Today I discovered that the MultiPoint Manager in Windows MultiPoint Server 2011 looks an awful lot like the Dashboard in Windows Home Server 2011 and its siblings from the Colorado family of Windows Server operating systems:
I wondered if it was actually built using the same technology and tried to install the Advanced Admin Console 2011 AddIn on it. The installation went fine but when I tried to launch MultiPoint Manager it crashed on me. Reviewing the log files I found out that it was missing the whole AddIn Infrastructure present in WHS 2011, so I removed the update check from AAC 2011 (the only thing that depends on the AddIn Infrastructure) and tried again.
This time it worked:
Yeah, I know it’s documented (like here and here) but I guess I missed it because unlike the Dashboard in WHS 2011, MultiPoint Manager does not have an AddIns Tab and the operating systems doesn’t recognize the .wssx file extension used for WHS 2011 AddIn packages.
When I started putting together my Windows Live Space keinplatz.spaces.live.com about a year ago I had no idea how long it would live. Since the Advanced Admin Console AddIn for Windows Home Server seems to be somewhat popular around Home Server owners, I have decided to launch this website dedicated to Windows Home Server AddIn development. All content and downloads have been moved over to this site, so please update your bookmarks, resubscribe to my RSS feed because some new and interesting stuff is coming up during the next couple of weeks.
I’m currently busy developing a new addin for Windows Home Server, but it’s still a little too early to talk publicly about it. I’m planning to give out a first beta preview version of it to a private group of testers. If you happen to have a large collection of cd/dvd disc image files (like .iso-images) stored on your Home Server I’d really appreciate if you would join the beta and give valuable feedback to influence further development.
Right now the software isn’t ready yet, but when the time comes I’ll be posting a call for beta testers here so stay tuned.