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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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Wonderful Wonderful OS
By Homerboy on 8/22/2007 5:31:32 PM , Rating: 2
Been testing it for sometime now, and MS has a winner here. Hopefully the market sustains it and tech-home users "get it" and buy it.

The Add-in community is already thriving too.

Its a brilliant OS in the new "multi-media" home that has been shoved down our throats for a decade now. FINALLY somebody gets it that a home with several IP enabled media devices needs a central server.... just like an office. Central storage (and backup) is the key.

Can't wait to finally install the RTM!!!

RE: Wonderful Wonderful OS
By afkrotch on 8/22/2007 6:29:19 PM , Rating: 2
I wonder how it compares to simply have a full running OS. I personally have a 3TB file server at home. I simply have it running Win2k. My friend keeps bothering me to put Linux on it, but I've already got it running.

It for the most part just sits there, but there will be times when I connect an external hdd to pull data off. That or pop in a dvd and burn items.

Will options like this be accessible through the web interface? If the OS is lightweight and has some of the features of a regular Windows OS, that'd be great.

Guess I'll read up about it on Paul Thurrott's site.

RE: Wonderful Wonderful OS
By TomZ on 8/22/2007 7:14:55 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah, you should read up on it - it has a bunch of features that are pretty nice. You could probably do most of the same things with Windows or Linux, it's just easier with WHS since it is focused on home server functionality.

RE: Wonderful Wonderful OS
By afkrotch on 8/22/2007 7:58:37 PM , Rating: 2
Been reading up on it. WHS sounds like a phenomenal product. Especially for backup purposes.

It sounds like it doesn't run like a regular fileserver. Instead you'll be using Windows Media Connect. I'm not keen on that.

The online features sounds very nice, but I'd prefer my home network to not have any accessibility through the internet. Hopefully you can turn that off.

The backup features sounds extremely promising. I may just setup a WHS box just to backup my PCs and fileserver. I'm running RAID 5, but having a complete backup would definitely be more worthwhile.

Looks like they'll bundle WHS with new hardware and be selling it by itself. According to Paul Thurrott's site. More functionality than a NAS, but less hassle than a full fileserver.

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