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This document applies to HP MediaSmart Server EX485 and EX487.

HP MediaSmart Server Software Update

Use the HP MediaSmart software update to keep your server and home computers current with the latest HP software, online help, and new features.
HP MediaSmart software update does not update the Microsoft Windows Home Server operating system. For information about updating Windows Home Server, see Configuring Windows Update in the Windows Home Server Console Help. For information about updating Windows Home Server, see Configuring Windows Update in the Windows Home Server Console Help.

To Configure HP MediaSmart Software Update

  1. At the computer, double-click the Windows Home Server icon in the system tray and log on.
  2. Click Settings in the upper right of the Console.
  3. Select HP MediaSmart Server in the left menu and click the HP Update tab.
    Figure 1: HP MediaSmart Server HP Update
    HP MediaSmart Server HP Update
  4. In the Configure section you have choices to.
    Configure HP Software Update Options
    Option Additional information
    Automatically download and install updates (recommended) Requires no user action.

    Downloads and installs updates on the server in the background. If necessary the server will automatically reboot.
    Download updates and let me choose when to installRequires user action.

    Your computer notifies you that an update has been downloaded and is ready to install on the server. Additionally, the Install link turns blue under HP MediaSmart software updates.

    To update the server after an update is downloaded, click Install under HP MediaSmart software updates in the Windows Home Server Console
    Turn off automatic updates Not recommended.

    To get updates with this choice you will have to click Check for updates located in the Version section.
  5. The following information and options are in the Version section of the HP Update dialog
    • The server software version number and date are shown.
    • Click Check for updates to immediately check for available software updates, regardless of the configuration settings you selected above.
    • The Install link becomes active when an update has been downloaded, but not installed. Click Install to run the server update.
    • The Rollback link becomes active when a software update has been installed. Use this link to uninstall the update on the server and revert to the previous server software version.
      NOTE: Clicking Install or Rollback only makes changes to the server software. Each home computer still needs to be updated or rolled back so that the server and client computers are running the same version of software. See Updating and Rolling Back Client PCs or Updating and Rolling Back Mac Clients for more information.

Updating and Rolling Back Client PCs

NOTE:Update the server software prior to updating the client software. If your server does not have the correct software version, you will get an error message when you try to install the client software. See Updating and Rolling Back the Server for more information.

Updating Client PCs

There are multiple ways of updating your client PCs. Once the server is updated, the client PC update is on the server and can be run from the software folder. The client PC update can also be downloaded and run from HP Update. The following sections describe various methods for installing the client PC update. Click an option below to view the instructions for updating your client.

To Update Client PCs Using Run Programs

  1. At the computer, click Start , and then Run .
    Figure 2: Run Programs
    Run Programs
  2. Type the following (UNC) network address.
    \\HPSERVER\Software\Home Server Connector Software\setup.exe
    If you renamed your server during the initial software installation the path will be \\<server name>\Software\Home Server Connector Software\setup.exe.
  3. Follow the instructions on your computer for installing the update.

To Update Client PCs Using HP Update

  1. Click the Start menu, HP, and HP Update.
    Figure 3: HP Update
    HP Update
  2. Click Settings to configure HP Update.
  3. Click Next to immediately check for a client PC update.
  4. Follow the instructions on your computer for installing the update.

To Update Client PCs Using the Software Installation Disc

The Software Installation Disc runs an executable file that is on your server. When the server software is updated, the new client executable file is placed on the server but not installed. As long as you run the Software Installation Disc after you update the server, the CD will find the new client executable file on the server and install it.

To Update Client PCs Using a Browser

  1. Open a Web Browser and type the following address http://hpserver:55000 .
    If you renamed your server during the initial installation the URL will be http://<server name>:55000
    The Windows Home Server Connector Setup window opens.
  2. Click Download Now .

Rolling Back Client PCs

NOTE:You must roll back your server prior to rolling back the client PC. See Updating and Rolling Back the Server .
  1. Click the Start menu, Control Panel , and Add or Remove Programs .
  2. Select HP MediaSmart Server and click Remove .
  3. Select Windows Home Server Connector and click Remove .
  4. Close Add or Remove Programs .
  5. At the computer, click Start , and then Run .
  6. Type the following (UNC) network address.
    \\HPSERVER\Software\Home Server Connector Software\setup.exe
    The network address will be different if you renamed your server. In this case type,
    \\<server name>\Software\Home Server Connector Software\setup.exe
  7. Click OK .
    Install the software on one computer at a time.

Checking the Client PC Version Number

It is important for the Server software and the Mac client software to be on the same version in order for them to work together properly. Complete the following steps to confirm that the server and the client are on the same version.
  1. To check the PC client software version number, click the Start menu and click HP MediaSmart Server .
  2. In the task bar at the bottom of your screen, right-click HP MediaSmart Server and select About HP Control Center from the pop-up menu.
    Figure 4: About HP Control Center
    About HP Control Center
    The About dialog opens.
    Figure 5: About HP Control Center
    About HP Control Center
  3. To check the server software version number, double-click the Windows Home Server icon in the system tray and log on.
  4. Click Settings in the upper right of the Console.
  5. Select HP MediaSmart Server in the left menu and click the HP Update tab. The version number is at the bottom of the HP Update tab.
    Figure 6: HP Update Settings
    HP Update Settings
The server and client software should have compatible version numbers. The following table lists the version numbers that work together.
Compatible Software Version Numbers
Server Version PC Client VersionMac Client Version
1.3.6.21622 1.2.1.18999, 1.3.6.21622 N/A
1.3.8.25155 1.2.1.18999, 1.3.6.21622, 1.3.8.25155N/A
2.1.7.24261 2.1.7.242611.0.0b20
2.52.52.5

Updating and Rolling Back Mac Clients

Updating Mac Clients

NOTE:Update the server software prior to updating the client software. The server update and the Mac client update are downloaded at the same time through the HP Update mechanism in the Windows Home Server Console. Updating the server ensures that the most recent copy of the HP MSS Client.dmg is on your server and ready to install. See Updating and Rolling Back the Server for more information.
  1. Insert the Software Installation Disc and run it, or
    Select the server name in the left side of the Finder and connect to the server.
    The name of the server is HPSERVER , unless you renamed it during the original installation.
    Choose Software , Mac , and then run HP MSS Client.dmg .
    Figure 7: Mac Finder
    Mac Finder
  2. When the software window opens, click Uninstall HP MediaSmart Server Software .
    Moving the application to the trash can will not uninstall it properly.
  3. After the uninstall is complete, click Install HP MediaSmart Server Software.pkg to install the update.

Rolling Back Mac Clients

NOTE:Roll back the server software prior to rolling back the Mac client software. When the server is rolled back using the HP Update mechanism in the Windows Home Server Console, it also rolls back the HP MSS Client.dmg file that is located on the server. See Updating and Rolling Back the Server f for more information.
  1. Go to Finder , Applications , and then drag and drop HP MediaSmart Server Control Center to the Trash.
  2. Select the server name in the left side of the Finder and connect to the server.
    The name of the server is HPSERVER , unless you renamed it during the original installation.
  3. Choose Software , Mac , and then run HP MSS Client.dmg .
  4. When the software window opens, click Install HP MediaSmart Server Software.pkg to install the update.

Checking the Mac Client Version Number

It is important for the Server software and the Mac client software to be on the same version in order for them to work together properly. Complete the following steps to confirm that the server and the client are on the same version.
  1. To check the Mac client software version number, go to Finder , Applications , and open the HP MediaSmart Control Center on the Mac.
  2. At the top of the screen select HP MediaSmart Server Control Center , About HP MediaSmart Control Center . The Mac client version number is displayed in the About dialog.
    Figure 8: HP MediaSmart Control Center
    HP MediaSmart Control Center
  3. To check the server software version number go to a PC and double-click the Windows Home Server icon in the system tray and log on.
  4. Click Settings in the upper right of the Console.
  5. Select HP MediaSmart Server in the left menu and click the HP Update tab.
    The version number is at the bottom of the HP Update tab.
NOTE:Server version 2.1.7.24261 and Mac client version 1.0.0b20 work together. Starting with version 2.5, the server and the client version numbers will have the same first two numbers.
Figure 9: HP Update tab
HP Update tab
The server and client software should have compatible version numbers. The following table lists the version numbers that work together.
Compatible Software Version Numbers
Server Version PC Client VersionMac Client Version
1.3.6.21622 1.2.1.18999, 1.3.6.21622 N/A
1.3.8.25155 1.2.1.18999, 1.3.6.21622, 1.3.8.25155N/A
2.1.7.24261 2.1.7.242611.0.0b20
2.52.52.5

Updating and Rolling Back the Server

Use the HP MediaSmart software update to keep your server and home computers current with the latest HP software, online help, and new features.
NOTE:The server must be updated before client PCs and Macs are updated. The server and the client computers must be running the same version of the HP MediaSmart Server software.

To update the server

The method you use to update the server depends on how you configured HP Update.

To automatically check for updates

If you selected Automatically download and install updates when you configured HP Update, then you do not need to take further action. The server will install updates in the background as they are available.

To manually check for updates

NOTE:If you have never restarted you HP MediaSmart Server, you may need to turn it off and back on before you check for updates.
  1. At the computer, double-click the Windows Home Server icon in the system tray and log on.
  2. Click Settings in the upper right of the Console.
  3. Select HP MediaSmart Server in the left menu and click the HP Update tab.
  4. Click the Check for updates link.
    Figure 10: HP Update Tab
    HP Update Tab
  5. If an update is found it will be listed as below. Click Next to start the install process; follow default choices to complete the software install.
    Figure 11: HP Update Tab
    HP Update Tab

To manually install an update copied to the server

  1. To manually install an update copied to the server If you downloaded a software update from the www.hp.com site, you can manually install it by copying the software update package to your server. Once the update is on the server, complete the following steps.
  2. At the computer, double-click the Windows Home Server icon in the system tray and log on.
  3. Click Settings in the upper right of the Console.
  4. Select HP MediaSmart Server in the left menu andclick the HP Update tab.
  5. Click the Check for updates link. After the install wizard checks for pending updates on your server, you will see the select package page where you can select the Search button.
    Figure 12: HP MediaSmart Server Settings Search
    HP MediaSmart Server Settings Search
  6. Click Select file.
  7. Type the full path to the file that you copied to the server or select the Browse button navigate to the file and select OK .
    Figure 13: HP MediaSmart Server Settings Update
    HP MediaSmart Server Settings Search
  8. Click Finish to start the install process and follow the default choices to complete the server software install.

To roll back the server

If you want to uninstall a server update click Rollback and then click Yes in the confirmation screen. If you updated the client software, it must also be uninstalled so that the server and the client are running the same version of the HP MediaSmart Server software.
Figure 14: HP Update Rollback
HP Update Rollback
NOTE:HP MediaSmart software update does not update the Microsoft Windows Home Server operating system. For information about updating Windows Home Server, see Configuring Windows Update in the Windows Home Server Console Help.