"One year experience"on by mstmd
Pros Good back up. Easy set up with compatible routers. Most Dlink and Linsys work well. A list is available from HP. I switched from a Belkin to Dlink extreme n and aworld of difference. Sets up automatically. Computer BU works well.
Cons Setting up guest users is not intuitive.
Summary Great for back up and media storage/access. Don't get if you have FIOS since Verizon blocks port 80 and internet access to your server.
Pros The server is easy to install and start up.
Cons HP has disabled the abilty for owners to install software that is not provided by HP.
Performance with the limited 512Mb of member is poor and HP does not support upgrading the memory.
Pricey for the limited configuration.
Summary I was absolutely stunned to find that HP disabled the abilty for the owners to install third-party software. I use the Play-on software that allows you to stream Netflix instant play videos to PC's or Playstations. I could not install the software on the HP server. I understand that the HP server is designed for users that do not understand server support, but they should offer the ability to "un-lock" the administration function if requested. Further, HP does not document the administrator limitations, so it took me 2 days of configuring and copying files to find out I could not install software. Oh, and another day to figure out why I could not install software (since it is not documented). I returned the HP Server and instead use an emachine running Microsoft's version of WHS. It provides full administrator rights, so you can add software that you want. Shame on HP for hiding the limitation!
Also, HP will not openly support upgrading the limited memory. As you add add-ins (even the ones HP offers) performance of the server is negatively impacted. The server really needs at least 2Gb of memory, which is the absolute maximum that the machine will support (assuming you figure out how to upgrade the memory).
Pros Lots of storage space + expandable. Automated nightly backups. Storage for each user in my family. Streaming to any PC or notebook in the house (video, music). SIMPLICITY!
Cons Dumb review software forces me to type something in "Cons" - even though I don't really have any Cons to complain about.
Summary Check around on the web and find the 2Gb RAM mod. You're able to replace the single 512Mb chip with a single 2Gb chip. I bought the 500Gb version, then added three more 500Gb drives for a total of 2 Tb. Then added another EXTERNAL 500 Gb drive to backup the critical files on the server. Each PC is backed-up nightly to the server, then I backup the server about once a week to the external drive. I've never had to do a complete restore on any of my PCs but would probably be a good idea to try it some time!
Pros Easy to use. Microsoft Software makes it extremely user friendly.The 4 Drive bays and external Drive Options make backing up better than ever.
Cons Expensive but when you see what it does for you and how it makes life easy for you, it will become a worthwhile investment
Summary After all my research and a final purchase, this is well Worth the purchase. This one is the best of the best.. Thanks HP!!
Pros Easy to use for multimedia and backups
Cons Only supports USB printers
Summary The strongest feature of this "server" is backups. It can completely backup your entire hard drive. In other words, you don't need your factory recovery CD (Windows only). I haven't seen anything on the market that can do that as easily. The second strongest feature is its multimedia capabilities. Post pictures and a web page to whoever you want on the Internet. Remote access to your computers is probably the third coolest feature. You have to register with the DNS service HP partnered with to get full remote access functionality.
If Microsoft would throw in a network print server feature this would be a no brainer. They only allow USB printers. Without that you have to use a dedicated computer to share out networked printers...bummer.