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Windows 7: Windows Home Server Power Pack 2 Announced

24 Mar 2009   #1

Windows 10 Workstation x64
Windows Home Server Power Pack 2 Announced


The Windows Home Server Team announced today Power Pack 2. The English version of Power Pack 2 will be made available via Windows Update starting March 24th to Windows Home Servers with Power Pack 1 installed. You must have Power Pack 1 installed in order to install Power Pack 2. Chinese, French, German, Japanese and Spanish versions of Power Pack 2 will be made toward the end of April.

Power Pack 2 offers Windows Home Server users the following awesomeness:

  • Improvements to Remote Access
  • Enhanced Functionality for PCs running Windows Media Center (via Windows Media Center Connector)
  • Content Streaming Support for Windows Media Center Extenders
For me, I am particularly interested in the Windows Media Center Connector. With the Windows Media Center Connector installed, Windows Media Center will have access to content stored in shared folders on a Windows Home Server. Just this last weekend, I went through about 1,500 CDs and DVDs I’ve accumulated over the years of sporadic backups of photos and documents. I had CDs going back to 2000. I went through each CD and DVD and pulled off all the important data (mostly photos) and transferred the data onto my Windows Home Server. I now have no data remaining on any physical media anywhere. Everything is now on my Windows Home Server (which I affectionately call JARVIS). And now with Power Pack 2, I’ll be able to browse through those old photos I rediscovered from years ago directly within Windows Media Center downstairs in my living room.

For more information on Power Pack 2, read this post from the Windows Home Server Team.

Psst, here is a little tip for Windows 7 Beta users who have Windows Home Servers. You can add Windows Home Server shared folders to Windows 7 Libraries. Just right-click on a Library and choose “Properties”. There you can pick which folders you want in that Library. Choose “Include a folder…” and type \\ServerName\ShareName\FolderName etc. See below screenshot for a example:

You can see that in my Documents Library, I was able to add my “Brandon LeBlanc” user folder (located at \\JARVIS\Users\Brandon LeBlanc). I have actually created a standalone Library on my Windows 7 Beta PCs called JARVIS consisting of all the important shared folders on my Windows Home Server.


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24 Mar 2009   #2

Linux CENTOS 7 / various Windows OS'es and servers

Hi there
I'm not sure you need the Home Server to do this

For Audio there's ZILLIONS of ways to stream content everywhere even from a humble laptop so an ordinary desktop PC with loads of Disk space -- no probs (plus you get direct access to loads of nice Internet stations as well that you can stream wirelessly all over your house.

I use the Logitech Squeezebox system

Transporter® & Squeezebox™ Wireless Network Music Players - Every room deserves a soundtrack

Works on Linux as well which if you just want a server is probably the best option.

For Video there are also loads of options as well

my favorite is the SLINGBOX system --

Sling Media - Home of the Slingbox

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