Windows Home Server Power Pack 2 with Media Center Integration

Windows Home Server Power Pack 2 is set to be released tomorrow (March 24th 2009). The biggest part of this update is some integration between Windows Home Server and Windows Media Center.

Windows Media Center Connector

* Computers running Windows Media® Center can now view recorded TV content that is stored on your home server by using the recorded TV gallery.
* Windows Media Center music, photos, videos, and recorded TV libraries are
automatically updated to include the Music, Photos, Videos, and Recorded TV shared folders on your home server.
* Media Center Extenders that are connected to a computer running Windows Media Center can now access content on your home server without using the guest account.
* You can control the shared folders on your home server that Media Center Extenders can access by using the Windows Home Server Console. To do this, on the console, click Settings, and then click Windows Media Center.

Media Sharing

* Support for MP4 audio and video files is added.
* Content that is stored on your home server and that is shared via Windows Media Connect, including files with extensions .mp4, .m4v, .m4b and .m4a, now appears in the music or video library with title, artist, composer, album, and genre metadata.

This is just the start for integrating media center features into Windows Home Server. You can find out about all the new features over at WeGotServed.

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