Posts Tagged ‘Server’

How-to: Remove the Windows WebDAV 50MB File Size Limit

// November 15th, 2010 // No Comments » // Computers, Server, Windows

Windows limits the file size for WebDAV shares to 50MB per file. Weak. Read on and get strong…

You may have encountered an error message that says, “Error 0x800700DF: The file size exceeds the limit allowed and cannot be saved.” Make this change on your computer, reboot, and you’re good for 4GB per file.

Modify or create the following registry key:


  1. Right-click on the FileSizeLimitInBytes and click Modify
  2. Click on Decimal
  3. In the Value data: box, type 4294967295, and then click OK.
  4. Exit the registry editor and reboot your computer

Students: Microsoft will give you the farm for free. Really.

// September 3rd, 2010 // No Comments » // Computers, Server, Windows

This isn’t exactly news, but is still fairly recent, and under-marketed enough to deserve a mention. The folks in Redmond call it DreamSpark, and it’s a pretty sweet deal for high school and college students. They’ll let you use many of their high dollar enterprise products (e.g. Windows Server 2008 R2, SQL 2008, etc.) for free.

Click here to check out Microsoft DreamSpark…

Is Windows Home Server any good?

// February 14th, 2010 // No Comments » // Computers, Server, Windows

Update (March 22, 2017): This article is very outdated and is being preserved as an example of my writing. I do not recommend using the software or hardware referenced in the article as it has been discontinued.

Simple answer

Why? Windows Home Server (WHS) has a pretty strong value proposition.  Over the past holiday season (December 2009), HP MediaSmart Servers were available for $199 (USD).  That’s a complete computer system to store your files, and do some amazing things…

  • Remote computer and file access
  • Automatic backup of computers on your network
  • Third-party add-ons (free) to enable web serving capabilities, BitTorrent client, and more
  • Place to run MagicJack without being bothered
  • …only limited by your imagination

How? If you want more performance than a nettop-style HP MediaSmart server, you can do that too.
My own WHS is made of spare parts leftover from upgrades to other computers, but still far outclasses the HP MediaSmart servers.

If you go the DIY route, target your hardware to the Windows Server 2003 (32-bit) platform. SBS 2003 (Small Business Server) is at the core of WHS.  I gather this is just for the limitations of SBS, as you won’t find Exchange 2003 hiding anywhere.

Where? If you want an HP MediaSmart server, I’d keep an eye on  For the DIYer, an OEM license of WHS is available for about $100 (USD) from