HP's slick, simple MediaSmart Home Server

HP's slick, simple MediaSmart Home Server

Summary: Hewlett Packard is the first U.S. company to offer custom hardware running Windows Home Server. Here's what you get.

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  • Microsoft's OEM release of Windows Home Server includes support for free subdomains at liveserver.com. HP adds support for subdomains that use TZO.com (free for the first year). Either option allows remote access to the home server over the Internet; the TZO options also support email-based notifications.

  • This uncluttered landing page for remote logins is another HP-only addition. The big buttons provide access to shared photo albums, shared folders, and computers that have remote access enabled. In all cases, access uses Secure HTTP.

  • I'm browsing these shared folders on the MediaSmart server from a hotel room more than a thousand miles from home. Each folder in this list is protected by individual access restrictions (enforced by NTFS permissions) and is assigned on a per-account basis unless the Guest account is enabled.

Topics: Software, Hardware, Hewlett-Packard, Operating Systems, Servers, Windows

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  • This is cool

    Hey Ed thanks for that slide show..i was planing on building my own but am now going to get the HP version of WHS..
    rohan.aarons@...
  • Where are our Linux fans

    I figured they would be out in force to talk about how they could build twice the server for half of the cost.

    I think there could easily become a distro built to beat this, especially with the cost of SAS disks verses SATA.
    nucrash
    • LINUX User Replies

      I guess you missed HP's marketing strategy! This server is designed for non-technical WINDOWS PC owners. This server povides them with a reasonably affordable easy to use media server that also provides backup capabilities without all the configuration issues associated with home built systems. Small form factor and 1TB (2 500gig SATA drives 7200RPM) drive space at $709 is very reasonable. The big bonus is low power consumption versus most Linux guys would reuse an old non-efficient pc and throw some drives in a huge case running linux server.
      sean.signer@...
    • Cheaper Solution

      Linux Based... $30 Software and a spare PC... or a low end dell...

      Easy setup and affordable, can use USB, Flash, Etc...

      NASLite++

      http://www.serverelements.com/
      jparrott@...
  • Thin Client Server ?

    Hmmm I wonder if this WHS can be application server as well

    It will be cost effective if we can install thin client server software such as ThinServer XP and share the server power to the connected PC or devices

    http://www.aikotech.com/thinserver.htm
    ThinkFair
  • RE: Simple albums (HP's slick, simple MediaSmart Home Server)

    BOB for home media.
    compudave
  • RE: Simple albums (HP's slick, simple MediaSmart Home Server)

    Thanks for the eval!
    I had already ordered the HP MediaSmart because it looked so promising on paper (and at the right price).
    Your eveluation makes my anticipation level even higher!
    I'll try to let you know asap how an "ordinary" citizen does with the product.
    Mbow
    MBow