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WINDOWS HOME SERVER 2011 AS A DLNA SERVER? RRS feed

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  • I intend to build a windows home server for my multi media centric home network. In addition to performing automatic back-ups of the three home computers attached to the network, it will be used as both an iTunes server and a DLNA video server for my Panasonic Viera TV. Are these possible to implement? Thanks, JLM
    Monday, October 10, 2011 11:46 PM

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  • The ability to act as a DLNA server is built into the product, but iTunes is not, so you'll need to install something to act as an iTunes server. Note also that installing third party software from the server desktop is technically not supported, and we may not be able to help you if issues arise.
    I'm not on the WHS team, I just post a lot. :)
    Tuesday, October 11, 2011 12:23 AM
  • WHS supports DLNA natively, see here:

    Digital Media

    WHS does not natively support iTunes streaming (although you can point your  iTunes media folder location to a server share) and as far as I am aware there are no add-ins for iTunes streaming (unlike WHS1 which had Firefly).

     


    Phil P.S. If you find my comment helpful or if it answers your question, please mark it as such.
    Tuesday, October 11, 2011 12:27 AM
  • Does Firefly specifically not work on 2011?

    I have installed Bonjour, Firefly and configured it. The logs show it sucessfully "finding" and loading the Music folder into its database. Everything on the server side appears to be working. My iTunes even detects the home server however when I select it it never shows the list of files, just sits perpetually loading.

    Curiously the Firefly website seems to have issues as well, the only way I could find it was on the Roku site and I was thinking their version might be optimised for the Soundbridge although it states the version is compatible with iTunes as well.


    25 years of loving (and too often hating) everything Microsoft.
    Wednesday, November 30, 2011 5:15 PM
  • Things you might try - For Firefly - http://forums.roku.com/viewtopic.php?f=18&t=30398&sid=ad091c1af17c4464986a47b9e8f8ee12, http://forum.wegotserved.com/index.php/tutorials/article/12-firefly-media-server-on-windows-home-server For iTunes - http://www.mediasmartserver.net/forums/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=9350&start=15 http://forum.wegotserved.com/index.php/topic/21253-a-couple-of-itunes-ipad-questions-with-whs-2011/ http://www.bizmodeller.com/iHomeServer_for_iTunes.aspx You may also need to add a virtual audio cable, and change RDC to output sound
    Ben Ogilvie www.hdtvtoyz.com
    • Edited by benogil Wednesday, November 30, 2011 11:14 PM
    Wednesday, November 30, 2011 11:12 PM
  • The ability to act as a DLNA server is built into the product, but iTunes is not, so you'll need to install something to act as an iTunes server. Note also that installing third party software from the server desktop is technically not supported, and we may not be able to help you if issues arise.
    I'm not on the WHS team, I just post a lot. :)


    As Ken stated you will need to install something to act as an itunes server.

    You might check out ihome server. I've heard good results.

    IMHO DLNA is an industry standard that leaves much to be desired. I would

    suggest a 3rd party app to do your transcoding or better yet, transcode

    your videos into a format compatable with your viewing equipment.

    Wednesday, November 30, 2011 11:24 PM