Updating the hp mediasmart server


Lately, I’ve been hearing a lot about Free NAS and I thought maybe I could resurrect this hardware once again.


Eventually I left Microsoft and Microsoft stopped supporting Home Server.

Some investigation suggested that it is hanging on a reboot. This is problematic as I use the unit remotely, and having it take itself offline from time to time renders it useless until I can get back home and power cycle it.

Symptoms: I did further research but nothing interesting really came up.

Well, I’m positive this is something that HP will not support, so don’t even think of calling them if you go down this road, but I figured it’d be fun if you wanted to continue to use the same hardware.


I took this opportunity to get an HP Pro Liant Micro Server, plus it does at least RAID1 (Mirror) where the Media Smart or Data Vault servers cannot do any form of RAID. Also, I think the Micro Server is quieter than the Media Smart (at least the ex475 that I had) Additionally you’ll have to use the EX490/495 or Data Vault as Vail requires at least 2GB of RAM, which aren’t in earlier models of the Media Smart servers (e.g. So if you’ve got the grey top, you’ve got a lot more work to do that isn’t covered here.I already have instructions on how to do that here.



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