1. Select a series to collect.
2. Choose a location to collect the series.
3. Choose a Media Center computer to watch the series on.
Yes, the program supports both dvr-ms files and WTV files. See WTV file support.
Shared folders on the WHS must permit Full user access to all client accounts which access them using Recorded TV Manager. To set user access levels for shared folders on WHS:
Setting Permission Levels for Recorded TV folders on client machines
The folders which you are trying to access must be shared and Windows Home Server must have sufficient permissions to access those folders on the client machine. To set folder permissions:
Sometimes it is necessary to reboot the client machine before the change will take place.
Why can't I access all my folders in the Add a Folder wizard?
The folders which you are trying to access must be shared and Windows Home Server must have sufficient permissions to access those folders on the client machine. It may be necessary, especially if the client is a Windows XP machine, to follow one or more of the following procedures to solve this problem:
Workgroup - The default Workgroup name in the WHS install is "Workgroup". If the computers on your network belong to a Workgroup with a different name, that may result in problems accessing folders. To join the WHS to your workgroup:
User Accounts - If the login account on the client machine does not have a matching User Account in Windows Home Server Console, you may have problems in accessing folders on the client machine. To add a user account to the WHS:
To check folder access from the WHS machine:
Can I turn off the popup and Network Health messages?
Yes. On the Recorded TV Manager Settings page, check the Turn OFF AutoCopy notifications checkbox to stop notifications, then click Apply or OK.
Do not add folders to the folder list which include an ampersand character (&). This can cause problems with the Collections wizard and AutoCopy Rules, including possibly crashing the add-in. If you have such a folder in the list which is causing problems, first Remove it from the folder list and then remove any AutoCopy rules which reference that folder. To remove AutoCopy rules click Advanced on the Settings page.
If you add a folder to the folder list and then, outside the console, change the actual name of the folder, this can cause problems because the folder list points to a non-existent location. To change the actual name of a folder that is already in the folder list, first Remove it from the folder list and then remove any AutoCopy rules which reference that folder. To remove AutoCopy rules click Advanced on the Settings page. Rename the folder using Windows Explorer and then Add the newly named folder back to the folder list.
Diagnosing <Not available>
The software 'pings' the computers in the folder list to determine if they are "available." Some firewall and anti-virus programs may block the pings and the folders will be <Not available> even though you can navigate to them directly.
Windows Live OneCare - This procedure may be required (it is from public newsgroup postings):
> Open OneCare.
> Click Change Settings.
> On the Firewall tab, click Configure Firewall
> Make sure that the Network is shown as "Home or Work" and not "Public"
> If it is "Public" click Change Location
> Click Advanced settings
> On the Ports and protocols tab -
> place a check mark next to ICMPv4 Inbound
> note the state of the two entries for File and Printer Sharing:
> - for local network(subnet) should be checked
> - for subnet and Internet can optionally be checked.
> On the Network connections tab -
> make sure that there is only one active connection listed as connected.
> More than one active connection may cause the firewall to default to
> Public state, no matter that you've identified the network(s) as "Home or Work."
> Pings are not responded to by default unless you configure the ICMPv4 setting.
Windows Firewall - Sometimes folders are indicated as <Not Available> in the client application erroneously. Turning off the Windows Firewall solves the problem and the folders are now available in the client application. Work-around: Turn off the Windows Firewall where necessary.
Developer's Note: There is some setting in the Advanced Firewall Settings which is blocking ping in some way, and causing this problem. If anyone knows what setting that is or how to fix this, please send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll post it here.
Norton Internet Security
(Thanks to Vince Potts)
> My machines all run Vista, have one form or another of
> firewall and static IP addresses. I had to enable "NetBIOS over TCP/IP"
> I had to open Norton Firewall Protection Settings/Firewall General Rules
> and ALLOW these Default Block rules:-
> 1. Default Block Inbound and Outbound ICMPV6
> 2. Default Block Inbound and Outbound ICMP
Setting AutoCopy Service Recovery Options
The Recorded TV AutoCopy Service runs as a windows service application on the Windows Home Server. Occasionally an unexpected error may cause the AutoCopy Service to stop. You can restart the service from the Settings page of the Recorded TV Manager tab on the Home Server console.
However, it might take some time before you realize that the service has stopped. You can configure recovery options for the AutoCopy service and it will automatically restart after a failure.
Note: If the Recorded TV Manager Add-in is uninstalled and then reinstalled, this process will need to be repeated.