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HP EX470 MediaSmart Server support

Adding PacketVideo and McAfee at the Same Time Slows the Server Down

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This document applies to HP MediaSmart Server EX470 and EX475.

HP released a software update for the MediaSmart Server on July 21, following Microsoft’s release of Windows Home Server Power Pack 1. The HP software update provides support for 64-bit operating systems, plus two optional add-ins that a user may choose to install – McAfee Total Protection Service and PacketVideo PVConnect media server. The 64-bit upgrade prepares the MediaSmart Server for support of Vista 64-bit systems. For more information click HP MediaSmart Server - Process to get the Microsoft Vista 64-bit Client Software Installed .
As we will discuss in this document, HP recommends that users first install PVConnect, followed by McAfee. Due to the resources that are required, it is best to allow each Add-In to complete it's database initialization process prior to moving on to the next Add-In.
The PacketVideo Connect add-in provides advanced graphics such as photo thumbnails, in-menu browsing, and album art during remote access, as well as broader support for the more popular video, music and photo formats. The McAfee anti-virus add-in will provide Server side anti-virus protection with free virus definitions for seven months. Both of these are add-ins will be automatically downloaded to the Add-In folder in the software folder on the HP MediaSmart Server. The user can add them if they choose just like any other add-in.
The McAfee Total Protection Service must index all of the files stored on the Server in order to provide the protection against a virus attack. The PacketVideo PVConnect will, upon installation, create a database of all the media files such as photos, music and videos on the Server. When these two services are installed together, the combined ‘first run’ indexing by McAfee and database creation by PacketVideo, can use the majority of the resources on the Server. This may result in slow response times from the Server until those activities have been completed. If the user has also installed other add-ins or software packages on the Server there may be an additional lag in response time. Thus the Windows Home Server Console can become unresponsive during this time.
  1. Double-click the Windows Home Server icon Windows Home Server icon in the task tray.
  2. Log on to the Windows Home Server Console.
  3. On the Windows Home Server Console, click the Settings tab and then click Add-Ins in the left panel.
    Figure 1: Add-Ins
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