Showing posts with label WindowsHomeServer. Show all posts
Showing posts with label WindowsHomeServer. Show all posts

Thursday, October 31, 2013

WindowSMART (The HD/SSD health monitoring, reporting and alerting tools) goes open, yes, open source...

WindowSMART

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WindowSMART 2013 and Home Server SMART 2013 are powerful hard disk and solid state disk (SSD) health monitoring, reporting and alerting tools for Windows. WindowSMART 2013 is a standalone application, available in both x86 (32-bit) and x64 (64-bit) versions. Home Server SMART 2013 is a Dashboard add-in for specialized versions of Windows.

WindowSMART 2013 was originally developed as a Shareware application. On October 28, 2013, its developer Matthew Sawyer, owner of Dojo North Software, LLC, decided to turn WindowSMART and Home Server SMART over to the open source community. I work full-time for HP as a Microsoft SharePoint consultant, and the demands of running a side business conflicted with my family. With two young children, I want to be a better dad and thus decided I shouldn't be consuming all my free time working on a side business when I could be spending it with my family.

WindowSMART 2013 - Supported Platforms

  • Windows XP SP-3 and later
  • Windows XP 64-bit edition SP-2 and later
  • Windows Vista
  • Windows 7
  • Windows 8
  • Windows 8.1
  • Windows Server 2003 SP-2 and later
  • Windows Server 2008
  • Windows Server 2008 R2
  • Windows Server 2012
  • Windows Server 2012 R2

Home Server SMART 2013 - Supported Systems
  • Windows Home Server 2011
  • Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials
  • Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials
  • Windows Server 2012 Essentials
  • Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials

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From Shareware to Open Source
In January 2010 I created Home Server SMART as an add-in for Windows Home Server ("v1"), which later became known as Home Server SMART Classic. In June 2012 I released WindowSMART as a Shareware application to help supplement my family's income.

To make a very long story short, WindowSMART has grown to a point where it's a full-time job. I already have a full-time job with HP, a family and in early 2013 I started exercising again to combat obesity. I'm not Superman; there are only 24 hours in a day but I needed about 30 hours a day to take all of this on.

And so I decided the best future for WindowSMART 2013, Home Server SMART 2013 and Home Server SMART Classic lies with the open source community. I think I made a very good product--I'd love to see the open source community make it a great product.

Product Key
Because WindowSMART 2013 was initially released as a Shareware product, it still requires a product key even though it is now open source. I've generated a product key and attached it here. I will soon make a license key generator available on my website which you can use if you'd like a personalized key. There is no charge for the key. Donations, of course, are always welcome. :)

Brave step Matthew! Thanks for taking the time to OSS this and not let it just fade away into the dark...

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

"Windows Server Essentials Media Pack" (DNLA Stream, HTML5 and Dashboard Media stuff)

Microsoft Downloads - Windows Server Essentials Media Pack

This pack enables the media streaming functionality for Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials and the Windows Server Essentials Experience server role in Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard and Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter. By downloading and installing this pack, you will be able to restore the media streaming functionality.

Version: 1.0

Date Published: 10/21/2013

wsemp.exe, 16.9 MB

This pack will enable the following functionality on for Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials and the Windows Server Essentials Experience server role in Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard & and Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter:

  • Streaming of media (photos, music and videos) to DLNA-compliant receivers
  • Smooth streaming to HTML5 HTML5-compliant browsers through by using Remote Web Access and to web service applications
  • UI elements associated with the configuration of media streaming in the Windows Server Essentials Dashboard

I've been wanting to host an Windows Home Server/Windows Server Essentials box in the house for the longest time... And yet, have never found the want too. That said, when/if I do, I'll want to add this to it...

 

Related Past Post XRef:
The next SBS, WSE, beta is now available. Windows Server 2012 Essentials Beta (and SDK) is now available
“Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials” Think “Windows Home Server Meets the Home Office/Small Business”

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

Serving up essential development information on "Web Services and Extensibility for Windows Server 2012 Essentials"

The Windows Server Essentials and Small Business Server Blog - Web Services and Extensibility for Windows Server 2012 Essentials

Hi, I’m Mike Chen, program manager for the Windows Server Essentials team, and today I would like to share with you the extensibility story for Windows Server 2012 Essentials.

I’ll start with an overview of the extensibility points across Dashboard, Launchpad, Remote Web Access, and Health Monitoring. As you know, Windows Server 2012 Essentials is a hybrid solution that connects your on-premises environment to the cloud service. We will use cloud service integration scenarios when we talk about the extensibility points; these extensibility points can also be used by non-service-integration add-ins.

Let’s take a look at the Windows Azure Online Backup add-in (for more information, see the blog post Windows Azure Online Backup and Windows Server 2012 Essentials).

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In the preceding screenshot, add-ins can be used in the Dashboard in four places:

  1. Top-level tab. Usually, as a standalone feature, most add-ins will have a separate tab. We recommend that you use all capital letters for the names of your tabs to be consistent with other built-in tabs. A top-level tab will own its standalone content space in the content area.
  2. Sub-tabs. To logically separate your features, you can have multiple sub-tabs under your top-level tab. If you own a separate top-level tab, you will naturally group sub-tabs together. If your add-in doesn’t create a top-level tab (for example, your add-in provides additional manageability for storage), you can add a sub-tab to the tab in question instead.
  3. Main panel. Different add-ins typically have different requests. While you can build your main panel from a blank panel, you can also leverage the list view in the SDK if you’re managing a list of objects, such as users or folders.
  4. Task panel. When you manage a list of items or a service, you usually need per item tasks and global tasks. When you leverage the list view, the Dashboard allows you to register per item tasks where you can perform tasks on a single item, such as removing a folder. It also allows you to perform global tasks, which apply to the entire add-in functions, such as registering your service.

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Client-side integration is also interesting when you write an add-in to integrate with online services.

  • Launchpad. Most of the service integration, such as Office 365 Integration, provides value to end users where they need to have shortcuts to the new functionality they get from add-ins. In this case, you can extend the Launchpad by adding an additional shortcut.
  • Remote Web Access. Remote Web Access allows you to provide links on the Homepage, as well as provide your own page.
  • Health Integration. If the online service has dependencies on the client, such as agents running on the client or settings on the client, you can implement health monitoring rules on the client so that the monitoring results can be rolled up to the admin view. (Note that health integration is able to monitor the server as well.)

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Web service platform

Anywhere Access is important for home and business environments today

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I never jumped onto the Windows Home Server wagon, though I had wanted to and thought about it a good bit. If there had been a v3 I would have. In hindsight, I guess I'm glad I missed it... That said, I'm still interested in Windows Server 2012 Essentials and how it might be that WHS "v3". I'm kind of waiting on if it gets picked up by some top tier OEMS though...

Anyway, anytime there's officially supported extensibility and API's, that makes it that much more attractive to me. I doubt I would ever actually extend it, but that fact that I could, well, that's cool.. :)

Friday, July 15, 2011

Windows Server Solutions Phone Connector RTW's (aka Windows Phone 7 Connector for WHS/SBSE)

Winrumors - Windows Phone 7 connector for Windows Home Server 2011 released

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Microsoft announced the final RTM release of its Windows Server Solutions Phone Connector on Friday.

The connector, for Windows Phone 7 devices, allows Windows Home Server 2011 owners to integrate their phones with their server. The add-in will enable Remote Server Management tasks and relay Media Streams for WHS 2011.

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The Windows Phone 7 app also includes Live Tile support. If you pin the app to the home screen you’ll be able to see stats on network health alerts, percentage of storage and the server name without having to open up the application. The Windows Phone app requires the server add-in to be installed on Windows Home Server 2011 which you can download from http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=214671. The Windows Phone 7 Application is available through the Zune Market place on your phone or via your PC. Search for My Home Server to find the application."

Microsoft Downloads - Windows Server Solutions Phone Connector Add-in

"The Windows Server® Solutions Phone Connector add-in enables you to connect to your home, business, or storage server by using your Windows Phone 7 phone.

Quick details

Version: 1.1
Date Published: 7/12/2011

Language: English

WSS_PhoneConnector.wssx 477 KB

The Windows Server® Solutions Phone Connector add-in enables you to connect to your home, business, or storage server by using your Windows Phone 7 phone. This installation package provides the Windows Server Solutions Phone Connector server component for integration of Windows Phone 7 into Windows Home Server 2011, Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials, and Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials. The Windows Server Solutions Phone Connector add-in is a standard add-in package (*.wssx). After completing the integration of your Windows Phone 7 phone into a Windows Server Solutions server, you can use your phone to perform remote server management tasks such as view alerts, manage users, and start and stop backups. In addition, with appropriate permissions, you can use your phone to view or access media files that are stored on the server.

Supported Operating Systems: Windows Home Server 2011, Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials, Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials

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Now all we need are a good selection of hardware with these servers... :|

 

Related Past Post XRef:
RC’s of Windows Phone 7 Connectors for SBS 2011 Essentials and/or Windows Home Server 2011 now available…

Friday, June 24, 2011

WSSX 4 U... Visual Studio Project Template for creating *.wssx packages (Think "Windows Home Server 2011/SBS 2011 Essentials/Storage Server 2011 Add-in Packages")

Visual Studio Gallery - Windows Server Solutions Add-In Package

"Windows Server Solutions Add-In Package Project (*.wssx) for Visual Studio 2010

Adds support to Visual Studio 2010 for *.wssx cabinet files required to distribute Windows Server Solutions SDK Add-Ins for Windows Home Server 2011, Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials, and Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials.

  • Complete Visual Studio 2010 project type that fully automates creating *.wssx files
  • Full makecab automation
  • Full MSBuild support and integration points
  • Automatic packaging of project reference outputs and content items
  • Post-package signing support
  • Includes templates for required Add-In metadata files

Getting Started

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Haven't seen much on extending WHS/SBSE 2011 nor creating wssx files and so thought this interesting...

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

RC’s of Windows Phone 7 Connectors for SBS 2011 Essentials and/or Windows Home Server 2011 now available…

Windows Home Server Blog - Announcing the RC of the Windows Home Sever 2011 Windows Phone 7 Connector

“Today we are pleased to announce the Release Candidate of the Windows Server Solutions Phone Connector for Windows Home Server 2011 (aka Integrating Windows Phone 7 with your WHS 2011 Server). The purpose of this Add-in is to enable Remote Server Management tasks and relay Media Streams for WHS 2011 including:

Alerts

Users

Devices

Media

The Media panorama lets you discover and view streams of media elements that you stored on your server in the appropriate shared folders (such as Music, Video and Picture shares).

Live Tile Support

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The Official SBS Blog - Announcing the RC of the SBS 2011 Essentials Windows Phone 7 Connector

“Today I am pleased to announce the Release Candidate of the Windows Server Solutions Phone Connector for Small Business Server 2011 Essentials (aka Integrating Windows Phone 7 with your SBS 2011 Essentials Server)

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The purpose of this Add-in is to enable Remote Server Management tasks for SBS 2011 Essentials including

Alerts

Users

Devices

Live Tile Support

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So today we see one of the major benefits of having SBS 2011 Essentials and Windows Home Server 2011 on the same foundation, with the simultaneous release of Windows Phone 7 Connectors for both, both looking nearly the same, yet with each having different features based on what its connecting too, i.e. TheWindows Server Solutions Phone Connector for Windows Home Server 2011” (that’s a mouth full) has the Media Hub stuff…

Friday, September 05, 2008

Store your Media Center TV recordings on your Windows Home Server via the TV Manager v1.0 add-in

Brent's Blog - TV Manager 1.0

“It is finally here, TV Manager 1.0! TV Manager is a Windows Home Server add-in that lets you move your recordings to your Windows Home Server for management and storage.

The biggest feature of TV Manager is the ability to watch your recordings in Media Center as if they were sitting in your Media Center record path.

You can delete recordings from the Windows Home Server Console or using Media Center. You can also play the recordings on non-Media Center PCs using the Windows Home Server Console or Windows Explorer.

TV Manager is free of charge and the client works with Windows XP Media Center 2005 and Vista Media Center. The TV Manager add-in works with or without Windows Home Server Power Pack 1.

Client Requirements:

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Okay, I have neither a Home Server or Media Center (besides the Vista on my notebook, which I’m not counting), but I want both (I really miss my Media Center…), so am noting this for future reference.

This seems to make perfect sense, hooking the two together. Let Media Center do what it does best, and leave the storage to the Home Server. And if the Media Center takes a dive, you can still access and view the previously recorded shows… Nice.

 

(via The Road to Know Where - Free "TV Manager" for Microsoft's Windows Home Server)

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Windows Search 4.0 Released – Faster, better and happier enterprise player…

LiveSide - News blog - Windows Search 4.0 released

“Having released a public beta of Windows Search 4.0 back at the end of March, a final version has now been released today (thanks Brandon!). As we’ve talked about previously, this update for Windows (XP, Vista, Server and WHS) upgrades the search technologies built in to the operating system. Specifically the new features include:

As we mentioned at the launch of the beta, while this is an update aimed at the enterprise market, there are still some significant benefits here for the home user. Notably much faster indexing with reduced resource usage, along with shorter loading times for search results.

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Description of Windows Search 4.0 and the Multilingual User Interface Pack for Windows Search 4.0

Windows Search 4.0 includes the following improvements:

  • Support for indexing encrypted documents of local file systems
  • Reduced affect on Microsoft Exchange when you index e-mail in online mode, and there is no local cache (.ost)
  • Support for indexing online delegate mailboxes
  • Support for client-to-client remote query to shared indexed locations
  • Improved indexing performance
  • Faster previewer updates for Windows XP
  • Per-user Group Policy settings
  • Windows software updates for Watson errors

Support for the following new enterprise Group Policy objects:

Computer policies

  • Prevent adding Universal Naming Convention (UNC) locations to index from Control Panel
  • Prevent customizing indexed locations in Control Panel
  • Prevent automatically adding shared folders to the index
  • Allow for indexing of encrypted files
  • Disable indexer back-off
  • Prevent clients from querying the index remotely
  • Allow for indexing of online delegate mailboxes
  • Prevent adding user
  • Specified locations to the All Locations menu
  • Enable throttling for online mail indexing

Per-user policies

  • Prevent adding UNC locations to the index from Control Panel
  • Prevent customizing indexed locations in Control Panel
  • Prevent indexing certain paths
  • Default indexed paths
  • Default excluded paths

Windows Search 4.0 packages include the following:

The Group Policy template (Search.adm or Search.admx /l) for managing Group Policy objects that span multiple versions of Windows Desktop Search and Windows Search

The Add-in for Files on Microsoft Networks for Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 packages
This add-in is described in the following Microsoft Knowledge Base article:

918996 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/918996/) Availability of the Windows Desktop Search add-in for Files on Microsoft Networks

This add-in lets Windows Search index redirected "My Documents" folders. This add-in also lets Windows Search index shared items on remote networks. By default, this add-in is included for supported 32-bit operating systems.

Windows Search 4.0 supports the following operating systems:

  • 32-bit versions of Windows Vista with Service Pack 1 (SP1)
  • 64-bit versions of Windows Vista with SP1
  • 32-bit versions of Windows XP with Service Pack 2 (SP2) or a later version
  • 64-bit versions of Windows XP with Service Pack 2 (SP2) or a later version
  • 32-bit versions of Windows Server 2003 with SP2
  • 64-bit versions of Windows Server 2003 with SP2
  • Windows Server 2008
  • Windows Home Server

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I like better and faster…

Sunday, August 12, 2007

"Outlook Webmail Add-in for Windows Home Server"

Coding4Fun - Outlook Webmail Add-in for Windows Home Server

"Windows Home Server is a new product from Microsoft which allows home users to manage and share data, including photos, documents, videos, music, etc.  It also provides a very easy way to backup all computers on your home network to a central storage server.

Windows Home Server can also be extended via add-ins to enhance the experience and provide new and interesting functionality other than what comes in the box.

One feature not present in WHS that I would find useful is the ability to view my Outlook mail box from the web at any time.  I have 6 or 7 email accounts that are all setup to retrieve via POP3 to Outlook.  Most of these accounts do not support IMAP or have a web-based interface.  Therefore, Outlook is generally open all day and checking messages.  When I'm away from home for work or pleasure, it's very often inconvenient to have to remote desktop into the machine with Outlook running to read my email, so it would be nice to have a web-based version of my current Outlook folders so I can view all email (old and new) at any time simply by browsing to a web server at home.  Windows Home Server comes with Internet Information Services 6 (IIS6) and one can easily add a new web application to IIS on the server.

So, this article will attempt to show how to build a new web site using ASP.NET that can be added to your Windows Home Server installation that will allow one to view the Outlook folders running on whatever computer contains your current Outlook installation and message store.

If you wish to just use the application, download the sample from above and skip down to the deployment section for installation instructions.

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I don't have a Windows Home Server running (yet), but I'm pretty interested in it. Mostly due to its extensibility. This article a cool example of that...

This Coding4Fun project provides a working example of extending WHS, integrating with Outlook/MAPI, using WCF and wrapping it all up with an ASP.Net bow.

(via Brian Peek [MVP C#] - Outlook Webmail Add-in for Windows Home Server)