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HP ProLiant N40L Microserver £203.98 Delivered (£103.98 after HP Cashback) @ Servers Direct
HP ProLiant N40L Microserver £203.98 Delivered (£103.98 after HP Cashback) @ Servers Direct

HP ProLiant N40L Microserver £203.98 Delivered (£103.98 after HP Cashback) @ Servers Direct

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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 with less than 10 clients and it can take your business to the next level of productivity and efficiency.


Cashback offer extended until end of September

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Have some heat, but I'm holding out till someone finds it for £95 again!

Original Poster

Think it may be the cheapest for a while, Now that the companies realised and increased there prices.

Does this include delivery as I am being quoted £12 to £16 on top of your total price??

Original Poster

delivery is free

This is probably a very stupid question, but why are these so popular? They don't seem to do anything I want better than I already have and it's a fair expense. Thanks!

I have a PC that is quite capable of streaming media. I have a backup regime (proper backup to offline fast USB3 disc rather than RAID). Bonus is that all your data is portable too.

I use a £25 portable Cyclone media player or PS3 for playing AVI files.

Is this server just used as an 'always on' device for serving files/media?



MKultra

This is probably a very stupid question, but why are these so popular? … This is probably a very stupid question, but why are these so popular? They don't seem to do anything I want better than I already have and it's a fair expense. Thanks!I have a PC that is quite capable of streaming media. I have a backup regime (proper backup to offline fast USB3 disc rather than RAID). Bonus is that all your data is portable too. I use a £25 portable Cyclone media player or PS3 for playing AVI files.Is this server just used as an 'always on' device for serving files/media?



Having a seperate always on device like this has it's perks. Schedule downloads for one. The ability to have your own 'cloud' so you're not relying on a third party to manage your data is another.

Anyone know if the cashback has been extended on the ML100 G7?

omgpleasespamme

Having a seperate always on device like this has it's perks. Schedule … Having a seperate always on device like this has it's perks. Schedule downloads for one. The ability to have your own 'cloud' so you're not relying on a third party to manage your data is another.



I guessed having an always on device for a family is a factor, I turn on my PC when I need it but it tends to stay on when I am home and want it anyway. It's an I5, not overclocked and set to sleep after about 15 minutes without use by default.

I pretty much download what I want when I want, as I choose an ISP with genuine unlimited access. The days of downloading overnight are long gone.

Isn't the benefit of a cloud being offsite? It's not really a cloud otherwise? As mentioned, I backup to a completely separate drive anyway in a £15 USB3 enclosure and store this away from the PC.

So it's maybe good as a separate family media server instead of your PC if you don't want to have your PC on all the time?

Thanks OMG though for the reply!

Want to be able to do raid 10 as I want to be able to do virtualisation labs. Anyone able to reccomend a card that will fit in here and work under linux?

MKultra

I guessed having an always on device for a family is a factor, I turn on … I guessed having an always on device for a family is a factor, I turn on my PC when I need it but it tends to stay on when I am home and want it anyway. It's an I5, not overclocked and set to sleep after about 15 minutes without use by default. I pretty much download what I want when I want, as I choose an ISP with genuine unlimited access. The days of downloading overnight are long gone. Isn't the benefit of a cloud being offsite? It's not really a cloud otherwise? As mentioned, I backup to a completely separate drive anyway in a £15 USB3 enclosure and store this away from the PC. So it's maybe good as a separate family media server instead of your PC if you don't want to have your PC on all the time? Thanks OMG though for the reply!

omgpleasespamme

Anyone know if the cashback has been extended on the ML100 G7?



That's what I'm wondering also, the ML110 seems to offer a lot more, especially with built in iLO, but hdds are a lot more costly, I also wonder how noisy it is in comparison. (I'm debating a second N40L or an ML110) I've just ordered 16GB for my current N40L, I'm waiting to see how that goes before ordering, as potentially I'll already have an 8GB memory upgrade.
Edited by: "garethcamp" 1st Sep 2012

MKultra

This is probably a very stupid question, but why are these so popular? … This is probably a very stupid question, but why are these so popular? They don't seem to do anything I want better than I already have and it's a fair expense. Thanks!I have a PC that is quite capable of streaming media. I have a backup regime (proper backup to offline fast USB3 disc rather than RAID). Bonus is that all your data is portable too. I use a £25 portable Cyclone media player or PS3 for playing AVI files.Is this server just used as an 'always on' device for serving files/media?



You're right to ask yourself 'do I need one of these'. Pity more people don't do the same.
If you're happy with your current setup and it works for you then hold on to your money.
Mind you I've got one of these servers and their great.But I'm an old Unix hand so setting the server up is reasonably easy for me. But...I could see this being a nightmare for some.
Now must take my own advice and not buy another one...

I purchased one last year, it's fast and high quality, could.not buy the parts for the price. Xmbc works like a dream with an ATI 5450 card, but I've now got a raspberry pi that does the same for 29 quid and runs silent, uses a couple of watts and I can control with the tv remote using the TVs cec commands. Both good bits of kit, but found the server not used so much now.

i ordered one last week.

for me this will be mostly a media centre/NAS, with WHS, XBMC, sick beard and couch potato installed. oh, and ill install a bluray player, a graphics card with HD output and add 4g ram. ill upgrade the hard drives as i go and as my collection expands. it will sit in the living room hooked up to the tv. im going to sell my PS3 and 360 because i rarely use them any more (i used the PS3 as a bluray player basically) the money i get from selling them, and the cashback, will go towards upgrading this.
i will still have my gaming pc set up and use that for browsing/gaming/working.
i probably wont stream to devices (ipad, PS3 etc), but i could if i wanted to.
also, i will take my 2TB drive from my gaming PC to put in this while adding a decent sized SSD to my gaming PC, because i will now only be using it for games, and not storage.

hope this helps anyone thinking "is this for me?"

look at the other posts for info or just google the things i mentioned to find out more. its pretty straight forward.

garethcamp

[That's what I'm wondering also, the ML110 seems to offer a lot more, … [That's what I'm wondering also, the ML110 seems to offer a lot more, especially with built in iLO, but hdds are a lot more costly, I also wonder how noisy it is in comparison. (I'm debating a second N40L or an ML110) I've just ordered 16GB for my current N40L, I'm waiting to see how that goes before ordering, as potentially I'll already have an 8GB memory upgrade.



The built in iLo is the cut down version that doesn't support OS console redirection without an upgrade, the HDDS are identical to the microserver. If anything the ML!!) is quieter unless you load the CPU up.

garethcamp

That's what I'm wondering also, the ML110 seems to offer a lot more, … That's what I'm wondering also, the ML110 seems to offer a lot more, especially with built in iLO, but hdds are a lot more costly, I also wonder how noisy it is in comparison. (I'm debating a second N40L or an ML110) I've just ordered 16GB for my current N40L, I'm waiting to see how that goes before ordering, as potentially I'll already have an 8GB memory upgrade.



I asked about the end of september for both the microserver and the ML110 G7 840, this was the reponse from Outbound, so yes it is

Dear xxxxxx,

The Microserver one is, but I’m not sure which ML110 you are referring. If it the £100 cash back on the ML110 then yes it is.
Hope this helps, do send your claim via email and I can begin to process straight away for you, and save the postage.

Kind Regards

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Website: out-bound.co.uk

Edited by: "ramtec" 1st Sep 2012

jazztr_500

delivery is free



how r u getting free del I only get option off 8.49 or 13 if want it rapid.

MKultra

This is probably a very stupid question, but why are these so popular? … This is probably a very stupid question, but why are these so popular? They don't seem to do anything I want better than I already have and it's a fair expense. Thanks!I have a PC that is quite capable of streaming media. I have a backup regime (proper backup to offline fast USB3 disc rather than RAID). Bonus is that all your data is portable too. I use a £25 portable Cyclone media player or PS3 for playing AVI files.Is this server just used as an 'always on' device for serving files/media?



Compact
Quiet
Able to hold 4 hard drives with easy access to hotswap
Able to stream any media file formats
Can bitstream audio with additional graphics card
Can act as a IP Cam surveillance PVR
Can run multiple physical or virtual operating systems
NAS Box
Media Center
Automated Backup Server with failure notification via SMS / Email.

Just scratched the surface there really.

With regard to backups you should hold backups on different media types. Cloud storage, Optical Media, RAID etc. A single external HDD backup is a rather fragile backup.

I've been an pc repair tech for 20 years. I don't have much to do with servers as I don't do any corporate work. I can use this server to learn about server technologies, in the hope that one day I might be able to earn more money, as you just don't get the money as a pc repair tech between £15-30K max. Server admin etc if you're good you can double that. Getting on a bit now at nearly 42, it's all about experience. This is a brilliant little server and you can learn so much with it.
Edited by: "fishmaster" 1st Sep 2012

Cash back extended again?

Where is the official news that cashback has been extended? Can't see anything about that on HP

neonplanet40

Where is the official news that cashback has been extended? Can't see … Where is the official news that cashback has been extended? Can't see anything about that on HP



there is a link in one of the other N40 threads. its legit. I have the pdf here

wondered how long it would be before someone posted this deal - didn't have to wait long in to september X)

jamgin

You're right to ask yourself 'do I need one of these'. Pity more people … You're right to ask yourself 'do I need one of these'. Pity more people don't do the same.If you're happy with your current setup and it works for you then hold on to your money.Mind you I've got one of these servers and their great.But I'm an old Unix hand so setting the server up is reasonably easy for me. But...I could see this being a nightmare for some.Now must take my own advice and not buy another one...



But you can always just use something like Win7, which is what's running on mine (which sits in the cellar as server).

What makes these such a good buy is the cashback, along with a being a small, neat cheap to run box, and versatile enough to be used as a sever, NAS, media centre, or even just a standlone desktop machine for undemanding use. But yes of course it only makes sense if you have a use for it :-)

can it be used as nas / media server out of box or must you install additional software?

Thanks.

So N40L or ML110? :P

Original Poster

minority

how r u getting free del I only get option off 8.49 or 13 if want it … how r u getting free del I only get option off 8.49 or 13 if want it rapid.



Rapid / Specified Day Delivery. £12.46
Standard Delivery - Delivery date confirmed on despatch. £8.29
Standard Delivery. Up to 10 days. £0.00
Premium Delivery. Morning Next Working Day. £16.63
Premium Delivery. Saturday. £12.46

Standard delivery is free.
In previous comments people have used that and it comes next day.

Original Poster

How many gb of ram would i need to use this for xmbc ?
would 4gb be enough?

Can anyone comment on the following.

I have followed most of the postings on here about these and was thinking of getting one as media centre and to do a bit of web surfing to stream things like the BBCiplayer and various motorsports events to my main TV.

Someone commented that while an added graphics card would handle the media center/movie playing easily, web streaming (flash player) is handled by the CPU, which in these is not very powerful and therefore not likely to work very well ?

TIA.

Able to hold 4 hard drives with easy access to hotswap



They are not hot swapable!

jazztr_500

How many gb of ram would i need to use this for xmbc ?would 4gb be enough?



the standard 2gb is fine

I'm going for the ML110 for the better CPU and iLo

jarica

They are not hot swapable!



I thought I read there was a driver workaround to enable hot swap. Maybe not. Will have to google it.

garethcamp

I'm going for the ML110 for the better CPU and iLo



iLo definition for anyone wondering what it is >

en.wikipedia.org/wik…Out

rheumatoid

can it be used as nas / media server out of box or must you install … can it be used as nas / media server out of box or must you install additional software?



It comes with no software installed so you need to install software yourself.

It also comes with a fairly small hard disk (250Gb) and only 2Gb of memory and no CD/DVD drive or audio output (these are not critisisms, just facts).

So you will almost certainly need to add some disks to use it as a server, you MAY need to add more memory (depending on your OS), you may want to add a CD/DVD drive (though you can install from a USB memory device), and you may want to add a graphics card as it only come with VGA output (and as I said no audio output).

So it certainly cant be used "out of the box" and may need a considerable amount of money and time to get a working server.

I added 8Gb of memory (the maximum) to mine and I had to totally remove the motherboard (not that easy) to be able to add the memory.

However great little server to "learn" from if you have never had a server before, and VERY small, no bigger than a large toaster.
Edited by: "guilbert53" 1st Sep 2012

jazztr_500

How many gb of ram would i need to use this for xmbc ?would 4gb be enough?



Mine has the standard 2Gb the box ships with. On a W2008kR2 build, running XBMC and uTorrent and RAM usage seems to be around the 1Gb (50%). I considered getting more RAM when I got it, glad I didn't

HP have now gone in the Guiness book of Record for the longest cash back offer ever!

MKultra

This is probably a very stupid question, but why are these so popular? … This is probably a very stupid question, but why are these so popular? They don't seem to do anything I want better than I already have and it's a fair expense. Thanks!I have a PC that is quite capable of streaming media. I have a backup regime (proper backup to offline fast USB3 disc rather than RAID). Bonus is that all your data is portable too. I use a £25 portable Cyclone media player or PS3 for playing AVI files.Is this server just used as an 'always on' device for serving files/media?



I've had one for a while now.

With the advent of media streaming devices and tablets that can access storage over a network, a central 'always on' server is fantastic. I have hundreds of movies and tv shows that can be accessed from devices with fancy gui's that give a true media library feel and requires very little work on my part as far as maintenance.

This unit has multiple drive bays and just at the right price for a home unit.

Personally I just got one of these because I've discovered the joys of Sickbeard, and SABnzbd etc and wanted a small device that would also act as a central file storage. It's going to sit in a cupboard underneath the TV and give me XBMC to play through my telly, and so lessen the reliance on DLNA through my bluray player which is fairly clumsy and fault intolerant.

But it was the cost of electricity argument that finally pushed me into buying it. ATM I have two PCs that I leave on all the time as they were working as the media servers with Serviio, and for torrents. I recently found out you calculate roughly what a computer is costing you in electricity, it's wattage used 24/7 = £ over a year. My computer averages about 150watts,so that's £150 a year and there's another running that I guess is about the same, so being able to switch those two off much more often will save me the amount this small server costs to set up in less than a year.

guilbert53

It comes with no software installed so you need to install software … It comes with no software installed so you need to install software yourself.It also comes with a fairly small hard disk (250Gb) and only 2Gb of memory and no CD/DVD drive or audio output (these are not critisisms, just facts).So you will almost certainly need to add some disks to use it as a server, you MAY need to add more memory (depending on your OS), you may want to add a CD/DVD drive (though you can install from a USB memory device), and you may want to add a graphics card as it only come with VGA output (and as I said no audio output). So it certainly cant be used "out of the box" and may need a considerable amount of money and time to get a working server.I added 8Gb of memory (the maximum) to mine and I had to totally remove the motherboard (not that easy) to be able to add the memory.However great little server to "learn" from if you have never had a server before, and VERY small, no bigger than a large toaster.



I did the same, but found out this week that it can actually take 16GB, so I've ordered 2 x 8GB for it.
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