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Hp Mediasmart Server (ex470)

Quick Look: HP's MediaSmart EX495 Home Server

It's a blue-black case with glowing blue LEDs that indicate occupied drive bays, power, and server health. A front-mount case door keeps the drive bays hidden from view. Like all WHS boxes, this one runs headlesswithout a display, keyboard, or mouse. You manage the NAS via a console app on any networked Windows machine or through a browser using the Remote Access feature. The idea is to power the box on, connect it to your home network, and then place it on a shelf. You shouldn't ever have to touch it again, unless you're upgrading drives. The server's four bays accept drives of any capacity (the EX470 I tested comes with one 500GB unit), but the capacities must match. External drives, which connect via USB ports (three on the front and one in back) as well as an eSATA port in the back, can vary in storage size and provide easy expandability. A caveat here: First, the MediaSmart connects to your network only via a wired Ethernet portat least for now. The box runs a stripped-down version of Windows Server 2003, so you can theoretically attach a USB wireless dongle. But because Windows Home Server can't install software in the same way as a regular Windows operating system, the dongle will have to have a driver and an install program specific to WHS.
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HP Mini 1000 Netbook ? Running Linux

Ubuntu Appearance Preferences In this story, we fill you in on both of the newest server familiesnamely HPs Celeron-based EX485/487 models and its Core 2 Duo-based EX490/95 models. We also examine some options for building your own small form factor server, thanks to an equipment loan from mini-ITX system builder Logic Supply, to compare what Wireless Networking you can build these days versus what you can buy from HP. As it hears from its users and understands that they want more power and capability to play back and transcode videos, as well as provide network backups, share photos and home videos, and establish a low-maintenance Web site for outside access, HP has steadily bolstered the specs of each new generation of its MediaSmart Servers. The following provides additional detail on the various HP MSS models. Model XP/Vista/Win7: backup, media, itunes, NAS MacOS (v10.5+): iTunes, backup, media, NAS Three Generations of HP MediaSmart Servers Compared The differences between the 47* and 48* and 49* models are huge, starting with AMD-based processors in the 47* models versus Intel (Celeron 440 stock in 48* and Celeron 450 in EX490 and dual-core Pentium E5200 in EX495). Storage also increases from 500GB and 1TB in the 47* models to 750GB and 1.5TB for both 48* and 49* models, all using Seagate 7,200 RPM SATA 3 Gb/s drives. As you might expect from a piece of technology, prices have continued to fall on the older models as newer ones have emerged. Fortunately, prices on the newest models are surprisingly low for a pre-built appliance, especially compared to some of the NAS/SAN devices we've reviewed in the past.
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HP Trickles Up Features from Home Server to SMB Storage Package

It has four internal SATA drive bays -- each of which supports a drive of up to 1.5TB capacity. It has four USB ports and an eSata port to enable a maximum of 13.5TB capacity, HP claimed. Designed for SMBs with up to 10 Windows PC or Mac OS X clients, the X510 includes such useful business capabilities as remote file access, fully-automated client backup and remote desktop control. The pricing of the network-attached storage device is also part of the news: $699 for the 1TB starter package. With this new product, Hewlett-Packard, well known for office peripherals that include printers and scanners, now wants to supply small and mid-range businesses with yet another IT machine: desktop data storage units. In the process, HP is heading into stiff new competition with companies such as Iomega, Seagate and Buffalo in an effort to offer inexpensive desktop storage to businesses with several servers to one- or two-person microbusinesses with one server or none at all. HP also announced upgrades to the StorageWorks X1000 and X3000 Network Storage Systems it introduced last May. The X1000 and X3000 combine file and application storage so that SMBs do not need to invest in siloed storage systems. "The X1000 and X3000 are self-contained systems; they have iSCSI and file serving with an automated storage manager, which makes it very easy for an SMB to configure," Johns said at the time. "A user can basically just request extra capacity.
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First is the Wubi installer, which makes installing Ubuntu on a PC that is already running Windows quite pain-free by putting the entire Linux installation in a Windows folder, without making any other changes to the system. If you decide not to keep it, you can just delete its folder and its gone. Wubi also does its work without requiring a CD, which is quite useful if you dont have an external CD drive to use with the Mini. Wubi The second reason I chose Ubuntu is the Ubuntu Netbook Remix , which is a set of customizations for Ubuntu to make it more netbook-ish. Although the netbook remix is available as an installation image, you can also add it to an existing Ubuntu installation, such as one created using Wubi. The technical details of how to do this are beyond the scope of this article, but you can find them here if youre interested in trying it yourself. So, heres what it takes to install Linux on the Mini: Run wubi.exe and wait for it to do its work. Reboot, and choose your new Linux installation from the menu.
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