Archive for the ‘windows home server’ Category

Windows Server 2012 Essentials Release Candidate released…

August 23, 2012

Microsoft has released a new version of Windows Server Essentials; this is the release candidate which should be the last version before the final version.

You can download it here.

Major changes in the Release Candidate (from the SE Blog):

  • Increased support for importing your own SSL certificates. Previously, customers had to do a lot of work to configure domains obtained in our domain wizard by using SSL certificates that were acquired outside of our domain wizard. We have now updated our wizard, which should make this process much simpler.
  • Installation of only critical setup updates during setup. One of the things that all Microsoft teams care about is getting customers up and running as quickly as possible. With the RC release we have changed our logic to only install critical setup-related updates during setup time. This might not seem to be a big issue if you only occasionally install Windows Server 2012 Essentials, but to partners that install Windows Server 2012 Essentials often, this change will make setup faster and more predictable. Note that customers will continue to select the update strategy that they want to use after the server has been set up.
  • Windows SBS Best Practices Analyzer (BPA) changes. We have updated the BPA rules to include the latest set of rules and have also made it possible to ignore specific BPA rules by using our UI.
  • Office 365 changes. We have now made it easier to import existing Office 365 users into Windows Server 2012 Essentials.
  • Verified DHCP supported. Windows Server 2012 Essentials supports turning on the DHCP role and setting a static IP address for the server.

If you want more information you can find it on the Server Essentials Blog.


Windows Server 2012 Essentials released…

July 11, 2012

It’s finally here and it has a new name…

In the past there were different products called SBS Standard, SBS Essentials, Windows Home Server.
Microsoft has tried to combine all of these and release it as one product.

There are  mixed feelings roaming the internet but the fact is that our beloved Windows Home Server is gone. :-/
And no home user will ever pay 425$ for the Server Essentials version.

Here you can find the different editions.
There is a Server Essentials Forum to share information/ask questions.
More information on the Microsoft website.
You can download it here.

Below are a few screenshots of the new Dashboard; taken from a fresh install.
The existing version of AutoExit for WHS/SBSe can be installed and should work.

Windows Server Essentials Dashboard - Home

Windows Server Essentials Dashboard – Home

Windows Server Essentials Dashboard - Users

Windows Server Essentials Dashboard – Users

Windows Server Essentials Dashboard - Devices

Windows Server Essentials Dashboard – Devices

Windows Server Essentials Dashboard - Storage

Windows Server Essentials Dashboard – Storage

Windows Server Essentials Dashboard - Applications

Windows Server Essentials Dashboard – Applications

Windows Server Essentials Dashboard - AutoExit

Windows Server Essentials Dashboard – AutoExit

Windows Server Essentials Settings - General

Windows Server Essentials Settings – General

Windows Server Essentials Settings - Media

Windows Server Essentials Settings – Media

Windows Server Essentials Settings - Anywhere Access

Windows Server Essentials Settings – Anywhere Access

AdminiMe 2012 for Windows Home Server 1 is here!

November 23, 2011

It’s that time of year again…

After the great reactions and suggestions from the previous version; I started with this new one.
A lot of hard work is put in it, but that means a lot of great features too…

Here is a list of new features:

  • Top 5 current cpu consuming processes.
  • Top 5 current memory consuming processes.
  • Cpu temperature monitoring. (Not all CPU’s are supported; if not then no output is shown)
  • Statistics are kept on the number of shut downs, suspends, resumes, log offs.
  • Server name/Server IP is listed in the email.
  • Option to shut down / reboot / … when a serious error occurs.
  • Execute a process when a failure or error occurs.
  • Total redesign of the user interface
  • Option to turn off the chart updates.
  • Support lnk files / command line switches
  • Export logging.
  • Full support for Simplified Chinese. (Thanks to Yong Zang)


  • The total number of days went into negative after 20+
    days running nonstop.
  • GUI advancements

Now I hear you asking… what about Windows Home Server 2011???
Well, don’t worry, I am working on this one too, as I have decided to support both versions.

Regarding pricing:
– Existing users can upgrade by paying 5€. Just send along your current license file of AdminiMe 2010.
– New users pay 9€.

Please fill in the survey: here
If you have problems, report them: here
Download AdminiMe 2012 here.

Have fun!

Congratulations: turns 3 :-)

March 1, 2011

Sébastien Toussaint is the French MVP running the blog covering Windows Home Server in France:

The site recently turned three years old and is a must-have for the French users out there!

AdminiMe Halloween Competition over at

October 30, 2010

The guys from HomeServerLand have organized a Halloween competition.
I’ve donated 5 licenses of AdminiMe so if you want to have a go at winning one, head over here: 

Good luck!

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.


AdminiMe promo extended!

August 10, 2010

The promo to support the 100th has been extended from 06/08/2010 till 21/08/2010!

You can access it via this page.

You can find show 100 here:

The Home Server Show celebrates its 100th show! And I join them…

July 30, 2010

Today ‘The Home Server Show‘ celebrates its 100th show.
If you look back at when it all started and where they are now… you can only call that fantastic & well done!

It grew from Dave Mc Cabe, just talking a bit about experiences/news related to Home Server to a team that prepares/posts articles & shows and invest a lot of time to make it happen.
AutoExit was featured in some shows, and the same goes for AdminiMe here.
He also interviewed quite a bit of people already, from the community as from Microsoft itself.
I can say for myself that it’s one of my friday shows that I won’t miss and I have been listening since show #1. 🙂
And Dave was the first registrant of AdminiMe.

Congratulations Dave & the whole HSS Team!!!

For this special occasion I am donating 15 licenses of AdminiMe that you can win!
And from 30/07/2010 until 06/07/2010, the price of AutoExit for the HSS listeners will be 7€/$/Pounds or 700Yen.
You can access it via this page.

You can find show 100 here:


AutoExit 2009 UR-1 Released!

July 16, 2010

It’s been a while since AutoExit has been updated; the reason is porting everything to Vail, digging into the new SDK, writing some articles, and working on the future versions of the addins… too much to handle actually 😉

But… I finally managed to get some help to translate AutoExit into Spanish which a lot of people asked for.

Another new feature is that it now contains a commandline tool that can be used to execute shutdown/reboot/… actions.
This can be very useful in cases where you script or want to execute actions in other applications that then execute the commandline tool and have the power of AutoExit to shutdown/reboot/… machines.

I couldn’t have done the translation on my own of course, I got great help from F. Javier Fernández Gómez.
He did a great job, have a look yourself!

AutoExit For Windows Home Server 2009 Spanish

AutoExit For Windows Home Server 2009 Spanish


April 26, 2010

It’s here! After a long period of secrecy it can finally be discussed: Vail or more descriptive: WHS version 2 🙂
All major sites already have major articles released for you to enjoy with tonnes of information!
So here you go: