Showing posts with label MediaSmart. Show all posts
Showing posts with label MediaSmart. Show all posts

Sunday, June 20, 2010

HP Home Server Easter Egg

I took a look at my HP MediaSmart ex470 this morning, and I noticed that the drive lights were all blinking on and off in about a 1 second interval.  I was hoping that this wasn't an indication that all 4 drives or the motherboard was dying, and the manual didn't describe an error state that would cause the lights to blink in this pattern.

I then found this page that describes the easter egg that HP put into their software.  Somehow, this got enabled on my server.  (Maybe this gets enabled on Father's Day.)





Monday, June 1, 2009

HP Online Backup

When HP made the Mac OS X's Time Machine support available for owners of the MediaSmart ex47x servers, they also make online backup available.  HP's Online Backup is a backup solution that is based upon Amazon's S3.

With HP Online Backup, you select which of the shares on the server should be backed up, and you can also setup a schedule for when backup occurs.  This is pretty much the same functionality that the Jungle Disk Windows Home Server add-in has.

Time Machine backup on HP MediaSmart

HP just released the support for allowing Mac OS X computers to back up to the older models of HP MediaSmart Windows Home Servers.  I installed this, so I can back up our Mac mini to our server.  I have been using an external USB drive, but this would enable me to stop using that drive as a backup for the Mac mini, but instead, I can use that drive as a removable backup drive for the server itself.

The setup on the server was very straight forward.  All I had to do was create a share named "Mac", and I didn't have to give any user write permissions to it.

Then on the Mac, I installed the HP MediaSmart software.  After a reboot, when I launched the software, it asked for the server name and adminstrator passowrd.  Once those were configured, I clicked on the Backup tab.  This is where I had some problems.

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