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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 Amazon.com and PCMall.com, 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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So umm,
By ObscureCaucasian on 8/22/2007 3:37:12 PM , Rating: 1
Where do you plug a monitor into this thing? I know most of the time you won't need one, but it's gotta have the option right?




RE: So umm,
By MrBungle123 on 8/22/2007 3:41:50 PM , Rating: 1
I think the port next to the ethernet jack is HDMI.


RE: So umm,
By Brandon Hill (blog) on 8/22/2007 3:44:59 PM , Rating: 2
No, it's eSATA.

AFAIK, the system is accessed over the network via a web interface.


RE: So umm,
By ObscureCaucasian on 8/22/2007 3:47:31 PM , Rating: 1
I was starting to figure that, but they better put some huge sticker on the thing saying that or 50% of consumers are going to be calling HP tech support complaining they forgot to put a video card in.


RE: So umm,
By omnicronx on 8/22/2007 4:18:09 PM , Rating: 2
it has a remote interface somewhat like RDP, the only time a monitor is needed would be to install the OS.. which isnt a problem because the o/s is only available in preinstalled oem configurations.


RE: So umm,
By deeznuts on 8/22/2007 5:53:45 PM , Rating: 2
There is a standalone product available as I mentioned above (or below who knows the dang thing moves around!)

http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2007/may0...


RE: So umm,
By pattycake0147 on 8/22/2007 3:45:10 PM , Rating: 2
Nope it's the e-sata port. I wonder whats on the back side as far a ports go.


RE: So umm,
By Brandon Hill (blog) on 8/22/2007 3:47:05 PM , Rating: 2
You're looking at the back side ;)

You can see the front side here:

http://www.dailytech.com/Microsoft+Windows+Home+Se...


RE: So umm,
By MrBungle123 on 8/22/2007 3:43:17 PM , Rating: 2
No idea


RE: So umm,
By MrBungle123 on 8/22/2007 3:44:23 PM , Rating: 2
God I'm an Idiot, I just looked at the larger pic and its eSATA.


RE: So umm,
By TomZ on 8/22/2007 3:50:34 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Where do you plug a monitor into this thing? I know most of the time you won't need one, but it's gotta have the option right?

I don't think that WHS needs a monitor for anything. They probably thrifted video out of the design entirely to keep costs down. Think "appliance," not "computer."


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