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what's the best way of connecting windows surface to whs2011? RRS feed

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  • any pointers appreciated.

    Thursday, December 20, 2012 4:13 AM

Answers

  • If you're talking about installing the connector on the current crop of Surface tablets, you don't. Apps have to be installed from the App store. You can connect to the server's shares, however, and use the recovery features in Windows 8 to back up your file data to a share on the server.

    I'm not on the WHS team, I just post a lot. :)

    Thursday, December 20, 2012 11:57 AM
  • What Ken said.

    To make things a bit easier, you can add you server's media and documents shares to your Windows Libraries on your Surface.  You want to add the whole shared folder to the Library, not subfolders within it, to ensure that it is an indexed location.  (This ensures that content on your server is visible inside Metro applications.)

    For backup of your local Libraries on your Surface, you can configure Windows File History to save to a shared 'File History Backups' folder that you can create on your server.

    You can also use Remote Web Access from Surface to download files from your server; however, neither remote desktop connections via RWA nor most media playback will work, because there is no support for ActiveX controls or Silverlight in Windows RT.  (Remote Desktop on your local network is fine.)

    Windows RT is a mobile OS, and the Surface is meant to be a "cloudish" device.  By default Office 2013 apps will open and save documents directly to SkyDrive, so you may want to consider moving at least your working set of documents off of WHS and onto SkyDrive.  On your Windows 7 or Windows 8 PCs, you can install the SkyDrive desktop app to keep local SkyDrive folders in-sync with the cloud.  You can then add appropriate SkyDrive folders to your Windows Libraries and make them the default save locations, ensuring that the cloud is always kept up to date.  That way, all of your most recent files will be available from your Surface (or any other device with a SkyDrive app) as long as you have an Internet connection.

    • Edited by Gary Voth Sunday, December 23, 2012 5:22 PM
    • Marked as answer by Andy Qi Monday, December 24, 2012 9:09 AM
    Thursday, December 20, 2012 4:58 PM

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  • If you're talking about installing the connector on the current crop of Surface tablets, you don't. Apps have to be installed from the App store. You can connect to the server's shares, however, and use the recovery features in Windows 8 to back up your file data to a share on the server.

    I'm not on the WHS team, I just post a lot. :)

    Thursday, December 20, 2012 11:57 AM
  • What Ken said.

    To make things a bit easier, you can add you server's media and documents shares to your Windows Libraries on your Surface.  You want to add the whole shared folder to the Library, not subfolders within it, to ensure that it is an indexed location.  (This ensures that content on your server is visible inside Metro applications.)

    For backup of your local Libraries on your Surface, you can configure Windows File History to save to a shared 'File History Backups' folder that you can create on your server.

    You can also use Remote Web Access from Surface to download files from your server; however, neither remote desktop connections via RWA nor most media playback will work, because there is no support for ActiveX controls or Silverlight in Windows RT.  (Remote Desktop on your local network is fine.)

    Windows RT is a mobile OS, and the Surface is meant to be a "cloudish" device.  By default Office 2013 apps will open and save documents directly to SkyDrive, so you may want to consider moving at least your working set of documents off of WHS and onto SkyDrive.  On your Windows 7 or Windows 8 PCs, you can install the SkyDrive desktop app to keep local SkyDrive folders in-sync with the cloud.  You can then add appropriate SkyDrive folders to your Windows Libraries and make them the default save locations, ensuring that the cloud is always kept up to date.  That way, all of your most recent files will be available from your Surface (or any other device with a SkyDrive app) as long as you have an Internet connection.

    • Edited by Gary Voth Sunday, December 23, 2012 5:22 PM
    • Marked as answer by Andy Qi Monday, December 24, 2012 9:09 AM
    Thursday, December 20, 2012 4:58 PM