Full NTFS access for OS X Yosemite Developer Preview users with Paragon NTFS for Mac

July 2014

Download now: free-of-charge, and no registration is necessary! Using NTFS partitions of any kind with the new OS X has never been easier.
FREIBURG, Germany, July 23, 2014

Paragon Software Group, the technology leader in data security and data management solutions, today announces the release of Paragon NTFS for Mac® OS X Yosemite Preview, a free 60-day trial of NTFS for Mac® OS X Version 12 that will be launched this fall with the release of the new OS X. Paragon NTFS for Mac® OS X Yosemite Preview — which provides full read/write access to NTFS partitions — is available for immediate download, without registration, to all Mac enthusiasts testing Apple’s OS X Yosemite Developer Preview. Users of Paragon NTFS for Mac OS X 11 will get a free upgrade when version 12 is released.

Paragon NTFS for Mac® OS X Yosemite Preview is the first driver solution for fast access to NTFS partitions from the new Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite Developer Preview. Once the program is installed, you can get started right away: conveniently navigate contents and read, edit, copy or create files and folders. The program guarantees advanced support of NTFS file systems and provides fast and transparent read/write access to any NTFS partition under OS X 10.10 Developer Preview. Paragon has been the leader in cross-platform storage software for nearly 20 years, delivering users proven maximum performance, stability and security for cross-platform work between Mac® and Windows®. Key functions: 

  • Only runs with Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite Developer Preview.
  • Ultra-quick read/write access to NTFS files in Mac OS X Yosemite.
  • No limit to file or partition sizes (within NTFS and Mac OS X requirements).
  • Also supports special NTFS functions in Mac OS X Yosemite such as resource forks, hardlinks, symlinks and file permissions (POSIX file attribute).
  • The transfer rate during file operations on NTFS partitions is just as good as it is for operations on native HFS partitions.
  • Unparalleled stability – even during peak system utilization!
  • Simply install it and go to work. No further system adjustments are necessary once it has been installed.

 System requirements

  • OS X Yosemite Developers Preview.
  • Runs on every Yosemite installation.


Paragon NTFS for Mac OS X Yosemite Preview is available for immediate download free of charge at http://www.paragon-software.com/home/ntfs-mac-yosemite-preview/

The commercial release of Paragon NTFS for Mac® OS X Version 12 is scheduled for the fall 2014. Users of NTFS for Mac OS X 11 will get a free upgrade to Paragon NTFS for Mac OS X 12 at that time.

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Paragon Software releases new Paragon HFS+ for Windows 8 – Free Edition

July 2014

Following the Release of Free Paragon NTFS for Mac OS X Snow Leopard, Paragon Software Now Grants Dual Boot Users Instant File Access to Mac® OS X File System on Windows 8/8.1!

FEIBURG, Germany, July 16, 2014 –  Paragon Software Group, the technology leader in data security and data management solutions, today announces the release of new  Paragon HFS+ for Windows® 8/8.1 Free Edition. The tool is based on Paragon’s proprietary cross-platform Universal File System Driver (UFSD) technology and is the industry’s fastest driver for dual boot users.  Paragon HFS+ for Windows® 8/8.1 Free Edition transfers files between Windows 8/8.1 and Mac OS X at a rate higher than native HFS file-system performance, providing full read-write access to HFS+/HFSX partitions on any type of disks (APM, GPT, MBR). Paragon HFS+ for Windows® 8/8.1 Free Edition launch follows the successful release of the free  Paragon NTFS for Mac® OS X Snow Leopard edition earlier this year. In addition, Paragon Software offers a business  bundle that includes 5 licences for Paragon NTFS for Mac OS X and 5 licenses for Paragon HFS+ for Windows at a special discount.
Being the fastest and the most stable HFS+ driver on the market, Paragon’s HFS+ for Windows easily extends the boundaries of Microsoft Windows scalability and interoperability! Once installed, Paragon HFS+ for Windows 8/8.1 Free Edition automatically enables the use of Mac-formatted partitions in Windows systems and applications.

“Paragon Software is proud to be the first software developer to implement a full set of drivers with complete read/write access to partitions of all popular file systems”, commented Konstantin Komarov, CEO of Paragon Software Group. “Paragon’s HFS + for Windows 8/8.1 Free Edition is the highest performing solution in the industry today and we are happy to offer it to all Windows 8 users.”
Features and Benefits:

• Full access to HFS+/HFSX partitions (read and write)
• Unprecedented high HFS performance and stability
• Auto-mounting and management via “Disk Management” console
• Full compatibility with Boot Camp drivers
• Support for journaling
• Unified Installer for 32 and 64 Bit systems
• Files and folder with “.” as the first symbol of file name are shown as hidden
• USB 3.0 ready
• Installation limited to Windows 8 and Windows 8.1

Price & Availability:Paragon HFS+ for Windows 8/8.1 Free Edition is available for non-commercial use only at http://www.paragon-software.com/home/hfs-windows-free/ The commercial version of the same product, Paragon HFS+ for Windows 10, is available to users of earlier Windows versions, including Windows XP (32/64 bit), Vista (32/64), 2003 or 2008 Server (32/64), or Windows 7 (32/64) Windows 8/8.1 (32/64 bit) editions. A special business bundle offer includes 5 licenses for Paragon NTFS for Mac OS X and 5 licenses for Paragon HFS+ for Windows for 89,95$ (199,50$ value, if purchased separately). The Paragon HFS+ for Windows & Paragon NTFS for Mac OS X business bundle is designed for companies with IT environment consisting of Windows and Mac OS X systems. Paragon’s other cross-platform technologies are available to consumers and manufacturers of data storage systems at the Paragon driver portal.

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RAIDON News July 2014


Hyper-V and Networking – Part 4: Link Aggregation and Teaming

by Eric Siron

In part 3, I showed you a diagram of a couple of switches that were connected together using a single port. I mentioned then that I would likely use link aggregation to connect those switches in a production environment. Windows Server introduced the ability to team adapters natively starting with the 2012 version. Hyper-V can…

Original post link: Hyper-V and Networking – Part 4: Link Aggregation and Teaming

The post Hyper-V and Networking – Part 4: Link Aggregation and Teaming appeared first on Hyper-V Hub – Altaro’s Microsoft Hyper-V blog.

Read the full blog post here.

Check out our previous 5 articles:
23 Best Practices to improve Hyper-V and VM Performance
Customizing a Generation 2 VHDX
Hyper-V and Networking – Part 3: IP Routing
Hyper-V and Networking – Part 2: VLANs
Creating a Generation 2 Disk with PowerShell

Paragon Software earns high marks in TopTenReview’s 2014 ranking of Best Server Backup Software

July 2014

Paragon Protect & Restore Backup and Disaster Recovery Solution Wins Top Spot in Professional Support, Receives Highest Possible Ratings Across Four Major Review Categories

Irvine, CA, July 8, 2014 –  Paragon Software Group, a leader in data protection, backup and disaster recovery, today announced its Paragon Protect & Restore (PPR) image-based backup and disaster recovery (BDR) software has earned a 9.83 out of 10 points possible in TopTenReview’s 2014 ranking of  Best Server Backup Software. In addition, PPR tied with a leading global brand to capture the top spot in the professional support category, while also earning the highest possible ratings across three other server backup software categories including recovery and restoration, management tools and resource management.

“These exceptional ratings validate the value proposition that PPR brings to the table in the competitive BDR marketplace. From ease of use and implementation, to effectively protecting data spanning both physical and virtual environments, PPR is earning praise for delivering world-class capabilities to our customers,” says Tom Fedro, president of Paragon Software Group Corp. “Equally important is our top rating in professional support, which can’t be underestimated and is the direct result of our investment in the team of experienced, California-based engineers who staff our support efforts 24/7/365.”

Featuring expert reviews and comparisons on the latest software, web services and more, the TopTenReview website attracts five million visitors each month. PPR was recognized by the popular reviews website for offering a comprehensive agent-based solution for physical machines as well as an agentless solution for virtual machines. The software, optimized for small to midsize business and mid-enterprise markets, is designed to meet the most demanding needs of physical, virtual and hybrid server environments.

Results of an independent customer satisfaction survey – separate from TopTenReview – underscores Paragon’s commitment to excellence in support, with the company earning a 9.8 rating out of 10 total points possible. Survey results, along with customer comments, can be found online at http://paragon-downloads.com/events/testimonials. TopTenReview’s in-depth look at PPG is also available online athttp://server-backup-software-review.toptenreviews.com/paragon-review.html.

For more information on Paragon Software Group, visit www.paragon-downloads.com or follow Paragon on FacebookTwitter andLinkedIn.
Paragon Software is a trademark of Paragon Software Group. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.


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New MailStore Service Provider Edition Available

Email archiving for service providers now even easier and faster

Viersen, Germany, 1 July 2014.  MailStore Software GmbH, the German specialist for email archiving that meets all legal requirements, released the latest version of the MailStore Service Provider Edition (SPE) today, together with MailStore Server 9, the email archiving solution for businesses.

The latest version offers both service providers and end customers many new features and improvements. These allow service providers to offer email archiving as a managed service in an even more efficient way and maximize the added value for their customers.

‘‘The use of cloud services and especially the use of email archiving as a managed service are increasingly gaining acceptance among companies. With the MailStore  Service Provider Edition, we enable providers to expand their service portfolio to their own infrastructure and under their own control. These providers generally work at the regional level and enjoy a relationship of trust with their customers that has been built over years, which is an important factor when dealing with email archiving. We wanted to emphasize how important the business sector is to MailStore with the new version, which we are releasing a few months after the market aunch of MailStore SPE in February,’’ explains Tim Berger, founder and CEO of MailStore.

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Storage and Hyper-V Part 1: Fundamentals

When it comes to Hyper-V, storage is a massive topic. There are enough possible ways to configure storage that it could almost get its own book, and even then something would likely get forgotten. This post is the first of a multi-part series that will try to talk about just about everything about storage. I won’t promise that it won’t miss something, but the intent is to make it all-inclusive.

The Beginning

This series was actually inspired by MVP Alessandro Cardoso, whom you can catch up with on his blog over at CloudTidings.com. He was advising me on another project in which I was spending a lot of time and effort on the very basics of storage. Realistically, it was too in-depth for that project. His advice was simply to move it here. Who am I to argue with an MVP?

This first entry won’t deal with anything that is directly related to Hyper-V. It will introduce you to some very nuts and bolts aspects of storage. For many of you, a lot of this material is going to be pretty remedial. Later entries in this series will build upon the contents of this post as though everyone is perfectly familiar with them.


In the morass of storage options, one thing remains constant: you need drives. You might have a bunch of drives in a RAID array. You might stick a bunch of drives in a JBOD enclosure. You might rely on disks inside your host. Whatever you do, it will need drives. These are the major must-haves of any storage system, so it is with drives that we will kick off our discussion.

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Networking and Hyper-V – Part I: Mapping the OSI Model

After storage, Hyper-V’s next most confusing subject is networking. There are a dizzying array of choices and possibilities. To make matters worse, many administrators don’t actually understand that much about the fundamentals because, up until now, they’ve never really had to.

Why It Matters

In the Windows NT 4.0 days, the Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer exam track required passage of “Networking Essentials” and the electives included a TCP/IP exam. Neither of these exams had a corollary in the Windows 2000 track and, although I haven’t kept up much with the world of certification since the Windows 2003 series, I’m fairly certain that networking has largely disappeared from Microsoft certifications. That’s both a blessing and a curse. Basic networking isn’t overly difficult and a working knowledge can be absorbed through simple hands-on experience. More advanced, and sometimes even intermediate skills, can be involved and require a fair level of dedication.

If all you really need to do is plug a Windows Server into an existing network and get it going, then a lot of that is probably excess detail that you can leave to someone else. There are certification, expertise, and career tracks available just for networking, and the network engineers and administrators that earn them deserve to have their own world separate from system engineering and administration. Learning all of that is burdensome for systems administrators and is unlikely to pay dividends, especially with the risk of skill rot. The downside is that it’s no longer good enough to know how to set up a vendor team and slam in some basic IP information. Too many systems people have ignored the networking stacks in favor of their servers and applications and are now playing catch-up as integrated teaming, datacenter bridging, software-defined networking, and other technologies escape the confines of netops and intrude into the formerly tidy world of sysops.

The first post of this series will (re)introduce you to the fundamentals of networking that you will build the rest of your Hyper-V networking understanding upon.

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Chelsio Newsletter, July 2014

New Products
The recognized leaders in 10Gb and 40Gb Ethernet performance and network convergence, Chelsio’s T5-based adapters offer unprecented throughput and efficiency for cloud, storage and compute applications. In addition to a unique combination of TCP/UDP/IP sockets, iSCSI, FCoE and RDMA offload, they also address key verticals that have traditionally required specialized hardware.

In this context, Chelsio recently released netmap support into FreeBSD, offering what is deemed to be “disruptive performance” by experts in the field. Chelsio also released benchmark results for its NVGRE Offload solution for cloud virtualization, showing performance far superior to competing offerings.

Today, Chelsio’s adapters are the highest performing, most feature rich, but also most cost effective adapters, with the T520-SO-CR and T580-SO-CR leading in the 10GbE and 40GbE segments respectively. With T5, it is now possible to address all networking, clustering and storage needs using a single architecture, with one firmware image, one software suite, and a single qualification effort, resulting in tremendous cost savings.

Good News and Bad News
Good news for everyone considering deploying a high speed network infrastructure: 40GbE defies historic trends by reaching mass appeal levels shortly after its introduction, as street prices of 40GbE adapter and switch ports drop to new levels. Furthermore, with 100GbE already shipping and 400GbE on the horizon, Ethernet is now leading in performance, not simply on price curve. Driven by Big Data, the Ethernet economies of scale train is on track and switching into high gear.

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