Windows Home Server: Advanced Admin Console 0.2.0 Beta Add-in - Review

If an FBI profiler was asked to produce a profile for the average Windows Home Server user, I don’t think it would raise too many people’s eyebrows if they were to describe them as; male, 25-55 years of age, able to hold down a job and appear as upstanding members of their communities. As with […]

If an FBI profiler was asked to produce a profile for the average Windows Home Server user, I don’t think it would raise too many people’s eyebrows if they were to describe them as; male, 25-55 years of age, able to hold down a job and appear as upstanding members of their communities. As with many types of deviant, those nearest and dearest to the Windows Home Server user know about their activities but turn a blind eye when they disappear for hours at a time. Very often the users themselves cannot account for missing hours or what they have been doing - they may claim that they are protecting their family’s digital stuff from oblivion, when in fact that all happens automatically at 2am every day. No, they are installing add-ins that allow them to delve into and fiddle with knobs, switches and settings so deep inside WHS that you need a canary and a length of string to get back to the desktop. 

Advanced Admin Console Addin by Andreas M is guaranteed to give hours of “fun” to those Windows Home Server owners who want to get down and dirty with the operating system. Read this post on the Windows Home Server Team blog, abd if you recognise yourself there with a smile, then this add-in is for you. If you are downloading this type of add-in then there is probably no need to tell you how to install it. If you don’t know how to install it, then something a little gentler may be what you’re looking for - you should try something simpler like WHS Customizerby Jay Hinrich. Why? As Andreas M says on his web site:  

“IMPORTANT: This Add-In is only intended for advanced users who have at least some experience with administering a Windows Server 2003! The Add-In allows easy access to areas where you can really harm your Home Server if you’re unsure about what you’re doing.”

So take note. But having said that, looking can’t do any harm, can it? So what does this add-in do that could decimate your home server? Essentially, it gives you access to many server functions that would only be available if you remote accessed into the server itself.