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18th October 2010, 00:36
So here is what I want to do. I have a Windows Home Server that I would like to use to rip backup copies of my DVDs using My Movies and Any DVD. The server however is in the basement and is not convenient to access it for putting the DVDs in. I have looked into some of the USB over ethernet software and was wondering if Any DVD can be used if I have a DVD player connected to one of my other computers that is "attached" to the Windows Home Server via one of the USB over ethernet solutions. Do I have to install Any DVD on the Home Server, the other computer or both? Is there any particular USB over ethernet software that will work better than the others?
Oh yeah, I forgot to mention, the Windows Home Server is running under Hyper-V, which probably complicates things.
Thanks in advance.
18th October 2010, 02:56
Here's part of the K.I.S.S. club that I belong too.
Seems that you're throwing way too much hardware into the works to accomplish a relatively easy task.
Rip your movies on your system upstairs.
Set up the folders on the Home Server... and then just move the movies to those prospective folders on the server over the network. Takes just a few mins on a 100Mb network, not so much on a 1Gp set up.
No need to have AnyDVD installed on the server.. though since a mapped drive is seen across a network, you can use any software that can see a network drive to install from. In other words, if AnyDVD can see an optical drive over the network from another system, it can rip movies from it.
Seems more work than it should be!
(I had a single optical drive on our main computer mapped so that our girls could listen to their music from this system over their's, when they didn't have an optical drive)
18th October 2010, 14:43
Well, I am not throwing hardware at this problem, I have the Home Server and USB DVD for other reasons. What you propose will certainly work but I don't want the extra step of ripping on one computer and then copying to the server. Plus My Movies automatically rips DVDs when they are put in a drive, downloads meta data for them and organizes them on the server, then serves them up to Windows Media Center. Adding any manual steps to this takes time and introduces a potential for error. Anyway, regardless of my reasons for wanting to do it I still would like to know if it works before going down this path. You state that Any DVD should work on any drive that it can see, but that is not true. I have Any DVD installed on my Windows Home Server that is installed on top of Hyper-V and it DOES NOT work, Any DVD goes into an endless loop scanning the DVD when I put it into the drive that is local to the Hyper-V machine. I have read that installing Any DVD on Hyper-V itself will fix this, but since I don't really want to rip from the local DVD I haven't tried it.
18th October 2010, 15:09
Then it's possible that you'll have to work within the limitations of the technology.
I would suggest installing it on Hyper-V.. and see how that works for you.