Wednesday, January 06, 2010

The Server Has Arrived

It's here - no scam - the real thing.  I haven't taken it out of the box yet, though.  Will open it tomorrow and start reading the manual!

My little server
Sits quietly on my desk
Serving peace of mind.

I think the above is the haiku that I wrote - that was written on a piece of paper I found on
my desk!

HP - 1TB MediaSmart Server     Model: EX490     SKU: 9609361

With backup, recovery and restore capabilities for both PC and Mac and support for remotely accessing files and streaming media to up to 10 connected PCs, this network-ready 1TB server makes an ideal centerpiece for media and data sharing at home or in the office.

What's Included

◦HP 1TB MediaSmart Server     ◦Power cord, Ethernet cable

◦Software: installation, PC restore and server recovery       ◦Owner's manual

Product Features

◦One 1TB Serial ATA hard drive (7200 rpm) included

Expandable to 17TB using additional SATA and SATA II internal hard drives (not included). Three hard drive bays for easy expansion.

◦Intel® Celeron® processor

Features a 2.2GHz processor speed and 64-bit support for enhanced network throughput and video conversion performance.

◦10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet LAN connection

Allows you to connect the server to your home or office network. Supports wired connectivity or wireless connectivity via a wireless router (not included).

◦HP Media Collector

Automatically centralizes your media and data from iTunes, iPhoto and iMovie libraries, allowing you to access them on your network or remotely from a Web-connected computer. Set remote and local access privileges.

◦Remotely stream media to networked PCs, Macs and TVs

From connected game consoles or from the server to a connected computer for enjoying your favorite media.

◦Personal Web address access

Lets you access content stored on the server, remotely run applications and enable remote user access.

◦HP Video Converter

Converts stored video on the server to MPEG-4 (H.264) format and lets you specify converted video settings for optimal viewing on mobile video devices, including Apple® iPod®, iPhone®, Sony PSP and more.

◦iPhone application

Allows you to stream media from the server to your iPod touch or iPhone.

◦HP Photo Publisher and Photo Viewer

Allow you to quickly and easily publish your photos to Snapfish, Facebook, Flickr, Picasa and other popular photo-sharing Web sites and to view photos stored on the server with authorized users.

◦Automatic PC and Mac hard drive backup, restore and recovery

Lets you customize the number and frequency of backups, supports incremental and efficient single-copy backup and individual file restore and works with Apple Time Machine.

◦Designate folders for automatic backup onto multiple hard drives

For an additional layer of redundant protection.

◦Server recovery capability

Allows you to recover data and restore folders or reset the server in the event of an operating system disk corruption.

◦Supports up to 10 user accounts

Along with a guest account to prevent unauthorized access to the server.

◦4 high-speed USB 2.0 ports and 1 eSATA port

For fast digital data transfer and easy peripheral connectivity.

◦Microsoft Windows Home Server operating system preinstalled

For a stable computing platform.

◦Built-in server sleep mode

For improved energy efficiency.

◦Sleek, streamlined micro tower design

With perforated steel exterior panels for cool and quiet operation and a stylish look.

◦Intel, Pentium, Celeron, Centrino, Core, Viiv, Intel Inside and the Intel Inside logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Intel Corporation or its subsidiaries in the United States and other countries.◦Apple, the Apple logo and iTunes are trademarks of Apple Computer, Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. iPod is a trademark of Apple Computer, Inc.


  1. Quite a powerful and nice server you have now, for free :) The only think I didn't like was the Celeron processor. Rest of all is just superb. One of the most impressive things is the 1TB HDD expandable upto 17TBs!

    Village Life

  2. Reading that list is making my mouth water. Since I'm more than a little bit of a computer geek, I understand every bit of it.

  3. I'm with you about this stuff..but it's nice to have.

  4. A FREE server is way better than free golf. Lucky kid!!!!!!!!!

    ¡Z! xoxoxoxoxoxoxo!

  5. What - it doesn't make a pot of tea or coffee too?

    Do have fun getting it all up and running - hope you only need a low level of caffeine for techno survival.

    care and huggles, Michelle

  6. That's great. Free stuff!!

  7. GoodLordy!!!Hahaa!! What a Deal!!! You enjoy it Girl!!hughugs

  8. Sounds great but I think I would have to have a technical guy to put it together for me....although I do pretty well when I follow the manual.......:-) Hugs

  9. Oh my- That Greek slang of manuals I hate... but well if it is free...

  10. I'm Greek so I understand all of it. Now if it would only serve some Grey Goose, you're in business. Pretty cool Carmen. And, I love the haiku - actually a senryu but a good one.

  11. hello Carmen! that's a great one to think that it's for free! wow! a huge wow!

    happy new year!

  12. wow! impressive!
    way to connect!!

  13. Can it re-heat leftovers, though?

  14. Bhavesh Chhatbar - I will be using it mainly to
    back up my files and photos so I guess it
    will do all of that!

    Ratty - I'm glad to see my win meets with your

    Icy BC - I still haven't opened the box. Need
    to get my son downstairs, I think!

    Z! - Kid I'm not at 65 but I have to agree with
    you. Free gold wouldn't excite me at all!

    Mickle in NZ - who knows, it might be a butler
    as well...until I read that manual, I'm lost.

    rainfiel61 - free to me, thankfully, but, at
    over $500 in the stores, it's pretty pricy!

    Donna - wish it could help me with my poetry
    but it will store my poems. I lost a lot
    of them when my computer crashed a couple
    of years ago.

    Bernie - I like to rely on my son who is a
    computer geek - but, when he was in Kuwait
    with the Air Force a few years back, I
    found I could manage, when forced to do so!

  15. Dulce - yes, the price was definitely right..
    I'll force myself to pour over the manual
    though I still need to re-read the one that
    came with my digital camera!

    Poetic Shutterbug - yes, you Greek girl, you do
    manage all these technical things pretty
    well. Senryu - guess that company wasn't
    on top of it, then, and I'm not up to date
    on my poetry!

    maxivelasco - happy new year to you,'s
    always nice to get something for nothing!

    magiceye - i wish i'd win the lottery now!

    Jenny - guess I will just have to clean my
    plate so there aren't leftovers!! Thanks
    for stopping by!

  16. a new toy to play with? lol

  17. Ayie - hopefully, this toy will save my work if
    my computer crashes!