Ramblings of a Home Server User

November 3, 2007

How-to Install Firefly Media Server on Windows Home Server

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tom @ 9:50 pm
  1. Logon to the Windows Home Server Administrator Desktop
  2. Firefly Media Server requires Apple’s Bonjour. To download Bonjour go to


Download Bonjour, and install on your Windows Home Server.

  1. Download Firefly Media Server from

http://nightlies.mt-daapd.org/dl.php?FILE=Firefly Media Server (svn-1696).exe

Install Firefly Media Server, and then after the install has completed, you will need to configure Firefly Media Server.

NOTE: This release (svn-1696) is a nightly release, it was released on October 29th. I personally have been using it since that date and have had no issues, however if you would rather use the stable release (svn-1498)it can be found at the below location.

http://nightlies.mt-daapd.org/dl.php?FILE=Firefly Media Server (svn-1498).exe

  1. To configure Firefly Media Server, right click on the Firefly icon in the system tray and click Configure Firefly Media Server. (It’s the orange orb icon)


  1. In the Configuration window, you can change the Library Name to the name of your choice. The Library Name is what iTunes uses as the name of the shared library.

For media location you have to specify ‘D:\Shares\Music’

You can also specify if you would like to password protect the library.

After you have made your desired changes, click Apply, and then click Yes on the window asking if you want to restart Firefly Media Server, then click OK to close the configuation window.


Open iTunes on a home PC, and you should now see a shared media library and it will contain the music on your Home Server.

Note: After the initial configuration, it will take some time for Firefly to process all your media, and build its database for iTunes to use.


Congratulations, you have now configured Firefly Media Server to share your music with iTunes on your home PCs.

UPDATED: 11/04/07 – Added information about stable release build of Firefly.



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  2. Hi. I am trying to build a shared iTunes library on my WHS (HP Mediasmart with Firefly included)
    But I also want to manage the library using Windows MediaPlayer and MediaMonkey. Have you tried this – and if so what directory structure are you using on the WHS and on you Clients?

    Regards Thomas (Oslo – Norway)

    Comment by Thomas Svensrud — June 28, 2008 @ 2:59 am

  3. Well I tried installing firefly, but must have gotten it wrong. I ended up getting something onto installed into my addins, but don’t have the firefly icon anywhere. Also got an error message about an dll file that was blocking home server. That went away after I booted around it. I tried to uninstall firefly from the addins page to correct this but it tells me that uninstall failed. If I try to go directly to the file, it says I don’t have the proper permissions to modify it or delete it.

    I’m also confused about where I should have installed firefly from, and that may be the root of my problem. You say to install it from Windows Home Server Administrator Desktop. I’m not sure what that is? I did install the Addin Advanced Admin Console that allows me to look deeper into the server (which is how I’m trying to delete the badly installed firefly). It doesn’t have anything that says Desktop. Is that it or should I be looking for something else?

    Any help will be greatly appreciated.


    Comment by Greg — November 23, 2008 @ 12:54 pm

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  5. Hi

    I made some fixes to the latest trunk version of FireFly and compiled it. This version fixes many of the crashes and security issues and also adds some missing database functionalities. Would you like to try it out? I’ve posted up the binaries as well as instructions on how to compile it (along with my modified sources) at:
    Please let me know if you have any comments/queries. I hope we can keep this great little media server going 🙂

    Comment by Shantanu Goel — July 5, 2009 @ 9:36 pm

  6. I’m having problems with Firefly on WHS. When the WHS comes out of standby, Firefly can’t be seen on my Roku Soundbridge or in iTunes on my laptop. I have to reboot the WHS for it to show up again. I have no similar problem with the Asset UPnP server on my WHS. I like to run 2 separate music servers, one for MP3’s and playlists, the other for listening to complete albums in FLAC format. Anyone know why Firefly is disappearing and how I might fix it?

    Comment by Paul Watkins — August 12, 2009 @ 4:50 am

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