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Thursday, January 03, 2008

Multiple OEM Home Server Tabs

The Windows Home Server Console reserves the left most tab position to a tab supplied by the OEM who builds the actual Windows Home Server... such as what is seen in the HP MediaSmart server:

mediasmart-server

Did you know that you can specify your own?

It's simply a matter of breaking out the HomeServerConsole.exe.config file on the server and specifying an appSettings key and value based on the name of the tab in question.

For me to set my Web Folders add-in to show up as the OEM tab my config file could be as simple as this:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<configuration>
    <appSettings>
        <add key="Web Folders" value="1" />
    </appSettings>
</configuration>

Once done the third party tab you've specified will show up in the OEM position:

Web Folders as OEM Tab

Did you know that you can specify more than 1 OEM tab?

Just use the same trick in the config file... only do it again for other tabs:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<configuration>
    <appSettings>
        <add key="Web Folders" value="1" />
        <add key="DHCP Server" value="1" />
    </appSettings>
</configuration>

DHCP and Web Folders as OEM Tabs

Just remember that when two tabs have the same numerical value, their display names are used to sort them alphabetically.

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2 Comments:

  • You know what I REALLY want for an add-in? The ability to back-up my Home Server over the internet to another Home Server (e.g. a relative). This way, I can have an offsite backup with only the cost of a hard drive. Please oh Please make me one of these?

    By Anonymous jsfricke@msn.com, at 9:06 PM  

  • I agree that some kind of add-in to make doing that easy would be nice... right now though the best options are Jungle Disk and the SyncToy 2.0 beta. While neither directly allow you the relationship you are looking for, either can make similar backups pretty easy.

    Brendan

    By Blogger Brendan, at 7:43 AM  

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