Here we take another exclusive look at the HomeServerSync add-in for Windows Home Server from Tranquil. This time it is the final beta build and we are looking at the Windows Home Server Add-In.
We had an exclusive first look at the HomeServerSync beta earlier in July, and information on HomeServerSync itself a little while before that.
And earlier this week we announced that the final beta of HomeServerSync was released to a select group of beta testers.
So after playing around with this final beta for a while, I thought I would post up my experiences and show some of the features that were not available the last time – specifically the VPN service.
REGISTERING FOR HOMESERVERSYNC
The first thing you need to do is to register for the service. You do this by visiting the HomeServerSync portal and clicking on Sign Up.
Complete all the details and click Submit.
Once you have successfully registered you might want to sign in to just check your account is working before continuing.
After placing the MSI file in the add-ins folder on your Windows Home Server, installing the add-in is just the same as with any other Windows Home Server add-in, up to a point.
You will be asked to install the Microsoft Sync Framework 2.0 – don’t worry, just click Install when prompted.
Once that has installed you will be asked to install the HSSyncServer – again it is just a case of following the steps in the wizard.
Once that has been completed you will be prompted to register the VPN. In this beta, sometimes the dialog box is hidden behind another window which gives you the impression that the install has frozen. Just move the windows around and you will find it. This will be fixed for the final release according to Tranquil.
Enter the account and password details you created earlier and click Register.
The process should only take a few moments.
You will also be prompted to install some hardware – the TranquilPC hardware. This is normal and is the virtual hardware for the VPN component – so make sure you click Continue Anyway.
And that is it – the installation is now complete and you will have to restart the Windows Home Server Console.