Running an application server-side from an Android client

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http://stackoverflow.com – I would like to build an Android app that will communicate with a server, running on my HTPC at home. The Android application should start Windows Media Center on the server-side computer (my HTPC...), for recording TV capture screenshots, and so on... I set up a WAMP server on my home computer, opened a port, and the server is working fine. The problem I'm having is running the WMC on my server side. I tried PHP code to run the PHP exec() command to run the WMC process on the server but with no luck. Then, I tried the exec() function with local batch and vbscript files, still no luck... I (HowTos)