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HP Launches New MediaSmart Home Server for PCs and Macs


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HP today launched a home server designed for use with both Windows and Mac computers. Based on the Microsoft Windows Home Server platform, the HP MediaSmart Server ex485/ex487 is a central repository for automatically backing up and accessing digital music, videos, photos and documents from multiple computers on a home network.

The MediaSmart Server automatically organizes files across all PCs, streams media across a home network and the Internet, and publishes photos to popular social networking and photo sharing sites.

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I wonder if these are upgradable like the older models
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I am LOVING the idea of the iTunes server. Now to get that software onto my non HP WHS rig. :toast:
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This is a bit expensive for what it is but other than that it's a really good solution. At least it's much more versatile than any NAS device and HP do build a quality chassis.
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Sweet. These things kick ass. I have one of the older ones, they are great. The only problem I've found with them is really microsoft's fault; see after about six months of use there is this multi-gigabyte log file that screws everything up. If you don't purge it yourself every couple of months the whole system grinds to a halt.

I was looking at setting up a file and internet server for my house. Between my gf and I, plus my grandfather, there are three desktops, four laptops, a media center box that I am still trying to set up plus an xbox 360 . None of them were connected at all before I bought the 500GB model. Now they all share one internet connection, and one place has all of the files. With media center and WHS I can stream content from comcast on demand to any computer and tv in my house, as well as access files stored on other computers in my network. I've also started using webcams as security cameras around the outside of my house. After I get my taxes back I want to get a laser printer, because this thing can be a print server too.

There are a ton of neat projects people are working on, like controlling the thermostat in your house remotely (so i can turn the furnace on when I leave work). I have to say that Windows Home Server is the most user-friendly software I have ever used in my life, other than Solidworks.

Alternatively you could just install WHS on a box you build yourself, but these little units are pretty good.