Windows Home Server was designed to “grow with you”. That may be obvious when it comes to adding additional hard drives
but also includes the option to install extra software features to help customize your Home Server. The development community has created “add-ins” for Windows Home Server that extends its capabilities in fun, exciting, and useful ways. There are currently over 100 add-ins available for download.
Three widely popular add-ins that are being used today include: Lights-Out, WebGuide, and Whiist. Lights-Out
This power management add-in is used to put your Windows Home Server in a hibernated mode when you are not using it. This is a great way to cut down on energy bills and make your home or office a little “greener”.
*Windows Home Server console screen shot of Lights-Out add-in
This add-in allows your Home Server to go into hibernation mode when users are not using it, based on your calendar of events, or a combination of both. You will also have the option to set a defined time in which the Home Server will fully turn back on. Windows Home Server will never remain asleep if you have a backup scheduled. Therefore, all of your important data will remain safe and still be automatically backed up. WebGuide
WebGuide allows you to remotely view live and recorded TV programs while you are away from home. It will also enable you to remotely schedule and manage your recorded television programs, music, pictures and videos on your Windows XP Media Center edition or Windows Vista Premium, or Windows Vista Ultimate PC.
*Screen shot of Windows Home Server’s add-in, WebGuide
*Screen shot of streaming videos through Windows Home Server’s add-in, WebGuide
WebGuide provides you with mobile access to your music and videos from your Windows Mobile devices. This means you can have access to all of your pictures and movies while you are on the road. Whiist
Whiist is a Windows Home Server add-in that allows you to create and manage web content on your Windows Home Server. Once downloaded, Whiist can be used through your Windows Home Server console. This tab makes it so that you can easily create and manage new websites, photo albums, and homepage links.
*Screen shot of Windows Home Server console with the Whiist add-in
Some of the key features that are found in Whiist include:
- Quickly create new websites on your home server.
- Create new photo albums to share with family and friends in a few simple steps.
- Share photos with family and friends through online photo sharing.
- Create public content, or restrict access to users of your Windows Home Server.
- Easily customize your public and private Windows Home Server Homepage links.
- Fully integrates with the Windows Home Server management console.
- Customize your Windows Home Server homepage
You have now seen three out of many Windows Home Server add-ins. If you are interested in learning about all of the other available add-ins to download, you can visit: http://www.microsoft.com/windows/pro...r/add-ins.mspx