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How To Turn Off Your HP MediaSmart Server

Start --> Shut Down… Anyone who has used a computer since Windows 95 probably knows how to turn the computer off (Vista isn’t much different, except the big button in the lower left corner of the desktop doesn’t have "Start" written on it). The HP MediaSmart Server, powered by Windows Home Server, isn't entirely different. However, without the traditional desktop found on every other version of Windows, how to shut down your HP MediaSmart Server properly isn't as obvious.

There are three ways to turn off your HP MediaSmart Server, but only one of them is the 'proper' way. Let’s start with the two ways you SHOULDN'T turn off your HP MediaSmart Server.

2 Ways You Should NOT Power off Your HP MediaSmart Server

Pull the plug

You've been told on numerous occasions that while pulling the plug on a booted computer will turn it off (it needs electricity to run after all) doing so has the potential to damage files, create errors, and corrupt Windows.

Why? The simplest explanation is that the shut down procedure closes open files that may be running, ends running processes, clears the hard drive cache, etc. While the newer flavors of Windows are more capable of booting from an unstable state, it's best to properly shut down your computer in order to ensure proper operation and data integrity.

Behind the simple console MediaSmart Server owners are familiar with is a full Windows operating system. Like your desktop or notebook, it also needs to be shut down properly.

Force Power Off - Hold down the power button for a few seconds.

Also like your regular desktop or notebook computer, you can force the power supply off by holding down the power button for a few seconds. This process is really no different than pulling the plug; Windows will be unable to do the things it needs to do in order to shut down properly.

If in the event your HP MediaSmart Server becomes unresponsive and you're unable to properly shut down, forcing the power off will allow you to reboot without having to physically unplug the unit.

The RIGHT WAY to Power Down YourHP MediaSmart Server

Properly Shut Down – The Shut Down Command

Powering down your HP MediaSmart Server properly is pretty simple, but the option to do so may not be obvious if you don't know where to look.

Windows Home Server is designed to be an always on appliance, meaning it should rarely be shut down. But sometimes you need to kill the power, and there are two ways to do this (thanks to a tip from allenc3) safely.

One method is from the Home Server console, but to do this you'll need access to it. If you don't have access to this, you'll need to talk to the person in the family that serves as administrator of the HP MediaSmart Server.

Follow these directions to properly turn off your HP MediaSmart Server from the Home Server Console:

1. Log in to the Windows Home Server Console.

 

2. On the main home server console screen, click the Settings button in the upper-right corner.

3. In the lower left corner of the Settings page, you’ll see the Shut Down button. Click it.

4. You’ll be presented with two options; Shut Down or Restart. Click the Shut Down button to properly turn off your HP MediaSmart Server.

Properly Shut Down - The Blind Button Press

Thanks to allenc3's great tip, it turns out that the easiest way to properly shut down the HP MediaSmart Server isn't the most obvious. A quick press of the power button on the back initiates the shut down process... just without the user feedback. Given how long it takes for the home server to properly shut down, without the visual queues it's easy to assume nothing is happening. Give it time, it will turn off eventually. Best of all, tapping the power button doesn't require adminstrator access.

Either method you choose requires a few minutes for the HP MediaSmart Server to power down. Once it's off, you can safely unplug it to move to a new location or conserve energy if you'll be away for an extended period of time. Most importantly, your data will be safe and you'll continue to enjoy a properly working home server.

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July 3, 2008 2:02 PM

Another safe way to power off is to press the power button (on rear of unit) for one second and release. This forces a normal shutdown sequence.

July 11, 2008 10:51 AM

Great advice allenc3,

It takes so long for it to shut down, I just assumed it never did anything when I pressed the button for a second, and just resorted to killing the power. This time I tried what you said, and sure enough, after a few minutes it did turn off.

I'll add your suggestion to the guide.

-Matt

March 7, 2009 7:29 PM

when you say it takes a long time to shut down, exactly how long are we talking about? hours?
thanks

March 19, 2009 10:23 AM

markvwald said: when you say it takes a long time to shut down, exactly how long are we talking about? hours? thanks

Usually a minute or two, not hours.

I'm an instant gratification kind of guy, so when I press a button, I like to see things happen immediately.

August 18, 2011 3:59 PM

I see your comment at the end of the text above, somehow I missed it earlier:

"Once it's off, you can safely unplug it to move to a new location or conserve energy if you'll be away for an extended period of time."

So I assume that this is sufficient to turn it off to be packed and moved?

Thank you!
Mallory

August 18, 2011 4:53 PM

malloryriegger said: I see your comment at the end of the text above, somehow I missed it earlier: "Once it's off, you can safely unplug it to move to a new location or conserve energy if you'll be away for an extended period of time." So I assume that this is sufficient to turn it off to be packed and moved? Thank you! Mallory
I kind of meant move it to another location in the house or office, or maybe in the car across town. If you're going to pack it up and toss it in a moving truck across country, I'd take more protective measures with the unit and drives.

March 19, 2012 10:32 AM

Does anyone know how to have it auto reboot each night? My wireless router has a hard time at night and seems to 'loose' the mediasmart's ip. Then, I can't login through the server and have to do a hard reboot with the button. If I could get my server to reboot at say 4AM each night I wouldn't have to worry about this.

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