FirePlay for Windows Home Server Add-In Updated

by Nigel Wilks on March 31, 2010 · 6 comments

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Some time ago, I wrote a Wiki article on a new interface to the FireFly Media Server that was written by Bo Mellberg to enable streaming of MP3 files through your browser using an Adobe Flash plug-in. That article proved to be very popular, and Alex Kuretz persuaded me to package it up as an MSI and release it as an Add-In.


This week the developer of FirePlay, Bo Mellberg let us know that he’s now updated FirePlay, and moved his code to SourceForge. If you don’t know about SourceForge, it’s a great repository for Open Source Software.

The difference between installing using the code straight from SourceForge and using the Add-In are: -

  • Add-Ins are obviously easier!
  • IIS configuration is automatic.
  • Windows Firewall configuration is automatic.
  • The Router is configured automatically (subject to UPnP limitations, if you suffer from those please see this article).
  • Quite a few users have loopback issues with their routers, this Add-In uses ASP to configure the HTML code based on the URL entered (i.e. local or remote)

So, with a new version of FirePlay out it’s obviously time for an Add-In refresh and I’m pleased to release today.

Key changes: -

  • Updated FirePlay code to 0.92.
  • Installer searches for FireFly.exe and will fail if not found.
  • Installer updated to improve on IIS install for “unusual” setups.
  • By popular demand, the “Prevent Downloads” setting is now enabled by default (stops people “leeching” your music).

Thanks to Bo Mellberg for creating such a great interface for FireFly and allowing me to create the Windows Home Server Add-In!

You can download FirePlay for Windows Home Server v0.92.0.1 and our other Windows Home Server Add-Ins from the Add-Ins page.

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I'm a Technical Architect based in the UK predominantly working on Windows Server and Active Directory based solutions. I'm also a Microsoft Windows Home Server MVP and moderator/author at I've released the FirePlay for Windows Home Server, WHS PHP Installer, MySql Installer for WHS and Wordpress Installer for WHS Add-Ins as well as co-author of the SanEncore and WHS Health Add-Ins with Alex Kuretz.


K. Schneider September 24, 2010 at 2:26 pm

I know it was taken out “By popular demand” but.. How would I go about re-enabling downloads in FirePlay? Thanks, the unpopular guy.

Nigel September 25, 2010 at 1:05 am

You would just need to remote desktop onto the server and edit c:\inetpub\wwwroot\fireplay.asp. Then simply change the 3 entries that contain preventdownload=1 to preventdownload=0

K. Schneider September 25, 2010 at 12:50 pm

Nigel your help is much appreciated. FirePlay Just simply works awesome! I should have posted this question in the forum looking back on it my bad. Thanks again.

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