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Forum: Home Theater Computers   09-16-2014, 03:50 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 697
Posted By kesawi
I'm impressed that you've been able to fit...

I'm impressed that you've been able to fit everything inside the case. It all looks so neat and the colour scheme works well. The front of the case looks quite busy with all of the LCDs and panels,...
Forum: Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming   09-14-2014, 08:40 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 807
Posted By kesawi
I use Makemkv to rip to MKV rather than ISO...

I use Makemkv to rip to MKV rather than ISO files. I don't care for menus, extras, multiple languages, etc as they take up extra space (which does start to add up once you get a few files), and delay...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   09-14-2014, 08:14 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 272
Posted By kesawi
Have to agree with you there, but when you do get...

Have to agree with you there, but when you do get it right the meal is one of the best you've ever had :)

Being in Australia, where we use the DVB-T signal, Argus TV natively pulls the EPG data...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   09-14-2014, 08:00 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 2,120
Posted By kesawi
I disagree, it may become the norm for the...

I disagree, it may become the norm for the extreme/enthusiast end of the market, but they are generally a long way from the mean and even further from the median. Using my workplace as a sample and...
Forum: HTPC Gaming   09-01-2014, 07:34 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 525
Posted By kesawi
There are also a range of console style...

There are also a range of console style controllers available for the PC which makes it easier to play some games rather than trying to use a keyboard and mouse. I have a pair of Logitech F710...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   08-20-2014, 06:08 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,719
Posted By kesawi
Good to know. Think I'll stick with Hyper-V for...

Good to know. Think I'll stick with Hyper-V for now though as I pretty much have everything working almost the way I want it and don't really want to upset things.
Forum: Home Theater Computers   08-19-2014, 10:14 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,719
Posted By kesawi
My first preference was to use ESXi 5.5 for my...

My first preference was to use ESXi 5.5 for my hypervisor but I decided against it as vCentre is not free and my understanding is VC is required to manage vSphere. I also have plenty of Windows...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   08-19-2014, 05:10 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,719
Posted By kesawi
While uPNP isn't the best it does take the hassle...

While uPNP isn't the best it does take the hassle out of manually configuring port forwards. Yes malware can start punching and opening up holes in your firewall from the inside with an infected PC...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   08-19-2014, 04:58 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,015
Posted By kesawi
Argus TV is another option. Has an absolutely...

Argus TV is another option. Has an absolutely awesome scheduler. Isn't as well documented as some of the others. It can control the MediaPortal TV server if you don't want to use the Argus recorder.
Forum: Home Theater Computers   08-18-2014, 05:48 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 730
Posted By kesawi
I agree that's the benefit with Server 2012 R2...

I agree that's the benefit with Server 2012 R2 Essentials, it provides the opportunity to use some of the more advanced features or stick with the basics. If the OP can get a free licence through...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   08-13-2014, 02:16 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 730
Posted By kesawi
I used Windows 7 and Windows Server 2012 R2 in...

I used Windows 7 and Windows Server 2012 R2 in server roles. I obtained my copy of Server 2012 R2 through the Dreamspark program.

With two laptops, a PC and a HTPC I find the active directory...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   08-11-2014, 03:34 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,719
Posted By kesawi
After doing a bit of research I'm considering...

After doing a bit of research I'm considering shifting to pfsense. From what I can find, Sophos UTM doesn't allow uPNP for the firewall and has issues connecting through a VPN server. The issue with...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   08-10-2014, 06:50 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,719
Posted By kesawi
As I'm not real familiar with linux could you...

As I'm not real familiar with linux could you elaborate on how CIFS may help? My understanding is that the issues with NLA not detecting the network as a domain is due to it not being able to contact...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   08-10-2014, 06:21 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 575
Posted By kesawi
I'm running a central Windows Server 2012 R2...

I'm running a central Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V host (my setup (http://www.avsforum.com/forum/26-home-theater-computers/1604705-rackmount-home-server-vm-lab-build.html)) with separate baremetal...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   08-09-2014, 03:39 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,719
Posted By kesawi
Thanks for the suggestion. I did try that...

Thanks for the suggestion. I did try that previously without any success. It didn't seem to correct the problem with the NIC type being set to domain, and delaying the start of the NLA service caused...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   08-08-2014, 07:42 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,719
Posted By kesawi
That was the first thing I tried. Unfortunately...

That was the first thing I tried. Unfortunately I've found that NLA needs to be reset to detect the change. I'd like to find a solution which avoids resetting the NIC as I fear that it will interrupt...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   08-07-2014, 06:17 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,719
Posted By kesawi
Thanks for the tip. I've already implemented that...

Thanks for the tip. I've already implemented that particular policy so the interface type of the internal NIC is set to private, however I really need the type to be set to domain which you can't do...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   08-07-2014, 03:40 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,719
Posted By kesawi
I've installed it more to have a play around with...

I've installed it more to have a play around with it and see what it does. It is quite clunky and laking what I would consider to be quite a few obvious features and settings. Primarily I want to...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   08-05-2014, 07:25 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,719
Posted By kesawi
Managed to get my Argus TV VM up and running. I...

Managed to get my Argus TV VM up and running. I had to install the Recorder component on the host Server 2012 OS as Argus needs direct access to the physical hardware, and installed the scheduler...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   08-04-2014, 12:12 AM
Replies: 334
Views: 6,796
Posted By kesawi
The biggest lesson I've learnt is keep it simple,...

The biggest lesson I've learnt is keep it simple, adding complexity only makes things harder to fix. It’s easier when the wife calls me at work with a problem to tell her just to reboot this machine...
Forum: HTPC Gaming   07-29-2014, 08:14 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 327
Posted By kesawi
Have a look through a number of the threads at...

Have a look through a number of the threads at http://www.overclock.net/t/226970/updated-water-cooling-essential-threads/0_50.
Forum: Home Theater Computers   07-22-2014, 04:09 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,719
Posted By kesawi
I am considering buying a Celeron NUC to run the...

I am considering buying a Celeron NUC to run the DC, but am also trying to avoid spending more. At the moment I have a script set to run 2 minutes after booting with restarts the NIC and network...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   07-21-2014, 04:52 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,719
Posted By kesawi
Thanks for your comment. I'm probably 2-3 weeks...

Thanks for your comment. I'm probably 2-3 weeks away from getting Sophos up and running. It's been very slow progress for me as I've been learning and troubleshooting as I've setup all of the VMs and...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   07-20-2014, 07:49 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,719
Posted By kesawi
Assembled server shown below without the hard...

Assembled server shown below without the hard drives. The only issue I have with it is the big bundle of spare cables from the PSU restricting airflow, although there is nothing I can do about it as...
Forum: Home Theater Computers   07-15-2014, 04:22 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,719
Posted By kesawi
Rackmount Home Server & VM Lab Build

Thought I'd share my recent home server build. My aim was to migrate storage, download services (torrent, sabnzbd, sickbeard, etc), TV Server, Plex and other server duties from my current HTPC to my...
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