EX495

The following is a guest article written and submitted by forum member Joe S. The debug boards reviewed in this article are available for purchase here in the forums. I was lucky enough to get one of the last HP EX495 MediaSmart Servers from NewEgg before they went out of stock and truth be told […]

Long time forum member VieuxJules has posted in the forums with his experience installing the new Windows Server 2012 Essentials beta on his HP MediaSmart Server EX470. Note that he has an upgraded server, most importantly increasing the stock 512MB of RAM to 2GB. While he installed it on the EX470, this process should work […]

I am pleased to announce that OverTek LTD in the UK has a new direct replacement PSU for the HP MediaSmart and Data Vault servers.   Back in July 2010 we first learned about OverTek LTD offering a direct replacement PSU for the HP MediaSmart Server.  Since then I have had the opportunity to actually test […]

Now that HP has announced that they are no longer making the MediaSmart Server or Data Vault products, it doesn’t take much thought to realize that there is a finite supply of these servers remaining for purchase. While the future of Windows Home Server Vail is still up in the air after the removal of […]

Last year forum member erail posted a message about how he converted a demo EX470 to become an MediaSmart Server Port Multiplier giving him a matching port multiplier for his EX470 and he did a fine job.  Inspired with what erail had done I decided to do the same and since then I have converted […]

Up until now the only way to replace your power supply was to follow the instructions found here in the Wiki which requires you to modify an existing power supply. I am pleased to announce the availability of direct replacement Power Supply Units for the EXxxx Series MediaSmart Servers now being produced and sold by […]

If you’re a HP MediaSmart Server user and enjoy using your server then have you considered what you would do if your LAN port failed to work?   Oh man that’s one nightmare that I would not wish upon anyone and yet it does happen and so this prompted me to figure a way to restore […]

One of the very first things we noticed about the EX490, EX495, and Data Vault X510 was how quiet they are, in large part thanks to the new power supply in these newer models. I determined the manufacturer and model number of the new power supply in my in-depth hardware guide for the new servers, […]

Now that Windows Home Server Codename “Vail” has been released to public beta, I’m sure there are several of you that would like to install the beta operating system onto the MediaSmart Server that you already own. While it is possible to install and run Vail on any MediaSmart Server, be aware that each model […]

The 3.0 Patch 2 update we first told you about earlier this week is now starting to trickle down via the HP Software Update feature. Forum member “TechVet” was the first to post about seeing the update on his server, and I verified that my secondary server had received the update at 5:46AM MST. You […]