Date: March 9th, 2010
Article by: Jackie Mueller (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited By: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Asus
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PRODUCT PICTORIAL AND WALKTHROUGH
Removing the thumbscrews releases the side panel, but there is still one more component to remove - the HDD cage. Three more screws must be removed, and then pulling straight up on the plastic handle releases the cage.
There's already one 500GB drive installed, and room for one more if you want to increase the storage capacity of the server. Personally, I'd want to add at least a 1TB drive to the empty bay.
Passive cooling on the processor keeps noise levels down, but there are two small fans at the top to push warm air out. They don't make much noise at all and I had to really struggle to hear any noise coming out of the server at all during operation.
I know some of you are wondering about upgrading the memory. The good news is that it can be done by further disassembling the back panel and plate to expose the memory slot.
Well, that about does it for the hardware side of things. The TS Mini looks pretty impressive so far, so let's move on and get this server up and running.
PRODUCT INSTALLATION AND TESTING
According to the manual, the first step was to run the software setup CD. The TS Mini is powered by Windows Home Server OS, which must be configured before you can jump right in and start using it.
There's not a whole lot of user input during the setup process; it's pretty automated which makes things easy. Initial configuration and installation of updates will take a few minutes to complete, and a status bar will show the progress.