Recovering my HP MediaSmart HomeServer

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A few months ago I bought a HP MediaSmart Server ex475 (Windows Home Server). In my opinion one of the best solutions for the storage of your family video, pictures, documents and last but not least your PC backups!

Back in April I read an article about the new v2.5 update for the new MediaSmart Servers (ex485 and ex487), but not long after that HP announced that the update will also become available for the ex475 and the ex470! Last week I was checking out Mediasmartserver.net when I noticed that there was a How-To to install the v2.5 update on my MediaSmart Server ex475! If there’s something new, I want to install it immediately. So I read the entire how-to, downloaded the prerequisites and started the installation!

After I finished the installation I was unable to connect to play video’s and music through Windows Media Connect or through Twonky Media Server. Sadly enough the Windows Media Connect service even failed to start (it did start, but stopped almost immediately) without a good error message in the event log, so I decided to do a server recovery.

HP has a very good step-by-step recovery procedure published on their website. I picked for the Server Recovery part of the how-to, because of this method I was able to keep my data (almost 1,5 TB with documents, video, pictures, etc.).

After the recovery the software automatically started the Home Server Setup.

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Note: The Starting Windows Home Server part took almost 45 minutes to complete! So don’t think it failed after waiting for more then 10 minutes. I didn’t even see any progress…..but after the 45 minutes the screen you see below just popped up!

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When I entered the name for my homeserver I could just click Next (the little arrow to the right).

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Of course I would like Windows Update to automatically update the Windows Home Server

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And I always participate in the customer experience improvement program

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I even let Windows Home Server report the errors automatically to Microsoft

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After the next screen I can simply sit back and relax and all the updates will automatically be installed

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This will take (depending on your download speed) about 10 – 20 minutes

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After this long update I was able to logon to the Windows Home Server again. The only thing I had to reconfigure were all the updates, HP Updates, User accounts, SabNZBd :-). All the data was still there…