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[How-To] WASAPI in Windows Server 2019 CoreHello Folks Not many days ago I was whining about AO 3.00 will probably not bring back WASAPI in Core as AO 2.20 did for Server 2016. I invested more than two months in the adaption of just the WASAPI part for Server 2019 but to no avail... But last evening things changed dramatically... I found the missing piece and can now give you a short step-by-step guide on how to achieve the entire audio stack (WASAPI/KS/DirectSound) in Windows Server 2019 Core. It was a heck of a long night..... goosebumps!!! 😎 As some of you beta testers might have noticed there is a little inscription on the beta portal regarding "Dan". I got a few questions about that, who Dan is, and why i dedicated the Beta portal to him. Dan is a good friend of mine since many years. He is a fellow forum member and an AO user since over 5 years. He was one of the very first ones to start exploring the audiophile nirvana together with me and the AudiophileOptimizer. Dan helped me a lot in all the alpha and beta testing phases, he helped me check the PDF guide for correct spelling and writing, he spent ideas for new features in AO, and he guided me through many other things as well. AO would never been there where it is as of today without the great help and continous support of Dan and many others who helped me during all these years, challenges and sometimes also very tough times. Sadly Dan is very ill since quite some time now. He's illness got much worste lately and it reached a point where's just nothing left to do for the doctors. Dan won't be here anymore by the time the final release of AO 3.00 will made available to the public. I actually didn't dedicate the beta portal to Dan, but I rather dedicated the entire AO 3.00 to him. He just deserves this. So the final release of AudiophileOptimizer 3.00 will be in Memory of Dan. A great and true friend who will be deeply missed. My biggest wish is that he makes it at least to february 7th so he can celebrate his 35th anniversay with his beloved wife. If all our prayers are strong enough, then he might have a chance to reach that goal. So, what do you need after all to get WASAPI working on Server 2019 Core? You need Windows Server 2019 in Core mode, AudiophileOptimizer Beta 31 (or newer) and the Windows Server FOD (features on demand) ISO. Then just follow these simple steps: Install Windows Server 2019 in Core mode Mount the FOD ISO and install the "Server Core App Compatibility" using this command: DISM /Online /Add-Capability /CapabilityName:"ServerCore.AppCompatibility~~~~0.0.1.0" /Source:drive_letter_of_mounted_ISO: /LimitAccess (If you need more detailed installation instructions for FOD see here: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-server/get-started-19/install-fod-19) Install AO 3.00 (or newer) Do a full run with AO, say yes to "Install Kernel-Streaming and MediaPlayer support", say also yes to "Install Roon & HQPlayer Support" After the reboot fire up ServiceTool and launch the DriverHelper Install your DAC/DDC driver using the DriverHelper Start the Device Manager using AudiophileShell or by typing "devmgmt.msc" Select your DAC devices and uninstall them again, but do not select "delete the driver" Once uninstalled click the rescan hardware Icon, your DAC driver should now be successfully installed Do not continue until you verified that Kernel-Streaming is working -> play some music Once you are sure Kernel-Streaming is working launch AO again and install the WASAPI-support (AO -wasapi) I have tested WASAPI with Foobar2000, JPLAY Femto & RoonServer, it works just like a charm. The only thing that does not work is the "test tone" in the windows audio control panel. I have no idea why, but i can live with that as long as music playback works stable At least for now... Enjoy it, AudioPhil
Is a network-bridge possible in W2012R2 Core mode?As has been described in another thread : Making a network-bridge to directly couple my SOTM200 to my NUC-PC gives a much better SQ then using a simple switch. Under W2012R2 I got a really better SQ by using your optimizing script (V2.10 & V2.20 beta2a) in GUI mode. Even better in minimal-server-mode, but NOT in core mode. In core-mode (with or without optimizing script) the network-bridge is no longer working : either the NAS is not seen (ping) in my network or my SOTM200 is not seen. Without a bridge (NUC & SOTM both connected to a switch and then to my router I have no problems in core-mode). Maybe you could find a solution for this problem? Is a network-bridge even possible in core-mode? Is it possible to make the bridge in core-mode using command-line commands or check on the network bridge? I would really like to try this because I would expect an even better SQ in optimized core-mode like I got in my previous setup with Jplay in a dual control PC - audio PC.
RAMdisk with Windows Server 2016/2019 - Configuration Guide
FelipeRolim posted a topic in SoftwareHello guys. After I spent a lot of time trying to make my dedicated computer work with RAMdisk, I finally managed to succeed in this endeavor. As I tried many different paths, I wrote down everything so that I had some "extra" information when I finally got it, and also to have a guide in case I had to do it again. Well, I didn't have to do it again, hehe, but I hope the information I wrote down as "definitive" in terms of functioning is actually correct and helpful to colleagues in the forum. As I am Brazilian and I wrote the text originally in Portuguese, I spent some time transcribing it into English, so that it is possible to share with colleagues of this forum. I think it's valid, because it really was very difficult to get it for the first time. For those who don't know, RAMdisk is one of the most high-performance methods for audiophiles in the world, and although I've never read anything about it in this forum and only have a personal friend who has tested before me, I've read a lot, a lot , much information in international scope, where it seems that the theme is more evolved. Reducing latency and high throughput is only a small part of the benefits. If that weren't enough, I've never heard any "original" setup, with SSD, SD card, M.2, or anything else, that delivers audio quality as good as RAMdisk. For me, it's the best, but what I don't know is if there are different RAM models that deliver different sonorities (Corsair vs. Kingston; Kingston vs. Crucial; Corsair vs. GSkill; e.g.). To make it easier for me and my colleagues, I created a PDF file that can be downloaded, because the text is large and I also attached some images to make the complicated parts more enlightening. Finally, I remind colleagues that although there are Windows software that makes RAMdisk easily, they only allow a very limited part of RAM to be defined as storage, and they don't allow the operating system itself to be installed or loaded on it. The guide I've tried to create effectively causes 100% of the operating system to go to RAM and run from it. Here is a working video: RAMdisk with Windows Server 2016 Core Mode.pdf RAMdisk Benchmark.pdf RAMdisk Benchmark.pdf