So after a week of tinkering with my new HP MediaSmart Server EX470 I’m ready to pass judgement..
The first mistake I did was comparing it to a NAS – it’s not, not by a longshot actually.
A NAS is more “Out of the box” relying on firmware rather then servicepacks and add-in software.
Yes, WHS could be “out of the box” if you only want to take regular backups, share pictures and set up user accounts. But, if you had a NAS what you really want to do is replace it with this very hot looking piece of machine (yes it looks very hot with all it’s blue lights)
The 2GB RAM upgrade
So the first thing i did was pull it apart, upgrading to 2GB of RAM, using the excellent guide at Home Server Hacks. Easy enough, and no one should be afraid to do this. Actually I’m pretty sure even my brother could have done it with the proper coaching.. Or maybe not, but my wife could have done it.
Yes you can!
upgrade the memory on HP MediaSmart Servers without voiding the HP warranty.
Check out the official statement from HP confirming this
With 2GB of RAM in place I started my tinkering. In three days i have allready used the factory reset feature (reinstall the server) six times (!). That’s how I do things, I install, test, install, try again etc and keep at it untill I’m satisfied. And the I reinstall once again just cuz I’m bored..
So what about the WHS v NAS?
Actually, right now it’s like 1-1 I still think the NAS handles torrents, logs, FTP etc much better (or should I say more out of the box). But on the otherhand when it comes to media sharing WHS smacks the NAS senseless. It can even stream album covers and playlists to the Playstation 3 for example. With some tinkering of course.. That’s just it, if you can’t handle tinkering with your stuff the WHS will never replace the NAS. But with the community out there creating add-ins etc. it’s only a matter of time before my NAS powers down for good.
The WHS can do everything a NAS can and more, it has better hardware and potential as I see it – but it all requires a fair amount of tinkering. If you can’t stand that, a NAS is still the better choice.
right now my NAS still runs my FTP and torrents. But my WHS runs pretty much everything else, webpage, remote access to my clients,backups, files, media shares etc.
My wife says it’s our new lovechild..
She’s almost right, it’s a lovechild allright, but it’s all mine..