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  1. Steinway added a post in a topic Anyone Virtualizing Whs2011?   

     
    You mean to test out the network throughput? The VM is installed in an SSD drive, and is dedicated to Windows 7. 
     
    What is odd is that it only does it for recorded TV. Live TV is fine, which IIRC there is a buffer that MC is creating to be able to rewind or pause.
     
    If it is the HDD though, how would I figure that out, and what can I do that is faster than SSD?
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  2. Steinway added a post in a topic Anyone Virtualizing Whs2011?   

    Well - I tried updating the network card settings and it did not help. I was thinking about getting another NIC and bridging the cards to double the bandwidth. 
     
    Do you think that would help?
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  3. Steinway added a post in a topic Anyone Virtualizing Whs2011?   

    I will give the "offload" and "checksum" change a try. Thanks!
     
    And I do have 3D enabled, but the drivers are tricky. I cannot get any driver to install other than the "VirtualBox Graphic Adapter" so my rating is dismal (1.0). Does that make any difference? I am not trying to watch any media on the local PC. It sits in the basement under the steps. I am only hosting the Media Center through the extenders.
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  4. Steinway added a post in a topic Anyone Virtualizing Whs2011?   

    Good discussion, and glad to see that it is fairly current. I am having a problem with a similar setup.
     
    I recently ditched my HTPC and decided to virtualize W7 Media Center within WHS 2011. I upgraded the processor and Ram to an AMD Phenom 6 core and 12 GB of Ram (Gigabyte GA-890GPA-UD3H motherboard).
     
    I installed Windows 7 under Oracle VirtualBox on a separate SSD drive installed in the server, and have a OTA HD HomeRun hooked up for TV.
     
    Almost everything works perfectly, and the one thing that does not is driving me crazy. OTA TV streams perfectly to my extenders (Xbox 360's), but if I play back the exact same show as recorded TV it hangs every few seconds. I watched the resource monitor and there is no spike in CPU, memory or network load when the hang happens. It happens on all of my extenders. I have not yet tried watching on the Virtual OS, but the way Oracle builds the drivers for the hardware is weird. I cannot install the video drivers (ATi HD4290) and the network adapter (which in bridged mode) uses a generic Intel 100mb driver instead of the Realtek GB drivers. 
     
    Any ideas? I thought about trying Hyper-V or Vmware, but VMware costs $ and I am not sure if it will solve the problem.
     
    I have played around with all of the NIC setting, but I cannot adjust the "virtualbox" NIC that is installed in the host OS (WHS2011) so not sure if it makes any difference.
     
    Oh - and I have tried storing Recorded TV both on the server (through a share) and via a mounted drive within VM (in a .vdi file)
     
    Any ideas?
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  5. Steinway added a post in a topic Beta Testers Wanted: Lights-Out Mobile For Windows Phone   

    Hey - my beta was removed last week, but I cannot find it in the Marketplace. Where is it? I want it back on my phone!
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  6. Steinway added a topic in Media Sharing and Streaming   

    Wp7 App - "an Error Occurred While Retrieving Xxxxxx"
    hi all - long time whs user, but just recently upgraded to whs 2011. Happy thus far, but just today my wp7 app stopped being able to access any media. I have no idea what changed. I created a homegroup because my extenders were not working, but now the phone will not connect through the app that was created for wp7.

    any ideas?

    thanks.

    Edit - i restarted the server and now it is working. Weird.
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  7. Steinway added a post in a topic Downloading msi file?   

    The site is still down...any updates on when it will be back up?
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  8. Steinway added a post in a topic WHS continuous resets   


    Did you install the Lights Out addin? If so, did you disable SBCore?

    That has been known to be a problem on WHS.
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  9. Steinway added a post in a topic My first thoughts on WHS   


    I would recommend not using the 200GB drive at all. WHS creates a 20GB partition on the first drive and than creates the shares pool with the remaining space. So there is really no advantage to using a different drive for the installation drive. Plus, WHS uses the remaining primary drive space as the "landing space" for all files written to the server. Not that everybody is writing 180GB files, but if you did you would run out of space and would not be able to copy the file to the WHS. 4TB versus 4.2TB is not worth the performance trade off of using the 200GB drive as the primary.

    Just my .02

    Steinway
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  10. Steinway added a post in a topic Sorry for the supid questions...   


    So I was missing the Recorded TV folder, and I added it in and everything seems to be working. Thanks!

    One more question - will this add-in ever support the new .wtv format introduced in the TV Pack update for Media Center?
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  11. Steinway added a post in a topic WHS restart loop after LightsOut install   


    I also have the same problem. Whenever an update in installed, or the server is rebooted it starts an endless cycle of rebooting. If I go downstairs and login to the machine before it reboots I am able to keep it running. Then I get an error that windows was unable to load all the required services and I should check the log. (I am assuming that it is the SBCore service).

    It is a little frustrating, but I am glad that mine is no truly headless otherwise I would really be stuck.

    I would really appreciate it if the author worked to resolve this issue ASAP. I love this plug-in, and will be happy to provide any log files that you need.

    Thanks,

    Steinway
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  12. Steinway added a post in a topic Sorry for the supid questions...   


    You seem pretty dang normal to me...

    So - I have had this installed now for about one week, and not a single recording has been moved...what is wrong? I even manually moved a couple of recordings into the d:/TV directory, but they don't show up in Media Center or via the weblink.

    Help?

    TIA,

    Steinway
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  13. Steinway added a topic in Add-Ins   

    Sorry for the supid questions...
    Sorry for the stupid questions I am about to ask, but I am a little confused.

    1) What folder are the recordings stored in? I do not have a filder titled "TV" anywhere on my WHS. Neither was a new folder created on the root that I can see.
    2) Does it automatically start copying from any Media Center PC that the client software is installed on?
    3) Will I be able to watch the recordings through Media Center on my laptop if I don't have a tuner installed? I have Vista Ultimate.
    4) Does the copying start immediately after the recording completes?
    5) Do I have to add a watched folder to Media Center?

    Don't care about Compskip any more because it does not currently work on .WTV files.

    TIA,

    Steinway

    Edit - Found answer to question #1.
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  14. Steinway added a post in a topic Add-in's for Windows Media Center   

    1) Lifextender - http://www.lifextender.com - this is a great commercial removal tool (uses either comskip or showanalyzer if you have it installed)
    2) MCEBuddy - http://www.mcebuddy.com - this is a great tool that both removes commercials and converts the DVR-MS files into whatever format you want (WMV, DiVX, H.264, etc.)
    3) MCE Standby Tool - http://slicksolutions.eu/mst.shtml - this is a great tool that takes care of the S3/S4 issues that all Vista Media Centers have! It has tons of options for putting the PC back to sleep, and it works great!.
    4) Heatwave - http://thegreenbutton.com/forums/thread/276418.aspx - awesome weather plug in for Vista Media Center.

    Note that all of these are supported on both Vista 32-bit and Vista 64-bit.

    Enjoy!

    Steinway
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  15. Steinway added a topic in Pleased to Meet You!   

    Hello from MPLS, MN
    Been an active WHS user since Beta 1. Just ordered the OEM version (still running on RC1) so the new build system specs are:

    AMD 64 4000+
    2GB Ram
    (4) 500GB SATA
    (2) 250 GB IDE
    (1) 400 GB IDE

    Add-ins

    1) WebGuide (by far the best add-in so far!!!)
    2) Whiist (Not far behind WebGuide)
    3) Recorded TV Manager
    4) WHS Admin
    5) WHS Disk Management
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