I purchased the HP EX485 early 2009, but it has become useless to me since I switched to a Mac. With the release of OSX Lion, there is no solution that I’ve been able to find to use OSX Time Machine (backup) with EX485, even with the Windows Home Server (WHS) 2011 update. I’ve spent countless hours researching online and testing before I gave up.
As a result, HP EX485 sat in my closet for the past year or so, collecting dust. $500 worth of equipment (including 3x 1 TB hard drives) sitting lame in my closet.
A week ago, I decided to take a look at the hardware again and see what options are available to me with the EX485.
I remember reading about Amahi somewhere (probably Lifehacker), decide to investigate it. Here are some things that Amahi can do.
Share your photos (or any files) with any device in your network Centrally store all your music and videos Quickly back-up your computers Run applications to co-ordinate your household (eg. shared calendars) Securely access all your ‘stuff’ when you are out, whether at work, a friend’s place, or out of town! I also found this article which inspired me to pursue this option: http://www.howtogeek.com/63253/upgrade-your-windows-home-server-with-amahi/. However, I had 2 problems with this artcle: 1) It appears the Amahi will stop supporting Fedora and Express CD installs in the future; 2) Instruction didn’t work for me.
Therefore, I sought out the goal to install Ubuntu 12.04 (latest version at the time when this article was written) and Amahi on the headless (no VGA/keyboard/mouse) HP EX485 server.
It took at least 4 hours to figure out the solution in the howtogeek article above wouldn’t work for me. When I was at the point of almost giving up, I found this article by Dag Olav which gave me hope! http://dagolav.prestegarden.com/installing-ubuntu-on-the-hp-mediasmart-ex490. He doesn’t show instructions to install Amahi, but at least you can get Ubuntu on the EX485 (in his case…EX490, a close cousin).
Read Dag’s article carefully and follow his instructions. HOWEVER, you do need to make minor tweaks to get it working on the EX485 and Amahi. Here is what I did…which turned out to be successful for me.
From here, Amahi does a good job of explaining what to do. http://docs.amahi.org/ubuntu-12.html. Follow the outlined steps starting from step #2. It thought I would have more to write here, but I really don’t. Amahi’s instructions are pretty straight foward and easy.
That should do it! Let’s starting enjoying EX485 again! Thanks to Ubuntu and Amahi! Kenny