I am considering the HP MediaSmart Server but I have, what may be , a major concern. In the description of the product on Amazon.com it states the package contains: HP MediaSmart Server, power cord, Ethernet cable, software installation disc, PC restore disc, server recovery disc, Quick Start and HP support guides. The HP server has no optical drives, no place to attach a keyboard, mouse, or monitor. If you had a system crash, how would you restore the system using the PC Restore Disc or the server recovery disc?
You will restore it by pressing a button on the back or bottom of the server while it boots. That will place it in recovery mode. Then you insert the server recovery disk in another PC on your network (any PC, most likely, not just one with the connector installed) and use the recovery application to restore the server. It will find the server on your network and give you various options depending on the state of the server.
To restore a PC, you will replace the failed component (with an exact duplicate, or as close as possible) then you insert the PC Restore disk and reboot. The restore process will do a "bare metal" restore of one or more partitions to completely recreate your client PC's operating environment.