HP WHS MediaSmart Hardware Update

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Engadget HP couldn't wait for CES to announce their latest HP MediaSmart ex485 and ex487, an excellent Windows Home Server starting at a very reasonable $599 (with $50 coupon via engadget).

The ex487 is similar to the previous HP MediaSmart (see more about the Media Smart in a previous Channel 10 video) but is more Mac-friendly (Time Machine compatible) and can stream media contained on the Home Server through the Internet. The new servers include Intel Celeron 2Ghz 64-bit with 2GB DRAM standard and smart power management for those who don't want to leave their Home Server on all day or night.

Pre-orders start January 5th 2009, shipping in February.

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    I love my Windows Home Server based MediaSmart ex470.  It is great to see HP bump up the standard ram...it was sorely needed to have the best experience.  I'll be curious to see what if anything Microsoft announces at CES regarding WHS.  New partnerships? Maybe we'll get a preview of Power Pack 2.  My wish list for PP2 includes Live Mesh integration, Server backup/restore and more customization of web interface.  And for WHS 2010..we absolutely need file versioning, WebGuide (or variant of) and better Media Center integration.

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    We'll connect with the Home Server team while at CES and keep you informed. Smiley
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    It's just too bad that the SATA port on the back doesn't support SATA multipliers.  That’s a dealbreaker for me if HP doesn't promise to send out an update in the future. Sad

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