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  1. #1
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    Slimserver & iTunes on different PC's - Playlist Problem

    On PC#1 (Slimserver): Running Slimserver 6.5.1 under Windows 2003 Server with all music stored on a separate partition. (C: OS / D: Music)
    On PC#2 (CAP): Running iTunes 7.02.16 under WindowsXP SP2 with all music stored on a mapped drive on the W2K3 Server.

    This configuration is great since I want to use iTunes to import or export music to/from my music Server PC under the stairs.

    I have a mapped drive on the XP machine of "My Music" where the iTunes database is held.
    I can see it on the W2K3 Server under drive Z:
    If I explore "Z:" I can see the mapped drive "CAP\My Music", and it contains the file "iTunes Music Library.xml", which I believe is where the iTunes Playlists are stored.

    Slimserver is running as Service on the W2K3 Server.

    When I set Slimserver to point to this, (under Server Settings >> iTunes >> ITUNES MUSIC LIBRARY.XML LOCATION), I get the following error message at the top of the page:

    New value for iTunes Music Library.xml Location rejected:
    Oops - "z:\iTunes Music Library.xml" doesn't seem to be a valid file. Try again.

    If I stop the Service and run in a CMD window in debug mode - the web page accepts the "z:\iTunes Music Library.xml" entry.
    I discard and rescan the database and my iTunes Playlists are accessible through the Slimserver and Squeezebox 2 systems.

    Reverting back to running Slimserver as a Service and the iTunes Playlist's are lost on the next rescan at 4am the following morning.

    My debugging commands are:
    "C:\Program Files\SlimServer\server\slim.exe" --d_plugin --d_source --d_remotestream

    My Version info is:
    SlimServer Version: 6.5.1 - 11206 - Windows Server 2003 - EN - cp1252
    Perl Version: 5.8.8 MSWin32-x86-multi-thread
    MySQL Version: 5.0.22-community-nt
    AlienBBC-v1.06_6.5


    Any suggestions resolving this problem, since iTunes is the simplest way to make up playlists?


    regards,

    Colin

  2. #2
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    Use a UNC path instead...

    \\machinewithitunes\share\MyMusic\iTunes....

    I also found that I had to install a codec pack on my 2K3 server to get it to allow the playback of m4a files.

  3. #3
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    Have tried both of the following formats without success!
    Here at the error messages seen.

    New value for iTunes Music Library.xml Location rejected:
    Oops - "\\CAP\iTunes Music Library.xml" doesn't seem to be a valid file. Try again.


    New value for iTunes Music Library.xml Location rejected:
    Oops - "\\192.168.25.10\iTunes Music Library.xml" doesn't seem to be a valid file. Try again.

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    Service Account Changed

    I have re-visited this problem after recently purchasing an ipod for the car and wanted to get this Playlist issue resolved.

    Firstly I checked the debug "cmd" window where remote computer mapping worked with either the mapped drive letter or the UNC path. My first problem was traced to specifying the correct UNC path for the "ITUNES MUSIC LIBRARY.XML LOCATION" which should have been set to:
    \\192.168.25.10\My Music\iTunes\iTunes Music Library.xml
    This was confirmed to work in the debug cmd window.

    To get this to work under the Windows Server 2003 Service we need to change the account that Slimserver uses to run as a service - by default the "local system" account is used. I created an additional administrator account name, e.g. "slimadmin", and associated password specifically for this service - a separate name and password is used just in case I changed my default administrator account password at a later date. I then assigned this account name and password to the Service (See "Log On" tab under Slimserver Service properties.)

    Stop and Start the Slimserver service.
    The above UNC pathname was then inserted against the "ITUNES MUSIC LIBRARY.XML LOCATION" and was accepted!
    [Note that the mapped drive letter still does not work - but not a problem in view of the UNC mapping solution.]
    I rescanned my Music Library and my iTunes playlists appear through the slimserver. :-)

    Thanks to VooDooD for the hint.

    regards,
    CP

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    Have just upgraded from SS V6.5.2 to SS V6.5.4 and had to repeat the service logon parameters.
    Also had to reset the UNC pathname since this was not carried across in the upgrade.

    regards,

    CP

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    Thank god for this post

    I've been looking for how to do this for more than a year, but I have never been able to find it.

    I will toss some of the search terms I used into this reply so perhaps this post will be easier to find on the 'net

    I searched for things like

    squeezeserver on windows home server media smart server whs network share UNC path mapped network drive squeezebox server add-in registry key server.prefs location clear library and rescan everything

  7. #7
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    Quote Originally Posted by lorax1284 View Post
    I've been looking for how to do this for more than a year, but I have never been able to find it.

    I will toss some of the search terms I used into this reply so perhaps this post will be easier to find on the 'net

    I searched for things like

    squeezeserver on windows home server media smart server whs network share UNC path mapped network drive squeezebox server add-in registry key server.prefs location clear library and rescan everything
    That was a while back!

    What I do now is keep all the iTunes database files on the server PC, but have iTunes running on a desktop PC - pressing [SHIFT] when running iTunes lets you select where your default music database is opened from.

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