Nigel Wilks

Windows Home Server MVP, Martin Rothschink has been in touch to let us know that Lights-Out for Windows Home Server 2011 is now available to download and is no longer in Beta. Currently a popular Windows Home Server V1 Add-In, Martin has updated it so that it functions specifically on the new release of Windows […]

The Microsoft Windows Home Server Blog have announced that MSDN and Technet subscribers can now download the RTM version of Windows Home Server 2011. For those of you happy to see the back of DE, then it’s worth taking a peek. I’ve been running it in production now for a few days and if I’m […]

AC Ryan have finally released the long awaited Gui 2.0 update for the Playon!HD and Playon!HD Mini. Currently available as a Beta, v7.4.x.r2115 is available through the PlayOnHD forums. Here is what they had to say about the Beta. What you should know before installation: First we would like to explain why it has taken […]

If you are MediaSmart Server or Data Vault owner, you should be aware by now that HP have discontinued the product and ceased development. That means we won’t see any updates to the software and have to live with the annoyances of some of the bugs they have left us with. After HP announced they […]

If you are using a Windows Live domain (those ending in then you may notice an outage today while Microsoft move the service to the Azure platform. The service will be unavailable for updates during a 24 hour period, so if your IP address changes during this time then you will lose Remote connectivity to your […]

In a surprise move today, Microsoft have released details on how to extend the expiration date of the Windows Home Server “Codename Vail” Beta. Although due to expire today, left as is the server will reboot hourly but continue to function allowing normal access to the server and it’s data. The method below will allow […]

Review: PlayOnHD! mini

by Nigel Wilks on December 31, 2010 · 17 comments

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I’m no media streaming pro like Damian, which probably explains why I’ve still been using the XBOX 360 to stream my movies to date. Not a bad thing really, albeit noisy and lack of decent file support and using it as a Media Center Extender hasn’t been a bad experience overall. But, after reading so […]

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Magic WOL Add-In Released

by Nigel Wilks on December 24, 2010 · 2 comments

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Christian Johnson from Maplegrove Partners, Authors of the “Microsoft Security Essentials Notifier for Windows Home Server” Add-In has let us know that he has now released a new Add-In for Windows Home Server – “Magic WOL”. Here is what Christian had to say: – Magic WOL is a client-less add-in that allows you to wake up computers […]

Following in the wake of the news that Microsoft is removing DE from Windows Home Server codename “Vail”, Andrew Edney from and author of “The Windows Home Server User’s Guide” has announced the sad news that is forthcoming MS Press publication has been cancelled. Here is what Andrew had to say: – It is with […]

Microsoft have let us know they plan to move the Add-Ins pages they host on the Windows Home Server pages on to Pinpoint. While it’s initially pertinent to WHS developers, it’s also worth looking at Pinpoint for other applications outside of WHS. Obviously MediaSmartServer.Net Add-Ins will still be available via our own Add-Ins page […]