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AAC Feature Focus: Minimize

January 10th, 2010

This is the first in a series of blog articles highlighting some of the non-obvious features of my popular Advanced Admin Console Add-In (AAC) for Windows Home Server. You can find a German version of this article over at www.home-server-blog.de.

At first sight, the Windows Home Server Console looks like a normal windows program. However, it is a full-screen application running atop an otherwise empty, taskbar-less Windows Desktop. The application is running on your Windows Home Server and it’s user interface is presented to you on your home computer via a remote desktop connection.

The Advanced Admin Console Add-In gives you (among other things) the ability to launch external programs directly from within the console. Since there’s no taskbar, there’s no way for you to switch back and forth between the WHS Console and an external program, because the WHS Console runs full-screen. That’s where the Minimize feature comes in handy: Once you’ve switched over to the WHS Console from your external program you simply click the Minimize button in the lower right corner of the AAC window:


The WHS Console window will be minimized to the lower left corner of the screen and you can work with your external program.

One frequently asked question is how you can get back to the WHS Console once it has been minimized. The answer is: Just double click on the minimized window title bar of the WHS Console window:


A situation where you most likely will need to use the Minimize feature is when you use the Advanced Admin Console to launch a full desktop session by clicking “Show Desktop” on the AAC menu. The “Show Desktop” feature will be the topic of the next installment of “AAC Feature Focus”, so stay tuned!

Categories: FAQ, Windows Home Server
  1. Orlando
    January 11th, 2010 at 19:54 | #1

    Thank you for this tool, is it compatible with PP3?

  2. January 11th, 2010 at 20:03 | #2

    Yes, Advanced Admin Console 0.5.0 is fully compatible with PP3 and IE8, see http://www.home-server-addins.com/archives/235

  3. Earle Roberts
    January 12th, 2010 at 17:21 | #3

    Thanks for pointing out the minimize feature in AAC, I expect to make good use of it; I know I’ve had both the WHS console and a regular RDC window to my server open at the same time before, now I know I can do it all in the console window. BTW, it’s a great add-in!

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