Useful iPad apps

Sure, I’m a Microsoft MVP, but even MVPs have to trudge across the other side of the technology field once in a while. Recently someone from our local Tampa Bay SBS user group asked which business related apps people were using on their iPad. In no particular order, some of the answers I received included:

The first five are remote access tools. What’s on YOUR iPad?

WHS and Failing Disks

Customer calls complaining about a clicking noise on his HP Data Vault X510 WHS server. I’m guessing it’s either a bad disk or the fan. I bring the server back to the shop … and sure enough, it’s one of the disks that’s making the noise. But, how do I determine which disk???

A quick search of the Internet and the WHS Home Servert SMART add-in comes to the rescue! I installed the latest version ( and voila! it quickly identified the disk in question. This will be an add-in I will be installing on all my WHS servers!

WHS Console won’t run

I was working on a custom built Windows Home Server (not an HP or Acer) from a customer site that was not letting me log in or access it remotely. Once I got it set up on my workbench, I powered it up and logged in. When I went to start up the WHS console, the console displayed for the briefest of moments, and then it closed down. Checking the event log, I found an Event ID 5000 .Net Runtime 2.0 error. My first attempt tosearch for a solution indicated that a specific file might be missing. However, the file was on this server.

I then found this post that suggested the error might be caused by the date/time clock being off. Sure enough, the clock on the WHS box was set to Pacific TZ. I reset the timezone, reset the time, and voila, the WHS console started right up!