Is your Windows Home Server 2011 Dashboard unresponsive or acting strange after the installation of an Add-in? Check out this quick video on how to fix your Dashboard.
Fellow MVP John “Diehard” Zajdler and I were talking yesterday about the differences in the WHS v1 Console and the WHS 2011 Dashboard and common Add-In releases between versions. While the Console in v1 is a solid interface, it can become unstable when an installed Add-In is not compatible or becomes corrupt. If your v1 Console does not open, you are usually left with disabling services and deleting folders to remove the Add-In or might even have to do a Server Recovery if all else fails. If you have an issue with an Add-In in Windows Home Server 2011, remember that the new Dashboard is next generation and can possibly avoid some of these Add-In issues. Let me explain.
During our Skype conversation I installed an Add-In that was made for the prior 2010 Vail version to see if it would work in WHS 2011. I had told Nick from ASoft while we were at Summit that I would try the older version of the ASoft AutoExit 2010 Vail Add-In on WHS 2011 to see if it would work. The Add-In seemed to have installed correctly but the 2011 Dashboard would not stay open. Whoops. After a few minutes talking with John trying to see if the Add-In had started a service or had installed as an application, I realized I was not going to be able to remove the Add-In without the Dashboard. Nick told me it would not work but I did not listen. Whoops².
Since WHS 2011 Add-Ins are installed and removed from Dashboard I need it to stay open to remove the Add-In and undo what I had done. I used the Dashboard Safe Mode to start the Dashboard with the incorrect Add-In disabled so I could remove it.
Check out the short video to see how easy the process is.
Windows Home Server 2011 Release Candidate
You can download Windows Home Server 2011 at:
The installation of Windows Home Server 2011 has only a few basic requirements.
Windows Home Server 2011 is a 64-bit only operating system.
You can install the server software either manually or unattended.
- 1.4 GHz x64 processor
- 2 GB RAM
- At least one 160 GB (or larger) hard drive
- NTFS is the only supported file system
Supported networking configuration:
- Your server computer must be connected to a router via a network cable
- Windows Home Server works best with a UPnP certified device, but it is not required
- The router works best in the 192.168.x.x subnet, but it is not required
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