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Checkpoint: Windows SBS 2011 Essentials Edition

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I successfully migrated to Windows Small Business Server Essentials 2011. The change comes at the expense of easy media streaming, but it lays the foundation for future endeavors like the ability to roll out applications to all my workstations across the network via software such as Microsoft’s System Center Essentials 2010.

Switching over was fairly easy since all my data was on a separate 2TB drive already. All I needed to do was format and install the new OS. But is it that different?

Both SBS Essentials 2011 and Home Server 2011 feature connector software and dashboards. SBS Essentials 2011 is Home Server 2011 with Active Directory support and no media streaming. Going for SBS Standard 2011 would have brought me closer to Windows Server 2008 R2, but that’s not what I want at all. I don’t want to have a full blown server OS as a home OS. Small touches like remote web access and the dashboard with its add-ins are far more useful at home.

Taking care of the lack of media streaming was a bit of a chore thanks to the firewall. After spending a bit of time wrestling with that and looking for updated instructions to install it as a service, I finally got PS3 Media Server installed as my DLNA server.

With that out of the way, I think I’m pretty much done for now.

Steam’s Summer Sale is over and I’ve spent just under $15.

I ended up adding Universe Sandbox to my list of DarkSiders and Jamestown. I regret buying it right now since I’ve already played around with it, but I think it’ll be a neat toy to pick up and tinker with in the future.

I’ve wrapped up Enslaved and will be writing up my thoughts on it for this Wednesday. In the meantime, I’ve been working on jotting down thoughts on the Uncharted 3 multiplayer beta. You should try it if you haven’t. It ends Thursday, July 14th.

2 Responses

  1. David
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    Hi there,

    Thank you for this post, I have just installed SBS 2011 Esstentials and looking to stream to PS3.  Can you please provide more info on how you tweaked the firewall and what changes to PMS you did?


  2. Anonymous
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    I didn’t make any changes to PS3 Media Server. I just installed it as a service and let a dedicated account run the service. 

    As for the firewall, I allowed Port 5001 UDP/TCP through which is the Java Runtime port. Here’s a link with more details:


    Hopefully that helps.


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