|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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- 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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- 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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HP EX470 500GB Mediasmart Home Server. Multiple PCs in your home often means photos, music, videos and files scattered about and difficult to locate. The HP MediaSmart Server provides a central location to keep all your files for easy access. Centralize and share your files and media across your home network. Remotely access files on your server and run applications on your home PCs from any internet connected computer. Stream photos, music and videos to PCs on your network or to your TV or stereo system. Sharing photos via the web used to be a time intensive and sometimes scary endeavor. With HP Photo Webshare, however, you can quickly and automatically create a photo website on your server and share photos and video clips with only the friends and family you designate. Easily setup a personal web address that visitors can use to see photos on your webshare. Set up automatic emails to notify friends and family to share different photo albums. Visitors can upload their own photos for sharing and download full resolution photos or be linked to Snapfish for photo printing. As you accumulate increasing amounts of digital content, keeping everything protected becomes a time consuming task. The HP MediaSmart Server takes the worry out of data protection by automatically backing up all of your important media and other files. Gain peace of mind through easy backup of household PCs and notebooks running Windows XP and later operating systems. Designate folders that will be copied automatically onto multiple hard drives for an additional layer of redundant protection. Restore individual files or an entire PC hard drive in the event of a hardware or software failure. Four internal hard drive bays, four USB 2.0 ports and one eSATA port for storage expandability. Easily expand capacity with off the shelf SATA drives installation doesnt require tools or cables.
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First of all the basics; it's a nice looking device. It's VERY quiet, and cabling is nice and simple; power and ethernet. Included in the box is the device, the cables you need, a set of CD's and a getting started guide.
On the back is an eSATA port (not shown in the Amazon photos or mentioned), 3 USB ports for more storage and a USB port on the front.
You plug it into your network, install the CD and you are good to go. No fooling around with product activation, no 30 minute setup.
The software; it's spectacular. Microsoft made this easy to use without treating you like a fool. Setting up shared storage and scheduling a backup couldn't be easier. If you ever need to restore, then you just pop in the included boot CD into the target machine and it'll let you restore backups stored on the server.
The 500Gb (or 1Tb) drive is fine for most people, but in my case I added some more drives. You just pop them into the cradle, slide them into the server and select "add" in the control panel. It automatically turns them into one large drive you can access. You can then select in the control panel which directories you want to duplicate (mirror) and it will make a backup copy onto one of the other drives. If you ever need to remove a drive, it will let you copy the contents onto the other drive(s) before doing so.
Another cool feature is the iTunes server; it will copy your local iTunes library onto the server in the background so you free up space on your PC and have a network accessible iTunes server on your lan.
All in all $577 WELL SPENT. There are other solutions out there (Drobo, Infrant, FreeNAS) but this integrates perfectly in Windows and is in my opinion the best value for money.
Installation was very satisfactory for such a complicated product. I didn't have enough Ethernet ports coming out of my router (an older Motorola Wireless-G) so I ordered a Linkysis 5 port switch at the same time. I chained the switch to my router and took a couple of connections off the router so I could connect the Homeserver Directly to the router.
Setup is complicated, but the written and on screen instructions are very good. Be sure to write down all the usernames and passwords and pick as simple a name as possible for the remote homeserver internet name.
I would say 80-90% of the setup went off without any problem. I got one PC (Windows XP) set up and used this as the install console access. Then set this unit up for remote access and created the Microsoft homeserver (it's free) web ID. Keep in mind that the address is [...] not [...]
Password requirements are stiff.
With unit #1 set up for access, automatic back-up and remote file access I then set up my laptop (wireless connection) using a different username.
Both units performed backups the first evening. I figured out how to quickly get to the user and other directories on the drive (I ordered the small 500GB unit for starters). It was quick and easy to transfer data files, photos and video files to the server.
The next step was remote access. This was only partially successful during my initial install which I did in stages over about two days. Through the internet, I was able to log onto the Homeserver and upload and download files. I eventually created another user just for the fileserver so I could allow others to access files that pertained to a joint project (just like a VPN that the big boy s use). Outside users had no difficulty uploading 15MB CAD files to the server.
Now for the 10-20% difficult part. A couple of times I had to restart the server (full power off) to get around some difficulties or clear a reported problem. That wasn't bad. What really bothered me was that I couldn't get the Remote Access feature to allow me to access the programs, files and printer resources of my PC via the internet. Everything seemed to be in order but I received errors which indicated Remote Access was blocked. I thought some router settings would need to be changed, but didn't know what to do so I just decided this was not something I needed to bang my head against the wall for.
Finally after about one month of running I got some sort of error that the server could not connect to the internet. One of the recommended fixes was to add the remote access internet site [...] to the list of trusted sites. After doing this, on a hunch, I used my laptop to remote access my PC through the internet. It worked. After logging on with username and password I took control of the PC. I picked a fairly complicated application that I had on the PC but not on the laptop and ran a program using data on the PC. Then still at the laptop remote access, I printed the document. Not only did it work, but the speed was amazingly fast.
Now I'm at 98% satisfaction. (Some people can never be fully satisfied) The only remaining abnormality is that I have things to display Network Health Notifications and sometimes the notifications are not so important (such as laptop not backed up for 8 days---it was in the bag!!)and other times when the notification icon stayed "unhealthy" while everything worked properly. Eventually the second issue cleared itself after 10 hours.
One big item of caution! Unless you have more that one disk drive in the unit, you cannot take advantage of the "duplicate" function. If you use the homeserver as the primary and only source for files, you have no backup unless there is more than one drive in the box and you set it up for duplication.
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