HP Unveils a Pair of New Juiced Up MediaSmart Servers with Added Mac Time Machine Support


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If you live in a dual Mac and Windows PC environment, HP’s new ex485 (750GB – $599) and ex487 (1.5TB – $749) MediaSmart Servers launching in February 2009 are going to be right up your alley. The new machines, which come packed with a 2Ghz 64-bit Celeron processor and 2GB of DDR2 RAM, now offer Time Machine support so you can program scheduled backups of your Mac computers alongside your Windows PCs. The only catch Gizmodo reports, however, is that the new MediaSmart Servers still require a Windows PC for setup and administration. In other words, don’t plan on getting one of these if you’re starting out in a Mac-only environment. On a more positive note… the ex485 and ex487 servers can now be easily synced to Amazon’s S3 offsite “cloud” storage service for added data security and features a new browser based media player / remote media streamer powered by TwonkyMedia that enables users to access their digital library from anywhere in the world. HP is even providing people with a free domain forwarding service that will allow one to access to their MediaSmart Server using a custom HP URL linked to their home’s broadband IP address. Additional details are provided in the attached press release below.

* Time Machine support will also be rolling out to existing ex470/ex475 MediaSmart Server models soon in a future update, according to HP.

* Mac folks should also read HP’s “Managing a Digital Lifestyle in a Mixed OS Environment” [PDF]

HP Launches New Home Server for PCs and Macs

HP MediaSmart Server centralizes digital media and files for backup, remote access, sharing and uploading to social media sites

HP today launched a home server designed for use with both Windows and Mac computers.

Based on the Microsoft Windows® Home Server platform, the HP MediaSmart Server ex485/ex487 is a central repository for automatically backing up and accessing digital music, videos, photos and documents from multiple computers on a home network.(1)

The MediaSmart Server automatically organizes files across all PCs, streams media across a home network and the Internet,(2) and publishes photos to popular social networking and photo sharing sites.

“A growing number of digital-savvy households have both Windows and Mac computers, with hundreds and sometimes thousands of media files and documents scattered across these devices,” said Jason Zajac, vice president of strategy, Worldwide Attach Group, HP. “The HP MediaSmart Server protects, stores and organizes this content from anywhere on a network so consumers can access and share it any place they are connected.”

“HP continues to innovate on the Windows Home Server platform giving consumers even more options to enjoy and protect their precious memories and valuable data,” said Charlie Kindel, general manager, Windows Server Solutions, Microsoft. “We believe consumers will embrace the new MediaSmart Server as one of the most exciting computing products for the home.”

MediaSmart Server ex485/ex487 features include:

  • HP Media Collector: conveniently schedules the MediaSmart Server to copy and centralize digital files and libraries from networked PCs
  • Media Streaming: remotely streams photos and music to any Internet-connected PC or Mac
  • Server for iTunes: centralizes iTunes music libraries on the server for playback to any networked Mac or PC running iTunes
  • HP Photo Publisher: easily upload photos to Facebook®, PicasaTM Web Albums and Snapfish(3)
  • HP Photo Viewer: allows easy sharing of photos with friends and family
  • PC Hard Drive Backup: backs up networked PCs via the Windows Home Server backup feature
  • Mac Hard Drive Backup: backs up Macs running Leopard using Apple Time Machine software
  • Server Backup: duplicates designated shared folders to a separate hard disk drive
  • Online Backup: duplicates designated folders to Amazon’s S3 online backup service for an additional layer of protection
  • Smart Power Management: can schedule times for server to go to ”sleep” and ”wake up,” saving on energy costs
  • Processor: Intel® Celeron®, 2.0 GHz 64-bit. Two gigabytes (GB) of 800-MHz DDR2 DRAM now standard on MediaSmart Server
  • Expandability: additional drives can be added for up to 9 terabytes (TB)

“Customers are always looking for the right mix of features and ease-of-use when choosing digital home products,” said Danielle Levitas, group vice president, consumer, broadband and digital marketplace at IDC. “HP’s focus and investment in software allows it to deliver a home server with compelling features for Mac and PC users while offering a great customer experience that helps simplify the complexity of the connected home. This unique offering will help expand the home server market.”

Pricing and availability

Manufacturer’s suggested retail price for the HP MediaSmart Server ex485 with 750 GB of hard disk storage is $599 while the HP MediaSmart Server ex487 with 1.5 TB is $749.(4)

The HP MediaSmart Server can be pre-ordered beginning on Jan. 5, 2009, from Amazon.com, BestBuy.com, Buy.com, Frys.com and NewEgg.com; it is expected to ship in February.

The first 200 consumers who visit HP Home & Home Office (www.hpshopping.com) or call +1 888 271 2982 between Jan. 5 – 11, 2009, to reserve a MediaSmart Server and use coupon code “AC5674” will receive a $50 savings off their purchase.(5)

More information is available at www.hp.com/go/mediasmartserver.

About HP
HP, the world’s largest technology company, simplifies the technology experience for consumers and businesses with a portfolio that spans printing, personal computing, software, services and IT infrastructure. More information about HP (NYSE: HPQ) is available at http://www.hp.com/.

(1) Wired or wireless home network required.

(2) Internet access required and sold separately.

(3) Services are subject to change without notice and some services may not be available at time of product purchase.

(4) Estimated U.S. retail prices. Actual prices may vary.

(5) Valid for HP Home & Home Office (www.hpshopping.com) Internet and call center purchases only. Coupon valid on first 200 redemptions, or while supplies last. Any unused portion will be forfeited. Each coupon code is limited to one usage per customer; one coupon code per checkout. Offer void where prohibited, taxed or restricted by law. Non-transferable. Not valid retroactively on previously purchased items. Not valid for any resale activity as defined by HP Home & Home Office Store. Coupons may not be used to purchase gift cards. Not valid on instant rebates or clearance sales. May not be permitted with certain bundle offers. Not valid on: Academic and Employee purchase programs, HP Employee purchase program, Refurbished products, Extended Service Plans, Compaq Presario and HP Pavilion desktops with Intel Celeron or AMD Sempron processors or Compaq Presario CQ50Z customizable notebooks. For complete coupon conditions, see “Coupon Information” in the “Customer Service” section at www.hpshopping.com.

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  • Ultra238a

    If you are a Mac user you can Remote Desktop in to the Windows Home Server and run the configuration software that way. Works for me on my Tranquil WHS box and my MacBook anyway.

  • http://www.ehomeupgrade.com Alexander Grundner

    You might be right. I’m going by what Gizmodo experienced since they got a chance to play with it. I’ll see if I can get a person from HP to clarify.

  • http://www.ehomeupgrade.com Alexander Grundner

    I found a document people can reference regarding Mac support in the new MediaSmart Server line. Thanks goes to We Got Served for posting a link to HP’s Managing a Digital Lifestyle in a Mixed OS Environment [PDF].

    PAGE 9:

    Administrative Functions
    Windows Home Server Console
    Windows Home Server Console is the main interface to Windows Home Server administrative functions
    on the HP MediaSmart Server (Figure 6). These functions include adding/modifying user accounts, setting up remote access, setting sharing permissions on shared folders, and storage management (enabling/disabling folder duplication and adding/removing hard drives). These administrative functions are only accessed through a Windows based PC.

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