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 http://www.mediasmartserver.net. 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.


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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.

– MIKE

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:

http://www.homeserverland.com/contact/

eidos April 14, 2010 at 7:34 am

Comp1962,

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,

Eidos

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