Archive for the ‘Home Based Business’ Category

New SoHO focused offering from HP using the Windows Home Server OS

September 29th, 2009 No comments

If you haven’t seen or read the announcement that we just posted, read more here: HP Announces New Line of SoHo-Focused DataVault Product Line.  

Harry Brelsford over at SMB Nation also chimed in on this announcement. SMB Debutante Ball: HP to “introduce” HP StorageWorks X500 Data Vault Series… The really cool part is HP will “debut” the HP StorageWorks X500 Data Vault at the SMB Nation Fall 2009 Conference (October 2-4, 2009, Las Vegas) which is coming up fast. I believe one of our SBS MVPs, Kevin Royalty will be jointly talking with HP about this exciting new offering at SMB Nation. So, if you want to go hit Las Vegas, there is still time to register.  As an added perk, a number of our Home Server, Small Business Server, and Essential Business Server team members, Jonas Svensson, Becky Ochs, Chuck Archer, to name a few will be down there too. Please swing by the Microsoft booth at SMB Nation and talk to us. We would love to hear from you.

 As you may know, we have talked about Windows Home Server in the SOHO space before, Windows Home Server – Can It Be a SOHO Solution?. You may also know that Kevin Royalty, has talked a lot about how he has been deploying Windows Home Server into his SBS customer’s environments for some time now. Alex Kuretz one of our Home Server MVPs just did a story on this. Using Windows Home Server in a Small Business.

 I can’t wait to get my hands on this new server. 

Have a great day!

 Kevin Beares
Community Lead – WSSG 


Running the Windows Home Server Console on a MAC

April 30th, 2009 No comments

One of the developers on the Windows Home Server team, Gautam, was goofing around on a Mac during his off hours and put together this awesome set of instructions and screenshots for running the Windows Home Server Console on a Mac. 

This article describes how to configure your Mac to be able to get the Home Server Console on it. You will need to Download and Install Remote Desktop Connection Client for Mac.

If you already have it installed, you can skip to Configure it to Connect to your Windows Home Server Console

Download and Install Remote Desktop Connection Client for Mac

1. On your Mac, go to the Remote Desktop Connection Client for Mac website [].

2. Click on Download Remote Desktop Connection Client 2.


3. On the bottom right side of the page, in the Details section, scroll all the way down.


4. Click on your preferred language to start the download.


5. Once the file downloads, the Remote Desktop Connection Wizard should open up. Step through the wizard.








6. Eject the Remote Desktop Connection by right clicking on the icon on your desktop.


7. Great! Now you are ready to configure the Remote Desktop Connection Client to connect to your Home Server.

Configure the Remote Desktop Connection Client 2 for Mac to connect to the Windows Home Server Console

1. Open Finder. Click Applications in left menu. Click Remote Desktop Connection.


2. Type in the name of your Home Server.


3. In the File menu, click on Save As. Save your file. It’s easiest to save it on the Desktop.



4. Go back to the File menu and click on Edit Connection. Select the file you saved in the last step.


5. In the Login tab type –

a. User name: Administrator

b. Password: Your home server password.

c. Domain: Name of your home server.


6. In the Display tab, change the Colors to Millions.


7. In the Applications tab, make sure Start only the following Windows-based application when you log in to the remote computer is checked and type the following for Application path and file name: C:\Program Files\Windows Home Server\HomeServerConsole.exe /b


8. In the Security tab, select Always connect, even if authentication fails.


9. In the File menu, click on Save.


10. Now, right click on your recently saved file, click Open With, click Other…, scroll down and select TextEdit. Click on Open.




11. Change the number below DesktopHeight to 675 and number below DesktopWidth to 992.



12. Save the file and close it.


13. Now, click on the file you just saved to connect to the home server!

14. If you are unable to connect try connecting using your IP address of the home server.
To find your home server’s IP address, log on to the console from another computer. Go to Settings, Remote Access, Router Details


Open the file like in the above step and change the connection string to the IP address. For most of you it should be something like 192.XXX.X.XXX