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Home Server How To – Setup of your HP MediaSmart Server


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Home Server Setup

This series of articles is for those of you who just purchased, or are looking to purchase, a HP MediaSmart Server. We have some great video coming up and some wonderful information to help get you started with your HP MediaSmart Server.

Welcome to Windows Home Server

Here at we would like to join with Microsoft and HP in welcoming you to a whole new world of managing your digital movies, music, pictures, file sharing and most importantly, backups!


Where Do I Put My Server?

You can put your server in pretty much any dry inside location with wired access to your network and an electrical outlet. Just make sure you understand that the HP MSS needs to operate between 5 to 35° C (4 to 95° F). No hot garages, cabinets or closets without ventilation! In addition, do not block the front or back of the case.

I have my HP MSS on the counter for now.


My parents have theirs on a desk.


My sister has her LX195 near a window out of direct sunlight.


How Much Electricity Will My Server Use?

Each version of the HP MSS is different but the power draw is usually less than a couple of standard light bulbs!HP MSS EX485

HP MediaSmart Server Components

  • HP MediaSmart Server
  • Power cord
  • Ethernet cable
  • Software installation disc
  • PC restore disc
  • Server recovery disc
  • Setup poster and support manuals

Once you have verified you have everything in the box you are ready to set up your HP MSS.

Connecting the Cables

Your setup poster and manual should always be the first place to look when connecting an HP MSS but it is always good to check out our video so you know what to expect.

Adding An Additional Hard Drive now?

I had an extra 1TB SATA drive at home so I decided to add the drive to the EX485 prior to start up. You can add more drives at any time so there is no pressure to start off with a second drive.

Are You Ready To Connect?

Once you have turned on your HP MSS you are ready to start the connection process. Grab your HP connector software disc, find your HP setup poster and head to a PC on your network with a CD drive.

Once you turn on your HP MediaSmart Server the server may start downloading updates that will temporarily slow the connecting process and/or your access to your new server. Have patience as the whole process could take anywhere from 1-4 hours.

Be sure to check out our next article that will show you how the HP MSS Windows Home Server operating system is set up for the first time.

Timothy Daleo

Timothy Daleo
Timothy Daleo
Timothy Daleo is a Project Resource Analyst and Oracle Applications Trainer in Pasadena, California. In addition to financial analysis, Tim has been developing training materials since 2003 and supporting direct projects through various auxiliary databases since 2005.

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