Solving Problems using iTunes Shared Library and Windows Home Server

Solving Problems using iTunes Shared Library and Windows Home Server
May 31, 2009 Jens

Since a few days ago, I am proud owner of an Acer Aspire H340 easyStore Home Server. It came preconfigured with a few Add-Ins, for example the Firefly Media Server Add-In and the Lights-Out Add-In.

The Firefly Media Server Add-In got some nice features. One is the automatic creation of an iTunes Shared Library based on all music located in the Home Server “Music”-folder.

The Problem

So, I tried that feature, but it didn’t work: My iTunes installation on the desktop didn’t see the Shared Library.

The problem was, that the H340 comes with an old version of “Bonjour” installed, which doesn’t work with the current iTunes version (8.1.1). “Bonjour” is the service providing the Shared Library functionality.

The Solution

So, if you encounter this problem, just download the current Bonjour version from http://www.apple.com/downloads/macosx/apple/windows/bonjourforwindows.html, log into your Home Server using Remote Desktop (Account is “Administrator” and the Home Server Console password) and upgrade Bonjour. Done!

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