Remote Notification 1.5 Add-In for Windows Home Server

by Alex Kuretz on February 15, 2011 · 6 comments

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It’s been well over 3 years since I’ve released my first Add-In for Windows Home Server, Remote Notification. It’s proven to be a popular Add-In even though I’ve not updated it since it’s original launch, and it still receives many downloads every month. I’ve been hard at work over the past few months working on an updated version of the Remote Notification Add-In, and I’m pleased to announce that today I’m releasing version 1.5 with a bunch of new features.

Remote Notification is the Add-In for Windows Home Server that keeps you up to date on the status of your Home Server no matter where you are. In addition to sending you an email whenever your Home Server has a new health notification, Remote Notification 1.5 includes an RSS feed of all the active notifications, daily reports to keep you on top of many aspects of your home server health, easy setup of your email settings via SMTP presets, and a new Server Console tab that shows you the history of your Home Server notifications as well as all messages that have been sent.

Here is a list of the features included in Remote Notification 1.5.

  • Receive your Home Server health alerts in your email inbox
  • Receive your Home Server health alerts on your mobile phone
  • Control the health alerts that are sent based upon severity level
  • Control the health alerts that are sent with custom text filters
  • Control when health alerts are sent with Notification Schedules (Do Not Disturb)
  • Send the alerts to as many recipients as you want
  • Easy setup of your email settings with SMTP Presets
  • Be confident that your server is functioning properly with Daily Reports via email
  • Monitor your Home Server health alerts via RSS Feed
  • View your Home Server’s health alert history for alerts you may have missed

Remote Notification 1.5 offers a fully featured 30 day trial license so that you can evaluate all the features. After 30 days the Add-In will revert to “Lite Mode”, which offers only a small set of the features available in the fully licensed version but is free to use for as long as you like. If you decide that the RSS Feed, daily reports, exclude filters, or Notification Schedule are important to you, a license can be purchased at any time during or after the 30 day trial for $15 USD.

For those of you that are already using Remote Notification 1.0, the Lite Mode in 1.5 offers you all the same features that you already have in 1.0 plus the new Server Console tab with notification and message histories and the SMTP Presets for simplified configuration of your email settings.

I also have several ideas for future updates to include even more features, and look forward to user feedback on what information they would like to see added to the daily reports or other features in Remote Notification 1.5.

I have to give a big thanks to the Private Beta Testers (you know who you are! :) ) for all their help and feedback during the development process. Also many thanks to Sam Wood of Tentacle Software for his invaluable feedback, advice, and tech tips. The Windows Home Server community is a great one.

Please visit for more details about Remote Notification 1.5, a video overview of the features, and of course to download the 30 day free trial.

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I'm Alex Kuretz, and I'm the founder of I was the Lead Test and Integration Engineer at HP for the MediaSmart Server until April 2008 when I moved on to other opportunities outside HP. I've kept active in the Windows Home Server community, creating several add-ins and helping users make the most of their Home Servers.


Damian February 15, 2011 at 8:54 am

Looks awesome Alex. I must admit I have been a bit of a slacker as it has just been sitting in my Add-Ins folder waiting for me to install :-(

Definitely look forward t o getting this installed and running. Maybe you could create a similar Add-in for family like, something that will give me an Alert when I am about to say the wrong thing to the wife :-)

jam3ohio (jim) February 15, 2011 at 11:12 am


If Alex invents that, he will retire a rich man.


Cavediver February 15, 2011 at 12:43 pm

The updated version is great with all the new features. Thanks for all your hard work on this.

SeaRay33 February 15, 2011 at 1:03 pm

Really liking your updated add-in. The Daily Report and immediate notification of server errors to my email address and/or smartphone are very nice features. The RSS feed in cool too. Documentation at your new web site is excellent. I really like the way your covered the use of this new add-in with the video.

CBick February 15, 2011 at 4:17 pm

Great add-in. works perfectly. Love the daily email reports.

karthik0000 March 14, 2011 at 11:37 pm

Cool add in …

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