One more thing…

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I got videos to work on my Playstation 3! Updates fix things and break things. Apparently an update to the PS3 broke PVConnect. All the videos would show up but say “Unsupported Data.” To fix it you modify a file on the WHS via remote desktop. We Got Served not only had this information but is filled with a lot of other useful information. I will copy the fix into the rest of the story…

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Bring it up to date…

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What I failed to realize was that the first thing you need to do with Windows Home Server is install the updates. Microsoft has the WHS Power Pack 1 (or PP1).

It combines all previous updates/fixes and supposedly improves network performance. The biggest thing I got was support for Vista 64-bit.

If you have the HP MediaSmart Server there is the v1.3 software update. This update delivers enhanced media streaming capability from PacketVideo, server-side anti-virus protection from McAfee.

PacketVideo is also refered to as PVConnect or Twonky, and it replaces Media Streaming with more support for uPnP devices.

Basically throw things at it and see what sticks…

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I had mentioned in my first post that I wanted to stream media to my PCs and consoles. I had no success with the Media Sharing compared to ability out of the box. I am however able to find a lot of information on the internet of people who have had/are having the same problems.

Getting PCs to work was the firs problem I solved. Playing videos through Media Center was a matter of installing the right codecs. I found the Combined Community Codec Pack was the choice that sounded best to me. If you have Vista 64-bit you will also need to find “x64 Componets_v152.exe” I also needed to install a reg hack to be able to see .mp4 files in Media Center. I don’t recall where I got either of the last two updates, but you can get the contents of the .reg file by viewing the rest of this blog.

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Windows Home Server

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I purchased a HP MediaSmart Server ex470. For those who are not in the know, it is a headless Windows server running a hybrid of Windows Server 2003 called Windows Home Server. My primary reason for having the server is to centralize the 3 PCs multimedia files (pictures, music and movies). The secondary reason is to stream the files to Vista Media Center, my PS3 and xbox360.

Installation was a snap, although I had to change over to a Vista 32 box to install the included HP software. I was able to configure accounts username/password to match the server without entering any information. It also gives each account a private user folder to store personal files that are blocked from the other users. Permissions were fairly basic, but this is meant for a home not business so I understand.

Shortly after copying media files I ran into my first snag. Viewing video files (mp4 or dvd (video_ts folder) on Vista Media Center, PS3 or xbox360 all had various issues. I will be following up with some of the things I’ve tried, the successes/failures of each and what I am still trying to make this all work…

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