TinkerTry IT @ home “Hangouts On Air” event Dec 22 2014, ask Veeam’s Rick Vanover your “Endpoint Backup FREE” questions

…a special “Live Hangout On Air” seems like a good idea, just in time for those holiday visits to friends and family. You know they never back their stuff up, but will ask you for help when inevitable trouble strikes…

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Superguide: Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE

Think of Veeam Endpoint Backup as a slick UI for a backup scheduler, that also builds custom recovery media ISOs or USB flash drives for bad days when your system, or your family member’s system, won’t even boot. I think you’ll find it helpful to have a single article that can serve as a launching…

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Feature and performance comparison between Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials and Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE

WS2012R2E has a unique feature set that made it the darling of home backup enthusiasts. Flash forward to today, here in late 2014, and the beta of Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE has arrived…

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How to do a Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials bare metal restore, using boot from LAN

Watch a bare metal restore of a Lenovo ThinkPad T61p over gigabit ethernet, using the WS2012R2E’s capability to do boot from LAN for the recovery media. No need to use USB/DVD/CD, it just works.

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How to set your computer to wake up for nightly Veeam Endpoint Backups

If your computer is on at 12:30am, the “Veeam Endpoint Backup” Windows Service can trigger that backup. What if your computer is set to sleep after a set period of inactivity, to save electricity at night? It’s turns out to be pretty simple. When you go to use…

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Featured on “Home: On #038 – INSTEON Revisited, with Paul Braren”

Way too much to talk about, far too little time to actually do so….which leads me to November 2014…this time around, I was delighted to be invited by Richard to join him on his very well produced home automation podcast, “Home: On”. Richard and…

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First look at Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE beta, including bare-metal laptop restore. So far, so good!

For tonight, I’ve got the video up on the popular TinkerTry YouTube Channel, also seen below. In addition to my comments from yesterday here, I’ll add more about my initial impressions here soon!

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Free NFR of Veeam Availability Suite v8 with Backup & Replication for VCPs, vExperts, and many other certified professionals

I’m happy to announce that as of today, Veeam’s NFR key sign-up is ready. If you’re a vExpert, VCP, VCAP, VCI, VCDX, and/or a Microsoft MVP, MCSE, MCSA, MCT, you may be eligible, for 1 year / 2 sockets.

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Microsoft left the home backup server market, is Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE about to take over?

Let’s first gain a better understanding of how tough the “Computer person or IT Pro who helps out family and friends at home” market really is. What better way to look at that market than by first taking a look at what…

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Fan Funding tip jar now available, over at the TinkerTry YouTube Channel

I was recently eating at a local burger joint, where the two tip jars at the cash register were labeled “Star Wars” and “Star Trek.” Makes me smirk, every time. If you find yourself smirking after watching a TinkerTry.com YouTube Channel video…

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Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials complaining about one of your drives? How to queue up multiple chkdsk operations for the next reboot.

If you’re in a pinch, and just want to get your daily backups going again before you’ve had the time to reduce the bloat on your drive, here’s a suggestion…

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VMware Workstation 11 and Player 7 released

My Windows 8.1 16GB RAM ThinkPad W520 laptop runs VMware Workstation. Why exactly? This way, I can run a VM of my Windows 7 Professional full-screen, across all three monitors, and have easy access to snapshots and other Workstation-only, developer-focused features, all running very quickly…

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Superguide: Home virtualization lab backup software, some special deals for VMware VCPs and vExperts

It’s a smart move, when an enterprise backup company markets their wares to the home lab enthusiast. Why? Well, we’re often IT professionals, and there’s no better way to get to know software…

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If Chrome Browser acts like you’re in another country, try clearing just the right cookie

…pretend I was in the US, it was too late. The cookie that the web server planted stuck. So sticky that when I returned to the US, all attempts to get to travelocity.com were still redirected. How do I politely tell the site that I’m back in the US now?

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My month in a German hotel with one outlet, many adapters, and a D-Link DIR-506L travel WiFi router

Back in early September, I found myself scrambling to prepare for a month long trip to Germany. A good situation to be in, but I also wanted to be darn sure I could get my work done on weekday evenings, and…

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INSTEON Hub II appears first in November 2014 Smarthome catalog

Got a catalog from Smarthome in the mail today. I know, right? It’s actual paper. Right there on the cover is the “New and Improved” INSTEON Hub II. Peculiar though, as it would appear they jumped the gun by sending this catalog out. This appears to be…

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German engineering proudly on display at Munich International Airport

Interesting to note how the uniquely shaped modern LED headlamps have become a branding of sorts, as I quickly learned what was about to pass by me. Quick and frequent glances in the rear view mirrors were essential survival skills, especially when…

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How to easily help your favorite site by automatically using their Amazon affiliate ID

Yes, you can visit your favorite site before you shop on Amazon. The only problem is that you have to remember to do that, to visit their affiliate URL or bookmark, each time. What if it was an automatic thing that you could set-and-forget, in under a minute?

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How to speed up your home’s WiFi speeds by testing the best 2.4GHz and 5GHz WiFi channels

The idea is to obtain more consistent, better speeds by methodically testing a new or existing router. As far as the 2.4 GHz band, only channels 1, 6, and 11 are good choices, and you probably shouldn’t mess with the…

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If you’re using a 802.11ac WiFi device, you may want to avoid 80MHz channel width

This was a strange networking challenge I recently faced, and and not one I found documented anywhere. Perhaps this article will give some folks in similar circumstances something to try, if they experience similar WiFi flakiness. In my case, what I mean by…

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