Windows Home Server 2011 Part 4 – Exploring the Dashboard.

By | April 29, 2011

This is part four in a series of articles following the installation, setup and features of Microsoft’s latest addition to the Home Server family – Windows Home Server 2011.  In this fourth part, you will follow me as I explore the Windows Home Server 2011 Dashboard.  I have chosen to use Oracle’s VM VirtualBox for this demonstration.

1. Home

Once again we meet at the Windows Home Server 2011 Dashboard.  In comparison to the Windows Home Server v1 Dashboard, the only real thing that has changed is the layout and new look due to the updated interface.  Functionality-wise, previous WHS users should feel right at home.  To login to the Dashboard, there is a standard WHS 2011 login box (that is extremely difficult to get a screen shot of, by the way).

Dashboard login

Dashboard login

There is also a desktop widget included, called the Launchpad, that allows for easy access to some commonly accessed features available.

Launchpad

Launchpad

Anyway, we’re here to explore the Dashboard, so I logged in using the former login method and was greeted with just that.  You will notice a slight change in the Dashboard image below in comparison to others I posted in previous articles – the Getting Started Tasks no longer appear.  They were completed!  We are now at Common Tasks.

WHS 2011 Dashboard
WHS 2011 Dashboard

Since we’re already Home, we don’t really need to go over that much.  There are quick links for adding accounts and shares, we can reset the server password and customize the list.  There may be more items available once add-ins are installed, but that would only be a guess at this point.

Customize convenient links list
Customize convenient links list

So, let’s move along to Users.

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