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  1. #1
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    Default Adding an admin interface

    Hi,

    Here's a suggestion according to the way I use Mezzmo.

    I have on PC which acts as a server, which means that It does not have any monitor or keybord on it. I use VNC to remotely connect on it to perform installs an admin tasks.

    This server has some Tb of hard drives, and stores media files (music, pictures). I've installed on it Mezzmo in order to browse pictures using WD TV Live and listen Music through Philips NP3500.

    And all of this work perfectly, thanks to Mezzmo ;-)

    My request would be, instead of using VNC to remotely connect to my server to access Mezzmo admin GUI, having a "client" interface installed on my laptop that let me arrange playlist, edit metedata of new media files copied onto the server local hard drives.

    That way, sharing server drive and using a Mezzmo "remote client admin interface", I could get rid of using VNC to manage my Mezzmo database, which is not a very convenient way.

    Hope this would help improve Mezzmo ;-)

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    Thank you for the suggestion - we'll consider adding this in.

    You can actually have Mezzmo GUI running as a "client" on one PC, while accessing the database (in a shared folder) on another. It requires a bit of manual tweaking, but it's possible.

    Mezzmo Android: Install it on your tablet, smartphone, Android TV or Amazon Fire to browse and stream files from your Mezzmo library to all your devices. Full details at http://www.conceiva.com/products/mez...mo_android.asp
    Mezzmo for Kodi Add-on: Install it into Kodi to stream files from your Mezzmo library directly in Kodi. Full details at http://www.mezzmo.com/wiki/doku.php?...odi_user_guide
    Mezzmo for Roku App: Install it onto your Roku to stream files from your Mezzmo library. Full details at http://www.mezzmo.com/wiki/doku.php?...oku_user_guide
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dennis View Post
    It requires a bit of manual tweaking, but it's possible.
    Sounds useful. Would you please outlines the steps involved, Dennis?

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    I suggest this is only for advanced users, and to make a backup before making changes so you do not lose your Mezzmo library.

    Here's a quick guide:

    Stop your Mezzmo media server and exit Mezzmo.

    You will need to find a file called "MezzmoMediaServer.ini" on your computer. Typically, it is located:


    Win 7: C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Conceiva\Mezzmo
    Win Vista: C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Conceiva\Mezzmo
    Win XP: C:\Documents and Settings\<username>\Local Settings\Application Data\Conceiva\Mezzmo


    Edit this file in a text editor like Notepad. You will find an entry like:


    Filename=C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Conceiva\Mezz mo\Mezzmo.db


    This entry defines the location of the Mezzmo database and you can change it to another location.

    Mezzmo Android: Install it on your tablet, smartphone, Android TV or Amazon Fire to browse and stream files from your Mezzmo library to all your devices. Full details at http://www.conceiva.com/products/mez...mo_android.asp
    Mezzmo for Kodi Add-on: Install it into Kodi to stream files from your Mezzmo library directly in Kodi. Full details at http://www.mezzmo.com/wiki/doku.php?...odi_user_guide
    Mezzmo for Roku App: Install it onto your Roku to stream files from your Mezzmo library. Full details at http://www.mezzmo.com/wiki/doku.php?...oku_user_guide
    Wiki: User Guides & Reference Manual at http://www.mezzmo.com/wiki
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    Hi,

    Thanks for this quick guide.

    But it remains a problem, I do have to buy a new Mezzmo licence for the PC I used to remotly connect on my screenless server.

    Well, that's a problem for me, not for Mezzmo team ;-)

    Keep up the good job guys, Mezzmo is really the best DLNA server I've found on the market.

    Best regards,

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    I use Mezzmo in a similar way to xnicolovici and need a simple (web based) client interface which would allow users (wife & kids) to create playlists. Is there any other way to do this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by daveb1910 View Post
    I use Mezzmo in a similar way to xnicolovici and need a simple (web based) client interface which would allow users (wife & kids) to create playlists. Is there any other way to do this?
    If you have Mezzmo installed on a computer running WHS, then currently the only way is to use Remote Desktop to run Mezzmo to add files to your Mezzmo library, create playlists, etc. We may create a WHS add-on for Mezzmo in a future version.

    Mezzmo Android: Install it on your tablet, smartphone, Android TV or Amazon Fire to browse and stream files from your Mezzmo library to all your devices. Full details at http://www.conceiva.com/products/mez...mo_android.asp
    Mezzmo for Kodi Add-on: Install it into Kodi to stream files from your Mezzmo library directly in Kodi. Full details at http://www.mezzmo.com/wiki/doku.php?...odi_user_guide
    Mezzmo for Roku App: Install it onto your Roku to stream files from your Mezzmo library. Full details at http://www.mezzmo.com/wiki/doku.php?...oku_user_guide
    Wiki: User Guides & Reference Manual at http://www.mezzmo.com/wiki
    Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Mezzmo.DLNA.Server
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/conceiva_mezzmo
    Web: http://www.mezzmo.com

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    Add me to the list of people who would like a remote administration interface. Administering a media server on a headless, dedicated media server is a real PITA without it. Lack of remote administration for media servers has been a pet peeve for some time. A few provide simple controls like the ability to create playlists or the ability to control a remote player but that's about it. To be honest, I didn't consider this when purchasing Mezzmo but I am still surprised that it's missing. I also realize that adding it would not be a trivial undertaking. A remote interface that enables library updating and the creation of playlists would really set Mezzmo apart.

    p.s. Thanks for the tip about adding the remote database to the .ini file.

    Edit: Note that I am not so much interested in editing file properties as updating the server database itself. I use another application for editing the actual music files from the main system.
    Last edited by exDilbert; 08-18-2012 at 04:42 AM.

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    Thanks for your suggestions, exDilbert.

    With regards updating your server database (your Mezzmo library), if you add folders into your Mezzmo library, then Mezzmo server will dynamically read the contents of these folders whenever you access them on your DLNA devices so your Mezzmo library should be kept up-to-date without doing anything with the Mezzmo application. So if you add or delete files to your folder(s) on your computer or NAS, then those changes will be detected when you try to access these folders on your DLNA device via Mezzmo server. The reason to run the Mezzmo application from time-to-time would be to create new playlists, add new folders, pre-transcode files or manage your devices. If you need assistance with this, let us know and we'll help out.

    Mezzmo Android: Install it on your tablet, smartphone, Android TV or Amazon Fire to browse and stream files from your Mezzmo library to all your devices. Full details at http://www.conceiva.com/products/mez...mo_android.asp
    Mezzmo for Kodi Add-on: Install it into Kodi to stream files from your Mezzmo library directly in Kodi. Full details at http://www.mezzmo.com/wiki/doku.php?...odi_user_guide
    Mezzmo for Roku App: Install it onto your Roku to stream files from your Mezzmo library. Full details at http://www.mezzmo.com/wiki/doku.php?...oku_user_guide
    Wiki: User Guides & Reference Manual at http://www.mezzmo.com/wiki
    Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Mezzmo.DLNA.Server
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/conceiva_mezzmo
    Web: http://www.mezzmo.com

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