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Following the showcasing of Windows Homer Server at the 2007 International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, HP has released a
preliminary datasheet with details for the MediaSmart Server. Designed
to be at the core of a multi-PC digital home, the HP MediaSmart Server running Windows Home Server is scheduled for availability later in 2007.
Although neither HP nor Microsoft have disclosed the availability date or pricing details, HP’s preliminary datasheet reveals the product’s key technical specifications. HP MediaSmart Server will be powered by an AMD 1.8 GHZ 64-bit Sempron processor, and will feature an internal hard drive SATA 7200 RPM.
Customers will be able to increase the storage capacity of the HP MediaSmart Server by adding hard drives. The default configuration in which HP will ship MediaSmart Server features a maximum of two hard drives, but customers can build on the basic system, customizing the storage capabilities. According to HP, users will be able to add off-the-shelf SATA I or II drives to the expansion bays. In this regard, MediaSmart Server features a number of four hard drive bays.
â€œThe maximum storage capacity is Only limited by number of hard drive bays (4) and USB ports (4). Using 750 GB hard drives, maximum 6 Terabytes (total supported capacity of all internal and external drives connected to HP MediaSmart Server)â€, reads a fragment of the HP datasheet.
The HP MediaSmart Server will deliver support for both wired and wireless PCs (via a wireless router) 10/100/1000 (Gigabit) RJ45 Ethernet networks and users will have access to no less than 4 USB 2.0 ports. The WHS powered server supports file sharing from computers running Windows, Mac and Linux.
â€œUp to 10 user accounts can access the HP MediaSmart Server. In addition, a predefined Guest account can be enabled for guests who want to use the file or print sharing capabilities of the HP MediaSmart Serverâ€, informs HP.
Do you suffer from Digital Amnesia? As Digital Amnesia is quickly becoming the number one form of digital dysfunction, you probably do.
Just head over at the online Center for Digital Amnesia Awareness and
get a diagnostic. But even more, get a cure for your digital problem: Windows Home Server.
â€œWindows Homer Server works to store, share and protect your digital memories,â€ reveals the fake doctor over at the Center for Digital Amnesia Awareness Website. The StopDigitalAmnesia website is part of Microsoft’s marketing strategy for Windows Homer server.
â€œStore â€“ Keep it together â€“ expandable storage can help,â€ â€œShare â€“ Sharing is healing, and access doesn’t hurt eitherâ€ and â€œProtect â€“ A backup a day keeps Digital Amnesia at bayâ€ describe the core functionality of the Windows Homer Server.
â€œThe quantity of digital information that consumers have today is increasing like never before. The prevalence of digital cameras, digital video recorders, MP3 players and other devices is creating massive quantities of information that is stored in these â€œislandsâ€ of data around the home. Usually, the person who takes the picture, downloads the music, et cetera, has that information stored on their PC, and if the hard drive fails or something bad happens, that information is effectively lost. Windows Home Server and the HP Media Smart Server will help families with two or more PCs in the home connect those islands, providing a central place where they can easily store, access and share that information,â€ explained Steven VanRoekel, director of Microsoftâ€™s Windows Server Solutions Group.
Windows Homer Server is a concert of Windows fragments but essentially, the core technology is that of the Microsoft enterprise-grade Windows Server 2003,
and as such, the security features are also common. This aspect was revealed by
Todd Headrick, Microsoft’s product planner for Home Server to TechWeb. Microsoft has scheduled the release of Windows Home Server for the second half of 2007, on top of the HP MediaSmart Server hardware.
The Redmond Company has built Windows Home Server in the same manner as a Windows operating system, and in this context, WHS will feature automatic capabilities of retrieving and deploying updates. However, Microsoft has not attributed Windows Home Server the role of update manager for the machines connected in a home environment. The computers in a home network, as well as the devices connected, will be updated individually and independent of the Windows Home Server. â€œWe’ll manage vulnerabilities and patches [for Home Server] just like we manage all other vulnerabilities and patches,â€ Headrick stated.
Microsoft informed that Windows Home Server will not be offered with pre-installed security software. In this regard, the Redmond Company has already approached security developers to provide solutions for Windows Home Server.
Security software integrated into Windows Home Server will be a must as the server will by no means be immune to attacks. Headrick confirmed that attacks will target Windows Home Server, although he gave the end user little credit: â€œYes, it would be possible. People do a lot of stupid things, like opening attachments. We can’t keep them from doing that.â€ Windows Home Server will enter the second beta phase by the end of January 2007.
Windows Home Server will not only integrate seamlessly with Windows Vista but will also facilitate advanced use of the operating system’s capabilities. Microsoft
has not as yet revealed the technical details of Windows Home Server, but
according to HP’s Preliminary Datasheet for the MediaSmart Server, powered by WHS, the product will support Windows Vista and Windows XP as far as backup is concerned.
Windows Home Server will enable users to remotely access their machines only if they are running Windows XP Professional, Media Center Edition 2005 or Windows Vista Ultimate across the computers on home network.
â€œWindows Home Server will also support the remote desktop features in select versions of Windows Vista and Windows XP, so customers can access their home PCs and applications as if they were actually sitting in front of them,â€ revealed Steven VanRoekel, director of Microsoftâ€™s Windows Server Solutions Group. File sharing will be enabled via Windows Home Server for Microsoft Windows Vista, Windows XP Home or Windows XP Professional, Windows 2000 Professional SP4, Mac, Linux.
â€œWindows Home Server will help customers make the most of Windows Vistaâ€™s enhanced capabilities for accessing, creating, finding and enjoying digital entertainment. And because Windows Home Server is an always-on device, customers will also be able to store all the music from their Zune media player, stream that music and other digital media to devices in the house, such as the Xbox 360 sitting in the den, or third-party products that play streaming digital media stored on a customerâ€™s home server,â€ added VanRoekel.
According to Microsoft, the security and the back-up features of Windows Vista will be enhanced via the Windows Home Server. Moreover, the product will report the health status of all the computers running Vista connected to the home network. Windows Home Server will alert the home administrator if the virus protection or the Windows Updates are disabled, or if a computer has not been backed up for a certain period of time. Additionally, Windows Home Server also features restore capabilities allowing home administrators to turn an operating system back in time.
â€œCustomers will also be able to easily add an internal hard drive or connect an external USB or FireWire hard drive to Windows Home Server to increase the amount of storage for all of their photos, music and videos,â€ said VanRoekel.