Hardware release schedule for Australia RRS feed

  • Question

  • when is home server due to be released in Australia?

    Monday, September 10, 2007 4:28 AM

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  • Australia had it first... been out for what seems weeks... in the USA we are still waiting... and waiting....  


    Some places you can shop are online stores based in Australia:










    edit, just read your post again... you asked for hardware....


    You can stick home server on just about any computer, but computers built specifically for home server, I'm not sure in australia.  Maybe you can check with a local system builder, if you don't want to purchase a computer or build one yourself.  But the specs are low, so any computer fairly new should work as long as it has 512 mb ram, large hard drive (should have two hard drives), and a cpu over 1 ghz. 

    Monday, September 10, 2007 7:52 AM
  • As has already been said, the windows home server software is already available in Australia (there are many online shops that sell it now, and availability is pretty good now, too; I personally bought it from EYO, but look for it at your favourite online store), but as for complete home server boxes (like the HP MediaSmart) there are no announced dates for Australia (or even any announced products that are slated to be available here; for instance, there is no Coming Soon or anything at all about the HP MediaSmart server on the HP Australia page).


    If you are wanting a hardware package, I suspect you'll have to wait a while. Although we got the software pretty early (New Zealand actually got it before us) most of the hardware makers that have announced home servers are US-based companies that sell some products in Australia (HP, Lacie for example) or don't sell in Australia at all (Tranquil PC in the UK, for example). Since the States has yet to get the software released, I'd reckon that Australia won't see any hardware solutions until sometime after they start selling WHS (both as software and hardware solution) in the US. A bit of a pain, but there you go.


    This is of course talking about the major OEM companies. You may be able to find a (local) computer store which has decided to build home servers using the new software. While I don't of any personally, it's certainly possible that there are since it is available here as System Builder version which is how most computer stores build their normal systems that they sell with XP or Vista. You may be able to ask a store to build one (and install the software) for you if you are not comfortable doing it yourself, but they would likely charge you an arm and a leg to do so if they will.


    If you can't find a store that will, and you want WHS now, you'll need to put it on your own hardware, whether the hardware is new or not (the System Builder license allows you to install the software on either a new system or an old system - or a mixture, I suppose). The requirements for WHS are quite low, so you won't need expensive (or very recent) hardware to run it. The install process is pretty easy as well (especially if you are experienced at it) although it takes some time (but it doesn't require much user input, so go watch a movie or something).


    I know this is probably not the news you wanted to hear, though.




    Tuesday, September 11, 2007 7:43 AM

    You can always build your own look-a-like HP MediaSmart:




    Sunday, December 9, 2007 8:34 PM