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Aspire easyStore Series
Quick Start Guide

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  • Page 1 Aspire easyStore Series Quick Start Guide...
  • Page 2 Copyright © 2009 All Rights Reserved. Aspire easyStore Series User Guide Model Number : _________________________________ Serial Number: ___________________________________ Purchase Date: ___________________________________ Place of Purchase: ________________________________...
  • Page 3: Safety Instructions

    Information for your safety and comfort Safety instructions Read these instructions carefully. Keep this document for future reference. Follow all warnings and instructions marked on the product. Turning the product off before cleaning Unplug this product from the wall outlet before cleaning. Do not use liquid cleaners or aerosol cleaners.
  • Page 4 Warnings • Do not use this product near water. • Do not place this product on an unstable cart, stand or table. If the product falls, it could be seriously damaged. • Slots and openings are provided for ventilation to ensure reliable operation of the product and to protect it from overheating.
  • Page 5 Warning! The grounding pin is a safety feature. Using a power outlet that is not properly grounded may result in electric shock and/or injury. Note: The grounding pin also provides good protection from unexpected noise produced by other nearby electrical devices that may interfere with the performance of this product.
  • Page 6: Disposal Instructions

    Disposal instructions Do not throw this electronic device into the trash when discarding. To minimize pollution and ensure utmost protection of the global environment, please recycle. For more information on the Waste from Electrical and Electronics Equipment (WEEE) regulations, visit http://global.acer.com/about/sustainability.htm...
  • Page 7: Regulations And Safety Notices

    Regulations and safety notices FCC statement This device has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B digital device pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in a residential installation.
  • Page 8 Operation conditions This part complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the following two conditions: (1) this device may not cause harmful interference, and (2) this device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation. Notice: Canadian users This Class B digital apparatus complies with Canadian ICES-003.
  • Page 9: Federal Communications Commission

    Fax: Acer Incorporated 333 West San Carlos St. San Jose, Tel: 254-298-4000 Fax: 254-298-4147 Server Aspire easyStore Series, Altos easyStore M2 Acer America Corporation 333 West San Carlos St. San Jose, CA 95110 U.S.A. Acer Representative 254-298-4000 254-298-4147 CA 95110, U.S.A.
  • Page 10 Declaration of Conformity Acer Computer (Shanghai) Limited 8F, 88, Sec.1, Hsin Tai Wu Rd., Hsichih, Taipei Hsien 221, Taiwan Contact Person: Mr. Easy Lai Tel: 886-2-8691-3089 Fax: 886-2-8691-3120 E-mail: easy_lai@acer.com.tw Hereby declare that: Product: Trade Name: Model Number: Is compliant with the essential requirements and other relevant provisions of...
  • Page 11 EN300 440-2 V1.1.2 (Applicable to non-bluetooth wireless keyboard mouse set) • EN300 328 V1.7.1 • EN301 893 V1.4.1 (Applicable to 5GHz high performance RLAN) Year to begin affixing CE marking 2009. Easy Lai, Manager Regulation Center, Acer Inc. January 7, 2009 Date...
  • Page 12: Table Of Contents

    Contents Getting started Check package contents Select a location Recommended environment Connect the power cord Connect to the home network Power on the system Install the Windows Home Server Connector on the first computer Create user accounts Configure the home server for remote access Access the Aspire easyStore Series home page Add a shared folder Access the shared folders on the home server...
  • Page 13: Getting Started

    Getting started Follow these steps to set up the Aspire easyStore Series to run in your home network. • Check package contents • Select a location for the home server • Look at the recommended requirements • Connect the power cord •...
  • Page 14: Check Package Contents

    Check package contents Check the following items from the package: • Aspire easyStore Series system • Power cord • Network cable • Aspire easyStore Series Installation discs • Software Installation Disc Use this disc to do the following: - Install the Windows Home Server Connector software. Refer to the Aspire easyStore Series User Guide for detailed instructions.
  • Page 15: Select A Location

    Select a location Before unpacking and installing the home server, select a suitable site for the system for maximum efficiency. Consider the following factors when choosing a site for the home server: • Near a grounded power outlet • Clean and dust free •...
  • Page 16: Recommended Environment

    Recommended environment For best results, your computer should meet the following hardware and software requirements: • Processor • 1 GHz Pentium 3, Pentium 4, AMD x64, or newer processor • System memory • 512 MB or above • Hard drives •...
  • Page 17: Connect The Power Cord

    Connect the power cord Plug the power cord into the power connector and the other end into an electrical outlet.
  • Page 18: Connect To The Home Network

    Connect to the home network Important: Connect the Aspire easyStore Series to your broadband router with a network cable. Wireless connection to your broadband router is not supported. However, home computers that are connected through a wireless connection is supported. Connect one end of the network cable into the network port and the other end to a Gigabit Ethernet port on a broadband router.
  • Page 19: Power On The System

    Power on the system After making sure that you have set up the system properly and connected all the required cables, you can now power on the system. Press the power button to turn system on. The LED indicators on the front panel will flash, change colors and turn to solid blue after startup.
  • Page 20: Install The Windows Home Server Connector On The First Computer

    Install the Windows Home Server Connector on the first computer After setting up your Aspire easyStore Series, you must install the Windows Home Server Connector on your computer. Note: Prior to installing the Windows Home Server Connector, make sure you have administrator privileges. Refer to the Windows Help for more details on changing the account settings.
  • Page 21 Click Install the software on the computer, then click Next. Click Install to begin the installation process. The Microsoft .Net Framework 2.0, Windows Installer 3.1, and Acer Update, and Aspire easyStore Series components are installed.
  • Page 22 After the components are installed, the Windows Home Server Connector installation starts to find and connect to your Aspire easyStore Series. Once the server is found, the Welcome window appears.
  • Page 23 Click Next. Click Next. Select the “Download the updates from my home server and install them automatically” option button if you want to download the updates for the Connector.
  • Page 24 Note: Performing the initial Windows Update automatically may take up to one hour. You may select Let me download and install the updates myself to speed up the process. Click Next. Select the “Yes, wake up this computer if it is in sleep or hibernate mode and back it up”...
  • Page 25 Click Next. 10 Click Next to perform an initial configuration of the home server. Note: The initial configuration of the home server is performed once on the first home computer.
  • Page 26 Note: You will not be able to perform the initial configuration on a default resolution of 1024 x 600. You will need to switch to a higher resolution before doing the initial configuration. 11 Click Next. The Windows Home Server initialization begins and could take a some time depending on your hardware.
  • Page 27 13 Enter a name for your home server. The name of your home server can contain a maximum of 15 characters (includes letters, numbers or hyphens) with no spaces. 14 Click the Next arrow. 15 Enter a strong Windows Home Server administrator password, confirmation password, and a password hint.
  • Page 28 server and client PC. Connect the two and insert the Server Recovery Disc into the client PC's optical drive to start the process. 16 Click the Next arrow. 17 Select the “User recommended settings” option button if you want to use Windows Update to automatically download and install updates for Windows Home Server, then click the Next arrow.
  • Page 29 18 Choose if you want to participate in the Customer Experience Improvement program, then click the Next arrow. 19 Choose if you want to participate in the Windows Error Reporting program, then click the Next arrow.
  • Page 30 20 Click the Next arrow to automatically download and install available Windows Home Server updates. This could take a few minutes to complete but will not need additional information from you. Important: Do not restart or turn off your home server during the update process.
  • Page 31 22 Click the Next arrow. The Windows Home Server log in window displays. You can now manage the home server through the remote admin console. 23 Enter the administrator password, then click the Next arrow. The Setting Password dialog box appears.
  • Page 32 24 Enter the administrator password to start the hardware health and performance monitor service, then click OK. The Windows Home Server Console window appears. The Windows Home Server icon task tray and the Shared Folders desktop shortcut your desktop. also appears in the system appears on...
  • Page 33: Create User Accounts

    Create user accounts After you complete Windows Home Server Setup and install the Windows Home Server Connector software, you are ready to set up your user accounts. There are two types of user accounts that you can set up for the home server: •...
  • Page 34 Enter the home server administrator password, then click the Next arrow. Click the User Accounts tab. Under About Guests, click Enable Guest. Caution: If you have a wireless network, secure it before you enable the guest account with no password. For more information, see the documentation for your wireless device.
  • Page 35 To add a personal user account: Note: A personal shared folder is created each time you add a new user account. By default, only this user account has access to the personal shared folder. Users can store personal files in this personal shared folder.
  • Page 36 Click Add. Enter the user’s name. Note: When you create user accounts on Windows Home Server, use logon names that match the logon names of your existing user accounts on your home computers. Also, use the same password that you use for your existing user accounts. If the user accounts and passwords do not match, you will be prompted for a user name and a password when you open the Shared folders.
  • Page 37 11 Enter a password which must be at least 7 characters, then re-enter it in the Confirm password field. 12 Click Next. 13 Assign user rights to the shared folders on the home server. • Full - The user can view, add, modify, and delete files in the shared folder.
  • Page 38: Configure The Home Server For Remote Access

    Configure the home server for remote access You must configure your home server for remote access to easily access your files and home computers from anywhere with an Internet connection. You can download files, upload files, connect to your home computers, and administer the home server. To configure the home server for remote access: Important: Only personal user accounts with remote access permissions can log on to the Aspire easyStore Series home page.
  • Page 39 setting must be enabled on your router for Windows Home Server to automatically configure it. In this step, Windows Home Server configures the persistent port forwarding from your UPnP certified router to your home server, as follows: • Port 80 - Connects over your home network to the Aspire easyStore Series home page using the HTTP protocol.
  • Page 40 12 Enter the domain name and select a subdomain name. 13 Click Confirm to make sure the subdomain is available. 14 Click Finish. 15 Under Web Site Settings, you can choose a default home page and the Web site headline that appears on the Aspire easyStore Series Web page.
  • Page 41: Access The Aspire Easystore Series Home Page

    Access the Aspire easyStore Series home page After you configure a user account for remote access, you can use a Web browser on a computer that is outside your home to remotely access your home server and home computer. On the Aspire easyStore Series home page, you can perform the following: •...
  • Page 42 Click Log On. The home page include three tabs: • Home - This page appears every time you log on to the Web page. • Computers - Allows you to perform remote administration on the home server and the home computers. To access your home server, click Connect to your Home Server on the Computers tab and enter the administrator password.
  • Page 43: Add A Shared Folder

    Add a shared folder Shared folders are places for you to organize and store files on the home server so that you can share them with other people on your home network. Double-click the Windows Home Server icon tray. Log on to the Windows Home Server Console. Click the Shared Folders tab.
  • Page 44 Click Next. Assign user rights to the new share folder, then click Finish. Click Done to exit the wizard.
  • Page 45: Access The Shared Folders On The Home Server

    Access the shared folders on the home server There are several ways you can access your shared folders on the home server. To access the shared folders using the desktop shortcut: Double-click the Shared Folders desktop shortcut shared folders that are on your home server. Double-click a shared folder to open it.
  • Page 46 To access the shared folders using the Windows Home Server icon: Right-click the Windows Home Server icon Click Shared Folders. Double-click a shared folder in the window to open it. To access the shared folders using the Windows Start Menu: •...
  • Page 47 To access the shared folders using the Internet: Log on to the Aspire easyStore Series home page. See “Access the Aspire easyStore Series home page” on page 39. Click the Shared Folders tab. You can navigate to a particular shared folder, then download or upload files to your home server.
  • Page 48: Enable Media Sharing

    Enable media sharing The Windows Home Server allows you to stream music, photos, and videos from the home server to any supported digital media receiver, such as PlayStation 3, or to a supported digital media player, such as Windows Media Player 11. To enable media sharing: Double-click the Windows Home Server icon tray.
  • Page 49: Enable Digital Media Server

    Enable Digital Media Server The Digital Media Server feature allows you to browse, access and play media contents on the home server. It makes possible for iTunes and PlayStation3 users to share media files on the home server. The home server supports the following digital media files: •...
  • Page 50 Select a sorting method for the Photos and Videos shared folders. • Sorting by Name - Photos and videos are arranged according to the original organization, which is the default option. • Sorting by Date - Digital Media Server auto checks the latest modification dates of files and creates different virtual folders by year and subfolders by month.
  • Page 51: Stream Audio In Windows Media Player

    Stream audio in Windows Media Player To stream audio in Windows Media Player 11: Make sure that media sharing is enabled. Refer to “Enable media sharing” on page 46 for more information. Make sure Digital Media Server is enabled. Refer to “Enable Digital Media Server”...
  • Page 52 Browse or search for the item you want to play, then click Play. Click the Library tab. The Acer Aspire easyStore Series appears in the navigation pane.
  • Page 53 Browse or search for the item you want to play, then click the Play button.
  • Page 54: Install The Windows Home Server Connector On The Client Computers

    Place the Aspire easyStore Series Software Installation Disc in the optical drive of the client computer. The installation wizard starts. Or, double-click on the Acer ClientCD Utility.exe file to begin installation. The Welcome window appears. Click Install the software on the computer, then click Next.
  • Page 55 After the components are installed, the Windows Home Server Connector installation starts to find and connect to your home server. Once the home server is found, the Welcome window appears. Click Next. Read the End-User License Agreement. If you agree with the terms of the agreement, then select the “I accept the terms of the license agreement”...
  • Page 56 To install the Windows Home Server connector directly from the home server Open a Web browser. In the address bar, enter http://Aspirehome:55000/, where “Aspirehome” is the name of the home server. Under Windows Home Server Connector Setup, click Download Now. In the File Download dialog box, click Run.
  • Page 57: More Information

    More information...
  • Page 58: More Information

    More information Refer to the following help resources on how to use the Aspire easyStore Series. • Aspire easyStore Series User Guide. This guide is available on the Aspire easyStore Series Software Installation Disc. To view the User Guide: Place the Software Installation Disc in your computer’s optical drive.
  • Page 59 Click User Guide. Select a language from the list, then click Next. • Windows Home Server Console Help. To view the Help, click Help on the upper right hand corner of the Windows Home Server Console window.

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