HP Proliant ML115 Entry level Opteron server - £113.96 delivered - HotUKDeals
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This a low-cost server made by HP. The hardware spec won't set the world on fire but is pretty good for NAS.

Here is the spec:

Get your business up to speed

This affordable entry-level server provides a resource-efficient computing solution designed to meet both the IT and budgetary requirements of your business. The HP ProLiant ML115 combines the proven reliability of HP ProLiant technology and the latest AMD processors. The ProLiant ML115 is specifically designed with the needs of small to medium businesses in mind.

* AMD Opteron 1210 Dual Core Processor 1.80 GHz, 1.80 GHz, 2 MB Level 2 cache
* Number of processors1 processor
* Processor upgrade only 1 processor supported
* Internal cache 2 MB Level 2 cache
* Standard memory 1 GB (2 x 512 MB) Standard Memory
* Memory slots 4 DIMM slots
* Maximum memory 8 GB
* Memory type PC2-5300 unbuffered DDR2 SDRAM (667MHz)
* Internal hard disk drive 160 GB SATA Non Hot Plug Hard Drive
* Hard disk drive speed 7,200 rpm
* Hard disk controller HP Embedded 4 Port SATA Controller with embedded RAID
* Flexible disk drive None ship standard (optional Ejectable Slimline Floppy Drive)
* Optical drives CD-RW/DVD-ROM Combo
* Optical drive type CD-RW/DVD-ROM Combo
* Chassis type 4U Tower Micro ATX
* Chipset nVidia MCP55S Pro
* Network interface Embedded NC320i PCIe Gigabit Server Adapter
* External I/O ports Parallel - 0; Serial - 1; Pointing Device (Mouse, PS2) - 1; Graphics - 1; Keyboard (PS2) - 1; USB - 8 total (4 rear, 2 front panel, 2 internal (one for USB Tape connectivity)); Network RJ-45 (Ethernet) - 1; Management: Optional Lights-Out 100c Remote Management port
* Expansion slots Two 32-bit/33MHz PCI at 3.3V slot , Two PCI-Express slots (x8 and x16).
* Power supply type 370 Watts Power Supply
* Power requirements 100 to 127/200 to 240 VAC, 50/60 Hz
* Compatible operating systems Microsoft Windows Server 2003: Standard & Enterprise Edition (32 and 64 bit); Microsoft Windows Small Business Server 2003; Microsoft Windows 2003 Server, Web Edition; Novell NetWare 6.5 SBS (only after SP6 release); RedHat Enterprise Linux; SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
* Dimensions (W x D x H)17.5 x 42.6 x 36.7 cm
* Weight 10.5 kg
* Compliance industry standards ACPI V2.0 Compliant; PCI 2.3 Compliant; PXE Support; WOL Support; IPMI 2.0 compliance
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#1
Well found comrade.
#2
That's 'Super' ! :)
#3
Thanks :) Now all I need is some deal for 1TB drives. A four of them should fit there nicely, not sure about RAID though. I think there is 2TB limitation on RAID partitions isn't it?
banned#4
dynamic disks ftw

Not really an amazing price, these things aren't expensive.
#5
Well... It is the cheapest NAS I could find. I even considered building my own NAS from scratch but it was pretty much the same price or even more.
#6
Excellent price, free delivery and 3 year warranty, can't go wrong with that. Just bought one :thumbsup:
#7
...but looking a bit wider I am not sure if it is a good idea under all circumstances.
If you have a small office or want a good place to store all your mp3s / films (big files and high bandwidth), this is a good idea.
If you want a place of your own to store pictures, documents etc that you look at on a random basis (small files and low bandwidth), you may find a hosting provider who provides a lot of disk space more appropriate. They back it up for you as well. Mine costs 2ukp per month which is less than the cost of the electricity used to drive a server when left on 24/7 (anything from 3-12 per month)
In either case you might want to find out how much power the box (any box) draws when not being used. With something that draws 200W 24/7 365 days, in one year you could well end up spending more on the electricity than the box cost.
#8
I was researching NASes for quite some time. At present, my home NAS got 2.5TB on it and it is running out of space. So online backups, while an interesting option are not problem solver in my case. Also, the data availability might be an issue with online systems. For example, if internet connection fails then you can't get data from it.
IMHO, for anyone who need to store small amounts of data, NAS (any NAS, not just this one) is wrong option. However, if your system needs to operate large amounts of data then NAS is the best way to go.
As to 200W, this is a bit too much. Normally, drives can be spun down and the whole server sent asleep with WOL option. In such case it will draw 20-30W and no more than that. Again, it all depends on environment - if several clients are requiring constant access to data then WOL isn't an option.
#9
As this is cheaper then a 2TB NAS Drive or enclosure plus two 1TB drives, I’m seriously considering buying this to use as NAS drive – say with two 1TB disk in Raid 1.

I’ve built many PCs in the past so putting this together should be no problem, however any recommendations on how to configure it would be appreciated. I will probable use Windows home server as the OS with 2GB of RAM.

As I’ve never built a NAS before I have a few questions:
Would I be able to set this up to wake at specific times then go back to sleep eg wake from 6pm till midnight daily?
If a disk fails (in Raid 1), how easy is it to replace the disk and rebuild it and is the rebuild process completely reliable?
#10
vincenth
Excellent price, free delivery and 3 year warranty, can't go wrong with that.

Ebuyer often get info wrong on their listings and I think this is possibly the case here. Otherwise a 3 year on-site warranty at this price is remarkable.
It supports RAID 5 which sounds good if used as a NAS.

Only 2 left in stock but others have it cheaper but with postage it will cost a bit more unless you find a Quidco merchant selling it cheaply.
#11
No more stock left. The deal is now expired.
#12
#13
Thanks Agharta

Into-hp.com seems to be the cheapest ( £113.62 inc delivery). I never dealt with this company before, so can't comment on it.
#14
Has anyone tried NON-ECC memory in this model? If so does it work ok or will it require ECC memory only?

Thanks.
#15
It is back.
#16
quick question guys - will this play HD media? as in if i have a MKV 720p file, will it work on this server? i tried it on an older celeron 2.6ghz machine but its all jittery.
#17
Do you want to use it as HTPC? Not the best idea, TBH. It is a bit noisy, and graphics card is absolute rubbish. No sound card either.
#18
ahh. right. so i'd have to spend an extra £30 - £40 on a graphics card (the 256mb one that has HD processing built in that dells sell, can't remember model), and another £20ish on a sound card with an optical output then? (or get the graphics card with HDMI)
1 Like #19
Yes. But be aware that not all graphics cards will fit as distance between CPU cooler and PCI-E x16 is not that big. You should get something without cooling sink on the other side of the card.
#20
thanks so much for the help, have some rep ;)

any suggestions? is it completely unreasonable to get a htpc for under 150 quid?
#21
Thanks. As to HTPC, I guess it is easier to assemble it yourself. Get some board with DVI or HDMI built-in graphics, 2GB or RAM and cheap 250GB HDD. There are plenty of cheap HTPC cases, such as this one.
Install free Linux and MythTV on it and off you go.
This machine is good as a server but for HTPC there are better alternatives.
#22
hmm. how about a htpc / server hybrid? i have an exchange email service + file server etc running on a laptop currently on win2003. ideally i want to just dump that image onto this new sub £150 machine.

laptop is a pentium 4 2ghz with 512mb ram so specs wise i guess an htpc shouldn't have issues?

we don't need any fancy media interface (though it'd be cool, know any for win2k3??) - until now we literally just extend desktop to the tv, open our tv shows on vlc player and full screen it!!
#23
I think it should be OK from that perspective. BTW, have you tried streamers? Such as Kiss/Linksys, Netgear Evo, etc?
#24
haven't tried streamers, nope. i'll definitely take a look though! although i'm guessing just getting a server like this will work out cheaper and more effective, especially since that win2k3 machine is coming close to the end of its life!

from my guess building a machine will cost £200+, no? might just get this server, forget the graphics card (do HD processing via the cpu, not a big deal right?) and just get a £20 optical sound card... so have a £140ish HTPC-slash-win2k3 exchange server.

am i missing anything?
#25
The graphics card on this machine is a biggest drawback. It is really designed to be used on cheap monitor with low resolution, preferrably in text mode. You can even redirect its output to RS-232 port, which makes system control easier. There is no S-Video or even composite output. Someone here already mentioned that it is unable to produce resolutions more than 1024x768, which is certainly not enough for HD video.

My advice is to either build dedicated machine with attention to noise level, appearance and all that or to get network streamer (which might not be able to play all possible formats).
#26
Has to be hot, great find
#27
Has anybody got one of these?
Any thoughts on it would be welcome, I'm thinking of getting one.

Could you confirm that 1TB drives do work OK?

Internal Drive Support:

* 4 HDD Support:
2TB SATA max storage (utilizing 500GB CTO HDD)

http://h18000.www1.hp.com/products/quickspecs/12704_div/12704_div.HTML
#28
I bought one and installed FreeNAS on it.
Someone reported that 1TB drives work in this machine. I tried to post a link on the thread but it didn't work. Try to search for Proliant on HUKD, it should come up.
#29
Did you use 1TB drives?
Answered thanks! :)
#30
Kommunist
The graphics card on this machine is a biggest drawback. It is really designed to be used on cheap monitor with low resolution, preferrably in text mode. You can even redirect its output to RS-232 port, which makes system control easier. There is no S-Video or even composite output. Someone here already mentioned that it is unable to produce resolutions more than 1024x768, which is certainly not enough for HD video.

My advice is to either build dedicated machine with attention to noise level, appearance and all that or to get network streamer (which might not be able to play all possible formats).


What graphics card would you suggest to do some light graphics work on this machine? Just a bit of photoshop, etc to go with the web developement stuff.

I'm not 100% sure what I'm looking for due to the size limitations of the case, etc.
#31
I guess any cheap modern card will do, even something like ATI HD 2400 or HD3450 will do. Or nVidia 6200, 6500, 7300, etc - go for the cheapest unless you want to use it for games.
My other PC got onboard graphics (nVidia 6150, same as 6200) and it can even play games like Doom3. But it is mainly used for video editing, so I don't care about gaming performance.
#32
Cheers

Will any card fit though?
#33
That's a very good question to which I don't know the answer :( I guess that if card got no cooler on the other side of the board (or anything else protruding from there) then it should fit.
#34
Im thinking about getting something like this but i guess they use alot more power then a NAS but i suppose WOL is an option but it would be a pain to keep on having to power it down and up agian hmmm Kommunist is the server very noisy as I would want to use it as a torrent server over night and my btother would moan if he could hear the thing

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