If you want to use software such as DVBViewer, DVBViewer Recording Service or MediaPortal on your Windows Server, you may encounter the problem that it won’t recognize any of your DVB devices.
This is because there is no BDA support (Broadcast Driver Architecture) on Windows Server 2008 / 2012. So if you want to use BDA based hardware (i.e. DVB TV cards) it is neccessary to add BDA harware support manually.
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Some day, I installed the MediaPortal TV server on my Windows Server 2008 R2. There is a warning that this OS is not officially supported but the installation worked fine (I chose MySQL5), so I thought it should be running just fine.
But it was not. In the configuration tool, the “TV servers” list was empty. After some research I found the solution to add BDA support with a MSI setup file from here. Indeed, this one is working for DVBViewer and its Recording Service which I had installed in parallel. But the MediaPortal TV server configuration still had no TV servers available.
So I tried an other solution from the MediaPortal forum. At first I was frightened of the long and quite complex installation instructions and the fact that it is just working for English OS versions (“en-US”, mine is a “de-DE”). But having a look into the batch files I realized that the setup routine itself is quite simple. I decided to rework them.
Adding BDA support to your server
The new serverbda setup batch files add BDA support to any Windows Server 2008 R2 or Windows Server 2012 with just a few clicks.
serverbda.zip Version 1.0: Download
Have a look at the readme file which explains the installation step-by-step.
I would be happy to receive your feedback. Just leave a comment below.
A big thanks goes to limpwhizkid, the author of the original “bdaforserver”.