We are pleased to announce Windows Home Server Power Pack 2. Power Pack 2 fixes known issues and adds new features to improve the Windows Home Server experience. Enhancements include: Improvements to remote access configuration, enhanced functionality for computers running Windows Media Center, and content streaming support for Windows Media Center Extenders. Power Pack 2 adds Italian language support on new home servers.
Power Pack 2 will be made available via Windows Update. Users need to have Windows Home Server with Power Pack 1 already installed on their home server. Power Pack 2 will automatically install as part of Windows Update if Automatic Updates is enabled on the home server. (How to turn on automatic updates.) The English version release date is March 24th. Chinese, French, German, Japanese and Spanish is currently scheduled to be available before the end of April.
Overview of enhancements:
· The Remote Access Settings page is redesigned to make it easier to use.
· A Web-hosted diagnostic service is used to more accurately test if remote connectivity is available from outside the home network.
· New and improved initial configuration and repair wizards, as well as better troubleshooting guidance for common home networking issues that can prevent Remote Access from working properly.
Windows Home Server Console - Remote access settings
Windows Home Server Console – Configuring remote access
Windows Home Server Console – Troubleshooting guidance
When the Windows Home Server Connector software is installed or updated on a Windows Media Center computer, the next time a user starts Windows Media Center they will be prompted to install the Windows Media Center Connector.
· Windows Media Center computers will automatically have access to content stored in shared folders on the home server. Music, Photos, Videos, and Recorded TV folders are enabled by default.
· Windows Media Center Extenders can access and stream multimedia content stored on the home server. Access permission can be granted on an individual folder basis.
· Windows Home Server now supports streaming MP4 files, a popular format for high quality multimedia, to Xbox 360 and other devices that support the MP4 format. Metadata such as title, artist, composer, album, and genre now appears in the music or video library.
Windows Media Center – Windows Media Center Connector installation reminder
Windows Media Center Connector – Installation wizard
Windows Home Server Console – Configuring Windows Media Center Extender access
Windows Media Center – Videos folder on Windows Home Server
For additional information, please read the Power Pack 2 Release Documentation.
It is very rewarding for our team to deliver another update for Windows Home Server. We continue to hear fantastic feedback from our customers about how Windows Home Server is helping them protect and organize their digital media, access it away from home, and share it with friends and family. Thank you to our beta testers and partners for helping us ship Power Pack 2, and to the Windows Home Server community as a whole, for its ongoing support and enthusiasm.
The Windows Home Server Team
The team is pleased to announce that Windows Home Server Power Pack 1 has been released to manufacturing (RTM) and is now available on the Microsoft Download Center!
The English version is available now and German, Spanish and French versions will be available on the Download Center soon. Windows Home Server customers who don’t download it on their own will receive Power Pack 1 via Windows Update in August, and the new Chinese and Japanese versions will RTM in August, too.
As many know, Power Pack 1 provides a range of new enhancements, including support for home computers running Windows Vista x64 editions, backup of home server Shared Folders, improvements to remote access, more efficient power consumption and better performance. And, of course, it delivers a fix for the data corruption bug. Documentation for Power Pack 1 (Build #1800, to those who have been part of the beta testing) is available here.
Our OEM partners will be updating their systems with Power Pack 1 and HP will release a software update for the HP MediaSmart Server, delivering enhanced media streaming capabilities from PacketVideo, server-side anti-virus from McAfee and compatibility with 64-bit home PCs.
Windows Home Server can now be purchased in 50 countries worldwide and a growing ecosystem of third-party software developers has released approximately 60 Add-in programs extending Windows Home Server’s capabilities. To help fuel this development we have updated the Windows Home Server software development kit for Power Pack 1, including new support for the client PC side, i.e. notifications to/from home computers.
We continue to hear fantastic feedback from our customers about how Home Server is helping them protect and organize their digital media, access it away from home, and share it with friends and family. Thank you to our beta testers and partners for helping us ship Power Pack 1, and to the Home Server community as a whole, for its ongoing support and enthusiasm.
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