HP ProLiant MicroServer N36L 1P 250GB £157.39 delivered @ IT247 (+ £100 HP Cashback & Quidco) - HotUKDeals
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If anyone missed the previous deals like I did, IT247 just stocked the new model which comes with a larger 250gb hard drive and a more efficient psu.

Cheapest price so far on the net after the 2.5% discount code
MYVWIN25

£259.20 + £4.79 = £263.99 before discount

after 2.5% with MYVWIN25 = £257.39

after £100 cashback = £157.39
http://h41112.www4.hp.com/promo/proliantmicroserver/index.html?jumpid=ex_r135_uk/en/smb/tsg/go_proliantmicroserver

after 1.5% quidco = £153.60 (£3.79 quidco)
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1 Like #1
Ok, so not quite as cheep as the ones before x-mass, but this is the newer model with bigger hard disk, and there has been the VAT rise also.

Edited By: iandrews on Feb 02, 2011 12:54
#2
250gb drive...expansion...pretty useless as a backup server then
#3
Does anybody own one of these? Curious as to how they perform with macs...
#4
I bought one before christmas. It's doing the job quite nicely although it's really not that quiet. The noise is quite noticeable in the living room. The cashback took about a month to arrive but I'm still waiting for the quidco to go through from IT247.

Also, not surprising on a server of this price, it uses fake raid so you may wish to invest in a proper raid controller.

Edited By: bandyrooc on Feb 02, 2011 13:45: more info
#5
royals
250gb drive...expansion...pretty useless as a backup server then
What are you trying to say?
Its got 4 x 3.5" drive bays and a 5.25" bay, so in what way can't you add drives to it?
#6
royals
250gb drive...expansion...pretty useless as a backup server then


I use the included 250GB drive for the operating system, being a server, I then added 4 of my own drives in the available bays. So I don't quite understand what your trying to say..

@bandyrooc
The only time I ever hear mine is when I am doing some heavy transfering on it, ie. all 5 drives working, otherwise you would never know it's even switched on. Maybe you have a dodgy fan needing replaced?
#7
vialli25 - Feb 02, 2011 13:24
Does anybody own one of these? Curious as to how they perform with macs...
I bought one in December. I have to admit that it took me ages to get to grips with it but a lot of people here helped me with all my questions and now I am very pleased with it. I have 4 x Samsung 2TB F4s in it and it is running FreeNAS on a USB Drive. It is connected to my MacBook and all my files are accessible either by AFP or SMB. I am considering buying another ProLiant to keep the first one company. All I have to do now is convince my wife that I really need one.
#8
Still deciding on whether to buy this as I need to expand my acer revo 3700. This does seem cheap for a 4-bay storage unit
#9
I bought 2, before as well. One for photo backup and the other I am using as a media server with xbmc, via an HDMI equipped graphics card.

It is early days but they are certainly well made beasties.
#10
Does anyone have one a 1gb stick they have pulled from this that they no longer require?

PM me if so?

Cheers
#11
Excuse my ignorance, but couple of questions please..........

1) What operating system does it run?
2) Can I attach a USB printer to it and use it as a print server?

Thnaks in advance
#12
There is also a 4 bay EDGESTORE nas for £83.99 discussed here http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/edgestore-das401-4-bay-esata-enclosure-microdirect-83-99/863246#comments , though cant find much info for both and expecially the Startech 4-bay enclosure

Edited By: eilz on Feb 02, 2011 17:06
#13
eilz
There is also a 4 bay EDGESTORE nas for £83.99 discussed here http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/edgestore-das401-4-bay-esata-enclosure-microdirect-83-99/863246#comments , though cant find much info for both and expecially the Startech 4-bay enclosure


The edgestor i think is great if you have an esata port.
#14
Downloader

The edgestor i think is great if you have an esata port.


The only thing holding me back on the nas 4 bays and/or 2 bays is there is no torrent function, like the "D-Link ShareCenter Pulse 2-bay Network Storage Enclosure" has for 70quid (without drives of course) and seems to beat most, in terms of price anyway.
#15
1) What operating system does it run?
2) Can I attach a USB printer to it and use it as a print server?


No operating system with it - install what you want depending on what you intend to use it for.
It has 4 USB ports on the front - so long as the operating system sees them connecting a printer should be fine.

If you search for Microserver, there are several previous threads (this one: http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/hp-proliant-microserver-nas-4-5-bay/824679
has 567 comments so most answers will be in there (_;)
#16
JunkMail
vialli25 - Feb 02, 2011 13:24
Does anybody own one of these? Curious as to how they perform with macs...
I bought one in December. I have to admit that it took me ages to get to grips with it but a lot of people here helped me with all my questions and now I am very pleased with it. I have 4 x Samsung 2TB F4s in it and it is running FreeNAS on a USB Drive. It is connected to my MacBook and all my files are accessible either by AFP or SMB. I am considering buying another ProLiant to keep the first one company. All I have to do now is convince my wife that I really need one.


What RAID have you put in ... and is that software RAID, or does this have the facility built-in?
I'm tempted ... I've got an old Buffalo Terastation that needs replacing, and I was going to go the Freenas route as well.
#17
any chances to run vmware vsphere esxi Hypervisor on this? I have read on vmware forum that it possible, anyone tried it yet?
1 Like #18
vialli25 - What RAID have you put in ... and is that software RAID, or does this have the facility built-in?
I'm tempted ... I've got an old Buffalo Terastation that needs replacing, and I was going to go the Freenas route as well.
I am running RAID 5 and it is software RAID. I put 4GB RAM in it and a cheap DVD Writer. With the correct card it can be a media server too. When I was playing around with my ProLiant I had it running Ubuntu and it was OK. Other people have it set up with Ubuntu Server, VMWare and all sorts of systems but I went with FreeNAS which was what most people recommended.
#19
IT247.com
...and a more efficient psu.

:
That's a nice spin on "it's has a lower wattage PSU" (for those that don't know, the old model had 200w and this new one has 150w) :D Seriously though, even the 150w is more than sufficient at driving 5 x 3.5inch drives along with the motherboard, CPU etc a full load.
#20
any chances to run vmware vsphere esxi Hypervisor on this?


Yes I installed ESXi on a 1Gb USB stick and am running several Linux VMs in 4Gb of play.com RAM

Edited By: iandhind on Feb 02, 2011 20:39: updated text
#21
What RAID have you put in ... and is that software RAID, or does this have the facility built-in?

The Microserver does have RAID built into the BIOS but IIRC this is "FakeRAID" so probably best to do as JunkMail did and go for software RAID.
#22
stkrup
any chances to run vmware vsphere esxi Hypervisor on this? I have read on vmware forum that it possible, anyone tried it yet?


Yes, no problem at all, you can even run it headless with an internal usb drive.

A VMWare guy blogs about it here http://www.techhead.co.uk/running-vmware-vsphere-on-an-hp-microserver
1 Like #23
HP currently offering 10% and free next day delivery on Quidco.

Ordered mine yesterday for £282 ( - £28.20 quidco and £100 casback bring it to £153.80). Already tracked and £100 cashback to come.
#24
iandhind

Yes I installed ESXi on a 1Gb USB stick and am running several Linux VMs in 4Gb of play.com RAM


How did you do it? I followed this guide...

http://www.techhead.co.uk/how-to-create-a-bootable-vmware-esxi-usb-pen-drive

...and it boots from my USB stick, loads up the text based installer (the mainly grey and yellow bit) and then the progress bar stalls at around 50%. I've left it for over an hour an no further progress is made. I've tried other usb sticks and sd card + reader with the same results :(
#25
FOAD
HP currently offering 10% and free next day delivery on Quidco. Ordered mine yesterday for £282 ( - £28.20 quidco and £100 casback bring it to £153.80). Already tracked and £100 cashback to come.

what is the code as it shows expired when searching on hotukdeals
#26
10% is the cashback offered by quidco
#27
stkrup
FOAD
HP currently offering 10% and free next day delivery on Quidco. Ordered mine yesterday for £282 ( - £28.20 quidco and £100 casback bring it to £153.80). Already tracked and £100 cashback to come.


what is the code as it shows expired when searching on hotukdeals


To clarify further, there is no code. You need to register on Quidco.co.uk, search for HP, then where it gives the 10% cash back offer click the link through to the site and later (less than 24hrs for me) the cashback shows as recognised on your account and later you will be credited with the amount. The time for this to take place varies with different companies.
#28
Ordered, with topcashback cashback too.

For £150 odd you can't go far wrong!


Anyone got a suggestion for a good linux build that does well for sharing files? I love the interfaces of NAS units and FreeNAS etc, but they're a bit more limited regards to installing other software (ie. a bit more manual, rather than using rpm/portage/etc).
#29
I know its been discussed in previous threads:

But for 150quid you also gonna need to spend (probably/ideally) the below:

Gigabit Switch (13.67)
memory 2gb x 2 (27.59) or ideally memory 4gb x 2 (74.39)
HDMI graphics card (25.83)
a sound card (5.00)
4 x HDs = apporv 120.00

So (taking cheapest memory option, for about 342.00 all in, is this still really worth it?, just wanted a 2nd opinion really) OR is there a cheaper alternative?

Edited By: eilz on Feb 07, 2011 15:19
#30
1gb will be fine for NAS.

If you are that fussed about gigabit speed on the network, you probably have a gigabit switch anyway (and mine cost more than that anyway).

HDMI graphics? for a NAS unit? no need.
Sound? for a NAS unit? no need.

Drives - if you have drive already no cost, but to buy, 4x 2TB drives @ £70 each that is £240 for 8tb! (3tb drives are £120 odd each!).


If you buy a synology DS411j with lower processor (1200mhz) and ram(128mb) you pay £260 - and still have to buy the drives. A DS410 will set you back £377 and only have 512mb ram too.

Of course you will still have to buy the drives, you can get NAS units with drives in them, but for example a £377 DS410 with 4x2tb costs £840. That is £463 for the drives opposed to £240 if you buy your own (and you could just buy 2x2tb now, and get 2 more cheaper later on, or larger disks).


Advantages of this over NAS (in 300% price range)...
Flexibility (run what OS/Software you want)
More RAM
Higher Processor
Cheaper

Disadvantages
Run your own software, opposed to a single purpose UI (some have possibilities for installing sabnzbd and other mods).
Slightly bigger phsically
Slightly higher power usage (though this is mainly due to higher processor power and optical drive and etc etc etc
#31
Fair Point...
#32
MrHot - Feb 07, 2011 20:47
Drives - if you have drive already no cost, but to buy, 4x 2TB drives @ £70 each that is £240 for 8tb!
Since when has 4 x £70 been £240? I'm not a maths teacher but I make that £280. :)
You can get 2TB Samsung F4s for around £62 each or less.
#33
eilz
I know its been discussed in previous threads:

But for 150quid you also gonna need to spend (probably/ideally) the below:

Gigabit Switch (13.67)
memory 2gb x 2 (27.59) or ideally memory 4gb x 2 (74.39)
HDMI graphics card (25.83)
a sound card (5.00)
4 x HDs = apporv 120.00

So (taking cheapest memory option, for about 342.00 all in, is this still really worth it?, just wanted a 2nd opinion really) OR is there a cheaper alternative?
Why do you need a sound card and a new graphics card? Unless you want to turn this server into a htpc? And 8gb of ram??
#34
JunkMail
MrHot - Feb 07, 2011 20:47
Drives - if you have drive already no cost, but to buy, 4x 2TB drives @ £70 each that is £240 for 8tb!

Since when has 4 x £70 been £240? I'm not a maths teacher but I make that £280. :)
You can get 2TB Samsung F4s for around £62 each or less.


Well, "£62 or less" say £60 x 4 = £240. Simples!:p
#35
rboy - Feb 08, 2011 23:11
Well, "£62 or less" say £60 x 4 = £240. Simples!:p
plus delivery ;)
#36
JunkMail
rboy - Feb 08, 2011 23:11
Well, "£62 or less" say £60 x 4 = £240. Simples!:p

plus delivery ;)


I'll drop them 'round for you -- no charge!
#37
rboy - Feb 08, 2011 23:31
I'll drop them 'round for you -- no charge!
You've got a deal! The day after tomorrow would be fine. :)
#38
JunkMail
MrHot - Feb 07, 2011 20:47
Drives - if you have drive already no cost, but to buy, 4x 2TB drives @ £70 each that is £240 for 8tb!

Since when has 4 x £70 been £240? I'm not a maths teacher but I make that £280. :)
You can get 2TB Samsung F4s for around £62 each or less.


If it's so obviously wrong, then its obviously a mistake. ;)

£70 was just being rough, and for that price you can choose your favourite brand... etc.
#39
MrHot - Feb 09, 2011 11:54
If it's so obviously wrong, then its obviously a mistake. ;)
£70 was just being rough, and for that price you can choose your favourite brand... etc.
I realise that it was just a mistake and I was only having a little fun. No offence intended. :)
#40
MrHot
JunkMail
MrHot - Feb 07, 2011 20:47
Drives - if you have drive already no cost, but to buy, 4x 2TB drives @ £70 each that is £240 for 8tb!

Since when has 4 x £70 been £240? I'm not a maths teacher but I make that £280. :)
You can get 2TB Samsung F4s for around £62 each or less.




If it's so obviously wrong, then its obviously a mistake. ;)

£70 was just being rough, and for that price you can choose your favourite brand... etc.

MrHot
JunkMail
MrHot - Feb 07, 2011 20:47
Drives - if you have drive already no cost, but to buy, 4x 2TB drives @ £70 each that is £240 for 8tb!

Since when has 4 x £70 been £240? I'm not a maths teacher but I make that £280. :)
You can get 2TB Samsung F4s for around £62 each or less.


If it's so obviously wrong, then its obviously a mistake. ;)

£70 was just being rough, and for that price you can choose your favourite brand... etc.


So what brand is etc., and what right do you have to determine that's my favourite ????
(_;)

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