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Power Management

The first generation MSS got "dinged" for not having any power-saving features, which we consider a must for NASes. The second generation at least partially addresses the concern. From the server console, there is an option to specify a daily server sleep period (Figure 9). There still is no idle drive spin-down, however.

Power Management on the MSS

Figure 9:Power Management on the MSS

You can wake up the server from any client with the WHS connector installed, and the server automatically wakes up for backups.  It would have been nice, however, if you could set daily sleep / wake schedules since usage patterns may be different on the weekend than on week days.

MSS Control Center for Mac OS 10.5

When it comes to software releases, it seems like Macs are frequently an afterthought.  This version of the MSS, however, adds a Control Center for Mac OS 10.5 and later as shown in Figure 10.  It's almost identical to the PC version, except that you can't manage the server from the Mac platform. No "management" also means that you can't install the MSS without using a Windows system.

HP MediaSmart Server Control Center for Mac

Figure 10: HP MediaSmart Server Control Center for Mac

Apple Time Machine Data Store

If you have a Mac and you're not using Time Machine to back it up, you should be.  Many people just attach a USB drive and use that for Time Machine Backups.  However, you can also configure the MSS as a data store for your Time Machine Backups.  Recently, I reviewed the Buffalo LinkStation Quad, which had the same feature, but configuration was a real hassle.

With the MSS, though, setting up a Time Machine store is quite simple.  Open Preferences from the Mac Control Center, log into the server with the administrator name/password and set the amount of space for your backups.  Then, from your Mac's Time Machine preferences, just change the drive preference to back up to the MSS (Figure 11).  It is that simple.  And it works.  Of course, the first time I backed up my Mac, it was 60 GB, so that took awhile.

Mac Time Machine configuration to use the MediaSmart Server
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Figure 11:Mac Time Machine configuration to use the MediaSmart Server

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