iHomeServer Release – iTunes 11 + Windows Server 2012 Essentials support

by Nigel Wilks on January 4, 2013 · 2 comments

in Add-Ins, News

Bizmodeller have announced a new version of the iHomeServer Add-In which now includes support for Windows Server 2012 Essentials and iTunes 11.

If you haven’t used iHomeServer and use any Apple device then it is a highly recommended Add-In which makes your iTunes library always available by running iTunes as a service. I’ve been using it for sometime; and found it a must have companion to the Apple TV’s in the house. It allows me to have iTunes “always on”, and as I rip new content to the server it is automatically added to the library and the metadata updated.

iHomeServer is priced at $30 and available from Bizmodeller’s website.

Below is some of the information from their website.


  • Build your own iTunes home server – a home iTunes library that is always there, always up-to-date
  • Fully-loaded iTunes on your server – instead of imitating iTunes, like some other solutions, iHomeServer runs a proper, fully-featured installation of iTunes, but tailors it to run in home server scenarios
  • Easy to install – follow our click-by-click three step video guides to install iTunes and iHomeServer on your server
  • Native Windows Home Server Add-on – iHomeServer is optimised to fully integrate with the Windows Server Essentials 2012 / Windows Home Server 2011 Dashboards and Windows Home Server v1 Console, but also runs on most other Windows versions including Windows 8.
  • iHomeServer is the ideal way of running iTunes on a headless server / workstation such as a WHS media box. iHomeServer runs iTunes as a background Windows service, ensuring it starts automatically and stays up 24 hours a day. iHomeServer provides simple mechanisms to allow you to add new media to your iTunes server and then leverage existing iTunes technologies like AirPlay, the Remote app, Home Sharing and iCloud to stream and share your library around your house.


  • Automatically start iTunes on boot-up

  • Runs iTunes on systems with no sound cards

  • Manage iTunes from the Windows Home Server Console

  • Create multiple “Watch Folders” to synchronise your iTunes library with your existing media folder structure

  • “AutoTag” – automatic metadata tagging of your Movies and TV Shows

  • Edit your iTunes server’s metadata and Cover Art remotely

  • Automatically delete orphaned tracks

  • iTunes Process Monitoring

  • Supports all iTunes native functionality – AirPlay, Remote, Wifi Sync, iCloud and Home Sharing

  • Use the Apple Remote app (for iOS) to remote control your iHomeServer’s iTunes instance and AirPlay your media library to all your favourite devices!

  • Supports Windows Server Essentials 2012, WHS v1, WHS 2011, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista and Windows XP


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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.


T-Bone January 9, 2013 at 9:59 am

this is a great product I wish there was a way to make it so that other file types instead of just MP4 would be added to itunes. This way I can play all my media on the appletv. Say use a pointer when you select a video that is not an MP4 it starts transcoding in the background and pushing the video to appletv oblivious to the user, for me taht would be pinicale app. This one is close very very close.

John Zajdler January 14, 2013 at 3:46 pm

I would like to see the TV Shows autotagging be a bit more automatic. Once a TV Series has been autotagged, then any future files dropped into the watched folder should be processed completely automatically since this is recursive and the user should not have to confirm the new files.

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