HP ProLiant G7 N54L 2.2GHz MicroServer £179.99 @ ebuyer + £50 cashback
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HP ProLiant G7 N54L 2.2GHz MicroServer £179.99 @ ebuyer + £50 cashback

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Found 1st Dec 2013
On my mobile so only posting the mobile link sorry.

Link to cash back form here

image.ebuyer.com/cus…pdf
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Only £50 cashback available on purchases between 1st and 31st Dec 2013, making this £129.99 not £79.99.

Original Poster

My bad! Just assumed it was the old £100.

still gotta be a good price

Only £50 cashback and it's for this server:

ebuyer.com/480…425

Which is £361

Mitch_s_s

My bad! Just assumed it was the old £100.



Ebuyer site says "upto £100" but cashback form says only £50.
But cheeky of Ebuyer, as many like yourself will assume it is the long standing £100 cashback

chamberxm

Only £50 cashback and it's for this … Only £50 cashback and it's for this server:http://www.ebuyer.com/480432-hp-micro-g7-n54l-nhp-eu-svr-708245-425Which is £361




The OP's original link m.ebuyer.com/430446

This does show cashback form for the product originally posted (link on HUKD has now been changed)

Hmmm.....actually this is confusing, the cashback states £50 on the

AMD Turion™ II Model Neo N54L 1P 2GB-U Non-hot Plug SATA 250GB 150W PS MicroServer,

Yet in the how to qualify, it states:

Purchase the HP ProLiant MicroServer (part code 704941-421) Which is the one in the OP.

Strange.

Confusing, it does say on the mobile home page £79.99 after cash back! i44.tinypic.com/2q1…jpg

Ok I know the deal is for 'now' and what I paid is no longer available, but these were like £65 after rebate not two months ago

Original Poster

The site now says...

£179.99
£129.99 After Cashback

Are these better than a NAS box to use for the same purpose?

superflyguy

Are these better than a NAS box to use for the same purpose?


You'll need to define 'better' first...

Not so hot if this is for the 'original' hp microserver, should be about £100 with discount

grandwazoo

You'll need to define 'better' first...



To me, the main disadvantages of a NAS box are
A NAS box usually comes with it's own linux based operating system and software.
And if you've got your files stored on an NTFS formatted drive, for instance, you probably can't simply put the drive in the NAS box and expect it'll be able to use it, even if you haven't raided the disks in the NAS box. Also if you do want to backup the data externally, you have to use the software supplied with the NAS drive which may be slow or export it in a format which is non recognisable to anything other than the original software.
If there is any sort of hardware failure, motherboard, network 'card' then you might as well throw the whole thing away.

grandwazoo

You'll need to define 'better' first...


jasee

To me, the main disadvantages of a NAS box areA NAS box usually comes … To me, the main disadvantages of a NAS box areA NAS box usually comes with it's own linux based operating system and software. And if you've got your files stored on an NTFS formatted drive, for instance, you probably can't simply put the drive in the NAS box and expect it'll be able to use it, even if you haven't raided the disks in the NAS box. Also if you do want to backup the data externally, you have to use the software supplied with the NAS drive which may be slow or export it in a format which is non recognisable to anything other than the original software.If there is any sort of hardware failure, motherboard, network 'card' then you might as well throw the whole thing away.



Ah thanks for the response I was thinking similar lines, if you get a hardware failure is the whole NAS box rendered useless.
A dedicated wintel server seems more robust and capable with better cpu and memory than the similar priced NAS boxes.

I have the older N40L. It's so much more flexible than a NAS, although if a NAS does all you want then fine.

My N40L runs Win7 Pro, I tried WHS, but as I wasn;t actually using it to back up other PCs, it didn't really suit. Mine is set up to do the following:

- Media Server (running Serviio)
- FTP Server (using built in IIS)
- Calibre Server (for ebooks)
- Live TV server. Hauppauge PCIe card and Kalemsoft streaming software, to make a poor man's (but effective) slingbox for Android phones/tablets.

If the N45L creeps towards a ton again I might consider an upgrade
Edited by: "blacklion1725" 1st Dec 2013

superflyguy

Ah thanks for the response I was thinking similar lines, if you get a … Ah thanks for the response I was thinking similar lines, if you get a hardware failure is the whole NAS box rendered useless.A dedicated wintel server seems more robust and capable with better cpu and memory than the similar priced NAS boxes.



Yes. It might be questionable whether a dedicated linux box actually runs faster.
I have a netgear stora, which runs a dedicated version red hat linux, the processor speed is 1 Ghz with 128 megs of ram. There is actually open source software for it and quite a lot of work has been done adding facilities and even hardware. But this is exceptional and has taken a long time as it's user led. To use it is rather 'hair shirt' And of course, you are completely on your own if anythig happens
The other big advange of the HP server (if it this is the right one) is it will take four disks (usually the cheaper NAS can take one of two disks) and can be expanded to take another one and has a couple of pcie slots in which you can put standard low profile expansion cards. I actually have two microservers. One has two usb3 ports. The other has a dual channel gigabit network card.
The motherboard is smaller than standard but still a conventional motherboard so that (for instance) the ram can be upgraded from 2 to 4 gigabytes.

COLD.....

Not as cheap as on previously but still a good price if u need an energy saving microserver.

cbillson

Ok I know the deal is for 'now' and what I paid is no longer available, … Ok I know the deal is for 'now' and what I paid is no longer available, but these were like £65 after rebate not two months ago



Damn, must have missed that! Could do with another

blacklion1725

I have the older N40L. It's so much more flexible than a NAS, although if … I have the older N40L. It's so much more flexible than a NAS, although if a NAS does all you want then fine.My N40L runs Win7 Pro, I tried WHS, but as I wasn;t actually using it to back up other PCs, it didn't really suit. Mine is set up to do the following:- Media Server (running Serviio)- FTP Server (using built in IIS)- Calibre Server (for ebooks)- Live TV server. Hauppauge PCIe card and Kalemsoft streaming software, to make a poor man's (but effective) slingbox for Android phones/tablets.If the N45L creeps towards a ton again I might consider an upgrade



Hi blacklion1725 do you mind if i ask your exact card from Hauppauge, been itching to put one in. thanks

Hi, my son broke my wife's mobile twice and she lost many videos and photos. Been thinking to get this and use it as a backup for her data and may be to stream videos as well.
Should I get this or a NAS? is there an easy automatic and scheduled app to back up videos and photos from Android to this micro server? She doesn't like using cloud based app.
And last, does it go to idel/standby when not in use to save power?
Thanks
Edited by: "Hajoony" 2nd Dec 2013

Hajoony

Hi, my son broke my wife's mobile twice and she lost many videos and … Hi, my son broke my wife's mobile twice and she lost many videos and photos. Been thinking to get this and use it as a backup for her data and may be to stream videos as well. Should I get this or a NAS? is there an easy automatic and scheduled app to back up videos and photos from Android to this micro server? She doesn't like using cloud based app. And last, does it go to idel/standby when not in use to save part? Thanks



I know you say she doesn't like cloud based apps, but I just use dropbox and have every pic I take automatically upload. This then synchs to my microserver at home, so I always have a local copy.

Does this handle 1080p transcoding on the fly? And if not, could I hook it up to a more powerful box and have it act purely as the NAS?

redholt

Does this handle 1080p transcoding on the fly? And if not, could I hook … Does this handle 1080p transcoding on the fly? And if not, could I hook it up to a more powerful box and have it act purely as the NAS?



I'd say not. I have the older version, but it just doesn't have enough grunt IMO. I suppose it depends on your files, but I wouldn't buy it for that. I used my main PC to re-encode all my old stuff back down to 1Mb SD, so now it streams flawlessly to any device (even remote). Anything I want in HD I keep in HD format and watch on a player that is compatible.

As for a NAS, yeah just install whatever OS you fancy on it. I went for Windows 7 as I had a spare license, mine acts as a big storage dump that also happens to download stuff for me and grab its own metadata.

tek-monkey

I'd say not. I have the older version, but it just doesn't have enough … I'd say not. I have the older version, but it just doesn't have enough grunt IMO. I suppose it depends on your files, but I wouldn't buy it for that. I used my main PC to re-encode all my old stuff back down to 1Mb SD, so now it streams flawlessly to any device (even remote). Anything I want in HD I keep in HD format and watch on a player that is compatible.As for a NAS, yeah just install whatever OS you fancy on it. I went for Windows 7 as I had a spare license, mine acts as a big storage dump that also happens to download stuff for me and grab its own metadata.



Great. As long as it can serve my 1080p files to my XBMC box with the option to hook it up to an external box in the future then I'm happy.

On serversplus (link http://www.serversplus.com/servers/server_bundles/704941421-3yrwty) you get the same but with a 3 yr warranty for just 8 quid more..... that is a good deal!!!!

how does this server compare with the newer GEN8 HP Proliant servers? The newer models look far nicer, but are substantially more £££

moishe

On serversplus (link … On serversplus (link http://www.serversplus.com/servers/server_bundles/704941421-3yrwty) you get the same but with a 3 yr warranty for just 8 quid more..... that is a good deal!!!!



Can't seem to get onto their site at the min

moishe

On serversplus (link … On serversplus (link http://www.serversplus.com/servers/server_bundles/704941421-3yrwty) you get the same but with a 3 yr warranty for just 8 quid more..... that is a good deal!!!!


hotukdeals.com/dea…998

i see some conflicting information about this server. Yes the price isn't as good as it was but it is still a good offer. The drive bays (all 4) will take any sata drives so you can add whatever you already have or buy some new ones. What i did was get 4x 2Tb drives and installed an OS called FreenNAS (just google) So far it has transformed my media experience at home and supports not only CIFS but NFS and AFS (Apple) as well i.e. for time machine backups. The OS supports ZFS disk partitioning so for those who are concerned about drive failure - don't be. Plex runs in this OS virtually and pumps out whatever media you have, even transcoding high definition stuff so it plays smoothly on any device. thats the media library side sorted and for the client side its an app that can be downloaded for win or mac or IOS or Android. even you xbox will pick it up as a media server and you can play from that.

So is this a good price? Its OK but with what you can do with it, it is amazing.

If this is what you looking at - don't think twice and you need help just ask here and i will check back every now and then...

i see some conflicting information about this server. Yes the price isn't as good as it was but it is still a good offer. The drive bays (all 4) will take any sata drives so you can add whatever you already have or buy some new ones. What i did was get 4x 2Tb drives and installed an OS called FreenNAS (just google) So far it has transformed my media experience at home and supports not only CIFS but NFS and AFS (Apple) as well i.e. for time machine backups. The OS supports ZFS disk partitioning so for those who are concerned about drive failure - don't be. Plex runs in this OS virtually and pumps out whatever media you have, even transcoding high definition stuff so it plays smoothly on any device. thats the media library side sorted and for the client side its an app that can be downloaded for win or mac or IOS or Android. even you xbox will pick it up as a media server and you can play from that.

So is this a good price? Its OK but with what you can do with it, it is amazing.

If this is what you looking at - don't think twice and you need help just ask here and i will check back every now and then...

redholt

Does this handle 1080p transcoding on the fly? And if not, could I hook … Does this handle 1080p transcoding on the fly? And if not, could I hook it up to a more powerful box and have it act purely as the NAS?



Yes - Use FreeNAS. But you will have to upgrade the memory on the machine from 2GB it comes with to 4GB (or 8 depending on what else is running in the background)

Don't put Windows on this box because you will be wasting the machine.

reine

Don't put Windows on this box because you will be wasting the machine.



Mine runs fine under windows, got SABNZB/Sickbeard/Couch Potato all feeding into plex quite happily.

This a good deal but could be better. I was wary of getting the cash-BaCk but it came thru OK.
It works great as a Server and is far more powerful than an equivalent two bay box from synology or Qnap.
BUT .. you have to supply and install your own OS so a small amount of technical knowledge is needed.
(Nothing more than Parish Hilton possess's).
Small discrete and can be hidden away in the loft/stair cupboard/Toilet ??

tek-monkey

Mine runs fine under windows, got SABNZB/Sickbeard/Couch Potato all … Mine runs fine under windows, got SABNZB/Sickbeard/Couch Potato all feeding into plex quite happily.



Mine has been running Windows 7 Professional for over a year, its been running sweet, never once crashed or had any issues at all; whats he talking about?

I had freenas on it, and it was pointless for me

ukez

Mine has been running Windows 7 Professional for over a year, its been … Mine has been running Windows 7 Professional for over a year, its been running sweet, never once crashed or had any issues at all; whats he talking about?I had freenas on it, and it was pointless for me



:-) sorry my comment wasn't to knock Windows it was just addressing other users concerns with reliability and agility of the Linux based systems out there. Ultimately this machine is a great unit although price isn't at its previous lows. For a box that does everything across all platforms this is and FreeNAS is a great combo.

Banned

eBuyer have 2 different versions, what's the difference? RAM?
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