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Enable & Disable SMB in Windows

// December 21st, 2015 // No Comments » // Computers, Server

Recently, I found myself troubleshooting an issue with SMB connections from an Android application that connects to a Windows 10 file share via SMB. The issue I was chasing was related to the first major upgrade for Windows 10 that Microsoft has been releasing to customers over the last month. Apparently, unpublished changes in that Windows 10 upgrade are causing file sharing problems in a multitude of situations.

During the course of my troubleshooting I thought it would be useful to “fallback” to exclusively using SMBv1 on Windows 10. While Microsoft has been slowly trying to bury the v1 dialect of SMB, it’s still nice to have around for troubleshooting situations when you suspect an unpublished change to a newer dialect (e.g., v2 or v3).

Without further ado, here is a Microsoft Support article that gives you the commands needed to flip the proverbial switches of SMB in Windows.

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:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMCurrentControlSetServicesWebClientParameters

  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.

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Update (March 22, 2017): This article is very outdated and is being preserved as an example of my writing.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
Yes.

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 dealnews.com.  For the DIYer, an OEM license of WHS is available for about $100 (USD) from newegg.com.

BitTorrent Client for Web Servers

// October 28th, 2007 // No Comments » // Computers, Server

If you have a web site, you have a web server. Since it’s already on 24/7…why not give it something to do on-the-side when it has free time? This is the concept behind TorrentFlux, an open-source BitTorrent client that runs on your LAMP server.

Outsourcing your file-sharing client will free up the computer(s) you actually use from the resource draining task of moving bytes around. It may even encourage you to turn off (or at least put to sleep) your computer(s) when not in use. That will save electricity, money, and even earn you points for environmental consciousness.

It works great and I’m smitten with it. I hope you are too.

Addendum – March 7, 2010: If you’re running a Windows server, there is an even better option. Simply deploy uTorrent and configure the Web UI feature.