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Rear view of HP's MediaSmart Home Server  (Source: Hewlett-Packard)
Online retailers leak two HP's EX470, EX475 MediaSmart Home Servers

Microsoft's Windows Home Server (WHS) platform has gotten a lot of praise from the online community in the past few months. Microsoft dished out a Release Candidate version of the software to testers in early June and went gold in mid-July.

Since that time, we've gotten a glimpse at Velocity Micro's entry into the WHS market. Velocity's Micro's system can be mounted vertically or horizontally and will feature a Conroe-based processor. Other features include PCIe-based GbE, 3.0Gbps SATA and an eSATA port for external storage expansion.

Hewlett-Packard's offering has been shown in pictures ever since WHS was first announced in January, but specifications and release details have finally be revealed. According to leaks from online retailers and, HP's MediaSmart Home Server will begin shipping on September 15.

The system will be priced at $599 for the EX470 (500GB) and $749 for the EX475 (1TB). The servers are powered by a 1.8GHz AMD Sempron processor and come equipped with four drive bays for internal storage expansion (one bay is filled in the 500GB model, two in the 1TB model), four USB 2.0 ports and one eSATA port for external expansion.

Each measures 5.5" x 9.7" x 5.5" with system weight coming in a 14.92 pounds.

As we come closer to the official launch of Windows Home Server, we are sure to see more product leaks and announcement from other key partners including Fujitsu-Siemens, Gateway, Iomega LaCie and Medion.

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very nice
By Moishe on 8/22/2007 3:18:01 PM , Rating: 4
Now we are getting to the point where a digital home and a media hub in the living room is starting to make sense.

I've had a basic NAS for quite some time and almost cannot live without it, but these things really up the ante.

Decent price too.

RE: very nice
By Screwballl on 8/22/2007 3:25:06 PM , Rating: 3
and for those that can build their own systems, hopefully Newegg and other online retailers will be selling the OEM version of WHS. As we can build ours out of older parts, the only real suggestion is 1GHz+ CPU, 1GB RAM, 80GB hard drive. This can easily be built for $200-400 by the end user or if they have an older system that meets these requirements, just buy the OEM WHS.

RE: very nice
By ObscureCaucasian on 8/22/2007 3:31:50 PM , Rating: 2
That's really the best way to go, it would be a great use for a PC once it gets replaced.

RE: very nice
By Oregonian2 on 8/22/2007 6:11:33 PM , Rating: 2
My current "backup server" is exactly that. When I upgrade my wife's computer gets first dibs if it's something needed there, and if not the "backup server" gets it .

RE: very nice
By omnicronx on 8/22/2007 4:20:45 PM , Rating: 1
I think it will only be available preinstalled, like MCE was when it first came out. Thats at least what i understand, from the forum for beta testers. (i was one)

RE: very nice
By ObscureCaucasian on 8/22/2007 4:26:22 PM , Rating: 2
I'm pretty sure it will come eventually, or at least I vaguely remember reading something like that back when it was announced.

RE: very nice
By deeznuts on 8/22/2007 5:52:23 PM , Rating: 2
No it has been confirmed they will sell builder versions.

Windows Home Server for System Builders

Microsoft also announced that Windows Home Server will be available to the system builder channel, further broadening the scope of the home server product category. Using this version of the software, system builders worldwide will have the resources and flexibility to provide customized, targeted Windows Home Server products to meet the needs of a wide array of customer segments.

RE: very nice
By imaheadcase on 8/22/2007 10:39:40 PM , Rating: 2
WHS system builders is coming out later is the whole point they are making. WHS itself won't be available at launch by itself, it will be delayed till Late sep or oct.

RE: very nice
By imaheadcase on 8/22/2007 10:44:55 PM , Rating: 2
As we can build ours out of older parts, the only real suggestion is 1GHz+ CPU, 1GB RAM, 80GB hard drive. This can easily be built for $200-400 by the end user or if they have an older system that meets these requirements, just buy the OEM WHS.

Well the most cost is coming from the hard drives. No one will use the 80gig hard drive you mentioned. Majority would use 500gigs MIN to start with. I would venture to bet most won't even use anything less than 500gig hard drive in setup.

Heck I got 160gigs of movies and almost 16gigs of movies that would fill up my first one rather quickly if i include OS backup from 2 computers also.

RE: very nice
By therealnickdanger on 8/22/2007 3:29:57 PM , Rating: 2
Agreed. Upgrade that sucker to 1TB RAID-6 for under a grand and I'll buy. I'm too lazy to build one.

RE: very nice
By wien on 8/22/2007 4:25:43 PM , Rating: 2
It does RAID (or at least redundant storage) in software. Just plug in a few hard drives, select the data you want redundancy on, and sit back.

RE: very nice
By Micronite on 8/22/2007 4:32:49 PM , Rating: 5
Actually, the OS doesn't need RAID. They us a smart file backup which maintains data integrity and actually lets you use more of your precious space.

There's a great writeup about it here:

"Vista runs on Atom ... It's just no one uses it". -- Intel CEO Paul Otellini

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