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Topic # 70815 31-Oct-2010 16:33 Send private message

Yay! I've finally plunged and went down the WHS path. Scored a mint HP MediaSmart EX490 from Christchurch Harvey Norman Moorhouse for NZ$699 (RRP at $1149 or there-about). Norman Ross still priced theirs at $1099, and even went over to Global PC next door to price a custom built which is at $1099.)

Anyhow, this EX490 has Celeron 2.2GHz and capable of 64-bit, so hope when WHSv2 Vail is out, it is upgradable, otherwise I am just as happy with a WHS. :-D.

So what's recommended for essential WHS add-in? 




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  Reply # 398176 31-Oct-2010 19:18 Send private message

Drives and more drives are the essential addins....I'm about to add another 2tb to mine (already have a 1 and a 1.5 tb drive.




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  Reply # 398177 31-Oct-2010 19:18 Send private message

Also I'm of the opinion that the home server should be really vanilla - any web sites/programs processing etc I do in a Vmware Server vm...




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  Reply # 398186 31-Oct-2010 19:45 Send private message

Do you install VM inside the WHS?

I had to restore Tardis; at one stage with configuration, I decided to enable automatic update and what-not, and I think that may have "ruin" the setup process. What a mission to try to restore as the HP's eBook manual wasn't written for Windows 7 client. Anyhow, found few helps online and eventually set static IP address in 169.37.37.42, with firewall and antivirus deactivated, while connected directly between a client PC and the WHS. Then that worked.

This time round, I opted for custom configuration for update, and it got to the end of joining the WHS (from client PC).

Doing update at the moment, though seems to take a long while!!!!




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  Reply # 398243 31-Oct-2010 21:42 Send private message

Yes. I installed vmware server on mine. Need one drive not attached the the storage pool otherwise the migrator tries to move the vm files, and being a diy machine I've got 8gb of ram.....but Whs being w2k3 It only uses half. Waiting for vail!!!




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  Reply # 398387 1-Nov-2010 09:48 Send private message

What do you have in your VM? I got iTunes on Tardis eventhough it has Twonkyserver and Firefly came built-in. However I prefer iTunes Home Sharing. Just not sure how it mingle with other DLNA/Media Streaming apps.




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  Reply # 398400 1-Nov-2010 10:25 Send private message

I have a linux server Vm, a Windows 7 Desktop (I have no other machine) and a w2k3 server....they run all the time.

But running if needed are a Linux desktop (for Video processing), W7 Desktop also for video processing, a WHS testing machine, a vail testing machine, another Linux server, a w2k8 server.




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  Reply # 398427 1-Nov-2010 11:12 Send private message

How'd you score the EX490 at that price?



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  Reply # 398428 1-Nov-2010 11:17 Send private message

It was the last floor model at Harvey Norman Moorhouse (Christchurch). They have LX197 for $599 but that only have Atom 330 and among other "limited"-ness.

Otherwise elsewhere you'll pay up to $1199 for EX490. I'm liking ours :-) and such a bargain-lucky.




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  Reply # 398489 1-Nov-2010 12:35 Send private message

Just bought a new 2TB drive for mine today. $159 from ComputerLounge.co.nz - good price.

only 5400 RPM - but it's a storage drive.




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  Reply # 398509 1-Nov-2010 13:09 Send private message

Oooh.. more drive!!! I got 2 other 500GB external USB drives, the content are to move over still.

Do you reckon I can plug them in on WHS and copy/move them over to shared folders? Or I best copy over the network to shared folder?

Eventually, they'll be added into WHS as part of the DE storage pool.




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  Reply # 398519 1-Nov-2010 13:39 Send private message

Keep them external until you have copied the data over. Then once you have emptied one or both put them in to the HS and add them via the management console.







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  Reply # 398555 1-Nov-2010 14:52 Send private message

It's a blackbox external hard drive (Seagate) - anyhow, I was thinking more along the line of connecting it to WHS as independent storage, then copy its content over to WHS at \\server\share\, once completed, then I format/add it to the DE pool, would that work better/faster than copying content over network from the current PC the hard drive is connected to?




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  Reply # 398590 1-Nov-2010 15:38 Send private message

Unless you're running gigabit ethernet then yes.




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