So, you have your home server set up and your shared music folder is full to bursting with great tunes. You’ve tried various media players, but you’ve settled on Apple’s iTunes, perhaps because you have an iPod or iPhone, or just because you like it. But how do you play the music stored on your home server in iTunes? Sure, you could add all of the tracks to your library, and wait for a couple of days whilst it’s moved across. Or, like many of the branded home servers available today, you could install an iTunes Server, so your home server pops up in the list of devices available in iTunes.
As you can see here, we already have two HP Data Vaults on the network which come with an iTunes Server pre-installed – they appear in iTunes’ Shared menu, and we can jump straight in and play music stored on those servers immediately. But our self-build home server, WHSTV, is not listed, so we need to get that iTunes Server installed quick smart.
1. Download Bonjour for Windows
Bonjour is a networking protocol developed by Apple, which is required by iTunes to see devices on the network. The good news is, it’s a very simple download and install. So, download the Bonjour for Windows installer, which is our first step.
2. Install Bonjour for Windows on Your Home Server
We now need to install Bonjour on your home server. Firstly, copy the Bonjour installer to your home server’s Software shared folder.
Next, we need to install Bonjour on the server. To do so, we’ll use Remote Desktop Connection to work directly on the home server. On one of your PCs attached to the network, go to Start > Accessories > Remote Desktop Connection to bring up the login screen.
Type in the name of your home server, and your Administrator login details when prompted, and you’ll open your home server’s desktop. Once you’re there, open up the Software shared folder, and you should see Bonjour there waiting to be installed.
Double click on the Bonjour installer, and click through the wizard. You can leave the default settings in the wizard as you work through.
3. Download Firefly Media Server
Firefly Media Server is an open source media server which connects the pipes between iTunes and a range of devices running various operating systems, including Windows, Mac OS and Linux. At the time of writing, the application hadn’t been updated for some time, but that’s okay as it works fine. We’ll need to download the Windows 2000/XP/Vista (32-bit) version.