One of the developers on the Windows Home Server team, Gautam, was goofing around on a Mac during his off hours and put together this awesome set of instructions and screenshots for running the Windows Home Server Console on a Mac.
This article describes how to configure your Mac to be able to get the Home Server Console on it. You will need to Download and Install Remote Desktop Connection Client for Mac.
If you already have it installed, you can skip to Configure it to Connect to your Windows Home Server Console
Download and Install Remote Desktop Connection Client for Mac
1. On your Mac, go to the Remote Desktop Connection Client for Mac website [microsoft.com].
2. Click on Download Remote Desktop Connection Client 2.
3. On the bottom right side of the page, in the Details section, scroll all the way down.
4. Click on your preferred language to start the download.
5. Once the file downloads, the Remote Desktop Connection Wizard should open up. Step through the wizard.
6. Eject the Remote Desktop Connection by right clicking on the icon on your desktop.
7. Great! Now you are ready to configure the Remote Desktop Connection Client to connect to your Home Server.
Configure the Remote Desktop Connection Client 2 for Mac to connect to the Windows Home Server Console
1. Open Finder. Click Applications in left menu. Click Remote Desktop Connection.
2. Type in the name of your Home Server.
3. In the File menu, click on Save As. Save your file. It’s easiest to save it on the Desktop.
4. Go back to the File menu and click on Edit Connection. Select the file you saved in the last step.
5. In the Login tab type –
a. User name: Administrator
b. Password: Your home server password.
c. Domain: Name of your home server.
6. In the Display tab, change the Colors to Millions.
7. In the Applications tab, make sure Start only the following Windows-based application when you log in to the remote computer is checked and type the following for Application path and file name: C:\Program Files\Windows Home Server\HomeServerConsole.exe /b
8. In the Security tab, select Always connect, even if authentication fails.
9. In the File menu, click on Save.
10. Now, right click on your recently saved file, click Open With, click Other…, scroll down and select TextEdit. Click on Open.
11. Change the number below DesktopHeight to 675 and number below DesktopWidth to 992.
12. Save the file and close it.
13. Now, click on the file you just saved to connect to the home server!
14. If you are unable to connect try connecting using your IP address of the home server. To find your home server’s IP address, log on to the console from another computer. Go to Settings, Remote Access, Router Details
Open the file like in the above step and change the connection string to the IP address. For most of you it should be something like 192.XXX.X.XXX
The Windows Home Server team is excited to have 2 new MVPs added to our MVP family. Please join me in welcoming our latest additions:
I look forward to their continued contributions to the Windows Home Server Community.
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