If you plan on installing additional software, you might want to consider
something other than the MediaSmart. HP has somewhat locked it down for
additional software installs. As far as I know, most .msi installers will
work, but most .exe installers are locked out by some (unknown to me)
security protocol. There's nowhere to connect a monitor, and it comes with
no mouse or keyboard. Instead, the back-panel simply has a power cable
input, a networking jack, and a handful of other ports for expanding your
storage capacity with external drives. Also, there is a new version due out
in Feb but can be pre-ordered starting Jan 5.
I would suggest building your own or repurpose your existing desktop as a
WHS. OEM copies of WHS are going for $99 on Newegg. That's what I did, I
repurposed an old HP a1600n as my WHS. I did move it all into a new case
with an efficient power supply and room for 8 hard drives. Then I built a
new desktop for less than a MediaSmart would have cost. My monitor has both
VGA and DVI/HDMI inputs, so I have both connected to the same monitor with
the WHS using the VGA and the new desktop using the DVI. My WHS currently
has 6 hard drives with 4TB of storage.
As for the Antivirus, see the following link.
One, two, and three year licenses are available with the one year starting
at less than $40. It's quite a deal.
Also, recommend the following site for more info.
"Pat" <pkelecy@_REMOVETHIS_gmail.com> wrote in message
> Thanks Bill!. That's good to hear.
> I'm considering replacing an existing NAS with a HP MediaSmart Server
> running WHS, and being able to run a few extra services (like this flexlm
> license managing software) would be a big plus.
> So is the Antivirus you're running for your WHS or clients? Is this
> something else I need to consider if I go this direction (I have AV now on
> my PC's, of course, but didn't think I would need it for WHS as well).
> Bill wrote:
>> Pretty much whatever will run on Server 2003 and XP will run on WHS. I
>> have quite a few extras installed on my WHS and they run fine. The only
>> true server software I have running is Avast Antivirus and PerfectDisk
>> for WHS Editions (server and ten client license)
>> From the following link:
>> I see the following supported
>> For Server Implementations:
>> Windows Server 2008
>> Windows Vista including SP1 - Business, Enterprise, Ultimate
>> Windows Server 2003, including SP1 and R2
>> Windows Server 2000
>> For Client Applications
>> Windows Vista including SP1 - Starter, Home Basic, Home Premium,
>> Business, Enterprise, Ultimate
>> Windows XP
>> Windows 2000 SP4
>> Windows NT SP6a
>> "Pat" <pkelecy@_REMOVETHIS_gmail.com> wrote in message
>> news:femdnTQr_oLwrMfUnZ2dnUVZ_qadnZ2d@insightbb.co m...
>>> I've read that WHS is based on Windows Server 2003. Does that mean that
>>> software that runs on Windows Server 2003 (or Windows XP) will also run
>>> on WHS?
>>> I ask because I have a couple of applications that use the FlexLM
>>> license manager software, and I would love to be able to move FlexLM to
>>> a WHS.
>>> Thanks for any feedback on this.