The Windows Home Server Connector software must be installed on any computer that you want to use to connect to Windows Home Server either to manage your WHS or to have WHS backup that computer.

The Windows Home Server Connector performs the following functions:

• Connects your computer to your Windows Home Server
• Automatically backs up your home computer on a daily basis
• Monitors the health of your home computer
• Enables you to manage your Windows Home Server from your computer

You can install the Windows Home Server Connector on any of the following Windows operating
systems and their variants:

Windows Vista Operating System (minimum requirements)
• Windows Vista Home Basic
• Windows Vista Home Premium
• Windows Vista Business
• Windows Vista Enterprise
• Windows Vista Ultimate

Windows XP Operating System (minimum requirements)
• Windows XP Home with Service Pack 2 (SP2)
• Windows XP Professional with SP2
• Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 with SP2 and Rollup 2
• Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 with SP2
• Windows XP Media Center Edition 2004 with SP2
• Windows XP Tablet Edition with SP2

The Windows Home Server Connector will also work on the beta of Windows 7.

Also, if you are running Windows Home Server Power Pack 1 or higher then you can also install the Windows Home Server Connector software on a 64bit version of either Windows Vista or Windows 7, but not Windows XP.

Installing the Windows Home Server Connector

This section shows you how to install the Windows Home Server Connector on each computer.

If you have the Windows Home Server Connector CD available, start
at Step 1 and then skip to Step 9. If you don’t have the Windows Home Server Connector CD
available, you can connect to the Software share on your Windows Home Server, because a
copy of the Windows Home Server Connector software is placed there automatically during
the installation of Windows Home Server. Start at Step 2 to connect to the Software share on
your Windows Home Server and run the Setup program.

It is important to note that there may be a later version of the Windows Home Server Connector software residing on your Windows Home Server, so whenever possible use this rather than any CD you might have.

For this walk-through I am using the Windows Home Server Connector software that was updated as part of the HP MediaSmart Server 2.5 Update, but the steps are the same, or very similar for any version. When installing the Connector software from HP, the MediaSmart Console is also installed.

1. Insert the Windows Home Server Connector CD into the drive. In the AutoPlay dialog
box, shown in Figure 4-1, click the Run setup.exe option. (If you do not see this dialog
box, then locate the CD drive folder manually and double-click Setup.exe.) You may
then also be asked to confirm your permission to run the program, in which case click
Continue. Next, skip to Step 9.

running from CD

2. Click the Start button and then click Network to view all of the available computers
and devices on your home network, as shown below.

browsing the network

3. Double-click the computer that represents your Windows Home Server (ATLANTIS in
the example shown above).

4. Enter the username and password to access your Windows Home Server (if you have already set up a user account and password that matches the one you are using on the current machine you won’t be asked for this), and then click OK to continue.

Don’t forget that the username is “administrator” and the password is the one you created during
the Windows Home Server post-configuration steps.

5. You are presented with all the shared folders that are available on your Windows Home
Server, including Music, Photos, and Videos. Double-click the Software shared folder to continue.

contents of shared folders

6. You are presented with the contents of the Software shared folder. Double-click the Home Server Connector Software folder to continue.

contents of software folder

7. You are presented with the contents of the Home Server Connector Software folder. Double-click the Setup icon to start the installation process.

contents of home server connector software folder

8. You may be presented with an Open File – Security Warning dialog box. This dialog box advises you that a file is attempting to run and asks you to confirm that you want to run it. Click the Run button to continue.

9. When you see the Welcome to the Windows Home Server Connector screen click Next to continue.

welcome

10. Read the End-User License Agreement and click the I Accept the Terms of the License Agreement radio button and then click Next to continue. Of course, if you don’t accept the terms, you can’t continue the installation, so what choice do you really have?

licence agreement

11. The installation commences and you can monitor the progress.

monitoring the installation

This completes this part of the installation phase of the Windows Home Server Connector. You next
need to configure it, as described in the following section.

Configuring the Windows Home Server Connector

After the Windows Home Server Connector installation has completed, you will see the Welcome Screen. Click Next to continue.

welcome to whs connector

The wizard automatically tries to locate your Windows Home Server. This process can be
quick or it can take a few minutes—it all depends on your home network.

finding your home server

If for some reason the wizard cannot find your Windows Home Server, you will be given the option of searching again or finding your home server manually.

cannot locate the home server

It is always a good option to try and search again, if it still cannot find it, check that you have all the network cables correctly plugged in and your Windows Home Server is switched on. If you want to try searching manually you can just type in the name of your Windows Home Server.

If you still cannot find it, then consult the troubleshooting documentation or go to the Windows Home Server Forum’s on TechNet for more help.

Assuming the wizard locates your Windows Home Server, you will be asked to enter the password for the administrator account and then click Next. If you have forgotten the password, and you entered a useful hint during installation and configuration of your Windows Home Server, you can click the Password Hint button for a gentle reminder.

enter the WHS admin password

You will then be asked if you want to automatically wake up the computer to back it up if it is in either sleep mode or hibernation mode, or only back it up when it is switched on. Make your choice and click Next to continue.

home computer wake up

The wizard will then join your computer to the Windows Home Server, which means that it is added to the list of computers being monitored  and automatically configure a backup for you, which you can of course change later on. Just click Next to continue when this has completed.

configuring your computer

And that is it – the connector configuration is now complete. Just click Finish and you are done.

configuration complete

You can now launch the Windows Home Server Console and do whatever you need to do.

Removing the Windows Home Server Connector

You may decide that you no longer want to use the Windows Home Server Connector software
on a particular computer.

Removing the Windows Home Server Connector software from your computer doesn’t remove that computer from the list of computers shown in the Console, but you wont be able to backup that computer again, or at least until you reinstall the Windows Home Server Connector again.

You can easily remove the Windows Home Server Connector from a computer by following these simple steps:
1. On the computer you want to remove the Windows Home Server Connector from, click
the Start button and open the Control Panel.

control panel - uninstall

2. Select Uninstall a Program from the Programs group.

3. Highlight the Windows Home Server Connector in the list of programs and click Uninstall.

uninstall WHS connector

4. When prompted, just click Yes to start the uninstall process. You may be asked to confirm your choice again. Just say yes.

are you sure

And that is it, the Windows Home Server Connector software is now removed from your computer.