Archive for the ‘windows home server’ Category

A new add-in is on the way…

January 13, 2010

In the shadow of AutoExit I have been working on a new add-in, but due to the time that AutoExit occupied me; this new add-in was postponed and postponed and.. until I made the descision to pause the work for AutoExit and work fulltime on this new add-in.

It’s been 2y+ since I started with this one!
I won’t go into details yet about what it is (bit of suspense doesn’t hurt ;-)) but the release is planned for 21/01/2010. (if all goes well)
Atm the private testers are working hard to get the final version tested before it gets released to the outside world!
A lot of people have contributed to this one over the last year/months in getting it ready, thanks guys!
You know who you are…

A small update to the Newbie WHS Developer Kit

January 9, 2010

Christoph from HomeServerBlog made me aware that there was a problem with the C# template file contained in the Kit.
If you have the bad file you won’t see the template added in Visual Studio and there will be an error in the Event Viewer:
Log Name: Application
Source: Visual Studio – VsTemplate
Event ID: 1
Level: Warning
Keywords: Classic
Description: One or more Visual Studio templates is invalid and will not be displayed.

I added the correct file to the Developer Kit and it should work now.
For the rest there are no changes made to the Developer Kit.
You can download it here.

UsingWindowsHomeServer Reader Awards 2009 – AutoExit #1!

January 3, 2010

The results have been published and AutoExit 2009 made it to #1 on UsingWindowsHomeServer in the category ‘Best Windows Home Server Software (Non Commercial)’
It made it to #2 on WeGotServed a few days ago.

AutoExit 2009 voted #1 on UsingWindowsHomeServer

AutoExit 2009 voted #1 on UsingWindowsHomeServer

Congratulations to snowdins with his second place with the P80 software!

Thanks to all people that voted!

Using Windows Home Server Reader Awards 2009

December 28, 2009

In my previous post I mentioned that it was that time of year again that WeGotServed had its well known Reader Awards.
AutoExit 2009 was selected and you could vote for it. (Only three days left to vote, so hurry up!)

But Andrew Edney of Using Windows Home Server is also having something similar for the first time!
And AutoExit 2009 made it to the final round and is also one of the nominated add-ins, in the category ‘Best Windows Home Server Add-in’. 🙂
So go over here and get voting for all your favorite WHS goodies:

For WeGotServed, vote here:


WeGotServed Reader Awards 2009

December 22, 2009

It’s that time of year again, you can go over to WeGotServed and vote for your most favourite WHS goodies (HW/SW,Addins,…).
Even AutoExit 2009 is in the list of nominations 🙂

Go and give your vote over here:

‘Newbie WHS Developer Kit’ Released

December 8, 2009

Problem in the past for newbie WHS developers, was that documentation/information on how to build add-ins, use the API’s etc… was scarce.
At the time I started developing AutoExit (2007) there wasn’t a lot of info, but luckily you had guys like Brendan Grant that hacked it and documented stuff. 😉

Now fastforward to 2009 and you will find a lot more info: on MSDN, Brendan Grant, Sam Wood have great tutorials, I have tutorials (see on this blog),…
Problem still is, that as a newbie you have all these resources but how & where do you start? You can use Sam Woods tutorials that walk you through step by step, then look into Brendans documents to get info on the controls e.g and read mine to use certain undocumented classes, use the Microsoft forums,…

What I tried to do is create 1 package with all kinds of tutorials by combining them and walking you through the different steps of setting up a development environment up until the release, but also by including on how to create help files, localize an add-in, test it, release it,…

Luckily I got permission from Sam Wood to include his articles so that I didn’t have to re-write big parts that already existed and I also got Brendan’s permission to use his info.
Which of course helped a lot to decrease the time to get this out to you guys! 😉

I hope by creating such a ‘bundled package’  that a newbie WHS developer has a guide to walk him/her through the whole process and at the end have an add-in that is ready for the public to use.

Now this kit/documentation is what Sam likes to call a ‘living document‘, which means it constantly changes and is basically never finished.
It is still rough around the edges and probably still contains some mistakes, so if you have remarks/ideas/fixes/… let me know and maybe I can include them!

A note before you begin: Do not send WHS development related questions to me or anyone else that helped in creating this guide.
Use the Microsoft forums and people will try to answer as much as possible over there, like works now.
Only contact me in private if you have questions/… regarding the kit itself.

I would like to thank Sam for helping me by donating his articles and for reviewing the document/kit + giving feedback.
And the same for Brendan who also let me use his articles.

Enjoy & go spread the word!
You can download it here.

It would be nice if you started your ‘WHS add-in author career’ with this guide, that you mention it on your site and link back to this blog/article + send me information about your add-in. I can then also post it on this blog.

WHS Power Pack 3 released!

November 25, 2009

For those that don’t know yet, Microsoft has released a new PowerPack for Windows Home Server, currently we are at release 3.

This PP has a lot of new features, Dave McCabe from the HomeServerShow did an interview with Jonas Svenson from Microsoft on the new features in PP3!
You hear it here.

if you want to know what’s new then have a look at these articles from our WHS Buddies:

For the people that joined the Beta program and have a pre-release version installed, you can find an article here on how to uninstall.


5 great add-ins according to

November 6, 2009

LifeHacker has published an  article on ‘Five Great Add-ins to Power Up Your Windows Home Server Console’.
AutoExit is featured in it, you can find the article here.

AutoExit on TekZilla

October 19, 2009

Well, I do have to admit that I’m creating a bit of a copycat post here… 😉
Today I was reading through the blogs and found this post from Sam Wood.
So I went to watch the video, only to see that AutoExit was also featured on it! 🙂

AutoExit can be seen at 15:37 & 15:44 over here.
I’ve never heared of before but it looks like a very nice site. (Thanks for the tip Sam ;-))

AutoExit on
AutoExit on

AutoExit 2009 Release Candidate

October 14, 2009

2 months ago Beta-1 of AutoExit was released.
Thanks for all the great feedback you guys sent me!

In the meantime, time didn’t stand still and I worked on the last main feature that was planned for the 2009 version: making it multilingual.
The Release Candidate now fully supports: French, German & Japanese! 🙂

I have to give a special thanks to these people for helping with the translations, it couldn’t have been done without them:
Yoshihiro Okabe (WHS MVP): (Japanese)
Sébastien (French WHS Site): (French)
Christian Baumann: (German)

Let me know if you find spelling mistakes so that they can be fixed by the final version.

I still haven’t found any translator for Spanish, mail me if you are interested in helping out!

Download the new version here:

AutoExit 2009 (Muliple Languages)
AutoExit 2009 (Muliple Languages)

Have fun!