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  • Question

  • I am new to the Windows Home Server space and use it in a mixed home, both Windows PC's and MAC's. After receiving my HP MediaSmart EX485 I was a bit disappointed with the lack of true MAC support. The add-in for collecting content such as Music and Video does not see my MAC's so they can not be selected and searched automatically.

    So to my point, there seems to be a fair amount of MAC users purchasing these units. In an effort to get full support for both platforms I would be willing to pay part of the development cost, I would hope other MAC users would contribute to the cause as well once they learn about it. It would also be nice to see the status of my MAC's in the computers panel, so I can see the status of their latest backup's as well.

    Additionally, my holy grail would be to have a true iTunes plug-in (issue with syncing iPod's and iPhones in HP plug-in on local machines) which I'm sure would have to come from Apple, so that means it won't happen. Since I'm not a developer I'm not sure if current iTunes version can be packaged and redistributed in an WHS add-in package. Once the iTunes library and my Apple TV are setup the only other task needed to be completed on the WHS is scanning for new files added to the server such as podcasts, music, or video/movies.

    Am I asking the impossible with the items?

    email me at coreymcl AT gmailDOTcom if your interested
    Tuesday, February 10, 2009 10:54 PM

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  • Much of what you seek will have to come from third party developers, if it happens at all. I doubt that Microsoft will make a significant investment of development resources to support OS X. Also, a very significant obstacle in the way of such a set of tools is that many of the communications protocols are going to be undocumented, and possibly subject to change.

    On the Apple side, they have a vision of the multimedia house that includes iTunes as a central part of the experience. iTunes is, by design, a single user, single computer application. The ability to stream from a foreign/shared iTunes library is (at this point) tightly controlled, since there is a security layer that's part of the streaming now. I don't see any of this changing. 

    All of that is probably a fairly long-winded way of saying "You're asking for too much." :) Probably some of what you want could be implemented by clever people; I don't own a Mac so I don't know which bits those would be, though getting your audio library over to the server is a good candidate. Probably your Apple TV will at best be able to treat the server a a network attached storage device, however. 

    Regarding redistributing iTunes as a WHS add-in, it would have to come from Apple, which means it won't happen.

    I'm not on the WHS team, I just post a lot. :)
    Friday, February 13, 2009 4:45 PM
  • I f your looking for Time Machine Backups to SMB Shares, there is a guide here (made by me):


    If you want to have one, central, iTunes Library, then move your itunes library to a share on your WHS. the next time you startup itunes, hold SHIFT (PC) or OPTION (Mac). then select "Choose Library..." and browse to your network share itunes folder. you only have to do that once.
    P.S. only one comp. at a time can access the library.

    along with the Apple TV idea, they have installed 3rd party apps on Apple TVs (Boxee, XBMC)

    Sunday, April 19, 2009 9:56 PM