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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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What happens when a hard drive dies?
By cjc1103 on 8/23/2007 9:00:43 AM , Rating: 2
WHS seems very cool, except what happens when a hard drive dies on your WHS box?? Hah! You should have backed up your backup! NOT. Where is the capability to mirror or RAID drives? Also the UI is "dumbed down" everything is in bold just in case you need glasses and can't read or something. Eye candy abounds, maybe Joe User will think the product is better if it looks nice? Kind of insulting.




By thecoolnessrune on 8/23/2007 10:24:05 AM , Rating: 2
Why is it that elitists think that something has to look like ass to perform well and not be user friendly in any respect?

I've been using WHS for some time now and will definitely be purchasing a copy.


By NesuD on 8/23/2007 12:26:42 PM , Rating: 2
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what happens when a hard drive dies on your WHS box?? Hah! You should have backed up your backup! NOT

You should have read some of the previous posts. you can select specific folders to mirror on a different drive. It isn't typical raid but does provide similar fault tolerence for the data you designate.
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Also the UI is "dumbed down"

Typical for the target market. You don't need a handfull of certs to use this product.
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Eye candy abounds, maybe Joe User will think the product is better if it looks nice? Kind of insulting.

That is kind of an overstatement if there ever was one. It is a consumer oriented product thus it should be pleasing to the eye and easy to understand. Not one of your complaints make any sense given the type of product and the target market. Some of your assertions are flat out wrong. I find your negativity suspect. I have been a tester for this for 5 months now. Certainly it isn't server 2003 enterprise like I work with everyday at the office but for it's stated purpose It is a very nicely done and user friendly lite server providing all of the most useful features the Everyday Joe may need.


By NARC4457 on 8/23/2007 2:06:25 PM , Rating: 2
WHS automatically spans disks, so all you do is replace the busted drive, and WHS goes about formatting it and mirroring your data.

You don't have a WHS box with only one drive, of course.


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