If you have been around Windows Home Server enough you know that you can change the photo that greets you when you access your server from remote. I know of two Add-Ins in particular that allow you to change this photo very easily.
These two Add-Ins have a setting that allows you to choose a photo for your homepage instead of the family running around with the camcorder. Great, but why stop there?
When you login to your Windows Home Server you are greeted with more family. Who are these people anyway?
They look nice but lets replace them with a photo of our choosing! In order to do this you will have to be comfortable with using Remote Desktop. If you are not comfortable with Remote Desktop you should probably get some help at this point. Mistakes in this area could render your Remote Access Website inoperable. Proceed with caution and at your own risk!
The photo that we need to find is in the “C:\Inetpub\remote\images” directory.
Notice that the photo includes borders that need to be saved so the webpage looks nice and tidy. I have a couple of files that I’ll share with you to get you started. Download links are at the bottom of this post.
The first one has the family removed.
The second one is something I threw together quickly. I didn’t save the bottom border as I’m not a great Photoshop wizard. If anyone is good at PhotoShopping maybe you can create a better base image to work with.
It does look a bit oversized here but in your WHS remote page it looks pretty decent.
Download the second photo and save it to your Public Share. Fire up a remote desktop session to your WHS and navigate to the “C:\Inetpub\remote\images” directory. Rename the image “i_default_photo.png” to something different. This will keep the original image intact in case you want to revert back to it.
I have saved mine as i_default_photo1.png.
Now, open the Public share, right-click, and copy the new image. Paste it into the “C:\Inetpub\remote\images” directory. That’s it! You can download the blank image and insert your own photo within it’s borders. Make sure you save it as a “.PNG” image file.
Here is the blank photo, [download id=2] Be sure to rename this file to “i_default_photo.png” when you are done editing it.
Here is the Windows Home Server Photo, [download id=3] Be sure to rename this file to “i_default_photo.png” when you are done editing it.