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The tools in this administrative control center exist to shelter users from the intimidating console. Note the iTunes library integration, which is supplied via an add-in and is not included in the OEM Home Server package.
As an administrator, you get early warning of problems on client PCs connected to the server. These messages include alerts about missing or outdated antivirus and antispyware software, disabled firewalls, missing backups, and hard drive problems on the server itself.
Microsoft's OEM release of Windows Home Server includes support for free subdomains at liveserver.com. HP adds support for subdomains that use TZO.com (free for the first year). Either option allows remote access to the home server over the Internet; the TZO options also support email-based notifications.