Up until now, there have only been a few really big players in the Windows Home Server hardware market – probably the biggest being HP. Now, Acer steps onto the playing field with their Aspire easyStore H340 Windows Home Server.
My friend and fellow MVP Donavon West from HomeServerHacks.com has just released a Windows Home Server Add-In of his own, called @WHSTweet. Basically what this add-in does is use the Twitter network to send health notifications about your Windows Home Server. So anytime work health notifications are updated, such as a hard drive about to fail, you will get a Tweet about it.
So the HP MediaSmart Server EX485 and EX487 Windows Home Server has been available now since January 2009, and is the “follow up” to the hugely successful EX470 and EX475 models. I have been using the EX487 as my main production WHS for a few months now and figured it was about time to post the review.
Drive Balancer is an add-in for Windows Home Server that is designed to evenly distribute your data across your WHS pooled hard drives regardless of the space or number of drives available. It is not a WHS Add-In in the traditional sense in that it does not integrate into the Windows Home Server console instead it is run from directly on the Home Server in a command prompt window.