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10 Steps to Connect a computer to your Windows Home Server Vail


Windows Home Server

Here’s a short, sweet, and thorough tutorial on how to connect a computer (PC and / or Laptop) to a Windows Home Server Vail:

From the computer you’d like to connect to your Windows Home Server, open Internet Explorer (trust me, use IE for this step, no matter whether you use it for anything else) and enter this into the address bar:


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Click on “Download software for Windows”,

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Click on Run (or Save file if you prefer):

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Click Next

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Once Setup verifies that computer meets requirements, click Next,

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After install, enter password you used during Vail server setup, click next

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When prompted, enter the description for the PC or laptop you are connecting, click Next

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Decide whether you want the PC to be woken up for backups to be performed or not, click Next

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Decide whether you’d like to participate in the Customer Experience Improvement Program or not, click Next

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The connector software is downloaded…

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and configured…

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Et Voila! You are finished!

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After clicking Finish, you will be brought to the Dashboard logon screen (assuming you kept the checkbox checked)

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Logon using your Vail server password and you will be brought to the Windows Home Server Vail Dashboard, where you configure and operate the server:

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In our next segment, we will teach you how to configure your Windows Home Server Vail, including:

  • Using the Dashboard to perform administration tasks such as User creation, configuring computers & backups, adding Hard Drives and Server folders, and installing add-ins.


  • Using the Launchpad to gain access to backups, alterts, and Remote Web Access.

Please leave a comment if you found this tutorial helpful or especially if you’ve got any shortcuts or other pointers!  Anything constructive to help the next guy out is appreciated by everyone!

Stay tuned!

About the Author

Tom AbellPut simply, Tom loves technology! Having been involved in the IT world since leaving the US Navy Submarine Force in 1992, Tom has moved his way up to the top as an IT Systems Engineering. But having spent some time in the Home Automation industry early in his career, he’s never been able to shake his love for creating integrated Home Technology environments and has been running HTPCs and Windows Home Servers for years. With 17 years of IT Systems Engineering experience, Tom's recent OIF 08-09 deployment has rekindled his love for the Connected Home Industry and hence, the website. We hope you like the site, please share it with your friends and follow us on your favorite Social Networks! Read more about Tom on the "About Us" page.View all posts by Tom Abell

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