October 31, 2008

Server Project Ideas

About a month ago, I switched my server from Gentoo Linux to Windows Home Server. I have quite enjoyed the new platform. I love how tightly it integrates with my other Windows desktops (and my XBox ...if I had one). I can pull up Windows Media Player and access any media on the server directly. There is also an external web page that allows me to connect to the server or other desktops on the network remotely. I have even found a plugin (Whiist) that enables easy configuration of the web server. All in all, I am verry happy with the switch.

There are only a few things that are missing now. I would like a way to schedule tasks from the remote console, a way to download torrents remotly, and a way to add code repositories. So, I am proposing three projects.

The scheduled tasks add in should be fairly straight forward. Any administrator can log into the remote console, see a list of scheduled tasks, configure them, or add new ones. I don't think that non-administrative users need to be able to do this as it is an advanced feature. My main uses for this would be capture snapshots of external databases or code repositories for back-up purposes, but it could also be useful to push things to other servers or just perform periodic maintainence.

The torrent add in would be the bigest project of the three, you would need to be able to configure the torrent client from the administrative console, and perhaps add permissions for which users can use it. An authenticated web application is also needed. This would allow users to manage thier torrents, add new ones, or just download the completed torrent. I believe that a windows service may also be necessary so the two can properly communicate, but I guess you could just have the ASP.NET application start and manage the torrent client and have a way to restart it from the console when settings are changed.

Finally, the code repositories. It would be easy enough to set up a Subversion server on the machine, but I would also want an easy way to add new repositories, and manage user permissions.

I was also going to add a database management plugin to the list, but after I thought about it, most DBMS are already meant to be managed remotly, so it would just be a matter of installing it.

Anywho, these are just my thoughts. I'm sure I'll play around a bit in my spare time and see how far I can get, if I'm proud of my work, you can expect them to be posted somewhere (probably CodePlex because it rocks).


Anonymous said...

Have you tried uTorrent web interface ?

If not I suggest check it out very carefully ;o)

If it is a "solution" for your WHS extension please let me know ...

Dusan (London, UK)

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Brice said...

Yes, in fact, I was thinking of using uTorrent as a great starting point. The only things it's "lacking" (in the eyes of WHS) is administration from the Console and somehow getting it accessable from/through IIS so you don't have to open up another port in the firewall.