And when you consider that just explaining a home server to the typical consumer is an uphill battle--go ahead, you try to do it in just a few short sentences--HP, like other WHS vendors, hits a wall of sorts. This is a completely new Media Smart Server, with a brand new, attractive styling that, to me, visually resembles the monolith from "2001, A Space Odyssey." While I would have went with something a little more akin to the other Media Smart models, the LX195 is certainly nice looking and will appeal to techies and non-techies alike. But it lacks the ability to add a second internal drive.In keeping with its even smaller form factor, the LX195 strays a bit from the rest of the Media Smart line, and in many ways you might consider this the "netbook of home servers." It features a 1.6 GHz Atom processor, 1 GB of RAM, and a single 640 GB hard drive. Add that all up and you can see where HP cut corners in order to cut costs.I'm trying to figure out what the best possible processor is that I can stick in my HP Media Smart server.I'm clueless when it comes to correlating CPUs to motherboards.Yesterday I received my HP Media Smart Windows Home Server in the mail. I've been using WHS since Beta2 and was ready to tidy up my Frankenserver, which was largely a DIY (Do It Yourself) and I'd been having some hard drives go belly up lately. You have to remote into it with the Home Server Software, which is really no big deal. Mine came with bays 3 and 4 filled with two 500 gig Seagates, so I added some other SATA drives I had lying around. Just shutdown, seat the drives, push them in, boot up and tell the admin console that the drives are cool to use.Fortunately I hadn't lost any data, since Home Server makes copies, but I was getting nervous with my existing hardware. Even better, the lights on the outside of the case turn Red if a drive is failing, Purple if there's a drive but it's not configured and Blue if it's configured, so I watch the lights go blue as I added each drive. It defaults to the name "HPSERVER" and you get one opportunity to change it so I made it just "SERVER" so we've got \server\software and \server\users\scott, etc. I robocopy'ed over about 70 gigs of data then backed up all the machines in the house. Then I installed Sync Back SE on the Home Server itself (you're not supposed to install stuff on it that wasn't written for it, but Sync Back was a natural thing to want on it and it works great as long as you only refer to your Home Server by UNC path like \server\foo.These are fine machines, with decent 2 GHz processors, enough RAM (2 GB) to handle a slew of add-ins, and internal expansion for up to 4 HDDs.
You will have to install the HP software on at least one 32-bit machine in order to "bootstrap" the server the first time.I've been an unabashed fan of HP's Media Smart Servers since the first one appeared a few years back and I use their latest server here as the center of my own network, and recommend it to others.HP's take on Windows Home Server hits all the right notes, and they've done a fantastic job of taking the solid foundation of WHS and extending it with their own, smarter, out of box setup experience, an accomplished collection of add-ins, and some of the best-looking hardware I've ever seen. The tooling on the hard drive enclosures is brilliant.I've redirected both our "My Documents" and "My Pictures" using so we're both writing to the server seamlessly.