Alex over at MediaSmartServer.net has a great article on installing the beta of WHS Vail on your HP MediaSmart Server.
Alex and I were both guests this week on the Home Server Show Podcast, and questions that keep coming in to us here at UWHS include “how do I install Vail on my MediaSmart Server”.
Well Alex has taken the time and trouble to put together a fantastic article on how to do just that for each MediaSmart Server model.
Here is how Alex introduces the article:
Now that Windows Home Server Codename “Vail” has been released to public beta, I’m sure there are several of you that would like to install the beta operating system onto the MediaSmart Server that you already own. While it is possible to install and run Vail on any MediaSmart Server, be aware that each model has its own unique requirements in order to successfully install.
To read the full article, click here: http://www.mediasmartserver.net/2010/04/26/how-to-install-windows-home-server-vail-on-the-hp-mediasmart-server/
Excellent job Alex!
One thing that is very important to remember though is that WHS Vail is a very early beta, it is not feature complete, there are loads of things to be aware of (so read that manual) and you shouldn’t use Vail as your production Windows Home Server.
Also, if you have any problems at all with your MediaSmart Server during, or after the Vail installation, you will not get any support from HP at this time.