Sonos S5 Music Players, Connected, Converged, Fantastic

Posted Posted in Apple, DLNA, iPad, iPhone, Media Center, Networking, Software, Sonos, Technology, WHS, Windows 7, Wireless Streaming

I’m not easily impressed, but my jaw is hanging open today after installing two Sonos S5 Music Players to cover my home with end to end music. I’ve used computers, Media Center Extenders and all kinds of hardware and software in the past to move music around my home, but I always had to cobble together pieces and use separate devices and controllers to get what I wanted.  What did I want? Well, everything imaginable. The list below is not in any particular order:

1. The ability to stream from ANY of my computers (using Play To or anything else) to more than one music player/renderer simultaneously.

2. To be able to control the volume above individually or together.

3. Play Pandora Radio and other Internet sourced digital music

4. Use existing/create new playlists

5. Use iPhones, iPads and  iPxxx whatever to control and manage the device as a remote control (including graphical menus).

6. Use the system as an alarm clock with choices to wake from alarm, music, Internet music, whatever

7. Wireless connectivity in my Living Room

8. A system that was upgradeable.

9. Quality sound

10. Expandability

I’m still stunned that I found a system that does ALL of the above. (And I’m betting I discover more features – I’ve only had a few hours experience with this all, so my exploration and discovery has only just begun).


Install WordPress on WHS PP2

Posted Posted in WHS

Installing WordPress on Windows Home Server PP2 takes some concentration and some time, but isn”t that difficult. The key to success is having the right tools before you start this project.

First, set up access to your WHS installation

You will need remote desktop access to your server (or any of the remote access add-ons that let you manipulate/add files and folders, access the Start menu and Administrative tools).

Second, obtain the necessary software

You need some software that you can download from the Internet.

1.  Download mysql 5.1 Windows Essentials


2.  Php 5.2.9 zip package

3.  5.2.6 PECL package from

(For me, the fastest download was selecting United States, Yahoo)

4.  Download wordpress 2.7.1 from

Third, install PHP

Note, in the editing instruction below for the php.ini file, if I have used quotes " ", these should be included in the edits you make. This does not apply to the registry modification.

  1. Create a folder named C:php and unzip all the files to that folder
  2. Unzip the PECL files to C:phpext
  3. Rename C:phpphp.ini-recommended to C:phpphp.ini

4. Open the php.ini file you have now and uncomment cgi.force_redirect in php.ini and set it to 0

5. Find and change ”upload_tmp_dir = ” and set it to ”upload_tmp_dir = "C:phpupload" ” and make the directory

6. Find and change ”session.save_path” to ”session.save_path= "C:phpsessions" ” and make the directory

7. Find and set the line ”extension_dir” to ”extension_dir = "C:PHPext" ”.

8. Find the line that says ”;error_log = filename” and remove the comment semi-colon and change it to: ” error_log = "C:phperrors.log"

9. Uncomment these extensions:









10. Go to the Start menu > Control panel > System > Advanced Tab > Click "Environment Variables".

11. Select Path and press Edit. Next add C:PHP to it, preferably to the beginning (use a semi-colon to separate it from any entry that follows — ;)

12. Now run regedit.exe from a cmd prompt or the Run field

13. Add HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREPHP to the registry (edit/new/key),and under that add a new string value "IniFilePath" and set it to "C:php" (right click/modify)

Fourth,Install Mysql

1. Use the typical installation and run the configuration wizard.

2. Choose the "Developer Machine."

3. Select "Multifunctional Database" it.

4. If you are using WHS, install to the D: drive in the default location it selects. Or you can install to the default on C:.

5. Select "Decision Support (DSS)/OLAP"

6. Leave TCP/IP Networking and Strict Mode enabled and check the box to enable the firewall exception.

7. Select the "Best Support for Multilingualism" option.

8. Install as a service and check the box to include the bin work directory in the Windows PATH

9. Enter a password. This is the password that will be for the "root" account, which has total access to every database. Save this password somewhere. I used the same password as I used for the Administrator on my WHS PPS box. No need to create an Anonymous account.

10. Execute the changes.

11. Reboot your WHS server to and then log in again via RDP, and verify that the MySQL service is up and running.

Fifth, create a blog directory, unzip WordPress, change directory permssions

12. Create the directory blog under inetpub and unzip all files there


13. After extracting the files, right click on the "blog" directly, and select "Properties". Find the "Security" tab and click the "Advanced" button. Add the user "IUSR_SERVER", replacing "SERVER" with whatever you named your WHS server. Iused SERVER2

Give that user Full Control.

Enable "Replace permission entries on all child objects with entries shown here that apply to child objects", and click okay and then yes.

•This will reset permissions on the files, and will revert back to being unchecked when it is done.

14. Next perform the same permissions change on the folder C:PHP right click, then select "Properties". Go to the Security Tab, and click on the "Advanced Button". Click "Add…" and add the user "IUSR_SERVER" where "SERVER" is your WHS server”s name (same as you above). Specify Full
control, and click Okay. Finally, enable "Replace permission entries on all child objects with entries shown here that apply to child objects", and click okay/yes as you did above.

?Note: The machine name is the name of the server originally. This may be SERVER, or in the case of the HP”s MediaSmart Server, it will be HPSERVER, making the account "IUSR_SERVER" or "IUSR_HPSERVER". If it is not one of these two look for any account starting with "IUSR_" as this will be the correct account.

?Note: As before, this will reset permissions on the files, and will revert back to being unchecked when it is done.

Sixth, run the MySql command line client

1. From the Start menu, navigate to "MySQL Command Line Client". This requires you to enter a password. Enter the password you used when setting up MySQL.

2. Create the database that WordPress needs. Use the name "wordpress" for the database. You can use any name here. Note: In the commands that follow for the cmd line client, be sure to type in the semi-colons ;and the apostrophes ” as they are needed in the syntax. Press [enter] after the semi colon to execute and see the confirmation

mysql> create database wordpress;

you should then see:

Query OK, 1 row affected (0.01 sec)

3. Now that the database exists, you need to "use" that database andthen create a user specifically for WordPress to avoid using the root account (security, security, security!). I created the username and gave it permission to use the new database. I used the username "wpadmin" and the password "wppassword". Here are the commands and the corresponding confirmations displayed in the cmd line client:

mysql> use wordpress;

Database changed

mysql>CREATE USER ”wpadmin”@”localhost” IDENTIFIED BY ”wpadmin”;

Next, type these SQL commands and hit enter after each:


mysql> GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON wordpress.* to wpadmin@localhost IDENTIFIED BY ”wppassword”;

Query OK, 0 rows affected (0.01 sec)

4. This completes configuring the database, wordpress user account for the database and security. Write down all usernames and passwords you established. To quit the cmd line, type:


Seventh, Configure IIS

1. From the Start menu, go to "Administative Tools" and open "Internet Information Services."

2. Open "Websites", and then find "Default Web Site." Right click and open the "New" group and select "Virtural Directory." Not Virtual Directory from file.

3. Type in the directory name where you to unzipped WordPress installation. I created a folder named blog, so this is what I typed in.

4. Click "Next" and set the path to "C:inetpubblog" or whatever name you used for this directory.

5. Click "Next". Options for the new virtual directory will display. Select "Read", and "Run scripts".

6. Right Click on Web Service Extensions located on the left side and choose Add a new web service extension. Enter in php and click add.


7. Browse to C:phpphp5isapi.dll. Also, be sure to set extension status to allow. Click "Okay".

8. Right Click on websites and choose properties. Select the Documents tab and add index.php as a start document.

9. Next, select the Home Directory Tab and click Configuration. Go to the mappings tab and click on add. Enter .php for the extension and enter C:phpphp5isapi.dll in the executable textbox. Verify that the setting all verbs is checked and keep clicking ok.

Note: ?if prompted to apply changes to home, remote, and UPnP DO NOT apply changes to "Remote", "Home", or "upnp" directories.

10. Select the Home Directory tab and Verify "RemoteAccessAppPool" is selected, and not "DefaultAppPool".

11. Log off from the RDP sessions on your WHS server

Eighth, Configure WordPress

Configure your new blog from any machine on your network or the internet by accessing

1. Open IE and navigate to

2. Error will display "no wp-config.php file"

3. Click the radio button to create the file and follow the prompts and then click Run the Install

4. Give your blog a title, specify the username, etc. and then click Install WordPress

5. Write down the password/copy to clipboard, you will need it to login to configure the rest of the blog features. And you can change this password and add users/authors/etc. when you login.

Have fun. You”re on your own from here!