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Specs

Deployment


Form factor: Ultra Micro Tower

Dimension: 10.5 x 10.2 x 8.3 inch (26.7 x 26.0 x 21.0 cm) H x D x W

Power supply:200 Watt

Network Controller:Embedded NC107i PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet Server Adaptor

Optical: None shipped standard, optional optical drive

USB: 4 front, 2 rear, 1 internal + 1 eSATA rear


Processor and Memory


Processor:Dual Core 1.3 GHz AMD Athlon II

Number of processor:1

Cache: 2 MB cache

Memory type: PC3-10600E DDR3, operating at maximum of 800 MHz

Memory slots: 2 DIMM slots

Maximum memory: 8 GB (2 x 4 GB)

Maximum internal drives: 4 pluggable drives

Maximum internal storage: TB (4 x 2 TB 3.5” SATA drives)

Storage controller: Embedded SATA controller RAID 0/1

Expansion slots: 2 PCI Express (x16 and x1)
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#1
was thinking of building an atom based server but might get one of these instead. any thoughts.
#2
depends on what you plan to do. i have an atom based server and it streams to my squeezebox, downloads, monitors my security cameras and only draws 18 watts.
#3
Voted cold as this is misleading.

To get cashback you have to buy it as part of a bundle, which means paying a lot extra for their care package, or windows server OS. You do not get any cashback on just the server.
#4
I think you are wrong. According to HP:

How to qualify
Simply purchase a qualifying HP ProLiant
Microserver (part code 612275-421) between 1 and
31 December 2010 and complete this form to claim
your £100 cash back. It’s as simple as that!
Terms apply. Offer limited to five units per customer.
#5
They've changed it. I bought one (at work) delivered 28 Nov, but they have only just invoiced me. The old offer was just the OS or carepack for free. I'll give it a try. Shame work will get the refund.
#6
steviecross
depends on what you plan to do. i have an atom based server and it streams to my squeezebox, downloads, monitors my security cameras and only draws 18 watts.


yeah i only plan to run it as a file server/ download machine. i think you'd struggle to build it this cheap though.
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guerilla
steviecross
depends on what you plan to do. i have an atom based server and it streams to my squeezebox, downloads, monitors my security cameras and only draws 18 watts.


yeah i only plan to run it as a file server/ download machine. i think you'd struggle to build it this cheap though.


Agree but you will recover cost of item easily as i guess this would take well over 100 watts per hour. It does not sound a lot but times it by 24 hours and it adds up. Plus my server will wake up daily at a set time and will close down for the night using windows 7 if i require it to do so. Plus it is almost silent. Its horses for courses again but i am done with chucking money away on power hungry computers when i dont need to. Just my opinion of course.
#8
so the server acts as a central hub?
#9
steviecross

Agree but you will recover cost of item easily as i guess this would take well over 100 watts per hour. It does not sound a lot but times it by 24 hours and it adds up. Plus my server will wake up daily at a set time and will close down for the night using windows 7 if i require it to do so. Plus it is almost silent. Its horses for courses again but i am done with chucking money away on power hungry computers when i dont need to. Just my opinion of course.


My main problem was trying to find a atom based mobo with more than 2 sata ports. I already have 3*1TB drives that i want to put in.
#10
guerilla
steviecross
depends on what you plan to do. i have an atom based server and it streams to my squeezebox, downloads, monitors my security cameras and only draws 18 watts.


yeah i only plan to run it as a file server/ download machine. i think you'd struggle to build it this cheap though.


How would you set this up as a download machine for usenet, and then as a media server?

And as for saving power, turn it off when not using it?
#11
steviecross
guerilla
steviecross
depends on what you plan to do. i have an atom based server and it streams to my squeezebox, downloads, monitors my security cameras and only draws 18 watts.


yeah i only plan to run it as a file server/ download machine. i think you'd struggle to build it this cheap though.


Agree but you will recover cost of item easily as i guess this would take well over 100 watts per hour. It does not sound a lot but times it by 24 hours and it adds up. Plus my server will wake up daily at a set time and will close down for the night using windows 7 if i require it to do so. Plus it is almost silent. Its horses for courses again but i am done with chucking money away on power hungry computers when i dont need to. Just my opinion of course.


200 watts according to specs

I'm thinking about this for a small development server.
#12
The included power supply is 200 watts, that doesn't mean the machine actually draws 200 watts - it's the rated maximum. This uses a mobile chipset so the power draw is reasonably low. Various forum threads suggest typically around 30W, but will obviously be more if you install all the possible addon cards and hard drives, depending on their power draw.

I bought one of these when it was only on £50 cashback last month (damn!) and it's an excellent little machine, works fine with either CentOS or Windows Server 2008 R2 (or at least it works fine as a home fileserver with server 2008, would be a bit slow for heavy duty tasks).
#13
As a very rough estimate, Watts per hour = £/year. So, if this does draw 30 Watts per hour, it would cost around £30 per year if left on all the time.
Again, very rough ball park estimating.

The CPU inside ( AMD NEO according to HP) is meant to be better than the equivalent speed Atom.

http://h10010.www1.hp.com/wwpc/uk/en/sm/WF06b/15351-15351-4237916-4237917-4237917-4248009-4248034.html
#14
And another question, which may be ridiculous, would this run xbmc?
#15
ought
And another question, which may be ridiculous, would this run xbmc?

It would run it, but it wouldn't be ideal as a media box because it only has a VGA display out. You'd probably need to add a graphics card. This is better as a fileserver/downloading/NAS box in my opinion, you can get media boxes that decode HD and come with a remote control for the same money if not a fraction cheaper.
#16
There's a detailed review of this at the techhead.co.uk site. Click on Hot Deals for the blog links. I think he reckoned it drew 70w on average. Voting hot as a few quid cheaper than serversplus.

I think this would be poor for xbmc because of the vga output and chipset.
#17
ought
guerilla
steviecross
depends on what you plan to do. i have an atom based server and it streams to my squeezebox, downloads, monitors my security cameras and only draws 18 watts.


yeah i only plan to run it as a file server/ download machine. i think you'd struggle to build it this cheap though.


How would you set this up as a download machine for usenet, and then as a media server?

And as for saving power, turn it off when not using it?


i'll probably run it as a download machine by setting up sabnzbd/episode butler/couch potato.
#18
And as for saving power, turn it off when not using it?


Not much good as a sever then if you have to keep turning it off is it

i'll probably run it as a download machine by setting up sabnzbd/episode butler/couch potato.[/quote]
#19
What if I install sabnzb, xbmc, put in a PCI express graphics card with HDMI out for maybe £30?

Then I set 2 harddrives in raid for storage and backup, use a 3rd drive for downloading, and run from the included 160gb.

Then I have a NAS and media server in one? Sounds good no?

If that is doable, how hard is it to set up for a Linux novice? Thanks ;o)

Th
#20
I wouldn't think it was that hard. You might just be able to install xbmc live and then sab ontop of that.

If i was dojng as you though i might put in either a bluray/dvd drive and have an entire frontend in one.
#21
you'd also need a small card, the spec says half height half length
#22
Something like this maybe?
#23
someone with more knowledge will have to help im afraid, you also need to consider that the psu is only 200 watts
#24
McMike
There's a detailed review of this at the techhead.co.uk site. Click on Hot Deals for the blog links. I think he reckoned it drew 70w on average. Voting hot as a few quid cheaper than serversplus.


This is from the techheads review:

The HP MicroServer is powered by a single 200 Watt non-hot pluggable power supply. As would be expected in an entry level server there is no option to add a redundant power supply. The low power (15W) CPU definitely contributes to keeping the running cost of the MicroServer to a minimum, with HP quoting that a fully loaded configuration only consuming an impresssive 70W of power.
#25
I've taken the plunge, any questions can be asked once ive received it.
#26
I've ordered one as well. I figure I'm more likely to kick myself for not buying this than I am for buying it :) It should be just what I need for a development web server.

I was alerted to this server by an email from Misco, who are currently selling it for £258. Glad I checked here first before buying.

The techheads review and videos were very useful.
#27
ought
Something like this maybe?

I reckon one of the low power Radeon cards would most probably work, although it might push the limits of the PSU a bit - annoyingly the built in Radeon 4200 ought to be capable of hardware decoding but only having VGA out would be quite limiting. An alternative would be one of Zotac's ION cards with HDMI out which aren't as powerful but consequently have a very low power draw and should be well within the limits.

Personally I wouldn't go that route - I'd have this NAS/server box full of noisy hard drives elsewhere and get a silent media streaming gadget to stream movies etc. off it.
#28
Can you run this like a cheap PC for internet etc? :)
#29
Question1
Can you run this like a cheap PC for internet etc? :)


In theory yes but the problem would be device driver support.
#30
Cool cheers for this, bought one just now.
#31
Question1
Can you run this like a cheap PC for internet etc? :)

Yes, but bear in mind it comes with neither an operating system or a CD/DVD drive (or any other peripherals for that matter) so you'd need to be moderately tech literate to get it up and running.
#32
Question1
Can you run this like a cheap PC for internet etc? :)

Yes at £112 very cheap if already have a monitor and can install an OS for free. More importantly I am pretty sure (not 100%) that this has no sound chip/card, as most servers do not need to be multimedia(!) but can be remedied with a PCI-e sound card or USB sound stick. Note that there are just two expansion slots: 2 PCI Express (x16 and x1). You also need to borrow an external DVD to install an OS on it unless you have one already or you known how to put an OS onto a memory stick. (Need to gamble that the BIOS allows you to boot from an external DVD player or a USB stick). As you ask this question of whether that it could be used for internet then I suspect that you will need a friend's help to get this business server to function. If you want wireless than you need to buy a USB wifi dongle. These little costs soon add up: OS, DVD player/writer, wifi, sound, mouse, keyboard, monitor..etc. Then all of a sudden a cheap laptop for internet is very attractive!
#33
splender
Question1
Can you run this like a cheap PC for internet etc? :)
Yes at £112 very cheap if already have a monitor and can install an OS for free. More importantly I am pretty sure (not 100%) that this has no sound chip/card, as most servers do not need to be multimedia(!) but can be remedied with a PCI-e sound card or USB sound stick. Note that there are just two expansion slots: 2 PCI Express (x16 and x1). You also need to borrow an external DVD to install an OS on it unless you have one already or you known how to put an OS onto a memory stick. (Need to gamble that the BIOS allows you to boot from an external DVD player or a USB stick). As you ask this question of whether that it could be used for internet then I suspect that you will need a friend's help to get this business server to function. If you want wireless than you need to buy a USB wifi dongle. These little costs soon add up: OS, DVD player/writer, wifi, sound, mouse, keyboard, monitor..etc. Then all of a sudden a cheap laptop for internet is very attractive!

Thanks for the replies.

I am tempted still... I have a monitor, keyboard/mouse, usb speakers and can borrow DVD drive and have copy of XP I bought years ago.

Seems cheaper than say an Acer Revo I ve been looking at from eBuyer at 229.99 and should do same basic tasks? Someone mentioned lack of drivers? Big problem?

:)
#34
Question1
splender
Question1
Can you run this like a cheap PC for internet etc? :)

Yes at £112 very cheap if already have a monitor and can install an OS for free. More importantly I am pretty sure (not 100%) that this has no sound chip/card, as most servers do not need to be multimedia(!) but can be remedied with a PCI-e sound card or USB sound stick. Note that there are just two expansion slots: 2 PCI Express (x16 and x1). You also need to borrow an external DVD to install an OS on it unless you have one already or you known how to put an OS onto a memory stick. (Need to gamble that the BIOS allows you to boot from an external DVD player or a USB stick). As you ask this question of whether that it could be used for internet then I suspect that you will need a friend's help to get this business server to function. If you want wireless than you need to buy a USB wifi dongle. These little costs soon add up: OS, DVD player/writer, wifi, sound, mouse, keyboard, monitor..etc. Then all of a sudden a cheap laptop for internet is very attractive!


Thanks for the replies.

I am tempted still... I have a monitor, keyboard/mouse, usb speakers and can borrow DVD drive and have copy of XP I bought years ago.

Seems cheaper than say an Acer Revo I ve been looking at from eBuyer at 229.99 and should do same basic tasks? Someone mentioned lack of drivers? Big problem?

:)


I have a revo which i use as a xbmc machine. I would recommend one of those mainly due to just how small and quiet it is (you can even mount it onto the back of a monitor), plus you wouldnt need to worry about buying anything extra, operating systems can easily be installed from usb these days. I only paid 180ish for mine though and I've had it a while
#35
How does compare to the HP MediaSmart Server?
Now that HP have dropped plans to upgrade to MS new 64bit OS Vail - does anyone know if this could be installed by the user on a MediaSmart?

Edited By: Moneyspider on Dec 08, 2010 10:01: .
#36
Question1


Seems cheaper than say an Acer Revo I ve been looking at from eBuyer at 229.99 and should do same basic tasks? Someone mentioned lack of drivers? Big problem?

:)

I doubt you will get driver problem for devices you add in e.g. USB, sound as these have their Windows drivers (as you use XP) which are plug and play under Windows. I would assume that this is no problem if I were you.
#37
Would you be able to install/use XP portable on this?
#38
have bought one yesterday, and received today (much quicker than I thought, as i only ask for 2- 3 days delivery)
will see if there is sound support on this one (after work)... as HP ML110 G5 come with sound (but crab graphics)

from some comment, people said that it takes non-ecc ddr3 ram, will also try (however, need to buy ddr3 in first place)

Edited By: lu408 on Dec 08, 2010 10:45
#39
Which voucher code are you using? I am using a 1% off one from quidco and with postage the cost is £215.33
#40
code is MYVWIN25, ill amend the op

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