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HP ProLiant Microserver G7 N40L NHP EU SVR Dabs £229.98 + TCB 2.0.2% (£100 cashback from HP)

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Posted 15th Apr 2012

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You have multiple versions of files floating around the company and maintaining control of document versions is becoming a challenge - there is no central data storage. You need to improve communication and work processes with employees or customers. You want to make sure that you can make the most of your existing computers and office equipment.

£10 off with code "APRIL10"
plus 2.02% cashback from topcashback

The HP ProLiant MicroServer is a general purpose server that can provide a platform to organize and safeguard your business information, allow effective communication with customers and make the most of your existing office equipment and resources. The HP MicroServer is a cost effective starter server for businesses and it can take your business to the next level of productivity and efficiency.
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Sorry, I'm lost. What's wrong with this?

it's listed on Dabs as being £239 - £10 discount - £100 cashback

So therefore it should be listed here as £229. It was on ebuyer for this last week, but IIRC they put the price up.

heat from me
Hot for the price. I'm planning to get one before the end of the month. Hoping the prices dont go up (looking at you eBuyer) and that the offer remains valid (not that the last year of 'ending soon' suggests it will happen). Just a big shame drives are so expensive at the moment as I would love to fill this with 4 - 6TB of storage.but at least these are going in the right direction and I have a stock of workable drives in the mean time till drives are at a reasonable price that's not suitable to buy 3 servers
Thanks OP for heads up on discount code. I had one on order at £239 so cancelled and reordered with £10 off! Now to find some reasonably priced HDDs...
Seems to also be £2.13 for delivery, making it £232.11 before cashback.
2% for all sales from Quidco too. That's about a fiver which you can spend towards the half-price next day delivery.

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Found the cash back link on dabs page! :-)
Edited by: "hmsq82" 16th Apr 2012
Would one of these be a bit overkill to connect to a wd TV live?
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deleted30359
I run a pair of these with 8GB RAM installed.

I installed the native version of Hyper-V on them and have a number of diffferent servers running as VMs. They work great.


Does this have to be set up in a raid config? I just want to box up all my backup drives in one setup.
JustLikeArkwright

Does this have to be set up in a raid config? I just want to box up all … Does this have to be set up in a raid config? I just want to box up all my backup drives in one setup.



no

Would one of these be a bit overkill to connect to a wd TV live?



Probably, just a bit, but depends what you want stream as if you have a lot of data that would require a few drives then it might be worth using but if you only need one drive there are probably cheaper alternatives that would suit better.

Does this have to be set up in a raid config? I just want to box up all … Does this have to be set up in a raid config? I just want to box up all my backup drives in one setup.



Nope, you dont have to use RAID (you can if you like). I plan to just have a bunch of drives all in once place with the various files saved to each and using the copy feature in Windows 7 to back up important stuff to other drives.
hot but not for me
If you have a fast, unlimited web link, this with SABnzbd, Sick Beard and XBMC - amazing. Like your own on demand high def TV station. Well worth it, just budget for a ton of drive space.
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I wanted one of these but had the great
fortune of finding the previous model at the dump
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deleted34766
These make great home servers for the price, at not too much more than a good multi drive NAS.

However. If anybody actually bought one of these for a business, I would shoot them. I Can't think of anything worse.
simate

Would one of these be a bit overkill to connect to a wd TV live?

I would say yes, I have one of these and I also have a QNAP TS-210, I use the QNAP to stream my movies to a WD-TV and I use the Microserver to back-up my PC's and store documents.

In all honesty I was a little disappointed with the HP Microserver, I installed Windows Home Server 2011 and the combination doesn't work as I would like it to, probably more to blame on WHS 2011 than the HP but all the same, just a black box to store hard drives in.

Heat added all the same because it is the cheapest I have seen.
Edited by: "ristac" 16th Apr 2012
Are Dabs any good to deal with or does it not matter anyway because you can go direct to HP for the warranty?
There are very few HUKD regulars who don't own one of these....
Can this substitute for Apple TV, WD Live, Roku ?
No, it's a server - not a Media centre. So no TV output (unless you buy a GFX card), no fancy pants UI (unless you install XBMC etc) and no remote (unless you buy one).

I have one of the previous version, and it sits under my stairs holding all my digital media. This is then connected to a Zotac Zbox AD02 which is on the back of my TV. The Zbox runs XBMC, has an SSD in there (so is quick and silent) - and has access to all my digital media which resides on the server.
ichayan

Can this substitute for Apple TV, WD Live, Roku ?



Absolutely, in fact even more useful than those if you want it to be!

I'm currently running Windows 7 with WMC/XBMC and Plex to stream to iPhone & iPad. Upgraded RAM to a single 4GB stick and a £25 Sapphire HD5450 low profile fanless graphics card. Then added a Hauppauge Wintv-hvr-1200 TV tuner in the blank PCIe slot. Now have freeview running in WMC with record and 4x2TB drives with my 1080p Full HD media on it. Purchased a bracket to place the included 250 GB drive in the optical drive slot as well. Runs like a dream, only problem is it's nearly full!
a3lawy

Absolutely, in fact even more useful than those if you want it to be! I'm … Absolutely, in fact even more useful than those if you want it to be! I'm currently running Windows 7 with WMC/XBMC and Plex to stream to iPhone & iPad. Upgraded RAM to a single 4GB stick and a £25 Sapphire HD5450 low profile fanless graphics card. Then added a Hauppauge Wintv-hvr-1200 TV tuner in the blank PCIe slot. Now have freeview running in WMC with record and 4x2TB drives with my 1080p Full HD media on it. Purchased a bracket to place the included 250 GB drive in the optical drive slot as well. Runs like a dream, only problem is it's nearly full!


PS forgive my ignorance I bought one of these, I am an advanced It user but when it comes to media i am ignorant. I will invest in a graphics card, install XBMC/WMC etc. Refering to the post above how do I add a remote control and how effective that will be, I think I will be better off with my wireless KB.
a3lawy

Absolutely, in fact even more useful than those if you want it to be! I'm … Absolutely, in fact even more useful than those if you want it to be! I'm currently running Windows 7 with WMC/XBMC and Plex to stream to iPhone & iPad. Upgraded RAM to a single 4GB stick and a £25 Sapphire HD5450 low profile fanless graphics card. Then added a Hauppauge Wintv-hvr-1200 TV tuner in the blank PCIe slot. Now have freeview running in WMC with record and 4x2TB drives with my 1080p Full HD media on it. Purchased a bracket to place the included 250 GB drive in the optical drive slot as well. Runs like a dream, only problem is it's nearly full!



I've got the 5450 on the way, and was wondering about tv card, do u use it as your main viewing, or is it for recording mainly, ie does tv work well enough for day to day use?

ichayan

PS forgive my ignorance I bought one of these, I am an advanced It user … PS forgive my ignorance I bought one of these, I am an advanced It user but when it comes to media i am ignorant. I will invest in a graphics card, install XBMC/WMC etc. Refering to the post above how do I add a remote control and how effective that will be, I think I will be better off with my wireless KB.



You can purchase any USB remote you like or even use iPhone with certain apps. I do like the WMC one and it works perfectly.
h10025.www1.hp.com/ewf…jpg
Comes with a USB IR transmitter: farm4.static.flickr.com/366…jpg


tii

I've got the 5450 on the way, and was wondering about tv card, do u use … I've got the 5450 on the way, and was wondering about tv card, do u use it as your main viewing, or is it for recording mainly, ie does tv work well enough for day to day use?



It works perfectly in WMC setup for normal viewing and recording (at the same time!).Definately good enough for day to day use. You can even get a Satellite TV card if you have that at home. I would recommend the Hauppauge as I know it works perfect. I believe the 1200 is the old model and now replaced by the 1700. Their customer support are great too, I moved it from my desktop to this server and needed a small low profile bracket, they sent one out for free within couple days, no hassle. There are other brands out there though, BlackGold, AverMedia etc.. Check features and value for money.

Edit: In fact, the 1700 answers both your queries, watch & record TV as well as includes remote and IR receiver!
dabs.com/pro…tml

Edit 2: For those watching media & want to hook up audio/surround system via optical SPDIF, especially for DTS HD, I suggest this small nifty device. Plug it into the back USB port and you have 3.5mm jack as well as optical on the same unit:
amazon.co.uk/Tur…X4/ - Note: usual price is ~£20.
This means you don't need a PCIe slot for sound card so can use them for graphics card and TV tuner.
Edited by: "a3lawy" 16th Apr 2012
Can anyone get the code working? Doesnt seem to be working anymore
I wonder if had the PCTV systems nanoStick T2 290e DVB-T2 works on their Microserver with WHS 2011 installed?

THanks...
Can anyone get the code working? Doesnt seem to be working anymore
I'm looking to replace my Mybook world edition with something a bit more capable and secure, does anyone know what the power consumption is likely to be on this compared to a standalone NAS?
captainjack

Can anyone get the code working? Doesnt seem to be working anymore



Still works - type in APRIL10 and make sure no space inbetween APRIL and 10 and none on the end.
I just wonder if any card is available with which i can get rid of the sky+ HD box and plug the feed directly from skydish to the card to view FTV and FTA channels.
ichayan

I just wonder if any card is available with which i can get rid of the … I just wonder if any card is available with which i can get rid of the sky+ HD box and plug the feed directly from skydish to the card to view FTV and FTA channels.



FTA works with a multitude of peripherals, same as freeview but satellite variants.
FTV is more tricky, you need that £20 blue/yellow card don't you...
Card: vowles-home.demon.co.uk/Sat…jpg
I think it'll be unlikely to find a PCI tuner with card slot, possibley difficult for an external too. Will have a look.
Thanks for the answers re: raid. Can someone comment on the fan noise? I've heard some mixed reviews on SPCR. Interested in what you could mod if needs be.
JustLikeArkwright

Thanks for the answers re: raid. Can someone comment on the fan noise? … Thanks for the answers re: raid. Can someone comment on the fan noise? I've heard some mixed reviews on SPCR. Interested in what you could mod if needs be.



Fan noise is minor. Will be completely dwarfed by the 4-5 drive whirrs which aren't bad at all themselves. Easily sleep with it on by your side.
Ordered one of these yesterday with 8Gb of RAM (Click here) & Asus ATI Radeon 6450 (Click here) for just over £200 (after the cashback).

My Revo seems to be very "jerky" when watching live online football/iPlayer, so I thought I'd replace it with this and also use it to back up my music, photographs and important documents rather than the iOmega NAS I currently use.

Voted hot.


Edited by: "Liverpool_Bear" 16th Apr 2012
Anarchist

These make great home servers for the price, at not too much more than a … These make great home servers for the price, at not too much more than a good multi drive NAS.However. If anybody actually bought one of these for a business, I would shoot them. I Can't think of anything worse.



Depends on the business, mine happily manages my business, and home media server duties with 4x 3TB drives inside.

I've seen these used in massive parallel arrays too, seems as reliable as any other server I've used.

mike
a3lawy

Fan noise is minor. Will be completely dwarfed by the 4-5 drive whirrs … Fan noise is minor. Will be completely dwarfed by the 4-5 drive whirrs which aren't bad at all themselves. Easily sleep with it on by your side.



If you wanted to use it as a HTPC, in your opinion would the noise be noticable?
k31ron

If you wanted to use it as a HTPC, in your opinion would the noise be … If you wanted to use it as a HTPC, in your opinion would the noise be noticable?



I do use this as my HTPC, noise is not noticeable at all. When something's playing, definitely none can be heard from it. At midnight with everything quiet and off, slight whirr from the drives. Still much much quieter than my desktop at idle so doesn't affect me at all, happy with it.
Anarchist

These make great home servers for the price, at not too much more than a … These make great home servers for the price, at not too much more than a good multi drive NAS.However. If anybody actually bought one of these for a business, I would shoot them. I Can't think of anything worse.



can you elaborate? What particular features are missing / substandard?
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