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 […]

First, I want to say “Thank you” to those that have left comments about this series of reviews.  Please keep them coming.  While I haven’t directly responded to each one, I’ve been reviewing them for any suggestions you’ve had and tried to incorporate them into the review. I tore down my HP EX495 a couple of weeks […]

Ramblings Of The Week

by Damian on August 28, 2011 · 10 comments

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Right now I am sitting at home bored out of my mind. We somehow managed to get through what according to the media and politicians was going to be the storm of the century (don’t get me started on that nonsense), but being trapped in my house has me a little stir crazy (and there […]

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Guide: Building A PC

by Damian on August 18, 2011 · 57 comments

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For a while now I have been wanting to upgrade my desktop PC. I had a Gateway Intel Q6600 Quad Core PC that had served me well, but was getting a bit long in the tooth for my needs (specifically more CPU intensive tasks such as encoding, commercial scanning, etc…). This combined with an itch […]

The following is a guest article contributed by forum member (and one of my former HP co-workers) “Pete”, who has also shared his LX195 MythTV setup with us in a previous article. I have successfully setup Ubuntu and Raid5 on a couple of different Media Smart Servers, and found the process not all that bad. […]

The following is a guest article written by forum member Dan “Nomad” Muzenjak. The first generation HP Media Vault enjoyed a small but loyal following of users and in some ways was a precursor to the MediaSmart Server, so it’s nice to see Dan breathe new life into these older devices. Thank you, Dan, for […]

The following is a guest article written by forum member “TechVet” aka James. Thanks to James for sharing his experience with the Windows Home Server Community. This past weekend I got my new HP X510 up and running with Western Digital Caviar Green EARS drives and I wanted to document some key learnings I took […]

There has been a lot of noise over the past few days about Microsoft’s decision to remove Drive Extender from Windows Home Server, not just within the Windows Home Server community but more broadly across the internet. With so much discussion and so many of you unhappy about the decision, you may be wondering what […]

Paul Thurrott has a blog post that explains technological problems as the real reason that Microsoft is removing Drive Extender from Windows Home Server. In briefings earlier in the month, Paul had a discussion with Kevin Kean, the general manager of the (Home and) Small Business Server team at Microsoft, who had this to say. […]

The following is an article that I have been hoping I would not have to write, but the topic has been on my mind for several months now as I’ve watched the progression of events with Windows Home Server Vail and the Microsoft (Home and) Small Business Server team that develops it. I have been […]