May 2009

Our friend and most verbose forum member George aka “SeaRay33″ has posted a nice deal at NewEgg, where they are offering the MediaSmart Server EX485 plus a 1TB Hitachi drive for $499 along with free shipping. Note that the EX485 includes the stock 750GB drive, so this will get you duplication of your important files […]

I’ve just received an announcement from HP with some welcome news for EX470 and EX475 owners. HP has made the Amazon S3 Online Backup and Apple Time Machine Backup features available as download-able Add-Ins for owners of the first generation MediaSmart Server. Note that these features are already available in the EX485/EX487/LX195 servers. HP EX470/475 […]

I recently saw a TV commercial from broadband provider Qwest that put a humorous twist on the very serious issue of data loss. In the commercial a mortified boy poses in a crib, in a high chair and on an undersized bicycle for new baby photos after his father dropped his laptop and lost all […]

A minor update is on the way from Microsoft in the form of KB963032 that will modify the Home Server Console to allow it to be displayed at a lower resolution in order to work correctly on the Netbook class of computers. The change of minimum resolution from 1024 x 768 to 1024 x 600 […]

The Mac community has been bit by the Home Server bug when HP released the EX485 and EX487 MediaSmart Servers with the support for Time Machine backups. There’s been enough interest from Mac owners to prompt the creation of a Macs and Home Servers forum discussion group on the site. However, the Windows Home Server […]

I was reading yesterday and came across an article about AT&T blocking the SlingPlayer iPhone application from streaming video across their 3G network. The iPhone app will still support streaming over Wifi hotspots which AT&T gives iPhone users free access to, however not over the 3G network which greatly impacts the usefulness and flexibility […]

A recent article of the magazine Government Computer News featured the MediaSmart Server EX470 server on the front cover, though with the HP and Windows Home Server logos removed. The article covers a study about techniques for more efficient cooling of computer data centers, and since HP is mentioned as a participating company in the […]

Update: This issue has been resolved by the release of Power Pack 3 for Windows Home Server. The Windows Home Server Backup Software is an excellent solution for backing up all the PCs in the home. It does incremental backups every night, stores a single copy of the files that exist on more than one […]

HP has just sent me a statement that they wanted to share with the MediaSmart community about software updates and European availability of the MediaSmart Servers. We have two updates to share with our MediaSmart Server communities. We have listened to the customer feedback on,, and other popular Windows Home Server blogs […]

WeGotServed and the Home Server Blog have announced an exciting Add-In competition where your best idea will get turned into a future Windows Home Server Add-In. There’s also the opportunity to win some great prizes, so be sure to click here to read the rules and submit your entry. Thanks to WeGotServed for the link. […]