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Hello all!

 

I recently became a listener of the show and would like to give you all a thumbs up. It is nice listening to everyone share their experiences related to WHS. I have been planning the upgrade to my current home network for a couple of months. My network design was based on the following:

  • Ripping my DVD's (my kids like to scratch / destoy my DVD's)
  • Stream music, movies, pictures when I travel
  • Centralize storage

After listening to my first show (which I believe was #144) I decided to go with WHS. The $50 price tag for a Windows 2008 server core is amazing. Here is my current WHS 2011 configuration:

  • Clone PC with AMD Athlon x2 5000+ CPU
  • 8GB RAM
  • (2) 500GB RAID 1 -- O/S
  • (2) 2TB SATA RAID 1 - Data / Media
  • Mid Tower Case
  • My Movies addon with AnyDVD
  • (3) Windows 7 w/ Media Center & TV Tuners attached to LCD televisions (Used for watching TV and DVR fuctions)
  • iPad / iPhones / Laptop
  • Air Video Server (Streaming to IOS devices) ***Testing and not impressed***

I have been using "Media Browser" on all of my Windows 7 Media Centers to simplify access to ripped movies. It downloads all the meta data and DVD covers to Media Center. Does WHS 2011 have this function native or does My Movies?

 

If anyone has suggestions related to my configuration I would definitly appreciate it.

 

Zycor

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I used MediaBrowser for a short time, but I gave My Movies a 2nd try after reading all the high praise it gets in these forums... I'm glad I did; it beats MediaBrowser hands down.

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I gotta say that MyMovies with the iPad has made the system so much more accessible. My wife has even commented on how easy it is to use.

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I gotta say that MyMovies with the iPad has made the system so much more accessible. My wife has even commented on how easy it is to use.

 

Does that allow you to stream your movies to the ipad or is that just a remote for MC on your HTPC?

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It does not allow playback on the iPad. It does allow you to review all the titles (or up to 50 if you only use the free app), watch a trailer of the movie, and remote control ALL of 7MC, not just movies. It is really impressive to slide through the movie collection, tap it, and have the TV start playing it, then continue to remote control via the iPad, then switch to music or TV and still control it through the iPad.

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If anyone is interested, I did a quick review of the iPad MyMovies app on my my blog at:

 

http://win7king.word...meets-whs-2011/

 

Hello all!

 

I recently became a listener of the show and would like to give you all a thumbs up. It is nice listening to everyone share their experiences related to WHS. I have been planning the upgrade to my current home network for a couple of months. My network design was based on the following:

  • Ripping my DVD's (my kids like to scratch / destoy my DVD's)
  • Stream music, movies, pictures when I travel
  • Centralize storage

After listening to my first show (which I believe was #144) I decided to go with WHS. The $50 price tag for a Windows 2008 server core is amazing. Here is my current WHS 2011 configuration:

  • Clone PC with AMD Athlon x2 5000+ CPU
  • 8GB RAM
  • (2) 500GB RAID 1 -- O/S
  • (2) 2TB SATA RAID 1 - Data / Media
  • Mid Tower Case
  • My Movies addon with AnyDVD
  • (3) Windows 7 w/ Media Center & TV Tuners attached to LCD televisions (Used for watching TV and DVR fuctions)
  • iPad / iPhones / Laptop
  • Air Video Server (Streaming to IOS devices) ***Testing and not impressed***

I have been using "Media Browser" on all of my Windows 7 Media Centers to simplify access to ripped movies. It downloads all the meta data and DVD covers to Media Center. Does WHS 2011 have this function native or does My Movies?

 

 

 

If anyone has suggestions related to my configuration I would definitly appreciate it.

 

Zycor

 

System config is fine. In the future you might consider a lower power/heat CPU. What is it that you did not like about the Air Video? I have been very pleased with it. Can you describe the problem you are having or what you do not like?

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Does that allow you to stream your movies to the ipad or is that just a remote for MC on your HTPC?

 

It does not allow for streaming to the iPad but the functionality is by far the best. Finding the movie you want to watch is easier on the iPad than going through Media Center...once you find the movie you select play and it brings you right to the movie screen to start watching. For my wife and son this could not have been easier.

 

If anyone is interested, I did a quick review of the iPad MyMovies app on my my blog at:

 

http://win7king.word...meets-whs-2011/

 

 

 

System config is fine. In the future you might consider a lower power/heat CPU. What is it that you did not like about the Air Video? I have been very pleased with it. Can you describe the problem you are having or what you do not like?

 

I had read you article and thought it was spot on...Thanks

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