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Microsoft® Windows® Home Server Unleashed

Second Edition

Covers PowerPacks 1, 2, and 3!

Paul McFedries

This is the most comprehensive, practical, and useful guide to Windows Home Server, including Microsoft’s major updates in PowerPacks 1, 2, and 3. Top Windows expert Paul McFedries brings together tips, techniques, and shortcuts available nowhere else and presents them all in plain English for every Windows Home Server user.

McFedries covers all facets of running Windows Home Server: configuration, file/folder sharing, networking, media streaming and sharing, backup/restore, monitoring, Web and SharePoint site deployment, performance optimization, maintenance, and customization. He thoroughly addresses Windows Home Server’s new Windows 7 support, as well as major improvements in areas ranging from remote access to storing TV recordings.

This edition presents comprehensive, up-to-the-minute guidance on Windows Home Server security, plus a full section of advanced solutions utilizing Microsoft’s power tools, the command line, and automated scripting. Throughout, McFedries demonstrates key techniques through real-world examples and presents practical configurations you can easily use in your own home.

Detailed information on how to…

  • Set up Windows Home Server networks, user accounts, devices, and storage
  • Integrate with Windows 7’s new file libraries, backup/recovery tools, and Windows Search 4.0
  • Efficiently share folders, files, and digital media
  • Ensure security for both local and remote users
  • Automatically back up and restore all the computers on your home network
  • Quickly set up web and SharePoint sites

Tune, maintain, and troubleshoot Windows Home Server

Use the new Remote Access Configuration and Repair Wizards


Register your book at to access all examples and source code presented in this book.

Category: Windows Server

Covers: Windows Home Server with PowerPacks 1, 2, 3

User Level: Intermediate–Advanced

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780672331060
  • Publisher: Sams
  • Publication date: 4/23/2010
  • Series: Unleashed Series
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 169
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul McFedries is a Windows expert and full-time technical writer. Paul has been authoring computer books since 1991 and has more than 70 books to his credit, which combined have sold more than three million copies worldwide. His recent titles include the Sams Publishing book Windows 7 Unleashed and the Que Publishing books Networking with Microsoft Windows Vista and Tweak It and Freak It: A Killer Guide to Making Windows Run Your Way. Paul is also the proprietor of Word Spy (, a website devoted to lexpionage, the sleuthing of new words and phrases that have entered the English language. Please drop by Paul’s website at or follow Paul on Twitter at

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Table of Contents


Part I Unleashing Windows Home Server Configuration

Chapter 1 Setting Up Your Windows Home Server Network

Configuring Windows Home Server for Networking

Changing the Windows Home Server Workgroup Name

Displaying the Network Icon in the Notification Area

Configuring Windows Home Server with a Static IP Address

Setting Up Windows Home Server as a DHCP Server

Viewing the Windows Home Server Network

Troubleshooting Network Problems

Checking Connection Status

Checking Network Utilization

Repairing a Network Connection

Working with Network Diagnostics

Troubleshooting Cables

Troubleshooting the Network Interface Card

Handling Multiple Network Subnets

Making a Remote Desktop Connection to the Server

Making Sure That Windows Home Server Is Ready to Host

Making the Connection to the Server

Disconnecting from the Server

From Here

Chapter 2 Setting Up and Working with User Accounts

Understanding Security Groups

Adding a New User

Setting the Password Length and Complexity

Customizing the Password Length Requirement

Building a Strong Password

Changing the Password on the Client

Adding the User Account

Synchronizing the Client and Windows Home Server Passwords

Automating Client Logons

Modifying User Accounts

Viewing Account Properties

Changing the Account Password

Disabling a User Account

Enabling a User Account

Removing a User Account

Changing the Account Name

Adding a User to a Group

Allowing a User to Log On to the Windows Home Server Desktop

From Here

Chapter 3 Adding Devices to the Windows Home Server Network

Installing Windows Home Server Connector on the Client Computers

Supported Operating Systems

Preparing to Install Windows Home Server Connector

Running the Windows Home Server Connector Setup Program on Windows 7 and Windows Vista

Running the Windows Home Server Connector Setup Program on Windows XP

Rediscovering the Windows Home Server

Using a Mac on Your Windows Home Server Network

Connecting to the Windows Home Server Network

Mounting a Windows Home Server Shared Folder

Backing Up Mac Data to a Windows Home Server Shared Folder

Using a Mac to Make a Remote Desktop Connection to Windows Home Server

Letting Windows Computers See Your Mac Shares

Using a Linux Client on Your Windows Home Server Network

Viewing the Windows Home Server Network in Ubuntu

Letting Windows Computers See Your Ubuntu Shares

Connecting Other Devices to the Windows Home Server Network

Connecting a Windows Mobile Device

Adding an Xbox 360 to the Network

Connecting a Kodak Wi-Fi Digital Picture Frame

From Here

Chapter 4 Configuring Windows Home Server

Changing the Name of the Home Server

Running the Windows Home Server Console

Changing the Date and Time on Windows Home Server

Setting the Current Date and Time

Synchronizing the Date and Time with a Time Server

Selecting the Windows Home Server Region

Changing the Region in the Windows Home Server Console

Customizing the Region Formats

Configuring Windows Update

Configuring Windows Update via the Windows Home Server Console

Configuring Windows Update via the Automatic Updates Control Panel

Updating Windows Home Server

Changing the Windows Home Server Password

Restarting or Shutting Down Windows Home Server

Configuring an Uninterruptible Power Supply

Configuring the Windows Home Server Startup

Editing BOOT.INI Directly

Using the System Configuration Editor to Modify BOOT.INI

Configuring Startup with the Advanced Options Menu

Launching Applications and Scripts at Startup

From Here

Chapter 5 Setting Up and Using Home Server Storage

Understanding Windows Home Server Storage

Simplicity: Saying Goodbye to Drive Letters

Flexibility: Expanding (or Contracting) the Data Pool

Safety: Using Duplication to Ensure No Data Is Lost

Understanding Drive Extender

Server Storage on a One-Drive System

Server Storage on a Two-Drive System

Server Storage on a Multi-Drive System

Setting the Primary Hard Drive

Adding Storage to the Home Server

Adding a Drive to the Storage Pool

Adding a Drive for Windows Home Server Backups

Viewing Storage Status

Repairing Storage

Removing Storage from the Home Server

Removing a Storage Hard Drive

Removing a Server Backup Hard Drive

From Here

Part II Unleashing Windows Home Server Networking

Chapter 6 Sharing Folders and Files on the Home Server

Examining the Predefined Windows Home Server Shares

Setting User Permissions on Shared Folders

Modifying Permissions for a Windows Home Server Shared Folder

Sharing Server Folders Outside Drive Extender

Creating a New Shared Folder

Toggling Duplication for a Shared Folder

Accessing the Windows Home Server Shared Folders

Understanding the Universal Naming Convention

Mapping a Shared Folder to a Local Drive Letter

Disconnecting a Mapped Network Folder

Creating a Network Location in Windows 7 and Windows Vista

Creating a Network Place in Windows XP

Copying Files to a Shared Folder

Publishing a Windows Vista Calendar to the Server

Publishing Your Calendar

Subscribing to a Calendar

Working with Shared Calendars

Viewing Share Storage History

Searching the Shared Folders

As-You-Type Searches with Desktop Search

Advanced Searches

Using Advanced Query Syntax to Search Properties

Deleting a Shared Folder

From Here

Chapter 7 Making Connections to Network Computers

Configuring a Computer as a Remote Desktop Host

Configuring a Windows 7 or Vista Host

Configuring an XP Host

Restricting the Computers That Can Connect to the Host

Connecting via Remote Desktop Connection

Getting the Client Computer Ready

Making the Connection to the Remote Desktop

Disconnecting from the Remote Desktop

Connecting via Windows Home Server Web Site Remote Access

Configuring Users for Remote Access

Activating Remote Access on the Server

Displaying the Remote Access Home Page

Making the Connection.

Disconnecting from the Host

Connecting via the Internet

Determining the Windows Home Server IP Address

Setting Up Port Forwarding on the Router

Configuring the Router By Hand

Determining the Router’s External IP Address

Using a Dynamic DNS Service

Obtaining a Domain Name from Microsoft

Displaying the Remote Access Home Page

Connecting to a Network Computer

Connecting to the Windows Home Server Console

Connecting to the Windows Home Server Desktop

Working with Windows Home Server Shares in the Web Browser

Enabling Drag-and-Drop Uploading

Customizing the Remote Access Web Pages

Setting Remote Access as the Default Home Page

Customizing the Website Headline

Customizing the Website Images

From Here

Chapter 8 Streaming and Sharing Digital Media

Streaming Digital Media to Network Computers and Devices

Getting Your Devices Ready

Activating Media Sharing in Windows Home Server

Connecting Devices

Playing Streamed Media in Windows Media Player.

Playing Streamed Media in Windows Media Center

Connecting Windows Media Center to Your Home Server

Sharing Photos

Customizing the Photos Share with a Template

Using Server Photos as a Screensaver Slideshow

Adding the Photos Folder to Windows Media Player

Adding the Photos Folder to Windows Live Photo Gallery

Adding the Photos Folder to Windows Photo Gallery

Running a Slide Show from the Photos Share

Changing the Default Picture Import Location to Windows Home Server

Sharing Music

Customizing the Music Share with a Template

Adding the Music Folder to Windows Media Player

Changing the Default Rip Location to Windows Home Server

Sharing Videos

Customizing the Videos Share with a Template

Adding the Videos Folder to Windows Media Player

Archiving Recorded TV on Windows Home Server

From Here

Chapter 9 Backing Up and Restoring Network Computers

Understanding Windows Home Server’s Backup Technology

Single Instance Storage

No Backup Types

Smarter Backups

Automatic Backup Management

Converting Client Partitions to NTFS

Format the Partition as NTFS

Run the CONVERT Utility

Configuring Windows Home Server Backups

Configuring the Backup Time

Configuring Automatic Backup Management

Configuring a Computer for Backup

Excluding a Disk Drive from a Backup

Excluding Folders from a Backup

Adding a New Hard Drive to a Backup

Turning Off Backups for a Computer

Running a Manual Backup

Cancelling a Running Backup

Backing Up Other Systems to Windows Home Server

Working with Backups

Viewing a Computer’s List of Backups

Viewing Backup Details

Preventing Windows Home Server from Deleting a Backup

Cleaning Up Old Backups

Browsing Backed-Up Files

Restoring Network Backups

Restoring Backed-Up Files

Restoring a Computer to a Previous Configuration

From Here

Chapter 10 Monitoring Your Network

Monitoring the Windows Home Server Status Icon

Monitoring the Icon Color

Monitoring Network Health Notifications

Monitoring the Windows Home Server Shares

Launching the Computer Management Snap-In

Viewing the Current Connections

Viewing Connections to Shared Folders

Viewing Open Files

Closing a User’s Session or File

Monitoring Remote Desktop Sessions

Starting the Terminal Services Manager

Viewing Remote Desktop Sessions

Sending a Message to a Remote Desktop Client

Disconnecting a Remote Desktop Session

Controlling the Administrator’s Desktop via Remote Control

Monitoring Users via Task Manager

From Here

Chapter 11 Implementing Windows Home Server Security

Enabling Security Auditing on Windows Home Server

Activating the Auditing Policies

Understanding the Auditing Policies

Tracking Auditing Events

More Ways to Secure Windows Home Server

Renaming the Administrator Account

Hiding the User Name in the Log On Dialog Box

Making Sure Windows Firewall Is Turned On

Disabling the Hidden Administrative Shares

Securing Network Computers

Monitoring Home Computer Security

Thwarting Spyware with Windows Defender

Protecting Yourself Against Email Viruses

Implementing Parental Controls

Creating Accounts for the Kids

Avoiding Phishing Scams

Sharing a Computer Securely

Implementing Wireless Network Security

From Here

Chapter 12 Setting Up a Windows Home Server Website

Understanding the Windows Home Server Default Website

Viewing the Default Website Folders

Viewing the Default Website with Internet Information Services Manager

Adding Folders and Files to the Default Website

Adding a File to a Default Website Folder

Adding a Folder to the Default Website

Creating a New Website

Creating a New Website Using a Different IP Address

Creating a New Website Using a Different Port

Creating a New Website Using a Host Header

Configuring a Website

Modifying the Website Identity

Giving a Website Multiple Identities

Changing the Website Location and Permissions

Setting the Default Content Page

Disabling Anonymous Access

Adding Site Links to the Home and Remote Access Pages

From Here

Chapter 13 Running a SharePoint Site on Windows Home Server

Installing and Configuring Windows SharePoint Services

Downloading and Installing SharePoint Services 3.0

Running the Initial SharePoint Services 3.0 Configuration

Creating a New SharePoint Web Application

Creating a Top-Level SharePoint Site

Deleting the Default SharePoint Web Application

Restarting the Windows Home Server Default Website

Adding a Firewall Exception for the SharePoint Web Application Port

Forwarding the SharePoint Port in Your Router

Adding Users to the Top-Level SharePoint Site

Logging On to the Top-Level SharePoint Site

Adding Sites to SharePoint

Adding a Top-Level Site

Adding a Subsite

Working with Site Settings

Customizing a Site

Working with Users

Working with Groups

Working with Permissions

Deleting a Site

Creating Content for a SharePoint Site

Storing Images in a Picture Library

Tracking Appointments with a Calendar

Maintaining a List of Contacts

Keeping a List of Web Page Links

Managing Permissions for Content

Deleting Content from a Site

From Here

Part III Unleashing Windows Home Server Performance and Maintenance

Chapter 14 Tuning Windows Home Server Performance

Monitoring Performance

Monitoring Performance with Task Manager

Monitoring Performance with System Monitor

Optimizing the Hard Disk

Examining Hard Drive Performance Specifications

Performing Hard Drive Maintenance

Disabling Compression and Encryption

Turning Off Windows Search

Enabling Write Caching.

Optimizing Virtual Memory

Customizing the Paging File Size

Watching the Paging File Size

Changing the Paging File’s Size

Defragmenting the Paging File

Optimizing Applications

Adding More Memory

Optimizing Application Launching

Getting the Latest Device Drivers

Setting the Program Priority in Task Manager

More Optimization Tricks

Adjusting Power Options

Eliminate the Use of Visual Effects

Optimizing Windows Home Server for Services and the System Cache

Optimizing Network Data Throughput for File Sharing

Upgrading Your Device Drivers

From Here

Chapter 15 Maintaining Windows Home Server

Checking System Uptime

Displaying Uptime with the SYSTEMINFO Command

Displaying Uptime with Performance Monitor

Displaying Uptime with a Script

Checking Your Hard Disk for Errors

Understanding Clusters

Understanding Lost Clusters

Understanding Invalid Clusters

Understanding Cross-Linked Clusters

Understanding Cycles

Understanding Windows Home Server’s Automatic Disk Checking

Running Check Disk

Checking Free Disk Space on the System Drive

Deleting Unnecessary Files from the System Drive

Defragmenting the System Drive

Reviewing Event Viewer Logs

Exporting Event Logs to a Database

Setting Up a Maintenance Schedule

From Here

Chapter 16 Customizing the Windows Home Server Interface

Making the Start Menu More Efficient

Activating the Frequent Programs List

Getting More Favorite Programs on the Start Menu

Adding the Internet and E-Mail Icons

Pinning a Favorite Program Permanently to the Start Menu

Streamlining the Start Menu by Converting Links to Menus

Adding, Moving, and Removing Other Start Menu Icons

Making the Taskbar More Efficient

Displaying the Built-In Taskbar Toolbars

Setting Some Taskbar Toolbar Options

Creating New Taskbar Toolbars

Creating a Taskbar Toolbar for Launching Programs and Documents

Improving Productivity by Setting Taskbar Options

Controlling Taskbar Grouping

Modifying the Start Menu and Taskbar with Group Policies

Customizing the Color Quality and Resolution

Setting the Screensaver

Selecting a Screensaver

Creating an Instant Screensaver

Customizing the Desktop Colors, Fonts, and Sizes

Selecting a Color Scheme

Creating a Custom Color Scheme

Creating Custom Colors

Changing the Effects Properties

From Here

Chapter 17 Troubleshooting Windows Home Server

Replacing Your System Hard Drive.

Restoring a Windows Home Server Backup

Understanding Troubleshooting Strategies

Did You Get an Error Message?

Does an Error or Warning Appear in the Event Viewer Logs?

Does an Error Appear in System Information?

Did the Error Begin with a Past Hardware or Software Change?

Did You Recently Edit the Registry?

Did You Recently Change Any Windows Settings?

Did Windows Home Server “Spontaneously” Reboot?

Did You Recently Change Any Application Settings?

Did You Recently Install a New Program?

Did You Recently Install a New Device?

Did You Recently Install an Incompatible Device Driver?

Did You Recently Apply an Update from Windows Update?

Did You Recently Install a Windows Home Server Hotfix or Power Pack?

General Troubleshooting Tips

Troubleshooting Using Online Resources

Troubleshooting Device Problems

Troubleshooting with Device Manager

Troubleshooting Device Driver Problems

Tips for Downloading Device Drivers

Troubleshooting Resource Conflicts

Verifying Digitally Signed Files

Troubleshooting Startup

When to Use the Various Advanced Startup Options

Using Safe Mode

Using Safe Mode with Networking

Using Safe Mode with Command Prompt

Using Enable Boot Logging

Using Enable VGA Mode

Using Last Known Good Configuration

Using Directory Services Restore Mode

Using Debugging Mode

What to Do If Windows Home Server Won’t Start in Safe Mode

Troubleshooting Startup Using the System Configuration Utility

Reinstalling Windows Home Server

From Here

Part IV Unleashing Windows Home Server Advanced Tools

Chapter 18 Working with the Windows Home Server Registry

Starting the Registry Editor

Navigating the Registry

Navigating the Keys Pane

Understanding Registry Settings

Getting to Know the Registry’s Root Keys

Understanding Hives and Registry Files

Keeping the Registry Safe

Backing Up the Registry

Protecting Keys by Exporting Them to Disk

Working with Registry Entries

Changing the Value of a Registry Entry

Renaming a Key or Setting

Creating a New Key or Setting

Deleting a Key or Setting

Finding Registry Entries

From Here

Chapter 19 Using Windows Home Server’s Command-Line Tools

Getting to the Command Line

Running CMD

Opening a Folder in a Command Prompt Session

Working at the Command Line

Running Commands

Working with Long Filenames

Changing Folders Faster

Taking Advantage of DOSKEY

Redirecting Command Output and Input

Piping Commands

Understanding Batch File Basics

Creating Batch Files

REM: Adding Comments to a Batch File

ECHO: Displaying Messages from a Batch File

PAUSE: Temporarily Halting Batch File Execution

Using Batch File Parameters

FOR: Looping in a Batch File

GOTO: Jumping to a Line in a Batch File

IF: Handling Batch File Conditions

Working with the Command-Line Tools

Working with Disk Management Tools

Working with File and Folder Management Tools

Working with System Management Tools

From Here

Chapter 20 Using Other Windows Home Server Power Tools

Using the Group Policy Object Editor

Working with Group Policies

Customizing the Windows Security Dialog Box

Customizing the Places Bar

Increasing the Size of the Recent Documents List

Enabling the Shutdown Event Tracker

Getting More Out of Control Panel

Reviewing the Control Panel Icons

Understanding Control Panel Files

Alternative Methods for Opening Control Panel Icons

Putting Control Panel on the Taskbar

Displaying Control Panel in My Computer

Removing an Icon from Control Panel

Showing Only Specified Control Panel Icons

Configuring the Microsoft Management Console

Launching the MMC

Adding a Snap-In.

Saving a Console

Creating a Custom Taskpad View

Controlling Snap-Ins with Group Policies

Controlling Services

Controlling Services with the Services Snap-In

Controlling Services at the Command Prompt

Controlling Services with a Script

Setting Up a Fax Server

Installing the Fax Service

Starting the Fax Console

Configuring the Fax Service

Examining the Fax Console

Sending a Fax

Receiving Faxes

Routing a Received Fax

From Here

Chapter 21 Scripting Windows Home Server

Understanding Windows Script Host

Running Scripts

Running Script Files Directly

Using WScript for Windows-Based Scripts

Using CScript for Command-Line Scripts

Script Properties and .wsh Files

Programming Objects

Working with Object Properties

Working with Object Methods

Assigning an Object to a Variable

Working with Object Collections

Programming the WScript Object

Displaying Text to the User

Shutting Down a Script

Scripting and Automation

Programming the WshShell Object

Referencing the WshShell Object

Displaying Information to the User

Running Applications

Working with Shortcuts

Working with Registry Entries

Working with Environment Variables

Programming the WshNetwork Object

Referencing the WshNetwork Object

WshNetwork Object Properties

Mapping Network Printers

Mapping Network Drives

Programming the Windows Management Instrumentation Service

Referencing the WMI Service Object

Returning Class Instances

From Here

Part V Appendixes

Appendix A Glossary

Appendix B Windows Home Server Keyboard Shortcuts

Appendix C Windows Home Server Online Resources

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When you think of the word server, you probably first imagine either a massive mainframe hulking behind locked doors in the bowels of some large corporation, or a powerful and very expensive desktop-like device full of esoteric hardware that helps it—and perhaps a few others like it—run the network of a medium-sized company. The common thread here is that we've always thought of servers as business machines. With the exception of a few hardcore geeks and technical writers (not that the two designations are mutually exclusive), having a server in your home seemed, well, excessive. What home needs the power of a server? What home can afford the expense of such a high-end device?

But then a funny thing happened: times changed. All those one-computer households suddenly became two-, three-, and even four-computer households; broadband became nearly ubiquitous, and of course every family member wanted a piece of the new pipe; we began digitizing our media en masse, and we wanted to share that media with other members of the family and with other devices scattered around the house; and we discovered wireless computing and became addicted to working and playing anywhere we wanted. The result has been an explosion of home networks over the past few years.

However, it didn't take long for amateur network administrators to learn something that their professional counterparts have known for many years: the larger the network, the more you need some device in the middle of it all to coordinate activities and offer a central repository for data. And our home networks have started to become quite large, with multiplecomputers, multiple devices such as wireless access points and network attached storage drives, and increasingly massive files, from multiple-megabyte digital audio files to multi-gigabyte digital video files. Suddenly we, too, needed a powerful machine in the middle of it all to keep things humming.

It helped significantly that extremely powerful computers had became extremely inexpensive, but one big problem remained: a server computer needs a server operating system. Unfortunately, the only choices here simply weren't reasonable or practical choices for the home: the powerful but expensive Windows Server 2003 or Windows Server 2003 Small Business Edition, or the various flavors of Linux, all of which are far too complex and arcane for the average home network.

However, the last piece of the puzzle fell into place when Microsoft announced Windows Home Server to the world in January 2007. Now we all had access to a server operating system that was designed specifically for home networks; we had access to a server OS that was easy to configure, simple to use, inexpensive, and could run on a variety of hardware; we had a server OS that not only did the usual server tasks—store data and manage users—but that also went much further with automatic backups for every computer, streaming media, and easy-to-configure access to any desktop from the network or from the Internet.

Welcome, then, to Microsoft Windows Home Server Unleashed. My goal in this book is to take you beyond the basic Windows Home Server Console interface and into the tremendously powerful behind-the-scenes features that enable you to get the most out of your investment without requiring an advanced networking degree.

Who Should Read This Book

For a book like this, it doesn't make much sense to have a "typical reader" in mind when writing. First, there's just no such thing as a typical reader, so you'd be writing for an audience of none. Second, home networks are as varied and unique as the families who use them. There are simple two-computer homes; there are large one-computer-per-person households; there are families who qualify as media powerhouses that create, share, and play audio and video incessantly; there's the home-office crowd who use their network for work as well as play; and finally there's Alpha Geek family with one person who's juiced not so much about Windows Home Server itself, but about getting his hands on the powerful Windows Server 2003 engine that comes with it.

In this book, I've tried to keep all these different families and situations in mind, and there's lots of content here for everyone. As a general rule, this book is for anyone who wants more from Windows Home Server. If you want to learn more about how Windows Home Server works, if you want to get more out of the unique features in Windows Home Server, and if you want to know how to use the powerful but hidden server features that are also part of the Windows Home Server package, this book is most definitely for you.

How This Book Is Organized

To help give you a sense of the overall structure of the book, the next few sections offer a brief summary of the six main parts of the book.

Part I: Unleashing Windows Home Server Setup

Part I takes the advice of the king in Alice in Wonderland: "Begin at the beginning." You get a bird's-eye view that describes what Windows Home Server is and what you can do with it (Chapter 1); you learn how to install Windows Home Server, just in case it didn't come preinstalled for you (Chapter 2); and you learn how to set up Windows Home Server for networking and how to troubleshoot basic network woes (Chapter 3).

Part II: Unleashing Windows Home Server Configuration

The four chapters in Part II show you how to get everything configured and connected so that you can start to take full advantage of what Windows Home Server has to offer. You learn how to set up and manage user accounts (Chapter 4); I show you how to add various computer types—Windows Vista, XP, and 98, as well as Mac and Linux—and various devices—including Windows Mobile and Xbox 360—to the Windows Home Server network (Chapter 5); you learn how to configure various Windows Home Server settings, including the computer name, the password, and various startup options (Chapter 6); and I delve deep into the new Windows Home Server storage system to show you how the system works, how to add, repair, and remove storage, and more (Chapter 7).

Part III: Unleashing Windows Home Server Networking

Part III is the biggest section of the book, with eight chapters focused on various aspects of networking with Windows Home Server. You learn how to share files and folders (Chapter 8); connect to other computers, both over the network and over the Internet (Chapter 9); stream and share digital image, audio, and video (Chapter 10); use Windows Home Server's computer backup and restore features (Chapter 11); monitor your network (Chapter 12); and implement network security (Chapter 13). I close this section with two chapters that take you well beyond Windows Home Server's core capabilities: Chapter 14 shows you how to use the built-in web server to create powerful and flexible websites, and Chapter 15 shows you how to download, install, configure, and use Windows SharePoint Services to run collaborative sites for your family.

Part IV: Unleashing Windows Home Server Performance and Maintenance

Part IV takes you into some of the features of Windows Home Server that are less glamorous but are still crucially important: performance tuning (Chapter 16), system maintenance (Chapter 17), interface customization (Chapter 18), and problem troubleshooting (Chapter 19).

Part V: Unleashing Windows Home Server Advanced Tools

The four chapters in Part V take your Windows Home Server knowledge to a higher level with in-depth looks at some advanced tools and features. You learn how to use the Windows Home Server Registry (Chapter 20); how to use the command-line tools (Chapter 21); how to use power tools such as the Control Panel, the Group Policy Editor, and the Computer Management snap-ins (Chapter 22); and how to create Windows Home Server scripts, including scripts that control the incredibly powerful Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) interface (Chapter 23).

Part VI: Appendixes

To round out your Windows Home Server education, Part VI presents a few appendixes that contain extra goodies. You'll find a complete guide to the important TCP/IP protocol (Appendix A), a primer for setting up a home network (Appendix B), a glossary of Windows Home Server terms (Appendix C), a complete list of Windows Home Server shortcut keys (Appendix D), and a list of online resources for Windows Home Server (Appendix E).

Conventions Used in This Book

To make your life easier, this book includes various features and conventions that help you get the most out of this book and out of Windows Home Server:


Throughout the book, I've broken many Windows Home Server tasks into easy-to-follow step-by-step procedures.

Things you type

Whenever I suggest that you type something, what you type appears in a bold monospace font.

Filenames, folder names, and code

These things appear in a monospace font.


Commands and their syntax use the monospace font as well. Command placeholders (which stand for what you actually type) appear in an italic monospace font.

Pull-down menu commands

I use the following style for all application menu commands: Menu, Command, where Menu is the name of the menu that you pull down and Command is the name of the command you select. Here's an example: File, Open. This means that you pull down the File menu and select the Open command.

Code continuation character

When a line of code is too long to fit on only one line of this book, it is broken at a convenient place and continued to the next line. The continuation of the line is preceded by a code continuation character (¬). You should type a line of code that has this character as one long line without breaking it.

This book also uses the following boxes to draw your attention to important (or merely interesting) information:

Note - The Note box presents asides that give you more information about the current topic. These tidbits provide extra insights that offer a better understanding of the task.

Tip - The Tip box tells you about Windows Home Server methods that are easier, faster, or more efficient than the standard methods.

Caution - The all-important Caution box tells you about potential accidents waiting to happen. There are always ways to mess things up when you're working with computers. These boxes help you avoid those traps and pitfalls.

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