FAQ: How do I move my library over to RoonServer? How do I run headless?

FAQ: How do I move my library over to RoonServer? How do I run headless?

Roon Server - Basics

All configuration for Roon Server is done from the main Roon app, running as a Remote. Once Roon Server is installed, the Roon icon should appear in the Menu Bar on macOS, or in the tray on Windows.

You can right-click the icon to confirm that Roon is running. Then, install the full Roon app on a different machine to configure or use Roon.

Roon Server has a "Launch at startup" option so that Roon Server will start up automatically when the user logs into the account that is used for Roon. To avoid the need to manually log into Windows each time the server hardware is rebooted or Windows is restarted, it's a good idea to set up an auto-login for this account.

Migrating to Roon Server

If you would like to convert your existing Roon install to a headless Roon Server install, follow the steps below. Note that if you care about anything in your database, back it up first.

Windows

This assumes you'll be running Roon Server on the same computer you previously ran Roon on. If you're moving your Core to a new machine, start by migrating your Roon database, then follow the instructions below.
  1. Rename your Roon folder to RoonServer
  2. Download RoonServer for Windows and install it
  3. Launch Roon Server

If you use audio devices connected directly to the server computer, you will also need to configure Windows to log in automatically to your Windows user account.

macOS

This assumes you'll be running Roon Server on the same computer you previously ran Roon on. If you're moving your Core to a new machine, start by migrating your Roon database, then follow the instructions below.
  1. Rename your Roon folder to RoonServer
  2. Download RoonServer for macOS and copy it to your Applications folder
  3. Launch Roon Server

Controlling and Configuring RoonServer

Once you've migrated to Roon Server, you can use any previously configured remote install to control it. You shouldn't need to log in or reconfigure anything.

To control Roon Server from a new device (or if you're setting up RoonServer for the first time) just install Roon on any supported device on the same network. Run as a remote when you start up, and select your Roon Server install.

If you're controlling Roon Server from a device that previously ran your Roon Core, read the warning below.

If you have moved your Core to a new Mac or PC and want to control Roon Server from the computer that has ever previously run your Roon Core, it's essential you start with a fresh install.

Confirm your original Roon folder has been renamed or no longer exists in your AppData directory, then do a fresh install of the Roon app to control your new Roon Server install. Running the same Roon database twice on the same network is not supported and will almost certainly cause problems. You've been warned. 

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