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Monday, July 26th, 2010

  Windows Home Server

NEPCW recently had the opportunity to work with Rob from http://www.EchoAV.net on a Windows Home Server (WHS) installation . We were sourced to build, configure and deploy the WHS to the customers site. We first started off by doing our due diligence by researching the specs and system requirements for WHS. WHS is built off Server 2003 platform and utilizes several interesting features including machine backups and drive duplication.

Our first order of business was to determine the drive configuration and sizes that we were going to use. We decided on two 2TB Hitachi drives in a non raid configuration. We toiled with the idea of using these drives in a RAID 1 configuration, but after some research we decided to let WHS deal with the drives and to utilize the duplication option in WHS for redundancy. WHS will take two drives of identical capacity and perform duplication which writes data to these drives identically in case of a drive failure, your data is backed up.

After we made the decision for duplication we loaded up WHS on a 2U rack mountable case with the following spec’s:

  • LITE-ON CD/DVD Burner – Bulk Black SATA Model
    iHAS124-04
  • HITACHI Deskstar HD32000 IDK/7K (0S00164) 2TB
    7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5″ Internal Hard Drive

  • MSI NX8400GS-TD512EH GeForce 8400 GS 512MB
    64-bit GDDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card

  • G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin
    DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)

  • GIGABYTE GA-EP45T-UD3LR LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX
    Intel Motherboard

  • Intel Core 2 Quad Q8300 Yorkfield 2.5GHz LGA 775
    95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor

  • Athena Power RM-2U2015SV48 Black 2U Rackmount
    Server Case with power supply
  • Cavalry CAUM 2TB Black External Hard Drive
    CAUM3702T0-B

After wrestling with SATA drivers so the WHS installation would actually see the drives, the installation went very smooth. During the install it reboots a few times and applies several OTA updates before you can even log in. Once we logged in we ran all available Windows updates and patches that it needed.

Since the two drives were installed WHS automatically put them into duplication mode, we tested this by copying data to the music share and watched it duplicate across the two drives. Now it does not update immediately with the duplication, but after a few minutes we could see the server storage report show the duplicate data.

What is interesting is that WHS shows the two 2TB drives as having almost 4TB of storage for the system, but in My Computer it just shows the 1 drive at 1.81TB.

Once this was complete we scheduled our visit to the customers site and installed the server and got it running on the network. We fired it up and then created the user accounts that duplicated the workstation accounts already in place. Once that was in place, we went to the Windows 7 Home Premium machine (W7HP) that would be connecting to it and ran the WHS connector software. Once it was connected we configured the workstation backups to happen between 12AM and 6AM everyday.

Windows Home Server Backups: Before installing this system we spun up 2 VM’s with WHS on one and Windows 7 Home Premium on another. We created the partnership and then let it complete a backup of the W7HP machine. Then we spun down the W7HP machine as if it had a hard drive failure. We then spun up another VM but just booted it from the WHS Recovery CD. When it came up it found our WHS VM and we plugged in the WHS password and we could see the backup it made of our W7HP VM.  We chose  the complete restore features and in no time we had our W7HP workstation back up and running, without original media and with all our data. Talk about slick, this made us very excited. This is the way all backup and restores like this should work.

You might ask yourself “How do you backup the Windows Home Server?”, and we would answer this way:

To deal with backing up the WHS itself, we decided a 2TB external drive utilizing NTBackup would do the trick. As of this writing all is working great, workstations are performing backups every night successfully and the WHS itself it backing up to the external drive, as well as duplicating across the internal disks.

We then moved all music, videos, pictures, documents and shared software to the WHS. We then setup the W7HP workstation with the built in Windows Media Center software. Then we pointed all media libraries to the WHS, added an XBox as a media extender and tested. Everything works great!

Rob from EchoAv setup 3 Sonos zones in the house along with a bunch of other cool Audio/Visual stuff that was pretty amazing.

All in all it was a great success for NEPCW!

Check  http://www.EchoAV.net for all your Audio/Visual needs! Rob is doing some pretty exciting stuff with Sonos, iPad and much more!

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Monday, February 15th, 2010

**EXPIRED 11-3-2010**

For a limited time we are running a super special on our DC Jack repair!
New England PC and Web special on laptop power jack repairs for our customers in the Boston, south shore and well the world really! (Shipping not included)

Massachusetts DC Jack Repair

$99 DC Jack Special (This includes the labor and the brand new DC Jack!)

CALL TODAY!! 508-443-3402

People may also refer to this repair as:

Laptop power jack repair

DC power jack repair

DC jack replacement repair

Super wiggly, not powering on, won’t charge the battery and have to prop the power cord on a book to get it to work repair

WE STOCK 95% of all laptop DC jacks in house, so our turn around time is usually 24-48 hours!

*Please note that there are a small group of laptops that require DC jacks that are on cables. These types of DC Jack repairs are NOT included in this special because the jacks themselves are more expensive. We can tell your right over the phone whether or not your laptop has these special jacks, so give us a call today!! 508-443-3402

Many Toshiba’s and Mac’s have these special cables and are usually around $35-65 more***

Does my laptop need to have it’s DC jack replaced?

Although it is a good idea to bring your laptop down to us for a free diagnosis, there are several symptoms that your laptop will display if you do in fact have a bad jack.

  • The light that indicates charging with turn on and off as you wiggle the AC adapter
  • You have to hold the AC adapter plug in a certain position in order for it to charge
  • You notice that even when the laptop is plugged in with the AC adapter, it is still running on battery
  • The laptop shuts down randomly when the AC adapter is moved or plugged in
  • Excessive temperature from the area of the DC jack (Dangerous, if this is happening please shutdown the computer and unplug it)
  • Smoke or the smell of burning plastic (Dangerous, if this is happening please shutdown the computer and unplug it)
  • The plastic pieces around the area of the DC jack are falling apart
  • Loose or sloppy connection when plugging in the AC adapter
  • DC jack just fell out of the computer (I know, this is the obvious one)

Just some of the models we service:

Dell DC jack repair
Toshiba DC jack repair
Acer DC jack repair
IBM ThinkPad DC jack repair
Lenovo DC jack repair
Sony DC jack repair
HP DC jack repair
Compaq DC jack repair
Gateway DC jack repair
Fujitsu DC jack repair
And many more!

Although we do MAC laptop DC jack repair, this special will not include them. Jacks on the MAC are a bit more expensive. If you would like us to give you a quote, give us a call today!!!

508-443-3402

New England PC and Web

389 West Center St

Suite C

West Bridgewater, MA 02379

Thursday, October 1st, 2009

***EXPIRED***

Due to the overwhelming response to our $99 DC Jack Special last month, we have decided to extend it until the end of July!

New England PC and Web special on laptop power jack repairs for our customers in the Boston, MA area

Massachusetts DC Jack Repair

$99 DC Jack Special (This includes the labor and the brand new DC Jack!)

CALL TODAY!! 508-443-3402

People may also refer to this repair as:

Laptop power jack repair

DC power jack repair

DC jack replacement repair

Super wiggly, not powering on, won’t charge the battery and have to prop the power cord on a book to get it to work repair

WE STOCK 95% of all laptop DC jacks in house, so our turn around time is usually 24-48 hours!

*Please note that there are a small group of laptops that require DC jacks that are on cables. These types of DC Jack repairs are NOT included in this special because the jacks themselves are more expensive. We can tell your right over the phone whether or not your laptop has these special jacks, so give us a call today!! 508-443-3402

Does my laptop need to have it’s DC jack replaced?

Although it is a good idea to bring your laptop down to us for a free diagnosis, there are several symptoms that your laptop will display if you do in fact have a bad jack.

  • The light that indicates charging with turn on and off as you wiggle the AC adapter
  • You have to hold the AC adapter plug in a certain position in order for it to charge
  • You notice that even when the laptop is plugged in with the AC adapter, it is still running on battery
  • The laptop shuts down randomly when the AC adapter is moved or plugged in
  • Excessive temperature from the area of the DC jack (Dangerous, if this is happening please shutdown the computer and unplug it)
  • Smoke or the smell of burning plastic (Dangerous, if this is happening please shutdown the computer and unplug it)
  • The plastic pieces around the area of the DC jack are falling apart
  • Loose or sloppy connection when plugging in the AC adapter
  • DC jack just fell out of the computer (I know, this is the obvious one)

Just some of the models we service:

Dell DC jack repair
Toshiba DC jack repair
Acer DC jack repair
IBM ThinkPad DC jack repair
Lenovo DC jack repair
Sony DC jack repair
HP DC jack repair
Compaq DC jack repair
Gateway DC jack repair
Fujitsu DC jack repair
And many more!

Although we do MAC laptop DC jack repair, this special will not include them. Jacks on the MAC are a bit more expensive. If you would like us to give you a quote, give us a call today!!!

508-443-3402

New England PC and Web

389 West Center St

Suite C

West Bridgewater, MA 02379

Tuesday, May 5th, 2009

New England PC and Web is running a special on laptop power jack repairs for our customers in the Boston, MA area!

Starting May 5, 2009 and ending  May 31, 2009

**EXPIRED**

$99 DC Jack Special (This includes the labor and the brand new DC Jack!)

CALL TODAY!! 508-443-3402

People may also refer to this repair as:

Laptop power jack repair

DC power jack repair

DC jack replacement repair

Super wiggly, not powering on, won’t charge the battery and have to prop the power cord on a book to get it to work repair

WE STOCK 95% of all laptop DC jacks in house, so our turn around time is usually 24-48 hours!

*Please note that there are a small group of laptops that require DC jacks that are on cables. These types of DC Jack repairs are NOT included in this special because the jacks themselves are more expensive. We can tell your right over the phone whether or not your laptop has these special jacks, so give us a call today!! 508-443-3402

Does my laptop need to have it’s DC jack replaced?

Although it is a good idea to bring your laptop down to us for a free diagnosis, there are several symptoms that your laptop will display if you do in fact have a bad jack.

  • The light that indicates charging with turn on and off as you wiggle the AC adapter
  • You have to hold the AC adapter plug in a certain position in order for it to charge
  • You notice that even when the laptop is plugged in with the AC adapter, it is still running on battery
  • The laptop shuts down randomly when the AC adapter is moved or plugged in
  • Excessive temperature from the area of the DC jack (Dangerous, if this is happening please shutdown the computer and unplug it)
  • Smoke or the smell of burning plastic (Dangerous, if this is happening please shutdown the computer and unplug it)
  • The plastic pieces around the area of the DC jack are falling apart
  • Loose or sloppy connection when plugging in the AC adapter
  • DC jack just fell out of the computer (I know, this is the obvious one)

Just some of the models we service:

Dell DC jack repair
Toshiba DC jack repair
Acer DC jack repair
IBM ThinkPad DC jack repair
Lenovo DC jack repair
Sony DC jack repair
HP DC jack repair
Compaq DC jack repair
Gateway DC jack repair
Fujitsu DC jack repair
And many more!

Although we do MAC laptop DC jack repair, this special will not include them. Jacks on the MAC are much more expensive and if you would like us to give you a quote, give us a call today!!!

508-443-3402

New England PC and Web

389 West Center St

Suite C

West Bridgewater, MA 02379

Thursday, March 26th, 2009

New England PC and Web is ready to tackle any of your laptop repair needs!!

We are finally settled in at our new location in West Bridgewater, MA.

Come on down and speak to one of our Wicked Smart Techs about any and all of your laptop needs!

You might ask yourself, what exactly can New England PC and Web do when it comes to laptops? The answer….most anything!!!!

We get laptops shipped to us from all over the country and many more dropped off to us locally from customers in and around the Massachusetts and Rhode Island area.

What we can do for you:

  • Upgrade your MacBook Pro Hard Drive
  • Replace the broken LCD screen your IBM ThinkPad with a factory NEW OEM replacement LCD screen
  • Remove that annoying spyware that has taken over your system
  • Diagnose and replace motherboards on all types of laptops from IBM, Lenovo, Acer, Gateway, MacBook, iBook and so many more!
  • We are one of the only companies in the area that will replace you DC Jack in house! We stock DC Jacks for about 95% of the PC based laptops out there! What we don’t have in stock we get shipped overnight to us! This includes DC jacks and Laptop LCD Screens!

If you are located in or around the Massachusetts area and you are looking for a quality company to take a look at your laptop, give you a free diagnosis and a great prices on repairs, well look no further because you found us!If you are not local and would like to ship it to us , then give us a call today!
Here is just one of our happy customers:

“I can’t thank you two enough for the quick, professional manner in which you

fixed my computer! I was really upset when I broke!I will definitely be

referring business your way, especially people I know here in NY and in the MA

area! Thank you again! You’ve made my month! Heather.”

~Heather B. (New York)

Give us a call today or stop by our office that is located at:

389 West Center St

Suite C

West Bridgewater, MA 02379

Call us at 508-443-3402 and speak to one of our Wicked Smart Techs today!!