In the last 6 weeks 2 major updates have totally changed the media server landscape. DVBLink server 4.5 and Microsoft Windows Server 2012 in combination look to offer an ideal windows-platform for a home media server.
Firstly lets address DVBLink. This suite of products have enabled network sharing of live and recorded TV for some time. The biggest piece missing from the puzzle has been centralised recording. With the release of DVBLink 4.5 at the start of July this has finally been addressed by the inclusion of a native recorded built-in to dvblink server which centralises all recording. Until now it was necessary to run DVBLink on a windows 7 PC, so that Media Center could be used as a recorder on the server, but the introduction of the native recorder has opened the door to running a full server OS which has advantages, including being free to students via dreamspark. Server 2012, whist including the awful new UI from Windows 8 does have some excellent new features, in particular storage spaces. As a server the UI doesn’t tend to matter as much as it is rarely used, and there are ways to restore a more usable UI anyway. All in all, these 2 products look to provide an ideal combination for a media server. Once Server 2012 is available from dreamspark we’ll publish a full setup guide.
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