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Where to get the latest version of FireFly for your Windows Home Server

August 21st, 2009

Note: This how-to is intended for people who know what FireFly Media Server is. If you don’t but want to read more about it, please see this tutorial on installing it on Windows Home Server. After that come back here to learn how to obtain the latest version of FireFly.

If you are an owner of an HP MediaSmart EX4xx Home Server then you’re lucky: These machines come with FireFly preinstalled and HP has already made updates available to keep your servers up to date. However, if you bought a Windows Home Server from a different manufacturer (or you are the manufacturer yourself) you may already have installed the ‘latest’ freely available version of FireFly Media Server or are maybe planning to do so.

While browsing the download section over at fireflymediaserver.org I was a little shocked to see that the latest stable version svn-1586 and the latest unstable nightly build svn-1696 both date back to 2007.

I’ve been running svn-1696 for quite some time now. A couple of days ago I recognized that whenever the FireFly service was scanning my server for new .mp3s it crashed after about 1 or 2 minutes. It was then when I went on my mission to find a somewhat more recent version of FireFly Media Server.

I knew that HP are offering a software update (version 2.5) for their MediaSmart servers, so I downloaded it from here (if this link does not work for you check this MediaSmart wiki page for the latest download URL). After downloading the file do my desktop I right-clicked it and selected ‘Create shortcut’. Now I right-clicked the newly created shortcut and selected ‘Properties’. The next step was to enter /a at the end of the ‘Target’ field:


After clicking OK I double clicked the shortcut. This launched the InstallShield Wizard which – instead of installing the software – asked me where to unpack the software package (screenshot is in german):


So I entered c:\unpacked and clicked ‘Installieren’ (= Install). Note: This will NOT install the software but really only will unpack the software package.

After the InstallShield wizard was done I opened Windows Explorer and navigated to C:\unpacked\folders\HPMSS-2.5\[PROGRAM_FILES]\Hewlett-Packard\HP MediaSmart Server\infrastructure where I found the Firefly Meda Server.exe I was looking for. Checking out the file’s properties I discovered that it was built around September, 19 2008:


I followed this tutorial on how to install it and am now running FireFly svn-1737. Thank you HP ;-)

UPDATE: There’s a new, more detailed tutorial available here.

Categories: Windows Home Server
  1. Radial Kharma
    August 24th, 2009 at 09:15 | #1

    I have realy been looking for a solution like this, since my Firefly stops just 2 minutes after being started.

  2. hakke
    November 9th, 2010 at 15:40 | #2

    Great. Just one thing. These directions don’t work for win7 or vista. Need to have xp (I think) installed to do this. Both win7 and vista start installation after double clicking the shotcut.

    Any workaround for this? I really need the app.

  3. November 9th, 2010 at 18:49 | #3

    The procedure described in the article also works unter Windows 7 and Vista. If you’re having trouble you can also open a command prompt and run the .exe with the command line parameter /a from there. Please note that the installation wizard will start but it will not ask where to install the application but where to unpack the files to,

  4. hakke
    November 12th, 2010 at 16:03 | #4

    No man, it doesn’t work. Ive tried with 4 different computers in my home, no go. Installation will start immediately after doubleclicking the shortcut. Must be something in my settings.

    Any chance You’d be kind enough to tell more about the cmd option? I’m not too familiar using it.

  5. November 13th, 2010 at 14:33 | #5

    Follow the directions given here to open a Windows command prompt window from the folder where you stored the downloaded HP update package: http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/how-open-windows-command-prompt-any-folder.htm
    Enter MS251027311ServerUpdate.exe /a on the command prompt. An installation wizard should now popup and say that it’s preparing installation. After the preparation the wizard should display the “Select network location” dialog shown in the article.
    Hope this helps.

  6. hakke
    November 14th, 2010 at 10:53 | #6

    Thumbs up m8, thanks a bunch. It worked, you’re the man

  7. M@rk
    November 9th, 2011 at 15:32 | #7

    Worked fine for me on Windows 7.


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