HP Gen8 Microserver cashback has returned - £167.94 (+ £55 Cashback) @ Serversplus
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HP Gen8 Microserver cashback has returned - £167.94 (+ £55 Cashback) @ Serversplus

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Found 25th May 2016
First Post - Please be gentle.

As previously posted by @A8smith in April - The £55 cashback deal on the HP Gen8 Microserver has returned and expires 31/05/16.

EDIT: offer extended to 30th June 2016

All of the details are pretty well documented on this, this is just a bump to let people know it has been extended again and is in stock.

Ebuyer Link albeit £179.99 + cashback = ebuyer.com/722…ers
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Good price. Just needs 4GB more memory + SSD + HDD to make it function.
Oh and a windows server OS if you don't want Linux.
ICTHUS

Good price. Just needs 4GB more memory + SSD + HDD to make it … Good price. Just needs 4GB more memory + SSD + HDD to make it function.Oh and a windows server OS if you don't want Linux.



​Don't forget an upgraded cpu too

​Don't forget an upgraded cpu too



Any links?

​Don't forget an upgraded cpu too


For a server the CPU really doesn't need an upgrade. This dual core would manage, unless you want to virtualise multiple servers on this one server. In which case this is the wrong server for that task.
Edited by: "ICTHUS" 25th May 2016
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Good price. Just needs 4GB more memory + SSD + HDD to make it function.Oh … Good price. Just needs 4GB more memory + SSD + HDD to make it function.Oh and a windows server OS if you don't want Linux.



It certainly does not need another 4gb to "function" mine runs with 2gb to spare. The minimum to make this function is a USB stick (for xpenology) a HDD (for Linux). Windows is very bloated so 4gb will run although it could do with more.
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​Don't forget an upgraded cpu too



Only if you want to kill it with transcoding....
I have mine with an extra 4GB ECC RAM and a USB stick running FreeNAS with no problems at all, just add the hard disks... paid out cashback within 6 weeks.
I use mine as a file server and CCTV server Chucked on windows XP and blue iris software and it runs a treat.

I use mine as a file server and CCTV server Chucked on windows XP and … I use mine as a file server and CCTV server Chucked on windows XP and blue iris software and it runs a treat.


But you know that running XP means that ISIS have won? or have I got leaving the EU mixed up with obsolete operating systems again? I get so confused
I was interested in one if these but RAID 1 or 10 seems a bit rubbish given that you can only use 4x4TB disks, so best usable capacity of 8TB.
lordminty

I was interested in one if these but RAID 1 or 10 seems a bit rubbish … I was interested in one if these but RAID 1 or 10 seems a bit rubbish given that you can only use 4x4TB disks, so best usable capacity of 8TB.



Is RAID5 not an option for you?

Is RAID5 not an option for you?



Integrated RAID controller only supports 0, 1 or 10. He will need to buy a raid controller.
Edited by: "Myriad" 29th May 2016
I am using openmediavault absolutely awesome and do recommend to anyone .Control everything remotely through gui plex & plexpy, owncloud, my cctv cameras and other things.. Knowledge needed but have a very helpful forum.
Edited by: "Dizy" 29th May 2016
I think the Dell T20 for £330 with £130 cashback is better value...obviously that's twice the price though! Good for the money so have some heat
Would this be suitable to use as a Plex server?
Yes but if need it to do transcoding then you need to upgrade the cpu
JCnzzz

Is RAID5 not an option for you?



​Don't use RAID5 with that much storage.
fort

Yes but if need it to do transcoding then you need to upgrade the cpu



Any recommendations on the CPU?

Any recommendations on the CPU?



If you want to upgrade the cpu then don't bother with this server. This is just a basic home server. The next better cpu model is £460.

Build your own rig and it'll be much better.
If you want a modest home server that you intend to leave on 24/7 then these are just the ticket. They are very low energy mine barely goes over 50-55watts and they are ultra quiet which keeps the boss happy
Maybe a stupid question, but what would a domestic house use something like this for ? I thought I was pretty tech savvy but haven't come across a need for one yet. Friendly answers only please

Maybe a stupid question, but what would a domestic house use something … Maybe a stupid question, but what would a domestic house use something like this for ? I thought I was pretty tech savvy but haven't come across a need for one yet. Friendly answers only please



I use mine for media storage, automatic downloading, One drive syncing, PXE booting for when i'm building other systems etc.. I also have another one which i replicate to.
I have one of these. Not done anything mega with it but I have a 120GB SSD on the ODD drive, 5TB HDD and bumped it up to 16GB RAM so I have a 4GB stick spare.

I could not decided whether 2 run ESXi or Server 2012 with Hyper-V so I opted for latter and have about 4 VMs running off it. There are definitely limits with this server but it depends on your intended use. My setup is nothing spectacular but it fits my needs for now
Ok, got one of this last year. Upgraded Ram to 16GM with an i5 CPU upgrade and 240GB SSDon the ODD port.

My plan is to either install windows server 2012 R2 or use something like xpenology/unraid/nas4ree...

I have a couple of questions ...

With windows 2012 R2
Basically, I would like to backup my backup my osx machines to the Gen8 rather than messing around with an external drive
1) Is it possible to implement a Time Machine function similar to ones on prebuilt NAS's like synology,Qnap?

Xpenology/Freenas/unraid/openmediavault ....
(1) Does this have to be installed on a usb stick or sdcard or ssd?
(2) Is there not a greater chance of OS corruption using usb or ssd?


cheers

Any recommendations on the CPU?


I have i3-3240T running on mine. 2nd hand from CEX for £35
Edited by: "fort" 30th May 2016
Dizy

I am using openmediavault absolutely awesome and do recommend to anyone … I am using openmediavault absolutely awesome and do recommend to anyone .Control everything remotely through gui plex & plexpy, owncloud, my cctv cameras and other things.. Knowledge needed but have a very helpful forum.



How does this compare with XPEnology do you know? I got the Lenovo server that was on a few months back, running ESXi and XPEnology in a VM.
I'm trying to decide between this and the Dell T20-3685.

They both have 4GB of RAM, and the Dell's G3220 outperforms the HP's G1610T (comparison).

The G3220 does have a higher typical power consumption - I wish they published idling power consumption, as that's what matters in an always-on home server. I'd be using it as a VPN server, file server, media server, and would preferably virtualise using ESXi as that's my forte.

I'm leaning towards the Dell: it's cheaper, faster, likely to be quieter, and more upgradable later.

The HP is smaller, but that doesn't really matter to me.

Does anyone know of anything that should sway me?


Edited by: "Fowlet" 30th May 2016
I've just read a detailed review of this HP Gen8 Microserver. For some not-known reason (and not picked up by any of the other reviews), the transfer rates over gigabit lan were pretty dismal. So presumably (if true) tehn that would not be good for NAS usage.

silentpcreview.com/art…tml
I get full gigabit between my two, 110 - 115 MBps
From the point of view of continuous energy consumption over 24 hours, how do these compare with 4-bay NAS boxes? I'm asking this on the assumption that each would use identical quantity/model of HDD - In other words, I need to know just how the box compares.
lukec04

Any recommendations on the CPU?



​a good start is the i3 3240 or 3240t. from the YouTube vids the upgrade looks simple, just some thermal paste and a screwdriver needed.
if you want real oomph, you can get a xeon in there if the i3 is also too weedy, although that starts to get expensive...
idroidmaniac

If you want to upgrade the cpu then don't bother with this server. This … If you want to upgrade the cpu then don't bother with this server. This is just a basic home server. The next better cpu model is £460. Build your own rig and it'll be much better.



​easy upgrade to an i3 £20-40...
Why does the CPU need updating? Mine runs fine as a file server and can transcode no problem with the default CPU.
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