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Advanced Admin Console 2011 Release Candidate now available

July 31st, 2011

The previous beta version of the Advanced Admin Console 2011 will stop working on August 1, 2011. Download the latest release now!

AAC 2011 RCThe Advanced Admin Console Beta 2 has been out since March. Several thousand people have downloaded and used it since then and have given valuable feedback on its features and reported some minor bugs.

As a result, the Release Candidate (Version 0.9.5) includes a number of fixes, changes and some new functionality (see changelog below). Most importantly, I’ve decided to no longer offer AAC 2011 entirely for free.

I’ve been working on the Advanced Admin Console and my other first-generation Windows Home Server AddIns since December 2007. During the last year I have spent countless hours on developing AAC 2011 from scratch to make it one of the most popular and useful AddIns for the 2nd generation of Windows Home and Small Business Servers. I hope you’ll understand my decision to charge for the new version in order to compensate for my work.

Licensing changes

AAC 2011 will remain free for use on Windows Home Server 2011 and Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials if it’s not domain joined. However, on Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials and domain-joined Windows Storage Server 2008 Essentials (=business users) the latest version of AAC 2011 can only be used until December 1, 2011. After that date, business users must either purchase a license (pricing to be announced) or uninstall the AddIn. On Windows Home Server 2011 and non-domain-joined Windows Storage Server 2008 R2, AAC 2011 will work until after that date but switch to reduced functionality mode. In reduced functionality mode the Favorites Tab is disabled which means you can no longer access custom links and shortcuts. By purchasing a license you can keep using the full functionality of AAC 2011 on these platforms as well.

Summary of licensing changes

To sum it up, in regards to licensing the latest version of AAC 2011 includes the following changes:

  • Users are categorized in two groups: Home and Business. Users of Windows Home Server 2011 and non-domain-joined Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials are regarded as home users. Users of Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials and domain-joined Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials are regarded as business users.
  • AAC 2011 has a trial period of 30 days (extended to December 1, 2011 for the Release Candidate). During the trial period the full functionality can be used on all platforms.
  • When the trial period expires, AAC 2011 will switch to reduced functionality mode for home users and cease to function for business users. In reduced functionality mode the Favorites Tab is no longer available.
  • Home and business users can purchase a license to use the full functionality of AAC 2011 for an unlimited time.
  • Pricing is to be announced shortly.
Changelog for release 0.9.5:
  • FIXED: When running the Dashboard from a client PC resizing the Dashboard window may result in improper drawing of the AAC portion of the Dashboard window.
  • FIXED: Update notification didn’t work for some users.
  • FIXED: An exception occurred when a favorite was created via the web page context menu.
  • CHANGED: User interface polished (Removal of MS Office style context menus, other minor changes).
  • ADDED: IE ESC notification can now be disabled.
  • ADDED: Open, Open in new window and Properties now available for folder in Favorite Tree.
  • ADDED: Support for Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials.
  • ADDED: German localization.
  • ADDED: About dialog.
  • ADDED: Licensing system, Activation wizard.
Download

Go to the downloads page to download the Advanced Admin Console 2011 Release Candidate. You can share your opinion and discuss the new release over at the HomeServerLand forums.

Categories: AAC 2011 Beta
  1. M.Rego
    September 22nd, 2011 at 17:35 | #1

    Not only do I understand why you are no longer offering AAC 2011 entirely for free, but even though I’m not an enterprise/domain user, I’d like to give you some money for a license. :)

    I’ve been using AAC since the WHS1 days and it’s been a life-saver on my old headless system. I recently upgraded my WHS system to something more powerful (and I installed WHS2011), and although technically speaking I don’t need AAC to gain direct access to the system, I still installed AAC2011 since it makes it a lot more convenient.

    Hands down AAC has been the most useful plugin I’ve had for WHS and I’d have no issues paying for a home license.

  2. fes
    December 15th, 2011 at 00:38 | #2

    Hi,
    tried it on V1 and was OK, didn’t use it much tho and did have a few hickups with it.
    Ggiving it a miss this time round with Vail as it’s just as quick and easy to RDC in.

  3. December 15th, 2011 at 01:10 | #3

    @fes
    You should give it a try. While you can RDC into Windows Home Server 2011 (“VAIL”) from any computer in your local network this is not possible over the internet. So when you’re not at home and want to access your server’s Dashboard, Advanced Admin Console 2011 will be right there for you and give you full access to your server.

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