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Review of the ASUS TS Mini Windows Home Server

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Earlier in the week I received an ASUS TS Mini Windows Home Server. Well, several days on I figured it was time to post the review.

This is the first Windows Home Server that ASUS have released, and it is slowly appearing for sale around the world. I have also been told by ASUS that they are looking at releasing more Home Server’s in the future.

WHATS IN THE BOX?

The box contains all the usual things you would expect to find….

  • TS Mini
  • Quick start guide
  • User manual
  • AC adapter
  • Power cord
  • RJ45 LAN cable
  • HDD screws package
  • Software installation CD
  • Recovery CD
  • Restore CD
  • Warranty card
  • ASUS TS MiniASUS TS Mini
  • ASUS TS MiniASUS TS MiniASUS TS MiniASUS TS MiniASUS TS MiniSPECIFICATIONS
  • CPU: Intel Atom Processor N280 1.66GHz
  • Memory: 1GB or 2GB DDR2-800
  • Hard Drive Storage: 500GB or 2TB @ 7200rpm (2x 1TB)
  • Cloud Storage: 500GB ASUS WebStorage
  • Networking: 1x 10/100/1000 (Gigabit) RJ45 LAN
  • Interfaces: 6x USB 2.0, 2x eSATA, 1x Kensington Lock
  • Buttons: Power on/off button, Recovery button
  • LED Indicators: System, HDD1, HDD2, Network status indicators
  • AC Power Adapter (Watt): Output: 19V, 90W, Input: 100-240V AC, 50/60Hz universal
  • Dimensions: 9.6 (H) x 3.8 (W) x 8 (D) inches
  • Approximate Weight: 8.58 lbs.
  • Operation Noise: 28 dBa (near silent)
  • Operating System: Powered by Microsoft Windows Home Server
  • Color: Piano Black
  • ASUS TS Mini FrontASUS TS Mini BackASUS TS Mini Back
  • ASUS TS Mini portsThe front panel also contains 4 icons and lights which make it easy to see activity (certainly much easier than having those lights at the back of the server!)ASUS TS Mini front panelHere is information on the CPU:ASUS TS Mini CPU results
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    I am the owner and editor of this site. I have been interested in gadgets and tech since I was a little kid. I have also written a number of books on various tech subjects. I also blog for The Huffington Post and for FHM. And I am honoured to be a Microsoft MVP since January 2008 - again this year as an Xbox MVP.

    19 COMMENTS

      • thanks Greg

        Yeah, it's a really nice little machine and so far I am really pleased with it.

        Andrew

    1. Thanks for the dedication, Andrew. Much appreciated.

      AJ are you following me around ? 😉

      As for the port multiplier, does each port see 4 or 5 drives ?

      How would you compare ASUS's Xtor addin to the built in Share Backup Tab ?

      You mentioned Avast, Does that mean it comes with a free license ? Is it a true addin or a RDC install ?

      Thanks for the great review. ASUS just 1 upped the HP LX195/7, but price wise I feel getting the EX49x is a better deal. No excuse for HP not to include 2 esata on the next model.

      What about Server Recovery ? Is there a reset pin like on the HP EX models ?

      • Hey John

        To answer your questions:

        It should be able to see whatever you plug in.

        The Xtor add in is much better and does a lot more.

        I didnt install Avast, but it appears in the Available Add-ins tab so I would hope it would install through that. I think its a trial, although I could be wrong.

        There is a recovery button on the rear of the unit.

        Andrew

    2. Hi,

      I bought this Device few days back,after receiving it, I tried to set it up for my Home Network. But Whenever I run the Installation CD, it is able to find my TS Mini Server. But after that it just says not able to run the installation at this. Please try again later.Then I thought it could be my Firewall. But I tried after turning off my firewall. No Luck. Customer Support were also of no help. I dont know much about networking. So can you please help.

      • Have you tried running the installation from a another computer?

        Or have you tried running the installation with the computer connected directly to the server?

        If these dont work, why not post a question in our forums as someone might be able to help.

        Andrew

    3. Hi there,

      Quick question regarding this home server.

      Once it is all set up on a simple ethernet and wireless network, can you make mapped network drives of specific folders on the server, so that they come up as network drives on my computer?

      Also is there a feature to back up the data to both the web at a certain time in the day and to back up the data to an external hard drive at a certain time in the day?

      Thanks in Advance,

      Sav

      • Hi Sav

        Yes, you can map a drive to any shared folder on your WHS just as you would normally do.

        As for backing up to the web, you would need to add one of the many available add-ins for WHS, for example, CloudBerry Backup for WHS to do this. To learn more about that click the link on the top right of the page.

        Andrew

    4. The links for the subsequent pages of your review are not working. When I click on any of the other pages it brings back page 1. I'm considering purchasing this and am very interested in reading your review. Can you please fix this? Thanks.

    5. Thanks for your help Andrew, much appreciated.

      Where is the cheapest and best place to get one for UK delievery?

      Also what is the reasoning behind the usernames in the TS Mini? – Does this allow only that username to access certain files on the TS?

      And one more question, can i backup a certain folder to an external hard drive at lets say 6pm, then unplug the hard drive, take it home, bring it back the next day and it will automatically backup again at 6pm? – therefore I have a means of taking my data offsite?

      Thanks for your help again,

      Sav

      • Hi Savan

        Not sure where to get them now as they are a little "old" – just do a search on Google I would suggest.

        Each user has their own username which you create on WHS. You can set it up so that certain folders only allow certain users access.

        You can set a backup schedule – although you can be specific as to the exact time it will start – if you want an exact time just do a manual backup.

        Andrew

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