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The HP MediaSmart EX495 Experience with Lou Jacob

Follow along as a newcomer experiences the HP MediaSmart EX495 and Windows Home Server for the very first time, documenting his experience setting up and integrating it into his life.

Setting up my MediaSmart EX495 (part 1 of 2)

I was nervous about setting up my EX495.  I've built a lot of computers and even deployed some servers without keyboards and monitors, but I've never actually worked with a Windows box designed to function without a monitor and keyboard.  I was certain it would all work, and I'm no stranger to accessing systems over a network, but it still wasn't clear to me how it would all work.  I guess it was time to simply suspend disbelief and follow the instructions.

I unpacked my MediaSmart EX495 carefully and just took it all in.  My first realization was that the system was much smaller than I thought it would be.  From the photos, it just looks like a standard tower PC, and it is... but it is a mini-tower and quite small.  At about 5 1/2 inches wide, 9 inches high, and 8 inches deep, I knew it would fit comfortably on a shelf in my office, and would look great, too.

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