Archive for the ‘windows home server version 2011’ Category

Where can I find the WHS/SBSe log files and what do they contain?

May 4, 2012

There is a great post on the Small Business Server blog which describes the different log files, where they can be found and what functionality is writing into them.

Also note that a tool exists, which is called Windows Server Solutions Log Collector Tool and which is an efficient/easy way to collect all of the logs.
It can be downloaded here.


Microsoft releases UR-2 for WHS 2011 & SBSe 2011

February 16, 2012

Microsoft has released Update Release-2 for Windows Home Server 2011 & Windows Business Server Essentials 2011.

You can find more details on SBSe update here:

And for WHS here:

AutoExit 2011 Beta-2 For Windows Home Server 2011

May 31, 2011

It’s been a while since Beta-1 of AutoExit for WHS 2011 was released, but now you can rest assured Beta-2 is here!

This version mostly fixes issues that were present in Beta-1 and it had been made fully compatible with the release version of WHS 2011.
A new feature in this beta is that you can now also add non-WHS machines (which don’t have the WHS Client Connector software installed)

You can download it from the ASoft site.
Please report your bugs via this feedback page.

How to retrieve the product type of Windows Home Server 2011

May 22, 2011

Windows Home Server 2011 has three product editions:

  • Windows SBS 2011 Essentials incorporates best-of-breed 64-bit product technologies for data backup and restore, remote access, file and printer sharing, and quick connection to the cloud—in one fully integrated solution.
  • Windows Home Server 2011 is the server platform that’s designed specifically for families and how they access their digital data. It helps to simplify and connect your family’s photos, videos, music, and TV by providing a familiar and easy way to share, store, stream, and automatically protect what’s most important. It supports up to 10 users.
  • Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials is the ideal storage server solution to help home-based and small business owners keep important data automatically backed up, protected, organized, and accessible from virtually anywhere. Built on the Windows Server 2008 R2 operating system, it streamlines access to centralized files for up to 25 users.

If you are writing an addin and you want to know what version your addin is running on, then this simple class will be very helpful to you.

The way we retrieve this information is via the Windows API GetProductInfo:
private const int PRODUCT_HOME_SERVER = 0x22;
private const int PRODUCT_SB_SOLUTION_SERVER = 0x13;
private const int PRODUCT_HOME_PREMIUM_SERVER = 0x32;

private static extern bool GetProductInfo(int dwOSMajorVersion, int dwOSMinorVersion, int dwSpMajorVersion, int dwSpMinorVersion, outuint pdwReturnedProductType);

/// WHS Edition
public enum WHSEdition
/// Unknown Edition
Unknown = 0,
/// Windows Home Server 2011
Standard = 1,
// Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials
SmallBusinessEssentials = 2,
/// Windows Storage Server 2008R2
StorageServer = 3

/// Retrieves the WHS Edition that the application is running on
public static WHSEdition GetWHSEdition()
uint pdwReturnedProductType;

out pdwReturnedProductType);

switch (pdwReturnedProductType)
case PRODUCT_HOME_SERVER: return WHSEdition.Standard;
case PRODUCT_SB_SOLUTION_SERVER: return WHSEdition.StorageServer;
case PRODUCT_HOME_PREMIUM_SERVER: return WHSEdition.SmallBusinessEssentials;
default: return WHSEdition.Unknown;

You can download the class sourcefile here.

Windows Home Server 2011 Release Candidate & new SDK are out!

February 5, 2011

Windows Home Server Vail; now known as Windows Home Server 2011 has been released as Release Candidate!

You can find the WHS SDK over here and if you want to try out WHS2011 yourself, download it over here.

There are already a lot of reviews/discussions out there, I’ve gathered some links for you to read:

Creating a client side installer for Vail

December 16, 2010

This is an article that shows an example of how to create a Client Side installer for Vail, that can be distributed to the client machines.
The Windows Home Server Development Kit-2 is needed and the Windows Home Server SDK.
Make sure you read the DevKit-2 first, before starting with this article.

You can find the article here.

Have fun!

Some posts on AutoExit For Vail

October 4, 2010

There are some extensive posts/reviews out there discussing the new release of AutoExit (Beta-1 For Vail).
Check them out:

The guys from even created a video: check it out here.


AutoExit 2010 For Windows Home Server Vail

September 28, 2010

I have been very busy with porting my existing addins AutoExit & AdminiMe to Vail.
AutoExit is the first one to go out the door, this has 99% the same functionality as AutoExit 2009 for Windows Home Server but it looks very different to match the new Vail look and feel.

This is the first version (Beta-1) and will probably still contain some problems.
Make sure you read the guideline.pdf that is included!

Known issues:
– Wake On Lan is broken
– …
The AutoExit client is a separate installer like in version 1, in the next build it will be integrated into the installer of the addin.

You can download it here:
Please report your bugs via this page:
Please fill out this survey:

Have fun!

AutoExit 2010 For Windows Home Server

AutoExit 2010 For Windows Home Server

Tip: Problem when installing an addin in Vail?

September 25, 2010

When you get an error about an addin not installing, it usually says that the addin couldn’t be installed.

As a user this is very annoying because you can’t know where to look, and when you contact the developer you can’t give more information!

But…there is a handy log available.
Vail stores all its logfiles on the WHS, under this folder:
c:\programdata\microsoft\windows server\logs

Open the file ‘installaddin.log’, it contains much more detailed information to give an idea of what is going wrong and you can use it to send to the developer that created the addin.
There are a lot of log files in this folder for various functionalities of Vail; so if you have a problem have a look inside and maybe the answer could be closer than your first thought! 😉

WHS DevKit 2 updated

August 26, 2010

Version 1.1 of the WHS DevKit 2 has been published.
This Kit is an all-in-one package on how to create/build/install and addin for Vail, so if you want to have a go at it take the kit and have fun!

This new version has been updated to support the latest version of Windows Home Server: build 7659.
It contains a lot more information with regards to the first version of the kit; on the various aspects of developing an addin for Vail and now also has a section on how to build an installer too.

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)