Add-in Central – The Mother Of All Windows Home Server Add-Ins?

by Nigel Wilks on April 9, 2010 · 7 comments

in Add-Ins, News

If you’ve ever found yourself dealing with issues with a Windows Home Server Add-In, only to find a new version was released weeks ago or you’re struggling to find a good place to find a certain Add-In then help is at hand from our friends over at Homeserverland.

Add-In Central is now available as a public beta, I’ve been using the Beta for a while now and I think it’s quite simply a must have! If you are an iPhone or iTouch user then you will know how useful the App Store is and this is exactly what we get from Add-In Central, and much more.

This Add-In is designed to help you find and monitor Windows Home Server Add-Ins from within the Console, it allows you to browse for Add-Ins by category, keyword or popularity and also lists which Add-Ins are newly released. Application summaries and screenshots of the Add-Ins are provided and also valuable links to the vendor’s sites for further information. Once you’ve found an Add-In that you want, Add-in Central can download it to your Home Server and guide you through the installation process. And to top it off, it will notify you when a new version of an Add-In you have installed is available.

My only real gripe I have is the number of downloads shown as these are based on clicks via the HomeServerLand site and not a true representation. For example, WHS Health shows 173 downloads yet we’ve had over 1300 this month. Maybe a minor point, but I think some users might see the number of downloads as a guide to it’s popularity.

This is quite simply an Add-In that should be part of Windows Home Server and I highly recommend testing it out.

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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.


Comp1962 April 9, 2010 at 4:56 pm

This is indeed a must have add-in. Not to have this on your server is like going to a Pentacostal Church on Sunday without a bible in hand. I checked this out after seeing CBick mention it in the forums. I downloaded and installed it in 2 servers this morning and was impressed with what I saw.

When I came home from work I played with it. I downloaded some interesting add-ins with it and it placed it in my add-ins folder and installed them for me. It even pulled the files from a ZIP file and processed them. How cool is that?

Next there were a couple of add-ins that were listed as having updates available so I let it get the updated add-ins one at a time and let it install them. It processed the upgrades smoothly, removing the old and installing the new. It did leave the origional msi files in the add-in folder but its slick very slick.

Each add-in listed provides you with an overview of the add-in and links to the add-in websites to obtain additional information. Very cool. Not to many things get me excited but this add-in has and I recommend it to everyone

Mike Craven (The Office Maven) April 9, 2010 at 8:20 pm

Hi Comp1962,

Wow! What a great comment. Probably one of the best I’ve read so far about Add-in Central.

Anyway, I’m very glad to hear that you are enjoying Add-in Central, and have indeed found it to be a “must have” add-in for the Windows Home Server.

Alexander and I put a whole lot of work into the add-in and I think that it really shows.

Take care.


Comp1962 April 10, 2010 at 4:14 am

@ Mike ~ I think once more begin to use the add-in, the comments will all be positive. I see only good things here.

Cubanblood April 10, 2010 at 7:16 am

I am all about saving time and doing thing with easy steps. You have to be crazy not to download this add-in. Yeah you might have to go and delete the old msi file but who cares? Not me.
Thanks to this add-in i realize that i was using a very old version of another add-in. Thanks for all the work you guys did.

eidos April 12, 2010 at 6:36 pm

I would be nice to try this but I cannot log into the site, it will not take a new password nor will it allow me to post a email to the site manger to fix the problem. I have no idea on how to get ahold of anyone at home server land to resove this issue.

Comp1962 April 12, 2010 at 7:03 pm

@ Edios Try the link below and see if it helps:

eidos April 14, 2010 at 7:34 am


Thanks I tried that link 6 times and it failed to connect every time due to server issues. They must have realized that something was not working and fixed it. It worked this time.

Thanks again,


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