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My Movies is a fantastic add-in for Windows Home Server. Tranquil have their own version, called AVA Media, and here is our review.

UWHS Review - AVA Media Add-in for Windows Home Server 2011

What is AVA Media for Windows Home Server 2011?

AVA Media for Windows Home Server is a single add-on program for Windows Home Server, providing a set of features around movies and music, making it the perfect solution for adding, identifying and maintaining movie and music data on your Windows Home Server, serving it to different Media Center solutions or music playback devices.

AVA Media is the Tranquil PC branded version of My Movies for Windows Home Server.

Buying the Add-in

You can buy the Add-in from Tranquil PC’s website. Once you have purchased it and downloaded it, it’s time to install it!

Installing the Add-In

Once you have downloaded the add-in, double-click it to start the installation.

UWHS Review - AVA Media Add-in for Windows Home Server 2011

Click Install the Add-in to continue.

UWHS Review - AVA Media Add-in for Windows Home Server 2011

After the add-in has successfully installed, click Close.

UWHS Review - AVA Media Add-in for Windows Home Server 2011

We have talked about My Movies in the past, and with the release of My Movies for Windows Home Server 2011 2.0 Pre Release 7 last week, it’s time for our review.

UWHS Review - My Movies for Windows Home Server 2011 2.0 Pre Release 7

What is My Movies for Windows Home Server 2011?

According to the My Movies website:

My Movies for Windows Home Server is a single add-on program for Windows Home Server, providing a set of features around movies and music, making it the perfect solution for adding, identifying and maintaining movie and music data on your Windows Home Server, serving it to different Media Center solutions or music playback devices.

My Movies for Windows Home Server 2011 overall contains the same functionality as My Movies for Windows Home Server, but where My Movies for Windows Home Server shares components with My Movies 3, My Movies for Windows Home Server 2011 shares components with My Movies 4.00. This also means that My Movies for Windows Home Server 2011 contains monitoring functions for TV Series as included in My Movies 4.00, which My Movies for Windows Home Server does not.

As of today, My Movies for Windows Home Server 2011 is still in beta, but according to the website it should be released by the end of May (although today is the 30th May), so expect it sometime in June.

My Movie User Accounts and Points

Here is what Brian says about points:

Some features in My Movies requires that your user account has gained a specific amount of purchased or contribution points. While My Movies is in it’s basics a free product, we would like to reward users who contribute to the software development either by purchasing points, or by participating in building and improving our data service.

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Downloading the Add-In

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UWHS Review - My Movies for Windows Home Server 2011 2.0 Pre Release 7

Pre Releases – Read Notice!

Before installing a pre release version, you must make a backup of your database using the settings in your WHS console. There are no guarantee that a pre release version functions as expected, and it should therefore only be used for evaluation purposes. The database backup ensures that you can revert back to the latest stable version.
My Movies for Windows Home Server 2011 – 2.00 Pre Release 7 can be used with My Movies 4.01 Pre Release 3 clients.

Installing the Add-In

Once you have downloaded the add-in, double-click it to start the installation.

UWHS Review - My Movies for Windows Home Server 2011 2.0 Pre Release 7

Click Install the Add-in to continue.

UWHS Review - My Movies for Windows Home Server 2011 2.0 Pre Release 7

After the add-in has successfully installed, click Close.

UWHS Review - My Movies for Windows Home Server 2011 2.0 Pre Release 7

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