Windows Home Server has quickly become a mainstay tool in your electronic home as storage for your data and for automatic backup of up to 10 of your home computers. While the server is built to do what it was designed for very efficiently, people are looking for things to improve, and to enhance the experience they have with the WHS. As such a growing list of Add-Ins are being created regularly, some free and some for little cost, that help people customize and enhance the functionality, and the user interface of WHS, or for remote connectivity, reporting, etc.
Below is a list of several tools used by some Microsoft engineers at home. Near the bottom of this blog there are links for even more on the web.
http://www.asciiexpress.com/webguide/homeserver.aspx (Webguide for WHS enables you to remotely access, listen, watch and stream your music, Photos and videos stored on your home server while away from home)
http://www.asoft.be/index.html (AutoExit allows you to shut down, sleep or hibernate your machines over WHS network. If your machines are WOL capable, you can also boot up your machines remotely)
http://www.whsplus.com/2009/05/24/advanced-admin-console/ (Advanced Admin extends your administrative console to include access to various parts of your home server’s administrative controls from within WHS console.)
http://www.digitalarchound.com/ (Not a freebie, but an excellent add-in for scanning & archiving docs)
http://www.whsplus.com/2009/04/13/whiist/ (Whiist is a Windows Home Server Add-In that allows you to create and manage web content on your Windows Home Server.)
http://www.whsplus.com/2009/04/06/windows-home-server-disk-management/ (more detail about server’s storage status than what the standard WHS Server Storage interface provides)
http://www.whsplus.com/2009/04/21/whs-bdbb/ (Windows Home Server Backup Database Backup)
http://www.mymovies.dk/ (With My Movies you are able to index your movies with automatically downloaded data from the My Movies WebService, and then browse movies, actors, directors and much more)
http://www.home-server-blog.de/add-ins/strom-und-laufzeitverwaltung/lightsout/ (This Add-In is used to put a Windows Home Server into suspended mode or hibernation and resume on user defined events.)
http://www.brendangrant.com/WHS/WebFolders4WHS/default.htm (Allows access to folders remotely via windows explorer which is a fast and easy way to get files in and out.)
http://www.themediamall.com/playon (Media server that streams Hulu and other TV content to the TV via PLAYSTATION 3, Xbox 360, or HP MediaSmart TV.)
http://www.whsplus.com/2009/05/18/whs-file-manager-1003/ (WHS File Manager)
http://www.whsplus.com/2009/04/11/squeezecenter-for-windows-home-server/ (SqueezeCenter (used to control and manage Logitech Squeezebox digital media receivers on your home server)
http://www.whsplus.com/2009/04/07/mss-fan-control/ (Fan Control Add-In for WHS Operating System. It is designed to work exclusively with the HP MediaSmart Server EX47x models, and will not work with any other WHS systems.)
http://blogs.technet.com/homeserver/archive/2008/11/26/windows-home-server-toolkit-version-1-1.aspx: A Microsoft tool for troubleshooting WHS connectivity issues. It will also generate and send error reports for logging WHS bugs.
Some add-ins are very popular and are listed in multiple sites, as well as in this document. Review the links below for more add-ins:
http://mswhs.com/ (Philip Churchill’s excellent WHS site)
http://mswhs.com/category/add-ins/ (Philip Churchill’s WHS addins)
http://www.jungledisk.com/ (offline file storage)
http://www.hack7mc.com/ has a lot of good resources for Media Center.