|Processor||1.8 GHz AMD Sempron|
|RAM||0.512 GB DDR2|
|Hard Drive||500 GB SATA|
|Number of USB 2.0 Ports||4|
HP EX470 MediaSmart Home Server (AMD Live, Windows Home Server, 500 GB Hard Drive)
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- Conveniently centralize your files and access them from an internet-connected computer
- 500 GB hard drive, expands via 4 hard drive bays
- Automatically backup and protect the digital memories on your home PCs running Windows XP and later operating systems
- Stream photos, music and videos to PCs on your network or to your TV or stereo system
- Powered by Microsoft Windows Home Server software and 1.8 GHz, 64-bit AMD Sempron processor
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First, I am programmer that works from home, with some expertise in setting up a usable home network. This little box allows me to remote in when i am on the road, replace a few NAS drives, simplify backup, AND share music and photos. There's only one REAL BIG complaint that I have, and that's working with 64 bit systems. I will go into that...
I added 3 1TB drives to this in minutes without shutting the system down. The drive sleds are very innovative, as they require no tools to use. You just need to lift a handle, pull out the sled, and place the new HD in using pins that flex to hold the HD in place. You then just put the drive back in its bay and lock the lever/handle in place. Visually, there is a light for each drive that will show you it is ready for use. You must use the WHS console to add the drives to your existing storage, and the light goes from purple to blue - and is ready to use. What is cool here is that your users don't see 4 different drives, but just 1 with all the space as if the existing drive automatically grew. If you want to replace a drive with larger capacity, it is simple as well. You use the console to remove the drive. When you remove a drive, WHS will copy the data off of that drive to the others (if they have room to do so) and then tell you when it is safe to dismount it.
Before this, I was using 4 seats of gotomypc professional for just under $600. 3 for my machines, and 1 for my wife's. I got the pro level because I wanted to administer all of the boxes centrally.Read more ›
This is really close to a perfect product right out of the chute. The difficulties I ran into mostly had to do with some complicated PC configurations I have. If you are moderately comfortable with your operating system then you probably won't have too much trouble. I wouldn't dump it in a novice's lap, though.
Couple of quick tips...
1. Don't run more than 1 anti-virus/spyware/security package on your pc. This caused some difficult complications for me.
2. Before you install the server allow your PC's firewall to forward all IP traffic from your local network. This will allow the installer to find the server and do its thing without any blocking.
3. Check your services and make sure Volume Shadow Copy and COM+ are enabled and set to Auto.
4. It seems best to setup all your pcs with the same user names and strong passwords. The MediaSmart doesn't organize things by name but rather identifies each PC individually. This REALLY simplifies things!
Using a Remote Desktop Connection you can access the underlying WHS operating system. I set mine up with a static IP and changed the Workgroup to match the rest of my LAN. Also, I checked the performance and everything is cool even during a backup with a remote connection. I also plugged in my LaserJet 1300 and used WHS to add the printer for sharing. This didn't go well until I went to device manager and updated the printer driver from there. Then it was like butter and the printing speed is super quick.
I considered upgrading to 1GB of ram, but it seems really unnecessary. If you'd like to... Kingston #KVR667D2N5/1G has worked for another - it's PC2 5300, fyi.Read more ›
The HP MediaSmart Home Server, based on Microsoft's Home Server Edition is not your plain-vanilla backup drive. Instead it has some killer features:
- Speedy, intuitive setup in a great looking machine (took me literally 10 minutes to setup)
- Automatic backup with optional folder duplication
- Hot-pluggable storage allows you to expand storage up to 16 terabytes on the fly (we have 1 terabyte)
- Login remotely and upload/download files from anywhere
- Access other computers on your network remotely (like Go-to-My-PC)
- File/media serving and print serving (centralize your media and access it from any device)
- Setup a domain in a few clicks so you can share your folders with friends and family over the web
- Monitor all your PCs for security...you will get alerts if antivirus or the firewall aren't working
- Extensible "Add-ins" allow developers to build and offer (usually freeware) some cool features like remote management, mobile access, and dozens of other custom applications
- You can also sign-up for internet storage and backup your Home Server automatically (for additional safety) to offsite providers for as little as $5/month for unlimited storage
Overall, I consider the Home Server to be a breakthrough in home technology.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Save your money! I have used computers for over 30 years. and know how to read setup directions. That said, this junk will not even Finish booting. Read morePublished 1 month ago by subway buff
Had one and replaced it after the NIC was accidentally disabled. Took $2000 to get another one in and fix all the problems related. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
I purchased this server in 2007 and I have run it every day since then and it is still working. It is a great piece of hardware. Read morePublished 21 months ago by JJCEO
This was my first NAS, when I wanted something simple, especially when adding drives; Drive Extender was easy to use. Read morePublished on June 21, 2014 by EJP
I had this server for a good few years and used it frequently with various machines connecting to it to access media and for backing up my local PC's. Read morePublished on May 28, 2014 by Justin
I've had this server for a very long time now. As an "enthusiast" user, I've upgraded it in ways that are well documented around the internet. Read morePublished on April 14, 2014 by bummster
HP had a opportunity to support and continued to the upgrade of this device and category. This device had great promise its to bad they left all the users no support.Published on February 14, 2014 by LumberKing
This is a great product and I would recommend this buy to anyone who is looking at this product.
The customer service is awesome as well