My upgrade to the 3.0 went very smoothly. I devated from using the recovery button on my EX470 in that I pulled my system drive out then waited for the system to goto into recovery mode. I have a monitor on my server so I can see the status of my server.
The recovery only took about 1 hour and then I proceeded to run the server updates to bring it current before attempting to actually use it for anything. The EX470 is no longer my primary server so I can afford to wait a bit longer then most but the one thing I do use it for is to backup my client's so its still has an important role to play here and it reduces some of the work load off my ProLiant.
My EX470 has an AMD Duel Core BE2300 installed and one of the first concerns was with the processor temp. Since it was reported that the MSS FAN CONTROL for the EX47x was not compatable with the 3.0 I was planning on putting a fan in front of the EX470. However before I got around to installing the 3.0 Alex released an updated MSS FAN CONTROL program for testing which I was allowed to help with and then shortly after that he released the working version and its one ADD-IN that an EX47x user can not live without.
The next thing I had to work on was getting Remote Access to this server and maintain the ability to do so with my ProLiant. I completed this task over the weekend. I have a Private Domain with TZO and both my EX470's have their own domains with TZO using the HP/TZO Provided domains. Anyway I had to do some creative port forwarding with 3389 and 3390 for RDP connections and had to manipulate the 443 port letting 443 go straight to the EX470 and then make external port 444 goto internal 443 port on the ProLiant. I really did not like this but it was the only way to get the servers to play well together. Basically I use the ProLiants Landing page to control the access to both servers and used Whilst to create the Links on the ProLiant Landing page. This works well accept I need to get rid of that LOGIN BUTTON or figure out how to redirect where it goes because it goes straight to the EX470 and I get a certificate error.
So now I can access both servers via the internet no problem which allows me to play with the new 3.0 features. The one thing about setting up remote access is that TZO gave me a free year with the domain I previously owned and I now have 2 sets of keys for the exact same domain name which I found weird but who cares its working.
At first I wanted to play with the photo publisher but I was getting an error that it did not exist. I found a fix that did not improve my situation so I removed it. I was on the EX470 and found if I just created something it would work and it did and I like it much better then the Photo Webshare which I stopped using months back when I learned HP was dropping it from the 3.0. It was only a minor issue and its working.
I did not encounter any issues with Twonky. To me it seemed Twonky ran faster in the 3.0 then in the 1.3. I will also add I do not really need to run Twonky but for the spirt of the upgrade I decided to let it run. I found the server to be very responsive with the 3.0, it was backing up my clients and I felt it was time to setup the in home media streamer and video collector and video converter.
I liked the Media Streamer alot. I think its a nice touch and it works extremely well. This is how I know it works well. The video converter is running doing its business and it puts a heavy load on both my cores 80+%, I connected to the server via the internet with a netbook running with a mobile broadband connection. I was able to play the music without issue, view photos although there was some delay in waiting for the stuff to display but then again this is to be expected when your CPU is heavily loaded but it was faster then I antisipated. Once I had a couple movies converted I was able to play them and quite pleased with the results.
What I am not exactly happy with the performance of the Video Converter. The results are good but the amount of time it takes to process a video seems way too long. Now this could be something I set up wrong or overlooked but for now my test batch of movies seems to be taking days and days to process some 17 AVI movies. I also put 4 MKV's on the server to see what if anything it might do with them but it may take quite some time before I know. Anway I do not require this function because I stream all my MKV's via ORB online but I will say I have an interest in seeing what MP4's look like for streaming online so its of interest for me.
I have not installed many ADD-INS yet but one thing I have noticed is that I am not seeing any activity on the Network Utilization on the System Status. I can however see this using the ADMINIME ADD-IN which I found to be very useful but I have to wonder if its caused the problem with that indicator. Maybe someone will be able to determine this to be true or false as time goes by.
I only have one issue I consider annoying and that is with the Server for iTunes. When I select it, the page loads on the console then abruptly stops and when I click MORE INFORMATION it gives me a ton of things to look at. Maybe I missed something maybe I did not. I will be honest in that I am not a user of iTunes and have not been so since my son drove me crazy with his iPOD. While this feature is not of great importance for me I still think it should work. Maybe someone will be kind enough to point me in the right direction one day or someone will post something about this I will pickup on but its not the end of the world.
All I know is my upgrade experience was positive. It was fun and I would recommend this upgrade to anyone wanting to enhance their servers features. It breaths new life into an older unit and while I had to wait for it to be released it was well worth the wait. What I do not know is how the upgrade will work on an EX47x with the stock processor. I have elected not to install the 3.0 into my other EX470 at this time but may elect to do so in the near future just to see how it works out.
If anyone who has an EX470 with a stock processor desires to know how the upgrade will work out for them just let me know and I can move my drives into the other EX470 to see how it runs. This would provide some additional information for those who need it.