Please note the previously communicated information related to these updates: 1) The cost of the upgrade DVD has been finalized and will be US or €25.2) These upgrades will be available as a server recovery solution.I did have high hopes for the unit: To make it my Windows Server in which I could tinker with Share Point, Dynamics CRM and SQL Server (i.e.: The tools I make a living with), but that seemed like a lot of hard work for an uncertain return on investment – I would have to either buy or make a VGA cable for the unit, learn the steps on how to install another operating system on it (it is not that straightforward) and I couldn’t tell beforehand if the Media Smart Server would perform as expected.Today I am happy to say that I am a proud owner of an HP Media Smart Server EX470 running Windows Server 2012 Essentials. In this post I will be sharing with you the steps I took to install Windows Server 2012 Essentials on my EX470.If you want the EX47* Media Smart to recognize a non-Sempron processor or you wish to use a dual-core CPU, please remember that you must first hack the BIOS before replacing the CPU chip.You can’t hack the BIOS if the machine won’t boot, and that’s exactly what will happen if you try these steps out of order.
If you do not feel comfortable with disassembly, modifications, handling electronics parts, software configuration or are not familiar with electrostatic procedures, you should stop here and get help. I finally moved all of my files from an aging Windows Home Server v1 on to a new NAS device, the Synology Disk Station DS413 (you can read the review here).While I am very satisfied with the results, this whole exercise led to a cliffhanging question: What would be the fate of my HP Media Smart EX470.You will require a VGA cable for the EX470 if you want to proceed with the Windows Server installation the way I did (the “orthodox way”).You could either buy the cable or make one yourself, which will involve acquiring the parts and tools necessary (which I did), which includes: It is likely that you will also need a multimeter do to what is called a continuity test (any multimeter would do).