HP Proliant DL60, DL80, DL120, DL160 and DL180 servers buy one get one free at ServersPlus, Dabs/BT, Serversdirect, Misco and Insight. From £663.54 with free next day delivery
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HP Proliant DL60, DL80, DL120, DL160 and DL180 servers buy one get one free at ServersPlus, Dabs/BT, Serversdirect, Misco and Insight. From £663.54 with free next day delivery

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Found 30th Sep 2015
Not for everyone I know but HP are doing a buy one get one free on their Gen9 10 and 100 series servers. I got this from my reseller today (not ServersPlus, they were just the cheapest for a DL180 and had a link to the deal). As a bonus if you buy a 3 year warranty they give you a second free too.

Also a free 2nd processor on the Gen9 300 series.

It's worth noting this is a cashback so you have to pay for both to begin with then get the +VAT value back from HP

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HP have confirmed their end of summer sale which includes some great deals running until the end of October.

Buy one get one free servers –

DL60 (2603 V3)
DL80 (2603 V3)
DL120 (2620 V3)
DL120 (2603 V3)
DL160 (2620 V3)
DL160 (2609 V3)
DL180 (2603 V3)

You can also add the 3 year NBD warranty on to the second server and get that free of charge too

Free second CPU –
DL360 (2603 V3)
DL360 (2609 V3)
DL360 (2620 V3)
DL380 (2603 V3)
DL380 (2609 V3)
DL380 (2620 V3)
DL380 (2620 V3)

These offers are all in addition to the ongoing cash back deals on ROK licenses

£50 – Foundation 2012 R2
£50 – Essentials 2012 R2
£150 – Standard 2012 R2
£600 – Datacentre 2012 R2

All the T&C’s are on the attachments from HP.
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deleted1032520
being blades not really much good for home use but decent deal.
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OrribleHarry

being blades not really much good for home use but decent deal.


Unless you want a VM lab... I have two DL380 G7 machines. I know, overkill (_;)
OrribleHarry

being blades not really much good for home use but decent deal.



​they're not blades!
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zak999

​they're not blades!



​Ok if you wish to be pedantic....rack mounted.
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OrribleHarry

​Ok if you wish to be pedantic....rack mounted.


To be fair they have a point, but you're still right, they arn't for your normal household.

There are however quite a few people that do buy servers like these, usally 2nd hand ones granted, for their homes. I would have one of these over a microserver any day if I was able to swallow double the cost. Having said that, the Xeon Gen9 microserver costs a fair bit closer to these
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Would be interested in why people are voting cold. Two Gen9 servers with 3 year parts warranty for £800 including next day delivery. Where else offers that? Dell?
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ggidd

To be fair they have a point, but you're still right, they arn't for your … To be fair they have a point, but you're still right, they arn't for your normal household.There are however quite a few people that do buy servers like these, usally 2nd hand ones granted, for their homes. I would have one of these over a microserver any day if I was able to swallow double the cost. Having said that, the Xeon Gen9 microserver costs a fair bit closer to these



​My wife would go spare lol
buy 2 sell 1 for discount ?
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deleted1032520
personally for £175 after cash back I'd rather get this
OrribleHarry

​Ok if you wish to be pedantic....rack mounted.



Nothing pedantic about it, they arnt blades

en.wikipedia.org/wik…tem
Hot hot hot!

Great find OP!

freezeframe

Nothing pedantic about it, they arnt … Nothing pedantic about it, they arnt bladeshttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HP_BladeSystem


I'm seeing a second e5-2603v3 on ebay for about £150, so the second CPU offer probably isn't worth it. Second server on the other hand...
OrribleHarry

personally for £175 after cash back I'd rather get this



Maximum RAM is only 32GB... good find though thanks!
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This exactly. It's all about that free 2nd server! Plus as mentioned you can sell it to claw back some monies making the 1st server cheaper

CampGareth

I'm seeing a second e5-2603v3 on ebay for about £150, so the second CPU … I'm seeing a second e5-2603v3 on ebay for about £150, so the second CPU offer probably isn't worth it. Second server on the other hand...

OrribleHarry

personally for £175 after cash back I'd rather get this



I was tempted by this purely because the whole thing costs the same as the CPU alone. But it's Dell, and I already have two DL380 G7 servers for my home VM lab (yes I need a lab because I'm taking the VCP exam in a couploe of months).
ggidd

I was tempted by this purely because the whole thing costs the same as … I was tempted by this purely because the whole thing costs the same as the CPU alone. But it's Dell, and I already have two DL380 G7 servers for my home VM lab (yes I need a lab because I'm taking the VCP exam in a couploe of months).



If you want to learn a bit of iDrac then grab a Dell server for your lab too. Out of curiosity what switch(es) are you using in your home lab?
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allOgIc



​I know the difference (without Google)...like I said....pedantic, perhaps you should Google pedantic?
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inkyas

If you want to learn a bit of iDrac then grab a Dell server for your lab … If you want to learn a bit of iDrac then grab a Dell server for your lab too. Out of curiosity what switch(es) are you using in your home lab?



Right now I'm using a Netgear FS726T... But I'm looking at getting either a Netgear XS708E or the D-Link 1210 10TS. These are 10GbE switches.
The reason why I'm looking at those switches is because I mananged to three of these HP FlexFabric 10Gb 2-port 533FLR-T Adapter from eBay for £99 delivered total
http://www8.hp.com/uk/en/products/iss-adapters/product-detail.html?oid=5404528

The only problem is that these aren't normal PCI-e and the Proliant G7 don't have a FlexFabric slot (basically a PCI-e slot), the boards are shorter. I have no idea if FlexFabric PCI-e will function in a standard PCI-e slot, but for £99 for three cards I was willing to give it a shot. Just need to find the time to give it a go. before I go to the length of buying a 10GbE switch I'm going to try connecting two cards directly together.

Edited by: "ggidd" 2nd Oct 2015
OrribleHarry

​I know the difference (without Google)...like I said....pedantic, p … ​I know the difference (without Google)...like I said....pedantic, perhaps you should Google pedantic?



Lol yeah I work in server support. With only minimal googling I can identify the difference between a blade server and a rack mounted server

"Have you got any lemons"
"sure have these limes"
"but they arnt lemons"
"Dont be pedantic, they are both citrus fruits"
"yeah they wont work with my lemon tart though"
ggidd

Netgear XS708E



Great switches, I purchased two in the past couple of months. Update the firmware after powering up if you go for this option.
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inkyas

Great switches, I purchased two in the past couple of months. Update the … Great switches, I purchased two in the past couple of months. Update the firmware after powering up if you go for this option.


Yeah I use one at work for the servers and ESXi hosts. I tested my three HP FlexFabric 10Gb 2-port 533FLR-T cards in a Gen8 DL380 server at work. Good news is they work, bad is that (so far at least) I can't get ESXi to see them on the G7 DL380 servers I have at home. I will try installing Server 2012 and see if that will see, and be able to use it, at least.

In other news I bought two of the DL180 servers using this deal. I just went with the supplied 3 year warranty which is 1yr labour 3 years parts. I'm not going to be using them for anything too critical, in fact one will be for vCenter and I haven't thought of a use for the other yet.
What are the power consumption on these servers like in comparison to the microservers that are popular on here? When I did some research a few years back I was seeing 400W at idle?
OrribleHarry

​I know the difference (without Google)...like I said....pedantic, p … ​I know the difference (without Google)...like I said....pedantic, perhaps you should Google pedantic?



This guy doesn't know when to just admit he was wrong. Nothing pedantic about it; blade is a blade, rack mount is rack mount and a tower is a tower. These things aren't interchangeable as they're fairly critical to the definition of the device.
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KieranH97

What are the power consumption on these servers like in comparison to the … What are the power consumption on these servers like in comparison to the microservers that are popular on here? When I did some research a few years back I was seeing 400W at idle?


I purchased two DL180 servers, they are both 550w PSUs. If I can find time I will try and do a test while running idle on a clean install of Server 2012, but I won't be back in the office until Friday
ggidd

I purchased two DL180 servers, they are both 550w PSUs. If I can find … I purchased two DL180 servers, they are both 550w PSUs. If I can find time I will try and do a test while running idle on a clean install of Server 2012, but I won't be back in the office until Friday




Thank you, I have considered running one for a while but I have a feeling they will pull a lot of power making it pointless as it will be idle most of the time.
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KieranH97

Thank you, I have considered running one for a while but I have a feeling … Thank you, I have considered running one for a while but I have a feeling they will pull a lot of power making it pointless as it will be idle most of the time.


Is this for home lab?
If you want low power and a Xeon, as much as I'm a HP man, you could look at this Dell T20 (290w PSU). It's £175 after cashback and if you google the Xeon CPU it costs £176 on Scan by itself.

serversplus.com/ser…708


Edited by: "ggidd" 13th Oct 2015
Does anyone know if you bought 2 copies of server 2012 as well, whether you could claim cashback on both copies and claim the free server?
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bargainsprunger

Does anyone know if you bought 2 copies of server 2012 as well, whether … Does anyone know if you bought 2 copies of server 2012 as well, whether you could claim cashback on both copies and claim the free server?


If you look at the terms and conditions it says the following:

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This offer can be combined with all other cash back offers but cannot be combined with any special pricing during the promotional period.
Claims will not be accepted if a valid serial number for the qualifying Server is not provided where indicated in the table in the claim form.
All products must appear on the same invoice.

T&C's
http://www.serversdirect.co.uk/pdf/PA0151-BOGOF-Gen9-Servers-Sept%2015-v1_2.pdf

Current HP offers
serversdirect.co.uk/HP_…asp
What are these actually for??!!!
Buying hardware is so old skool - it's all about the cloud don't you know....
jazlabs

This guy doesn't know when to just admit he was wrong. Nothing pedantic … This guy doesn't know when to just admit he was wrong. Nothing pedantic about it; blade is a blade, rack mount is rack mount and a tower is a tower. These things aren't interchangeable as they're fairly critical to the definition of the device.



Here's an example of pedantic - about 10 years ago, I specified a Dell or HP server which could be used both as a tower or in a rack (using the supplied adapters).

But, blade is not synonymous with rack-mount

My experience of DL servers is that they're festooned with small internal fans. They'll be pretty noisy in a home environment.
OrribleHarry

​I know the difference (without Google)...like I said....pedantic, p … ​I know the difference (without Google)...like I said....pedantic, perhaps you should Google pedantic?



Absolutely nothing pedantic about it. Try sticking a blade in a rack without a chassis, you won't get very far.
Chris Type R

My experience of DL servers is that they're festooned with small internal … My experience of DL servers is that they're festooned with small internal fans. They'll be pretty noisy in a home environment.



They're not really designed for home use which goes for all servers really as data centres have additional cooling and cages
OrribleHarry

being blades not really much good for home use but decent deal.


Sorry, which models are blades? Just FYI blades normally start 'BL' and fit in the C3000 or C7000 chassis.
ggidd

Unless you want a VM lab... I have two DL380 G7 machines. I know, … Unless you want a VM lab... I have two DL380 G7 machines. I know, overkill (_;)



Please can you explain to me what a home user does exactly with a "VM Lab"? I recall reading similar comments everytime a microserver (I have one) deal comes up, but I've never understood why someone at home would need so many different operating systems. Unless it's for testing software you're developing on as many platforms as possible, then it makes sense, but then I've yet to see anyone say "my VM lab for testing". Cheers
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Well for most people one server, being a microserver, is more than is required for their needs. I bought a HP Microserver myself, an N54L, and on that I have one Windows Home Server 2011 installed. It uses Server 2008 at it's core and does a perfectly good job at being a home server.

On the other hand, I am an IT administrator, and I spend my whole day working with physical servers and a VM (VMware) environment, workstations and laptops. I have done for many years and because of that I love to tinker with things. I am also currently studying for my VCP Datacenter exam (VCP Link just for reference), and I don't use those DL380 servers for anything other than my studies. I have two large servers with 10GbE connection between the two, both running 8x 146GB hard drives and 32GB of memory. This is a very high end configuration which is overkill for home use, expect for the fact I'm running a VM home lab. It allows me to build entire environments of servers and workstations, I can pull hard drives out and force VM migration to the other host server and many more things. All this allows me to train for my qualification.


Edited by: "ggidd" 26th Oct 2015
Pass me a blade please - I cant go on after reading these comments
Chris Type R

about 10 years ago, I specified a Dell or HP server which could be used … about 10 years ago, I specified a Dell or HP server which could be used both as a tower or in a rack (using the supplied adapters).


A bit like Dell's PowerEdge VRTX?

It's a rackmountable tower with blades.

storagereview.com/del…13g
blogs.technet.com/b/f…spx

https://i.imgur.com/yMFtalF.png

https://i.imgur.com/LtF057D.jpg
aceuk

A bit like Dell's PowerEdge VRTX? It's a rackmountable tower with blades. … A bit like Dell's PowerEdge VRTX? It's a rackmountable tower with blades. ;)http://www.storagereview.com/dell_poweredge_vrtx_refresh_13ghttp://blogs.technet.com/b/filecab/archive/2013/08/28/dell-poweredge-vrtx-4-node-cluster-in-a-box-that-can-be-deployed-in-45-minutes.aspx



What a beast.
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