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Windows 7: Centralize and share your digital content with WHS

24 Nov 2009   #1

Centralize and share your digital content with WHS

If you take a look back to the Top 10 Reasons to use Windows Home Server, you can see that I have gone over the majority of these points.  In this post, I am going to share a little more about items 4 and 6: libraries and user accounts.

Windows Home Server’s integration with Windows 7 libraries is one of my personal favorite features. I have 4 computers at home that hold hundreds of pictures. I love being able to share my photos with friends and family, but unfortunately before Windows Home Server, I could never find what I was looking for! It would take me up to an hour to look through all 4 computers and all of the picture folders on each PC to find a specific set of photos.

With Windows Home Server as your media server, your digital memories will be kept in a central location so that you can access what you want from any computer on the network. Integration with Windows 7 libraries means that your Windows Home Server will automatically add and store your digital memories in the libraries. This enables you to quickly access what you want from any computer on the network and save time by having all your things in one place.

*Screen shot of Pictures Library. Notice pictures in this location are from “My pictures”, “Public Pictures”, and all pictures on the home server.

Windows Home Server users, Grant and David, saw the benefits to having all of his content located in Shared Folders and stated:

  • · “I am now backing up six computers in my home and moved all my music and video data to the home server where it can be shared with the Xbox 360 and other computers in the house. Before, we had this content everywhere.” –Grant
  • · “After installing Windows Home Server and moving all existing data to the Windows Home Server, management of the data is simplified and i no longer has to worry about moving data to new hard disk nor backing up of data” -David
Although libraries store and centralize all of your digital content, you may still want to keep particular items private, or not edited and changed by other users on your network. To increase protection on all of your important content, Windows Home Server allows you to create up to 10 user accounts. Windows Home Server gives you the ability to change which Shared Folders users have access to by either allowing “read/write” access, “read only” or “no access”.

As you can see from the image above, prominent blogger, Terry Walsh and his wife, have easily set up their user accounts. For a step by step in how to set up user accounts, you can visit Terry's blog.

To learn more about Windows Home Server along with libraries and user accounts, please visit the Windows Home Server Web site.


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