Developing an add-in for Vail

Vail (Windows Home Server version 2) can be extended with add-ins, just like with version 1. (see www.whsplus.com for lots of add-ins)
Or have a look at my add-ins AutoExit & AdminiMe.

Microsoft has made available the SDK to start developing the add-ins for Vail.
The downside is…that version-1 add-ins are NOT compatible with version 2! There is a whole new API to learn and your add-in needs to be converted.

I prepared a document to guide you along the way of creating your first ever Vail add-in.

But be warned:
- It is still very basic, just plain and simple.
- It is not fit for any production system.
- It’s only inteded for developers that want to have a try at starting to create an add-in. Nothing fancy yet.
- The installation mechanism isn’t described yet. Only how to configure your system to start coding, code a sample and test it on your server.
But it should get you on your way to start getting your hands dirty in the new Vail SDK. Have fun! ;-)

You can find it here.
The Vail SDK can be found here.

If you have comments, remarks, ideas, tips, additions,… don’t hesitate to contact me at contact (at) asoft-ware.com.
More articles will follow later,
Nick

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11 Responses to “Developing an add-in for Vail”

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  3. nigel Says:

    when copying files to the server its “windows server\bin\addins\ “then primary do i need to create a folder called “primary”.
    Thanks for your guide looking forward to more

    igel

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  8. Pseudocode Says:

    Has anyone complete the VAIL SDK Provider Chat Example?

    The project compiles fine, but nothing happens.
    No Exception and no chat functionality..

  9. Richard Says:

    Im trying to get a basic app just to compile and install correctly but this document kinda falls apart at the release process as its not explained enough. I went ok up to that point. Maybe things have changed in the RTM copy, dunno. Kinda frustrating.

    • asoftblog Says:

      If you have problems Richard, please send me over your remarks/errors/… so that I can look into them.

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