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Review of My Movies for Windows Home Server 2011 2.0 Pre Release 7

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We have talked about My Movies in the past, and with the release of My Movies for Windows Home Server 2011 2.0 Pre Release 7 last week, it’s time for our review.

UWHS Review - My Movies for Windows Home Server 2011 2.0 Pre Release 7

What is My Movies for Windows Home Server 2011?

According to the My Movies website:

My Movies for Windows Home Server is a single add-on program for Windows Home Server, providing a set of features around movies and music, making it the perfect solution for adding, identifying and maintaining movie and music data on your Windows Home Server, serving it to different Media Center solutions or music playback devices.

My Movies for Windows Home Server 2011 overall contains the same functionality as My Movies for Windows Home Server, but where My Movies for Windows Home Server shares components with My Movies 3, My Movies for Windows Home Server 2011 shares components with My Movies 4.00. This also means that My Movies for Windows Home Server 2011 contains monitoring functions for TV Series as included in My Movies 4.00, which My Movies for Windows Home Server does not.

As of today, My Movies for Windows Home Server 2011 is still in beta, but according to the website it should be released by the end of May (although today is the 30th May), so expect it sometime in June.

My Movie User Accounts and Points

Here is what Brian says about points:

Some features in My Movies requires that your user account has gained a specific amount of purchased or contribution points. While My Movies is in it’s basics a free product, we would like to reward users who contribute to the software development either by purchasing points, or by participating in building and improving our data service.

Learn more about the points system here

Downloading the Add-In

Download My Movies for Windows Home Server 2011 here

UWHS Review - My Movies for Windows Home Server 2011 2.0 Pre Release 7

Pre Releases – Read Notice!

Before installing a pre release version, you must make a backup of your database using the settings in your WHS console. There are no guarantee that a pre release version functions as expected, and it should therefore only be used for evaluation purposes. The database backup ensures that you can revert back to the latest stable version.
My Movies for Windows Home Server 2011 – 2.00 Pre Release 7 can be used with My Movies 4.01 Pre Release 3 clients.

Installing the Add-In

Once you have downloaded the add-in, double-click it to start the installation.

UWHS Review - My Movies for Windows Home Server 2011 2.0 Pre Release 7

Click Install the Add-in to continue.

UWHS Review - My Movies for Windows Home Server 2011 2.0 Pre Release 7

After the add-in has successfully installed, click Close.

UWHS Review - My Movies for Windows Home Server 2011 2.0 Pre Release 7

Andrew Edneyhttps://moviesgamesandtech.com
I am the owner and editor of this site. I have been interested in gadgets and tech since I was a little kid. I have also written a number of books on various tech subjects. I also blog for The Huffington Post and for FHM. And I am honoured to be a Microsoft MVP since January 2008 - again this year as an Xbox MVP.

45 COMMENTS

  1. Thanks for the review. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a negative review for My Movies.
    One thing that is still unclear to me is how the various components of My Movies work together. I do not have a disc drive in my home server and I only have an Atom processor, so I’m not really interested in disc ripping on my server. All I want to do is store my movies and TV series on my home server and serve them to my media centre – do I still need the WHS version of My Movies, or will it all run from the Media Centre?
    Thanks,
    Richard

  2. Hi Richard

    No, you don’t need the WHS version of My Movies to do what you want to do.

    You will need My Movies on your Media Center and also the collection management software as well.

    Then just have My Movies monitor the share on your home server for the media and thats it.

    I have the same setup but with the files stored locally on the Media Center, but it works just the same as My Movies just looks at wherever you tell it.

    Andrew

  3. I am glad to hear that you have had success. I on the other hand have not. I found bugs, installation problems, ripping problems and quality issues. I have also found the lack of support to be a deal breaker. I honestly wanted this to work for me. I was prepared to buy until I tried it out.

    I am using the My Movies for Windows Home Server 2011 Version: 2.00 Release date: June 28’th 2011. I ran into problems early so I started a thread to find that support does not exist for My Movies. I felt like I was I was not welcome on the forums and god forbid that I ran into problems.

    Here is my fair review from my experience with My Movies.

    http://forums.usingwindowshomeserver.com/topic/527-my-movies-review/

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