Windows Home Server AddIn: Advanced Admin Console
This AddIn is for all Home Server administrators who want to have full control over their Home Server at any time. It allows to jump to the following areas of your Home Server within the Home Server Console:
- Control Panel
- Printers and Faxes
- Administrative Tools
- Start Menu
- “My Computer” (Which really should be called “My Server” on Windows Server SKUs)
- My Network Places
- Network Connections
Moreover you can launch a Command Prompt, PowerShell (if installed), Task Manager and Registry Editor from the menu. Thus, it is unnecessary for the majority of administrative tasks to connect to your Home Server via Remote Desktop..
Here’s a Screenshot:
IMPORTANT: This AddIn is only intended for advanced users who have at least some experience with administering a Windows Server 2003! The AddIn allows easy access to areas where you can really harm your Home Server if you’re unsure about what you’re doing! E.g. you shouln’t try to activate the server’s Soft-RAID-Functionality for its hard drives. This will confuse the backup service permanently (which I had to learn the hard way).
As the AddIn allows access to areas which were not intended by Microsoft to be accessible from within the Home Server Console, you might experience some glitches or unexpected behavior, none of which is likely to harm your server. E.g. you won’t be able to launch a new instance of explorer from the context menu of a volume under “My Computer”. Evidently nothing will happen, but after closing the Home Server Console on the client computer you will not be logged off but will find yourself being connected to the server’s desktop. There you will have to explicitly log off from the start menu. Those who cannot live with little oddities like this shouldn’t bother with installing the AddIn. But those who always need full control over all administrative areas of their Home Server may find the AddIn somewhat useful.
Download Advanced Admin Console AddIn Version 0.1.0 Beta.