I have been busy all week integrating a new server for our home network. It’s been 3 years since I added an HP EX470 MediaSmart Server to our home network. 18 months later, I replaced it with an HP EX490 MediaSmart Server. And now, 18 months after that replacement, I am performing another replacement – this time with an HP ProLiant N40L MicroServer!
The key differences with the new server:
- Video card! No more headless install and configuration!
- Optical drive! Again, no headless install needed!
- Larger, lower RPM fan! Less noise!
- Windows Home Server 2011! Whoa – so much better than V1!
Unfortunately with the floods in Thailand, hard drive prices have tripled. Populating each HDD slot with a 2TB drive would cost me over $1000! Um, I’ll stick with my 1TB drives for now 🙂
My old server is up on Ebay – and because of those ridiculous HDD prices, I may actually make money even after 18 months of use! I originally bought the 1TB HDDs that are included in the auction for $65 each. With today’s market, they are going for over $125 each!
I’m glad I was able to do all this work during the work week. I would have really hated to waste a weekend on this stuff. After all, you all know I hate computers 🙂