies.

Previous to the Volume Shadow Copy Service and its standard set of extensible application programming interfaces (APIs), there was no standard way to produce “clean” (uncorrupted) snapshots of a volume. Snapshots often contained corruptions due to “torn writes” that required the use of utilities such as Chkdsk.exe to repair. Torn writes occur when an unplanned event (such as a power failure) prevents the system from completely writing a block of data to disk. The Volume Shadow Copy Service APIs prevent torn writes by enabling applications to flush partially committed data from memory.

The Volume Shadow Copy Service has native support for creating consistent shadow copies across multiple volumes, regardless of the snapshot technology or application. The Volume Shadow Copy Service can produce consistent shadow copies by coordinating with business applications, file-system services, backup applications, fast recovery solutions, and storage hardware. Several features in the Windows Server 2003 operating systems use the Volume Shadow Copy Service, including Shadow Copies for Shared Folders and Backup.

Setting up and Using the Volume Shadow Copy Service:
"VSS (Volume Shadow Service) is a new feature in Windows Server 2003 that allows you to revert a networked file back to a previous version (or just look at it in an older state, if you wish). "

10-Minute Solution: Using the Volume Shadow Copy

Decrease your volume of help-desk calls with Windows Server 2003.
by Nelson Ruest and Danielle Ruest

For This Solution: Windows Server 2003, Windows XP Professional.

One of the most exciting features of Windows Server 2003 is the Volume Shadow Copy (VSC) service. What's most impressive is that it is fast and easy to implement, and it will have an immediate, positive impact on Help Desk workload because of the way the shadow copy service works with shared folders. The VSC service automatically takes a "snapshot" of the files located in any shared folder where the service has been enabled. These snapshots include an image of the folder's contents at a given point in time.

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