I have had the upgrade disks for a couple of weeks now and have performed the update on both the Media Smart Server EX475 and EX487, and have put together this guide to help you through the process.Making the Decision to Upgrade The first thing you will want to do is decide if the 3.0 upgrade is right for you.
The process is covered in the Upgrade Guides linked above, in our Wiki, and you are also guided step-by-step when you insert the Server Recovery DVD into your client PC.
Your data should remain intact on the server through this process, however you will have to recreate your user accounts on the server, re-install your Add-Ins, and possibly make other configuration changes.
Start by inserting the Server Recovery DVD into your client PC, and following the onscreen instructions.
Once you’ve powered on your server and used the paperclip to enter Recovery mode, the software should discover the server and give you the option of performing a Server Recovery or Factory Reset.
The upgrade costs US$25 or €25 and a pack of CDs and DVDs will be shipped to you.
While you are waiting for the upgrade disks to arrive, I suggest you review the upgrade process outlined in the following guides from HP.
HP won’t support you if you want to revert versions, though it should be possible by performing a Factory Reset with your original Server Recovery disk, which erases all the disks in your server.
For owners of the EX470 or EX475 there are a number of changes, almost all of which should be considered positive improvements, with possibly one contentious change being the replacement of the Webshare feature by the new Photo Viewer.
EX470 and EX475 Software Update Guide (right-click and Save-As) EX485 and EX487 Software Update Guide (right-click and Save-As) Backing Up Your Data While the Server Recovery process is generally quite safe, HP recommends that you back up your data from your Windows Home Server prior to performing the 3.0 update.
This can be accomplished by copying data to your PCs, or using external hard drives or storage enclosures.
These guides cover the new features available in the 3.0 software, explain what features you will lose from the 1.3 or 2.5 versions, and of course provide step by step instructions on how to perform the upgrade.