A Windows Home Server add-in version of bliss
bliss should be implemented as a Windows Home Server add-in. This way it can be pointed to the music files on the Windows Home Server, and the Web based UI can be access to manage music on the server.
For some, Windows service support might be enough. Please see http://bliss.uservoice.com/forums/21939-bliss/suggestions/1936175-install-bliss-as-a-windows-service
After looking into the feasibility of this idea, I decided not to go forward. bliss is still installable on WHS using the standard setup.exe installer. An upcoming version of bliss will also include scripts to install bliss as a Windows service.
It’s a bit of a pain to create because MSI files have to be created on Windows, and the existing build is all automated in Linux. Actually it’s quite a large pain. During testing I was building the WHS version on a Windows machine in Amazon EC2, but to automate this build it would be a pain in the ass.
Furthermore the MSI installation was inelegant – you cannot easily install Java at the same time (you can only copy the files). Copying the files meant a massive 60MB-odd installer.
And I didn’t even get to test the MSI on Vail…
Not at all smartass - when deciding whether to actually implement these ideas I also look at it from a strategic point-of-view. It might be easier just to provide installation instructions for WHS - e.g. adding as a service etc. For that, it won't be much different to normal Windows installations.
Hope this doesn't come across as a smarta$$ remark...but is WHS even going to be relevant in the coming years? When they nixed Drive Extender from WHS 2.0's list of features, Microsoft shot themselves in both feet.
Sure - ideally all popular versions.
WHS 2011 that is ;-)