HP MicroServer (Gen8) £191.88 - £121.88 after cashback @ Serversplus
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HP MicroServer (Gen8) £191.88 - £121.88 after cashback @ Serversplus

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Found 6th Apr 2017
Overview
The HP ProLiant MicroServer Gen8 is a small, quiet, and stylishly designed server that is ideal as a first server solution for small businesses.

With a form factor that is easy to use and service, it helps small businesses drive down their expenses while improving productivity, efficiency, and security.

Features
Simplified IT Management with Built-in Gen8 Technologies

• HP ProLiant MicroServer Gen8 comes with HP iLO4, providing access to innovations like Intelligent Provisioning for quick and simple installation and setup.

Hassle-free Serviceability Maximizing Uptime and Productivity

• Tool-less access to hard drives, memory, and PCI slots for simple installation or upgrade.

Unique Server Design Ideal for Small Offices

• Small, quiet, energy efficient, and can be placed anywhere.

Seamless Network Connectivity Extends Benefits of Converged Infrastructure

• Compatible with HP PS1810 Switch Series. Unique chassis design for the 8-port managed switch that enables physical stacking.

Price includes Next Day Delivery (£4.95)
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I purchased one of these last year and stuck in 16Gb ram 4x2Tb drives for storage and a 250SSD for the OS a HDMI card and a Intel Xeon E3-1220 v2 3.1 GHz Quad Core CPU Processor with Server 2012 installed It is a perfect home server and data storage.
tubbyhubby

I purchased one of these last year and stuck in 16Gb ram 4x2Tb drives for … I purchased one of these last year and stuck in 16Gb ram 4x2Tb drives for storage and a 250SSD for the OS a HDMI card and a Intel Xeon E3-1220 v2 3.1 GHz Quad Core CPU Processor with Server 2012 installed It is a perfect home server and data storage.



Curious, how much did the Xeon E3 cost you?
M0nk3h

Curious, how much did the Xeon E3 cost you?



They pop up on ebay from time to time, companies decommissioning servers etc.
New could cost a fair bit compared to the cost of the server.
M0nk3h

Curious, how much did the Xeon E3 cost you?




I purchased from Ebay and it was £115 including delivery, works a treat.
M0nk3h

Curious, how much did the Xeon E3 cost you?



Here is a list of CPU's that are known to work OK

Intel® Celeron® G540 (2.5GHz/2-core/2MB/65W) Processor
Intel® Celeron® G1610 (2.6GHz/2-core/2MB/55W) Processor
Intel® Celeron® G1620 (2.7GHz/2-core/2MB/55W) Processor
Intel® Pentium® G2020 (2.9GHz/2-core/3MB/55W) Processor
Intel® Pentium® G2120 (3.1GHz/2-core/3MB/55W) Processor
Intel® Pentium® G2130 (3.2GHz/2-core/3MB/55W) Processor
Base Processors
NOTE: All support up to 1600MHz DDR3 memory speeds.
Intel® Core™ i3-3220 (3.3GHz/2-core/3MB/65W, HT) Processor
Intel® Core™ i3-3240 (3.4GHz/2-core/3MB/65W, HT) Processor
Performance Processors
NOTE: All support up to 1600MHz DDR3 memory speeds.
Intel® Xeon® E3-1220Lv2 (2.3GHz/2-core/3MB/17W, HT)
Intel® Xeon® E3-1220v2 (3.1GHz/4-core/8MB/69W)
Intel® Xeon® E3-1230v2 (3.3GHz/4-core/8MB/69W, HT)
Intel® Xeon® E3-1240v2 (3.4GHz/4-core/8MB/69W, HT)
Intel® Xeon® E3-1270v2 (3.5GHz/4-core/8MB/69W, HT)
Intel® Xeon® E3-1280v2 (3.6GHz/4-core/8MB/69W, HT)
jai47

They pop up on ebay from time to time, companies decommissioning servers … They pop up on ebay from time to time, companies decommissioning servers etc.New could cost a fair bit compared to the cost of the server.



tubbyhubby

I purchased from Ebay and it was £115 including delivery, works a treat.




Did you both see a massive performance gain? I'm curious because my main use would be a NAS/Plex machine and would replace my DS215j.
I think it was a good upgrade, They have a dual core Celeron and it is now a xeon 4x core so there is a massive power difference and worth the money i think. Don't forget there are other CPU upgrades you can have for less than £50.

tubbyhubby

I think it was a good upgrade, They have a dual core Celeron and it is … I think it was a good upgrade, They have a dual core Celeron and it is now a xeon 4x core so there is a massive power difference and worth the money i think. Don't forget there are other CPU upgrades you can have for less than £50.



​​​Looking at it, i may benefit just going for the Dell T20 Xenon with £80 casback (£159 or so after casback). Cheapest i can get a E3 is around £50 or so, but you get a hard drive with the T20.

How would you proceed?
M0nk3h

​​​Looking at it, i may benefit just going for the Dell T20 Xenon with £80 … ​​​Looking at it, i may benefit just going for the Dell T20 Xenon with £80 casback (£159 or so after casback). Cheapest i can get a E3 is around £50 or so, but you get a hard drive with the T20.How would you proceed?




It depends if you want a microserver or a mini server, for me space was an issue so micro server was the way forward and as for the free hard drive it's only 1tb for me not a an option unless you have more 1TB you can add to it.

If you going to build a server stick in as may drives as you can and build a raid 5, I have 4x2TB giving me over 6TB space. It suit's me This is my own personal opinion and may not suit everyone.
tubbyhubby

It depends if you want a microserver or a mini server, for me space was … It depends if you want a microserver or a mini server, for me space was an issue so micro server was the way forward and as for the free hard drive it's only 1tb for me not a an option unless you have more 1TB you can add to it.If you going to build a server stick in as may drives as you can and build a raid 5, I have 4x2TB giving me over 6TB space. It suit's me This is my own personal opinion and may not suit everyone.



As long as I can run a Plex server considerably well and stream to 2 devices either at the same time I'm not too fussed. I've got an extra 2tb (2x 1TB) to stick in, totalling 3. At the moment I've not been using a mirror capable RAID configuration and just had the storage as JBOD (I think). I have nothing worth keeping should my drives go.

I do like the Micro server better in regards to it's design but the T20 would be much more compact to manage.

Looking at it, i may benefit just going for the Dell T20 Xenon with £80 … Looking at it, i may benefit just going for the Dell T20 Xenon with £80 cashback



I can't see any Dell cashback offers at the moment on T20 Xeon unless you include an OS and then it's only £60 anyway.

plus.delltradetosave.com/gb/…ing
Ian2014

I can't see any Dell cashback offers at the moment on T20 Xeon unless you … I can't see any Dell cashback offers at the moment on T20 Xeon unless you include an OS and then it's only £60 anyway. https://plus.delltradetosave.com/gb/en/pages/promotions/qualifying



​Dang it, my bad X)

i just realised the £80 was until Feb. Ah well!
M0nk3h

Did you both see a massive performance gain? I'm curious because my main … Did you both see a massive performance gain? I'm curious because my main use would be a NAS/Plex machine and would replace my DS215j.



I have not got a Gen8 yet.
I have the previous N54L model... I am not sure if this new version is able to hold 5 HDDs.
I currently have 4 2TB drives in the normal caddy and I have swapped the Disk Drive for an SSD.

I need to read into the Gen8 Mods and if the BIOS can accept 5 SATAIII (6GBs) connections.

That being said the ML10 also has £70 cash back and is a lot more expandable, its just massive compared to the micro server.
This or a Synology DS216j?
cabstar

This or a Synology DS216j?



They're very different things - one is a server, which requires a lot of configuration, one is a straight-forward NAS.
Maximum storage capacity: \x0916 TB

That seems pretty low nowadays. Anyone managed to increase this? 10TB single drives now less than half price.
a3lawy

Maximum storage capacity: \x0916 TBThat seems pretty low nowadays. … Maximum storage capacity: \x0916 TBThat seems pretty low nowadays. Anyone managed to increase this? 10TB single drives now less than half price.



So do you have a link to the half price 10TB drives
Edited by: "tubbyhubby" 17th Apr 2017
tubbyhubby

So do you have a link to the half price 10TB drives



£350-380 everywhere now like Amazon from £700+ originally.
Just setup an N54l with xpenology. Looking to grab one of these to do the same.

Does anyone know if the stock processor does AES-NI hardware encryption for openvpn? Or if there is a compatible processor that does.
Also is this as quiet as the N54l?
tubbyhubby

I think it was a good upgrade, They have a dual core Celeron and it is … I think it was a good upgrade, They have a dual core Celeron and it is now a xeon 4x core so there is a massive power difference and worth the money i think. Don't forget there are other CPU upgrades you can have for less than £50.



Care to recommend one? All I need is Plex on the fly transcoding to one device
sfsorrow

Care to recommend one? All I need is Plex on the fly transcoding to one … Care to recommend one? All I need is Plex on the fly transcoding to one device



Here is the list i posted days ago, I personally have the Intel® Xeon® E3-1220v2 (3.1GHz/4-core/8MB/69W) but that cost around £115 but the I3 may suit your purpose and that goes for around £50 I am not an expert but there are plenty of forums for additional advice

Intel® Celeron® G540 (2.5GHz/2-core/2MB/65W) Processor
Intel® Celeron® G1610 (2.6GHz/2-core/2MB/55W) Processor
Intel® Celeron® G1620 (2.7GHz/2-core/2MB/55W) Processor
Intel® Pentium® G2020 (2.9GHz/2-core/3MB/55W) Processor
Intel® Pentium® G2120 (3.1GHz/2-core/3MB/55W) Processor
Intel® Pentium® G2130 (3.2GHz/2-core/3MB/55W) Processor
Base Processors
NOTE: All support up to 1600MHz DDR3 memory speeds.
Intel® Core™ i3-3220 (3.3GHz/2-core/3MB/65W, HT) Processor
Intel® Core™ i3-3240 (3.4GHz/2-core/3MB/65W, HT) Processor
Performance Processors
NOTE: All support up to 1600MHz DDR3 memory speeds.
Intel® Xeon® E3-1220Lv2 (2.3GHz/2-core/3MB/17W, HT)
Intel® Xeon® E3-1220v2 (3.1GHz/4-core/8MB/69W)
Intel® Xeon® E3-1230v2 (3.3GHz/4-core/8MB/69W, HT)
Intel® Xeon® E3-1240v2 (3.4GHz/4-core/8MB/69W, HT)
Intel® Xeon® E3-1270v2 (3.5GHz/4-core/8MB/69W, HT)
Intel® Xeon® E3-1280v2 (3.6GHz/4-core/8MB/69W, HT)
As long as you select a CPU from the list you should be fine. THere are lots on EBay and make sure the socket is LGA1155
Mine arrived today. Really impressed with how easy it is to get in there and customise. Have ordered one of those i3s from eBay and I've got a low-range graphics card I'll put in. Should be good as a Plex server and for Steam streaming and emulators.
I got the
Intel® Core™ i3-3240 (3.4GHz/2-core/3MB/65W, HT) Processor
from CEX for around £30.
Works good, added 8gb extra also for around the same cost from Amazon.
4 Internal 3.5 drives and a SSD with WS2016
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