Earlier this week, Microsoft announced the Release Candidate of the so called "Windows Server Solutions Phone Connector for Windows Home Server 2011" (aka Integrating Windows Phone 7 with your WHS 2011 Server) or even easier - its Windows Home Server add-on for Windows Phone 7 - which Microsoft showcased back in January. The purpose of this add-in is to enable remote server management tasks and relay media streams for WHS 2011. At the end of the day, it's you personal cloud on your own home system. Beside of many server relevant tasks like alerts and basic user management configurations, it provides convenient access to view and stream photos, music and videos.
The Windows Home Server add-on allows to browser through all shared Pictures folders and open .png and .jpg pictures in full-screen to view it on the phone. Furthermore it's even possible to save a copy of the picture to the phone, using its original dimensions and resolution. Photos, taken with a Windows Phone, can be uploaded back to to the server as well as any other picture that is stored in the Pictures hub of the phone.
Furthermore it's possible to stream MP3 songs from the server to the Windows Phone where the album art is also displayed. The WHS music library is searchable and can be organized in different views.
Last but not least it's also possible to stream videos that are stored on the server in the Videos shared folder. Even though discoverable by this feature, the variety of video formats is high and not all formats can be streamed (click here for further information of supported media codes on Windows Phone 7).
Also is Microsoft's Windows Home Server add-on taking benefits of the Windows Phone Live Tiles technology. If the application is pinned to the home screen, users will be able to see a variety of at-a-glance information without launching the app. The at-a-glance information includes count and type of network health alerts, percentage of storage use of your main disk and server name sending this information.
To access your Windows Home Server from your Windows Phone 7, a server sided add-in needs to be installed on the WHS 2011 Server as well as the Windows Phone 7 application has to be downloaded from the Marketplace.
Cheers ~ Arne