|Processor||1.6 GHz Intel Atom|
|RAM||2 GB SDRAM|
|Hard Drive||1024 GB|
|Number of USB 2.0 Ports||5|
Acer Aspire AH340-UA230N Home Server
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- Remove the old server from the existing rack
- Deploy the new server in an existing rack
- Connect the server to existing AC power, and dress to match server room/data center standards
- Install Microsoft Windows 2003/08 Server/Advanced Server, Microsoft Windows NT , Microsoft Windows Small Business Server 2003/08 or Novell NetWare, commercially supported versions of Red Hat, Ubuntu, SUSE and Mandriva
- Setup a print queue
- Create 5 user login accounts
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- Easy-to-use server for home and small business users with 24/7 performance and 1 TB of storage
- Three hot-swappable drive cages provides up to 7 TB of storage when you add optional drives
- One-touch USB copy enables quick file uploading; access server via networked PCs as well as remotely
- Intel Atom processor 230, 2 GB of RAM, Gigabit Ethernet, 5 USB ports, 1 eSATA port
- Microsoft Windows Home Server operating system
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The Acer Aspire Home Server creates an easy and reliable way to store, access and share files, as well as back up home PCs. Some of the key specifications are as follows: 1. The sever is small and stylish with a trendy, contemporary black color. 2. Blue LED’s enhance overall design 3. Reliable protection which includes "Headless Design", Recovery/reset pinhole, McAfee® Total Protection™ Service, Smart file backup and recovery, Incremental PC system backup and recovery, 4. Convenient expandability which includes Up to 4 hot-swappable SATA HDD bays, USB 2.0 and e-SATA drive addition, Windows® Home Server Drive Extender, DNLA media sharing, One-touch USB copy, Windows® Home Server community free web hosting service 5. 24/7 performance which includes, Intel® Atom™ Processor 230, Windows® Home Server, Lights out
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Overall, up until this week, I was pretty happy with it and felt it'd last me for a long time to come. Unfortunately, I had fiddled around with the IIS (the Web Server) in an attempt to feed movies to my Roku while I worked out. Doing so, I corrupted the settings that allowed my PC's to interact with the server. (They could still back up, but when it came time to pull up the console to do anything with the unit, I'd get an error message.) In my foolish attempt to fix something that really wasn't that big of a deal (I could log in via another method), I went about the "approved" method of reinstalling the operating system.
At that point, it all went horribly wrong.
At first, I attempted to recover the server using a connection from one of my other Windows machines. Little did I know that the 64-Bit Windows 7 I was using wasn't very popular with the recovery disk. In fact, no matter how I tried (admin rights, run in XP mode, etc.) it never worked. Eventually, I put the recovery disk in an old Windows XP laptop and tried again, but then I ran into the dreaded "NetworkError" error. (Search for a340 Network Error and you'll see how hard this one is to resolve.) I tried hooking it up through various routers, but to no avail. Finally, I attempted a full-on reinstall (which meant I'd have to hand restore the data I had backed up), but even THAT gave me the "NetworkError," though all of the troubleshooting I'd read said that that would do the trick.
In the end, I figure I got three years out of a good little server and it's time to move on to something simpler, so I am grabbing a Synology NAS off Amazon. Acer has all but dropped support for these A340's (due most probably to the fact that they don't run Windows Home Server 2011), so I'd stay away from them and for the money it's probably smarter to consider one of the Synology products. They have a better track record of supporting their products.
After reading some of the reviews, I thought to chime in:
1. This is not a computer, it is a server. To access features and set up accounts, you will log into it using the "Server Console", a pleasant interface that allows you to do most anything required, except install programs. For that, you must "remote desktop" in. Do a search and you will find many helpful blogs and boards to assist you. I would start with uninstalling the included McAfee anti-virus and installing the Avast! software. It's excellent.
2. If you plan to use this as a media server, then you want to add HDD up to the task. A HDD used in security camera or TiVo/cable box DVR's will handle the constant usage more reliably. I added a EVDS series from Western Digital and been very pleased. Link here: http://www.amazon.com/Western-Digital-AV-GP-Intellipower-WD20EVDS/dp/B002G1YPPW/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1303060294&sr=8-5
3. I cannot speak as to why others have had hardware issues, but remember to always use a good quality surge protector/power conditioner with battery back-up for a device like this.
The software is standard Windows 2003 Server with WHS, but with several value-added Acer applications. Nice job. One caveat: the trial McAfee software is the enterprise version. I got confused when trying to upgrade the license. The standard McAfee personal use product will not install on Windows Server 2003, and the enterprise versions are more expensive. I decided to rely on the scanning that is already part of all my other machines before the data even gets moved to the server, and I don't use my WHS for internet operations at all - no email, no web browsing, nada. Keeping it clean.
In terms of performance, this product is quite capable for most typical file sharing and streaming. I have streamed demanding HD content without problems, however when running the same video directly on the Acer brings CPU utilization up to about 80 - 90%. But it does play. The same file uses 20 - 30% CPU on my media server. So don't expect to use the server for intensive tasks while performing its WHS functions.
This machine is actually what I use to backup my main WHS, a much more powerful server. When I looked at the cost and administration of backing up my media server ... this product was actually more cost effective and less work than other solutions. An external USB drive cabinet with a 1TB drive costs at least half of this unit, and on top of it you get the automated management and the ability to easily add/remove additional drives.
I would quickly upgrade to a more powerful version of this machine - say 6 or 8 drives, with a 2TB system drive, and processing power of at least 2 times the current model.
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