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Microsoft Publishes ‘My Home Server’ on WP7 Marketplace (Windows Home Server 2011)

July 16, 2011 2 Comments

Microsoft has published the Windows Phone Connector for Windows Home Server 2011. With this app you will be able to connect to your home server. Microsoft also went into details at technet.microsoft.com. Ive attached some of the more important info below:

Windows Server Solutions phone application features

WSS Phone Connector Panorama

Solutions phone application features

The differences between the three phone applications are in their media capabilities: Windows SBS 2011 Essentials does not support media streaming, and the other two Windows Server Solutions products do. Therefore, the media panorama is not available on Windows SBS 2011 Essentials.

Windows Server Solutions phone applications include the following:

  • Authentication
  • Alerts
  • Users
  • Devices
  • Media
  • Accounts
  • Live Tile Support


We strongly recommend that you protect your phone with a lock screen PIN. If you lose your phone, or someone gains access to your phone, even for a short period of time, the security of the server and other personal content on your phone or on your server may be at risk. Enhance your privacy protection by setting a PIN in the settings menu of your device. For more information, see the Windows Phone Help and How-to website.

After you start the application for the first time, read and then accept the Privacy Statement and the Microsoft Software License Terms. After that, you will be prompted to enter the credentials of your server and user account, as shown in Figure 5. Type your user name and password in the appropriate fields. If you are an administrator for the server, you can also get access to all the administrator-only remote server management tasks.


After you complete the authentication steps for the server, an alerts listing launches on the phone. This feature brings the Alert Viewer from the server to the phone. If an alert is displayed as white, it is active and included in the alert count. If an alert is dimmed, the alert is disabled, and it is not included in the alert count. You can click on any alert item to view the full alert text, just as on a computer. Contextual menu options include enabling or disabling an alert, and performing a repair action if one was assigned to this alert.


The devices panorama enables you to:

  • View details about all computers that are connected to the server (Windows or Mac).
  • View the backup status that every device last reported to the server.
  • Start or stop a backup for any computer or the server (from the contextual menu).


The users panorama enables you to perform basic user management tasks, including:

  • View user account details.
  • Enable or disable a user account.
  • Change a user account password.

Disabling a user account from your phone is the same as disabling the account by using the dashboard on a computer. The user’s access to Remote Web Access, the phone application, and any server resources are turned off. You can re-enable a user account after it is disabled.


The media panorama lets you discover and view streams of media elements that you stored on your server in appropriate shared folders. For example, if you do not place a song in the music share, it will not be discoverable by using the phone application. Subfolders are recognized.


MP3 songs that are not protected by digital rights management are streamed directly from the server to your phone. Album art is also transported. Your library is searchable and can be organized in different views to help you find what you want.


With the photos panorama, you can:

  • Discover all .png and .jpg images that are stored in the Pictures shared folder and subfolders on the server.
  • Open a picture full-screen to view it on the phone.
  • Save a copy of the picture to the phone using its original dimensions and resolution (to be viewed later in the built-in Pictures hub of any Windows Phone 7 phone).
  • Take a picture with the phone’s camera and upload it to the server.
  • Upload any picture that is stored in the Pictures hub of the phone to the server.


The videos panorama allows you to discover and view videos that are stored on your server in the Videos shared folder. Subfolders are recognized. Even though videos may be discoverable by this feature, not all formats can be streamed. The server and Windows Phone 7 prohibit the ability to create and accept streams from certain formats.

For details about which video formats can be streamed from the server and accepted by the phone, see Supported Media Codecs for Windows Phone.


With the account panorama, you can:

  • Change the application settings. At this time, the opt-in for Live Tile support is the only setting available.
  • Log out of the current user account and select a different account.
  • Launch the about screen. You can review the license terms, privacy statement, and version number of your application.

Live Tile support

If you pin the Live Tile application to the home screen of your Windows Phone 7, you can see a variety of at-a-glance information without launching the application (see Figure 6). An opt-in using the settings menu is required. For more information, see the Accounts section.

The at-a-glance information includes:

  • Count and type of network health alerts
  • Percentage of storage use on your main disk
  • Name of the server that is sending this information

Windows Server Solutions Phone Connector shortcut

The server that sends Live Tile updates does not need to correspond to the server that is set for auto-logon. After enabling Live Tile support, it can take up to 30 minutes for the Microsoft Push-Notification Service to start updating your Live Tile.


App info:
This app helps you to manage yourWindows Home Server 2011 from your phone. It even allows you to stream music,videos and pictures from your server directly to your phone. You can also storemultiple server accounts within this app in case you want to manage multipleservers.

You must install the “Windows Server Solutions Phone Connector”add-in on your Windows Home Server 2011 in order for your Windows Phone toconnect to the server.

You can download the free server add-in fromMicrosoft.com/downloads. Before installing the add-in on the server, confirmthat it is not already pre-installed on it.

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  • Jiri Zacek

    My home server is a great tool but despite that fact I have been facing a problem with incomplete lists of files and folders in video tab, subfolders are not recognized and moreover I am given back a list of files that no longer exist on WHS 2011. Any clue?

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