HP N54L Microserver £186 down to £86 after £100 cashback @ ServersDirect
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HP N54L Microserver £186 down to £86 after £100 cashback @ ServersDirect

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Found 8th Feb 2014
Haven't used ServersDirect before but the price looks good.

Their site shows price ex vat, but if you add to basket and go to checkout the price shows as £186 (not sure on delivery costs).

1.5% surcharge on PayPal not sure about other payment options so double check

Delivery is a minimum £8.29 so not as good as I hoped.
- alexus

2% Quidco available too
- Youngy

Total price to pay incl VAT = £86 + £9.97 delivery ~£96 (then wait for quidco)
- splender

Collection from Huddersfield free so minus £9.97
- splender

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I'm seeing a ~£8.29 delivery charge. Add VAT and you're looking at £195.95... or £95.95 with cashback.

I have one of these already - pretty good bit of kit!

Gone for one, my 3rd Previous N36L and N40L have been brilliant with ESXi

Original Poster

AnfieldRoar

Gone for one, my 3rd Previous N36L and N40L have been brilliant with … Gone for one, my 3rd Previous N36L and N40L have been brilliant with ESXi


Been trying to set mine up with ESXi, but only got a Mac so am struggling to create the vm itself going to try 5.1 and see if thats any better

AnfieldRoar

Gone for one, my 3rd Previous N36L and N40L have been brilliant with … Gone for one, my 3rd Previous N36L and N40L have been brilliant with ESXi



How easy is it to set up ESXi on these.

Same as on any other kit.
Install ESX on USB key and leave HDD for data.

You can create the media easily enough with a Mac, I did two this week BUT you need either a Windows system or a Windows VM on your mac to run the vsphere OR use they vCentre appliance which requires 6-8GB Ram.

You can't (unless I missed something) create a VM just from the Mac. VMWare have been promising a Mac client for 8 years (to my knowledge) and have never delivered it yet.

I have a simple Windows 7 image on my Mac solely for running VMSphere client.

The other nice thing now is that you can run Mavericks (and OS X Server) on top of Mavericks on an ESXI server which is really nice.

PM me if you need a hand or more information.
Edited by: "rwillett" 8th Feb 2014

ServersDirect are another part of LaptopsDirect, AcerDirect, BuyitDirect etc... They are fine to buy from

would this be ok to use in an office setup. networked to upto 20 users? sharing ms officer files and internet?
thanks

2.1% tcb!

pKaTz

would this be ok to use in an office setup. networked to upto 20 users? … would this be ok to use in an office setup. networked to upto 20 users? sharing ms officer files and internet?thanks



Yes

rwillett

You can create the media easily enough with a Mac, I did two this week … You can create the media easily enough with a Mac, I did two this week BUT you need either a Windows system or a Windows VM on your mac to run the vsphere OR use they vCentre appliance which requires 6-8GB Ram.You can't (unless I missed something) create a VM just from the Mac. VMWare have been promising a Mac client for 8 years (to my knowledge) and have never delivered it yet. I have a simple Windows 7 image on my Mac solely for running VMSphere client.The other nice thing now is that you can run Mavericks (and OS X Server) on top of Mavericks on an ESXI server which is really nice. PM me if you need a hand or more information.



Parallels vm is made for the Mac, it's often on offer.

Great price, but I would really want USB 3 now.

Great price, but I would really want USB 3 now.


Why? (But anyway, I guess that's what the PCIE interface is for...)

Just grab a USB 3.0 card from eBay... That's what i did. Only because I didn't have an esata drive (found a 3tb USB 3 external hdd on here!)

manzaboy

Just grab a USB 3.0 card from eBay... That's what i did. Only because I … Just grab a USB 3.0 card from eBay... That's what i did. Only because I didn't have an esata drive (found a 3tb USB 3 external hdd on here!)



You will need a low profile one though...

Outrunner

Parallels vm is made for the Mac, it's often on offer.



Parallels is nice, you could also use the free VirtualBox or you could download the trial version of VMWare Fusion, get a Windows image installed, use that to setup Esxi, move the Windows images to your Esxi server and then use the free microsoft desktop client to remote control the Windows image on the Vmware ESXI server

The last sounds a bit complicated but it is not actually that bad. The problem is you need to have your Windows image as the very first bootable image on your ESXI server so you can control your ESXI server and if you have any problems with that image you're in trouble, However it is possible and won;t cost more than the Windows 7 licenses.

What we really, really, really need is a proper VMware Vsphere client for the Mac. Don;t hold your breath.

SDFR33D for free delivery?

jansenspencer

SDFR33D for free delivery?



Ignore that, didn't work for me

that code expired 3/01/2013

There is a 1.5% surcharge for paying with a credit card.

pKaTz

would this be ok to use in an office setup. networked to upto 20 users? … would this be ok to use in an office setup. networked to upto 20 users? sharing ms officer files and internet?thanks



yes, but will of course need an OS like windows server essentials.
when you say 'sharing the internet' what do you mean? you don't need a server for that unless you want to put a firewall or filtering in.

Exactly! - and if there are any issues with the advertised cashback or the item is damaged, you are fully protected by your credit card company.

Buying using a credit card is not just for those who cant afford it.. there are many other benefits from using a credit card
such as
disputes
extended warranty
rewards programs

In the example you gave it only covers those who unfortunately regularly buy stuff they cant afford ending up in a mess but that does not affect this deal or any bearing on this deal.
And for those buying who cant afford in reality its the CC companys fault for issuing... but that is my opinion.

Great deal got it earlier this week from them for £97.94. Loaded esxi 5.1 last night. Downloaded n54l esxi ISO and burned to disk and stuck drive and USB flash drive on microserver and up and running in no time.

DO NOT USE!!!

Word of warning, I ordered my Server from here, last time they had this offer on the website > filled in my form for HP and they would not honour the cash back as European stock. I had already ordered all the parts; graphics card, memory and 4x HDD's and built it as a media centre so when the company offered a refund it was not really an option, in the end they gave me a reduced price but it was still way over what I wanted to pay > Extremely disappointed and royally ripped off > PLEASE DO NOT ORDER FROM HERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

tapi

yes, but will of course need an OS like windows server essentials.when … yes, but will of course need an OS like windows server essentials.when you say 'sharing the internet' what do you mean? you don't need a server for that unless you want to put a firewall or filtering in.


sorry, I meant networked. user pc's would have their own internet connection

whatsup3009

Great deal got it earlier this week from them for £97.94. Loaded esxi 5.1 … Great deal got it earlier this week from them for £97.94. Loaded esxi 5.1 last night. Downloaded n54l esxi ISO and burned to disk and stuck drive and USB flash drive on microserver and up and running in no time.

whatsup3009


Sorry I got it from servers plus

I like the deal, just not sure what I'd use it for. What is ESXI?

Banned

It's basically a mini PC if you bung a low profile graphics card in.

I use mine for XBMC. Works beautifully.

Be aware that HP have now stopped punters from downloading and BIOS updates etc unless you're on a support contract. Will not buy HP again personally!

splinos

DO NOT USE!!!Word of warning, I ordered my Server from here, last time … DO NOT USE!!!Word of warning, I ordered my Server from here, last time they had this offer on the website > filled in my form for HP and they would not honour the cash back as European stock. I had already ordered all the parts; graphics card, memory and 4x HDD's and built it as a media centre so when the company offered a refund it was not really an option, in the end they gave me a reduced price but it was still way over what I wanted to pay > Extremely disappointed and royally ripped off > PLEASE DO NOT ORDER FROM HERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!



Can anyone verify this? Im looking to buy, never had a problem with other microserver purchases, but not used this lot. Thx

heat! use mine as a mini PC - just added an ssd , hd7750 graphics card and an usb 3.0 card. Cant remember the last time i used my main PC ,also Runs plex without any issue. very energy efficient as well.

bigson181

I like the deal, just not sure what I'd use it for. What is ESXI?



Esxi is a bare metal virtualisation system. It means you can run multiple operating systems on top of the hardware. I have a four core 775 chip with 8GB and a couple of disk that runs

1) A Linux DHCP server
2) A Linux Web Server
3) A Linux development server
4) A Linux mail server
5) A linux based firewall (Smoothwall)
6) A Mavericks OS X Server for caching Mac and iOS updates.

All of this is running at the same time on a £200 computer. The key to all of this is that most of the virtual machines are quite small and don't require a full blown CPU and 8GB so Esxi basically shares out the resources between the machines. Esxi is useless for gaming, but I have six (actually I have a few more but turn them offf) machines all working pretty well with no issues at all. They each have their own IP address, they think they have the full machine to themselves.

Until Esxi 5.5 I also had a full blown MythTV server in there as well, but PCI pass-through and my Avermedia DVB card stopped working in 5.5 and I couldn't be arsed to fix it.

I have no idea how good the HP micro-server is for this sort of stuff. My personal opinion is that the chip may be a little underpowered and you should shove as much memory in as you can. However other people have actually used it and can correct me. So long as you are careful, you should get a few VM's out of it. Linux is a bit easier as you can really cut down what you don;t need and run it in 512MB for a lot of stuff quite easily. Esxi supports clever memory usage so just because you give it 4GB to use it doesn't necessarily use it all. Anyway, Esxi is free, it needs a bit of thought about how to use it, but there's lots of people out there who are using it with no issues. My uptime on my last ESXI server was in the hundreds of days so its pretty bomb proof.

Rob

nice deal but skeptical about cashback from hp from this vendor. an anyonw confirm hp honours this vendor?

I have Esxi running with 3 VMs

VM1 - XPenology 4.3 NAS with four disks in raid, (a hell of a lot cheaper than buying a 4 bay Synology NAS)
VM2 - Windows 7 with a NVR running Milestone software for my IP Cameras.
VM3 - Windows Xp for some old software I need which still needs XP.

Great little server runs 24/7 with no problems and all at about 50W.


I forgot to say I upped the ram to 8gb using these modules
Edited by: "mikemod" 8th Feb 2014

Was finally going to order but the warning on cash back has put me off. Will wait for server plus.

ukripper

nice deal but skeptical about cashback from hp from this vendor. an … nice deal but skeptical about cashback from hp from this vendor. an anyonw confirm hp honours this vendor?



No issues with vendor or cashback when buying my N40L from them last year.

Can the HP 54NL be used with Hyper-V virtualisation?

I've got an NL40 running ESXi from a usb stick with win2k8 server, windows 8, windows XP as my VMs... upgraded it to 8GB ram, have 2x WD 2TB Red drives running as mirrored disks under 2k8 for storing/backing up all my important stuff as well as regular drive images of my 2 laptops in case they ever die!... runs as a media centre to our Xbox360 for streaming movies, mp3s and such, I use a piece of software called TVersity... sits in my nice cool garage running 24/7 connected to my router through the mains using a power socket to Ethernet adapter.. **** awesome piece of kit for the price.

Only downside I've found so far is ESXi doesn't support the in-built raid feature, so it's either buy a dedicated RAID card or use a software / OS solution.
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