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HP Gen 8 Microserver for £150 after cashback - can use as a 4 bay NAS - £199.97 @ Servers Direct
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I bought one of these a week or so ago but at a higher price. :-( I wanted to use it as a simple 4 bay NAS - similar to a QNAP or Synology and run Plex on it. Cashback appears to… Read more
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GadgetHunter8th Nov

Don't worry - I do understand all the RAID options (0,1, 10, 5, 6, …Don't worry - I do understand all the RAID options (0,1, 10, 5, 6, synology's SHR, etc.) pretty well. :-)With unRAID it uses one or more parity disks for resilience. I currently have one 4Tb parity disk and one 4Tb data disk. I didn't want to get 3x4tb disks initially, as this is my first NAS and I wanted to see how much use I would actually make of it. If I do make a lot of use of it then I will start adding extra data disks. The downside of the parity approach is that real time calculation of the parity means that data transfer rates fall from about 112Mb sec (I assume that this is limited by the 1 Gbit network) to about 40 Mb sec if transferring more than 1 or 2 Gb.unRAID allows you to use a caching disk to resolve this issue. I have already installed a 512Gb disk in the top slot on the microserver but I will only enable this once I have copied over the bulk of the data to unRAID. (As I understand it once I enable the cache disk the most data that I can write in a day to unRAID will be the size of the caching disk - as by default it only flushes once per day at 3:40am. I assume that I can change this to flush more regularly but I cannot see that I will be writing more than 512Gb per day once the NAS is fully up and running with all my data on it.)


Ive never heard of unRAID before until now, it does sound like an interesting route in terms of setting up your RAID.

Do keep me posted with your build, would be interesting to know how it plans out!

At the moment i have a N54L with a P410 using X4 500GB disks in RAID5 & a 120GB SSD boot disk.

I used to use it with xpenology and streamed movies around the house but after focusing more on my day job and dealing with servers i got Windows Server 2008 R2 Std on it and currently setting to run it as a data/Plex server.
KOLIBERk18 h, 26 m ago

It's working fine, but I have 4x 6TB REDs in two mirrors, so its two 5.9TB …It's working fine, but I have 4x 6TB REDs in two mirrors, so its two 5.9TB volumes.

Cheers for the response - Took a look around on the web and it looks like 16TB (4*4TB) was the biggest at the time of manufacturing so that's all they can officially say
zandermichaeljason7th Nov

I grabbed one of these recently but haven’t gotten around to setting it up …I grabbed one of these recently but haven’t gotten around to setting it up yet...The specs say it can only handle 16TB total but you’ve got 24TB in there by the sounds of it? Can you confirm? If you can fit 24TB I’d prefer to start off with the max!


It's working fine, but I have 4x 6TB REDs in two mirrors, so its two 5.9TB volumes.
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VengeceVapourX17 h, 37 m ago

(2) Put as many disks as you want into the disk holders. Western Digital …(2) Put as many disks as you want into the disk holders. Western Digital Red drives seem to be the preferred option for many. 3Tb disks are £92 from Amazon. You want at least 2 disks if you want RAID replication for resilience against a disk failure. That would be RAID 0 which gives you no resilience against disk failure, you would want RAID 1 or RAID 5 depending on storage needs.


Don't worry - I do understand all the RAID options (0,1, 10, 5, 6, synology's SHR, etc.) pretty well. :-)

With unRAID it uses one or more parity disks for resilience. I currently have one 4Tb parity disk and one 4Tb data disk. I didn't want to get 3x4tb disks initially, as this is my first NAS and I wanted to see how much use I would actually make of it. If I do make a lot of use of it then I will start adding extra data disks.

The downside of the parity approach is that real time calculation of the parity means that data transfer rates fall from about 112Mb sec (I assume that this is limited by the 1 Gbit network) to about 40 Mb sec if transferring more than 1 or 2 Gb.

unRAID allows you to use a caching disk to resolve this issue. I have already installed a 512Gb disk in the top slot on the microserver but I will only enable this once I have copied over the bulk of the data to unRAID. (As I understand it once I enable the cache disk the most data that I can write in a day to unRAID will be the size of the caching disk - as by default it only flushes once per day at 3:40am. I assume that I can change this to flush more regularly but I cannot see that I will be writing more than 512Gb per day once the NAS is fully up and running with all my data on it.)
HP MicroServer (Latest Gen10) - £50 HP Cashback - £219.24 (£169.24 after cashback) @ eBuyer
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HP Product Code: 873830-421 Spec: HPE ProLiant Gen10 Entry Spec Internal Bays Qty: 4 Processor: 1 x AMD Opteron X3216 / 1.6GHz (Dual-Core) RAM Installed: 8GB DDR4 SDRAM No HD… Read more
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fohens23 h, 37 m ago

Damn, the price has gone through the roof.

… BREXIT
Damn, the price has gone through the roof.
this is the guy i got it off
it came as a 1.7w variant

ebay.co.uk/itm…GNi


i plugged it into a 12v fan header on my pc to test its default speeds which i think was just under 3700 on a 12.26v fan header and slowed it down to 2000/2200 or so cant remember exactly with two reducers

it will perform far better with only one reducer you should plug one in and see what it reduces to as yours may well be different to mine and reduce far more per reducer

Delta BFB0512LD 50x50x20mm

4.63 CFM at 3850 RPM (Stock mine runs)
4.45 CFM at 3700 RPM (Spec Speed)
3.56 CFM at 2960 RPM (Speed i run mine)

Sunon Maglev GB1206PTV2-AY 60x60x25mm
7.30 CFM at 3600 RPM
5.06 CFM at 2500 RPM

the microserver fan try's to keep it at 85 with momentary peaks of 90
which is within spec but a bit toasty
and also means the case fan is going full pelt alot
fitting the sunon keeps the rear fan at 10% for a lot longer under load
and lowers the overall rear fan speeds

e.g. with my 1265L v2 with a 50mm delta at 2950 rpm it stays under 75 full load
with the rear fan running 10% to 20% depending on inlet ambient temps

if the delta wasnt there the rear fan would be on something like 50% and the core temp would be 85 peaking at momentary 90

the 1240 v2 isnt quite as easy to cool as the 1265L v2 uses a max for 38.5w under full load at 8 threads x 3.1ghz
where as the 1240 v2 uses a max of 54w under full load at 8 threads x 3.6ghz

but its the same sort of thing
Edited by: "Shonk" 2nd Dec 2017
Shonk26th Nov

the sunon performs the bestyou not looking at ambient temps and rpm's …the sunon performs the bestyou not looking at ambient temps and rpm's etce.g. i had two reducers on the sunon



Thanks for your reply, it's much appreciated!

I have got 2 spare fan speed reducers so will try those.

What is the maximum temp the CPU can safely run at?

I put an offer in of $15 for the Sunon but they are not biting and don't fancy paying $21.98 for it. I believe it is the same seller where you got yours from.

I found another seller that has one listed that is just $9.93 but has the mini 3-pin connector. Do you know if you can buy a 3-pin adapter? I have had a look but haven't found one yet.

This is the fan here

Thanks
Edited by: "karlypants" 1st Dec 2017
karlypants18th Nov

Hi Shonk,I'm confused with the temp readings of the 1240 V2 between the …Hi Shonk,I'm confused with the temp readings of the 1240 V2 between the Delta & Sunon Maglev blower fans.It's looking to me that the Delta fan is performing better but I believe that this is incorrect.Can you please clarify this for me?Thanks.



the sunon performs the best
you not looking at ambient temps and rpm's etc
e.g. i had two reducers on the sunon
Hp Proliant ML10 Gen 9 Server - £223.29 Delivered - £123.29 after £100 Cashback @ ServerPlus
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HP ML10 Gen 9 server currently £218.34+£4.95 delivery but has £100 Cashback this month. Useful little server If you want something a little bigger than a Microserver. Intel Pen… Read more
bankbandit5th Oct

Cheaper at EBuyer, works out £112.99 inc free delivery


Still, not the best option as it comes with only 4GB RAM. Another 4GB ECC cost ~£50 but there are cheaper options and slightly more powerful (with AMD Opteron)
Dr_Lovegod1 h, 58 m ago

I see lots of servers on hukd that get heat but I’m not sure if I need o …I see lots of servers on hukd that get heat but I’m not sure if I need one. What are they for?


Can be used as alternative to NAS. And a very good one.
I see lots of servers on hukd that get heat but I’m not sure if I need one. What are they for?
Krosus4 h, 45 m ago

Its a dup of this …Its a dup of this https://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/hpe-proliant-ml10-gen9-tower-server-11834-inc-cashback-serversplus-2806829#commentsYou were both probably typing at the same time and he beat you to it

​Yeah already posted
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HPE ProLiant ML10 Gen9 Tower Server £124.28 INC CASHBACK @ ServersPlus
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GetSchwifty9 h, 36 m ago

Any one know how this compares to the gen 8? Prefer the look and size of …Any one know how this compares to the gen 8? Prefer the look and size of the gen 8 but maybe this has more going for it?



this does, of course, see spec
Going Hot for being the first, have the heat, duplicate should be removed by mods
Any one know how this compares to the gen 8? Prefer the look and size of the gen 8 but maybe this has more going for it?
MrWani13 m ago

Would anyone know how power consumption compare to an n40L (under no …Would anyone know how power consumption compare to an n40L (under no load)? Thinking of upgrading.



I'd like to know this too. Considering the option of a cheap low cost server for my file storage needs and then dedicate the performance components to the living room gaming set up.
HP MicroServer (Latest Gen10) - £50 HP Cashback - £218.99 (£168.99 after cashback) @ eBuyer
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HP Product Code: 873830-421 - Currently Cheapest on eBuyer Spec: HPE ProLiant Gen10 Entry Spec Internal Bays Qty: 4 Processor: 1 x AMD Opteron X3216 / 1.6GHz (Dual-Core) RAM I… Read more
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RJP239 h, 54 m ago

I've been running an N40L for years as a download/storage box, streaming …I've been running an N40L for years as a download/storage box, streaming content to Plex on various devices.It really struggles on some content when it has to transcode it and can't handle it.Is the Gen10 significantly better? Or should I be looking at a more powerful machine?


Similar reason as to why I have not made the change from my N54L yet...

With the Ryzen CPU around; its plausible to build a much more powerful system than the MicroServer for a similar price to the HP Pro version of the microserver, as I guess all you require is a CPU, Motherboard, PSU, RAM, a case and you'll keep your data drives.
I read somewhere that Windows Server 2016 does run on Ryzen (if you use windows).

For around £600 you could build something like this:

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 1600
MoBo: Asus PRIME B350M-A
RAM: 2 x AData 2400MHz 16GB (32GB Total)
PSU: Be Quiet! 500W PSU
Case: Any with enough bays for your HDD/SSDs
GPU: Transfer from N54L
HDD: Transfer from N54L
SSD: Transfer from N54L
I've been running an N40L for years as a download/storage box, streaming content to Plex on various devices.

It really struggles on some content when it has to transcode it and can't handle it.

Is the Gen10 significantly better? Or should I be looking at a more powerful machine?
nascent12 h, 37 m ago

Anyone know where to get ILO cards for an n54l?

The iLo cards for G7s are like gold dust. eBay is going to be your best chance and even then it's usually an international seller and the price is ridiculous.
MrSweeney1st Sep

Can't believe they dropped iLo on these servers, such a convenient tool …Can't believe they dropped iLo on these servers, such a convenient tool and one of my favourite features of a HP server.Oh well will just have to buy a DL380 and see if I can adapt the server cab to fit in the bedroom wardrobe


I smell a lack rack build coming up...
Anyone know where to get ILO cards for an n54l?
HPE ProLiant Microserver Gen8 Intel Celeron G1610T Dual-Core 2.30GHz
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Servers Direct have this offer on again. I run two of these at home and they're great as a lab. £70 cashback making this a bargain at £124.97 (inc VAT)! Processor - Intel Celer… Read more
MJGM2 h, 32 m ago

Only? What are you hosting, Netflix?

Haha, not quite but with RAID you would just get the 8TB with that setup - Still nothing to sniff at obviously but just wanted to check before I made the purchase
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zandermichaeljason4 h, 45 m ago

On the website it says maximum 16TB, does that mean I can only put 4*4TB …On the website it says maximum 16TB, does that mean I can only put 4*4TB HDDs into this server?


Only? What are you hosting, Netflix?
On the website it says maximum 16TB, does that mean I can only put 4*4TB HDDs into this server?
mikehunt691 h, 25 m ago

In that case you are better off building something yourself based on a …In that case you are better off building something yourself based on a Skylake chip on a motherboard that has 4 DIMM slots. That way you can go up to 64GB of RAM. When you buy memory, get 16GB DIMMs even if you start with 1 or 2, that way you have options. I built a lab the learn the VMware vRealize suite and ended up having to go to 96GB of RAM on a Xeon E5 chip in a socket 2011 motherboard.Take below and add a case and PSU. If it's going to be on all the time, best get a PSU with decent efficiency as it will pay for itself eventually.http://www.ebuyer.com/766089-intel-celeron-g3930-2-90ghz-socket-1151-2mb-retail-boxed-processor-bx80677g3930http://www.ebuyer.com/786296-asus-intel-b150m-pro-gaming-micro-atx-motherboard-b150m-pro-gaminghttps://www.asus.com/uk/Motherboards/B150M-PRO-GAMING/HelpDesk_CPU/

Thanks Mike, I have a couple of Servers here at the mo but they are HP Ml110 old and a Dell T100 (DDR2 ram) both Xeon but neither quick enough to run Plex or the latest ESXi currently it's on 5.5 (Dell)
MarkT196730th Aug

My idea is to use ESXi to run different enviroments to get up to speed on …My idea is to use ESXi to run different enviroments to get up to speed on the recent tech! Haven't really touched a server since SBS2008 but would also like to have a Plex server running locally for movies


In that case you are better off building something yourself based on a Skylake chip on a motherboard that has 4 DIMM slots. That way you can go up to 64GB of RAM. When you buy memory, get 16GB DIMMs even if you start with 1 or 2, that way you have options. I built a lab the learn the VMware vRealize suite and ended up having to go to 96GB of RAM on a Xeon E5 chip in a socket 2011 motherboard.

Take below and add a case and PSU. If it's going to be on all the time, best get a PSU with decent efficiency as it will pay for itself eventually.
ebuyer.com/766…930
ebuyer.com/786…ing
asus.com/uk/…PU/
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HP Proliant Gen 8 microserver at ServersDirect for £117.97 (£187.97 before cashback)
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Great little server for the price, can be easily converted to a NAS box. Processor a bit underpowered but it can be upgraded. Has dual NIC's and a ILO card. Note £98.31 is the ca… Read more
Would this cope with a
plex server running mainly local movies and also a windows server 2008 via ESXi 6.5 after upgrading the processor ? Thanks
pjazzy1 h, 24 m ago

I have a gen 7 and the extra space at the top is real handy. The processor …I have a gen 7 and the extra space at the top is real handy. The processor is too slow for any decent transcoding though which is why I am looking at the gen 8 since you can at least upgrade the CPU, choices choices


I've got gearbest.com/tv-…tml (with KODI running as an app) which will be future proof for at least a couple years and I don't need to run a more powerful CPU which would increase the electricity bill. I have 3 torrent disks which run 24/7 without any spin down and I have configured other disks which store data to turn off after a couple hours. All the benefits and no disadvantages
ndl17 h, 19 m ago

I have managed to get 7 drives and a DVDROM in my HP Gen7 Microserver I have managed to get 7 drives and a DVDROM in my HP Gen7 Microserver FreeNAS boots from 2 mirrored flash drives and uses a separate 16GB PCIE ssd for the System partition (so that USB sticks are used in read mode, not write).



I have a gen 7 and the extra space at the top is real handy. The processor is too slow for any decent transcoding though which is why I am looking at the gen 8 since you can at least upgrade the CPU, choices choices
stu8315 h, 6 m ago

How would this be for a development environment running Sql Server, …How would this be for a development environment running Sql Server, SharePoint etc?


It's a little weak in all areas to be running that. Better value with other servers for your needs. Just my 2p
stu8313 h, 26 m ago

How would this be for a development environment running Sql Server, …How would this be for a development environment running Sql Server, SharePoint etc?

No real reason why not.
HP Proliant Gen 8 microserver at Ebuyer for £123.19 (£193.19 before cashback) @ Ebuyer
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Great little server for the price, can be easily converted to a NAS box. Processor a bit underpowered but it can be upgraded. Has dual NIC's and a ILO card. Note £123.19 is the c… Read more
Isn't the cash back only £50? According to your post it should be £70 cash back..?
Cheaper from Servers Direct (see another post)
They are great value but this has generally been the typical sort of price you would pay for them as the cashback offer just restarts each month. In fact I ordered one from Ebuyer last month and it was very slightly cheaper.
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HP MicroServer (Gen8) £184.14  / £189.09 delivered - £85.95 ex. VAT after cash back @ Serversplus
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HP MicroServer (Gen8) now at a much cheaper price! Some people still prefer this over the new Gen 10! Intel Celeron G1610T Dual-Core (2.30GHz 2MB 35W) 4GB (1 x 4GB) PC3L-12800E 1… Read more
Is there any way to boot with xeon installed without gpu? Thinking about using iLO to setup if server start without graphic card.
idbirch28th Jun

Bolded for eyerolls.edit: oh, I thought of one you missed - fed and …Bolded for eyerolls.edit: oh, I thought of one you missed - fed and watered. You need to keep your little servers in your datacenter fed and watered.


Nope. Not with you. Think you must be too cool for me,.
jasee6 h, 9 m ago

For gaming????? Maybe not the best choice


Yeah, I already said that. 4 weeks ago.
SlightlyFoxed28th Jun

You can install Windows on it and it will take a low profile GPU, but it …You can install Windows on it and it will take a low profile GPU, but it isn't ideal for gaming.The Gen 8 is a massive step up from the Gen 7 (I have both), and the upcoming Gen 10 looks like a step backwards. However, the Gen 8 isn't without it's frustrations - choosing not to use the integrated RAID controller results in the fan running at high speed (noisy). Restarts take an age, making it less tinker-friendly despite the upgradeable CPU.



For gaming????? Maybe not the best choice
emmkay

Guys, anyone can recommend the graphic card for this HP Gen8 machine?HP … Guys, anyone can recommend the graphic card for this HP Gen8 machine?HP don't provide any graphic card for this so officially no support for sellers, and since the space is so tight in the microserver, only way is to learn from others experience. By the way if Xeon doesn't have integrated GPU and we get an additional PCIe graphic card to upgrade the display to full HD, it might become a good combination of user upgrade. Xeon CPU are very cheap from eBay from China.



I ended up going for a Core i3-3240, which cost £30 off eBay. Seems to run fine with the stock heat sink. I saw the Xeons from China but wasn't sure whether they were legitimate and didn't want to end up paying import duty.
HP MicroServer (Gen8) £191.88 - £121.88 after cashback @ Serversplus
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Overview The HP ProLiant MicroServer Gen8 is a small, quiet, and stylishly designed server that is ideal as a first server solution for small businesses. With a form factor that … Read more
I got the
Intel® Core™ i3-3240 (3.4GHz/2-core/3MB/65W, HT) Processor
from CEX for around £30.
Works good, added 8gb extra also for around the same cost from Amazon.
4 Internal 3.5 drives and a SSD with WS2016
Mine arrived today. Really impressed with how easy it is to get in there and customise. Have ordered one of those i3s from eBay and I've got a low-range graphics card I'll put in. Should be good as a Plex server and for Steam streaming and emulators.
sfsorrow

Care to recommend one? All I need is Plex on the fly transcoding to one … Care to recommend one? All I need is Plex on the fly transcoding to one device



Here is the list i posted days ago, I personally have the Intel® Xeon® E3-1220v2 (3.1GHz/4-core/8MB/69W) but that cost around £115 but the I3 may suit your purpose and that goes for around £50 I am not an expert but there are plenty of forums for additional advice

Intel® Celeron® G540 (2.5GHz/2-core/2MB/65W) Processor
Intel® Celeron® G1610 (2.6GHz/2-core/2MB/55W) Processor
Intel® Celeron® G1620 (2.7GHz/2-core/2MB/55W) Processor
Intel® Pentium® G2020 (2.9GHz/2-core/3MB/55W) Processor
Intel® Pentium® G2120 (3.1GHz/2-core/3MB/55W) Processor
Intel® Pentium® G2130 (3.2GHz/2-core/3MB/55W) Processor
Base Processors
NOTE: All support up to 1600MHz DDR3 memory speeds.
Intel® Core™ i3-3220 (3.3GHz/2-core/3MB/65W, HT) Processor
Intel® Core™ i3-3240 (3.4GHz/2-core/3MB/65W, HT) Processor
Performance Processors
NOTE: All support up to 1600MHz DDR3 memory speeds.
Intel® Xeon® E3-1220Lv2 (2.3GHz/2-core/3MB/17W, HT)
Intel® Xeon® E3-1220v2 (3.1GHz/4-core/8MB/69W)
Intel® Xeon® E3-1230v2 (3.3GHz/4-core/8MB/69W, HT)
Intel® Xeon® E3-1240v2 (3.4GHz/4-core/8MB/69W, HT)
Intel® Xeon® E3-1270v2 (3.5GHz/4-core/8MB/69W, HT)
Intel® Xeon® E3-1280v2 (3.6GHz/4-core/8MB/69W, HT)
As long as you select a CPU from the list you should be fine. THere are lots on EBay and make sure the socket is LGA1155
tubbyhubby

I think it was a good upgrade, They have a dual core Celeron and it is … I think it was a good upgrade, They have a dual core Celeron and it is now a xeon 4x core so there is a massive power difference and worth the money i think. Don't forget there are other CPU upgrades you can have for less than £50.



Care to recommend one? All I need is Plex on the fly transcoding to one device
HP Microserver Gen8 Intel Celeron G1610T Dual-Core, 4GB RAM, No HDD £115.94 after £70 cashback  £4.95 next day shipping @ Serversplus - £190.89
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GoNz017

They are a technically a hot swap bay with a controller that doesn't … They are a technically a hot swap bay with a controller that doesn't support it, cheap upgrade though and you have hot swap, this was more to answer the question at hand, does he need a sata cable



Great servers though, I have 4 !!!
dilse

The Bays are not Hot swap, they are cold swap (power off to swap drive in … The Bays are not Hot swap, they are cold swap (power off to swap drive in bay).


They are a technically a hot swap bay with a controller that doesn't support it, cheap upgrade though and you have hot swap, this was more to answer the question at hand, does he need a sata cable
GoNz017

Umm they are hot swap bays, screw the drive into the caddy and shove it … Umm they are hot swap bays, screw the drive into the caddy and shove it in. So no. You should watch a few guides on youtube about them before you think up any other questions



The Bays are not Hot swap, they are cold swap (power off to swap drive in bay).
Finally got mine how I want it. i5 2390t, hd 6450, 16gb ram, Esxi 6.5 November with passthrough to my bedroom Tv to watch films Its a backup server for my main server didn't want it just sitting there backing up every now and then so using it to watch films and remove a computer from the bedroom although it is in the loft because it's too noisy to put anywhere else. I just picked up some 2tb sky boxes with Wi-Fi and got the 2tb western digital green drives out of them they are all fine been on for ages so prove the test of time and dirt cheap around £15 a drive if you keep checking around little bit slow 5400rpm but great for vm's and backing up. These servers are still great will get a quad core cpu at some point I expect as the gen8 is so reliable and ilo and watchdog on my phone is amazing
Ordered before the cashback expires.

Anyone found and cheap memory? Looking to get an 8GB DIMM initially then bump to 16GB with another 8GB DIMM if needed (Xpenelogy plus Open VPN server plugin).
HP Microserver Gen8 Intel Celeron G1610T Dual-Core, 4GB RAM, No HDD £125.94 after £60 cashback + £4.95 next day shipping @ Serversplus - £190.89
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I just used this table to calculate what was the best Passmark I could get for the same 35W TDP, then bought the i5-2390T. It properly sports virtualization as well which I don't need right now, but...
Looking to buy a server in the next week or two, hoping for a cashback offer on something cheap and Xeon like the basic Dell T20.
Don't worry op nobody got the Xeon 16gb & even if they did it would have cost £250.
Great Box .. would say the 4gb (vs 2gb) is probably better than the HD.. but the HD they normally supply are quite fast , but too small at only 250gb??
Parallax

​No drive. I'm going to borrow one I got from a previous Microserver. ​No drive. I'm going to borrow one I got from a previous Microserver. Agreed on the issues with these, but remember you do get iLO built in.



​Fair enough. Just struggling to see a reason for anything faster than the 54l. It's a bit of a scank not giving you a drive. The old ones came with a 250GB drive which is still going strong in my always on server.
HPE Proliant ML10 Gen9 - £164.99, £104.99 after cashback @ Ebuyer
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£164.99 before £60 Cashback (ends 31st January) Free Delivery. HPE ProLiant ML10 Gen9 Pentium G4400 v5 2/3.4GHz 4GB Tower Server 4GB Memory Installed 64GB Max HDD not included Ba… Read more
sniperpenguin

Youve setup a NAS with a single data drive? I too, like to live … Youve setup a NAS with a single data drive? I too, like to live dangerously!


I don't need RAID for stuff that can easily be downloaded again. Saying that Iwill add more drives as and when I need them
Bennett1983

I currently have Windows installed on a 120GB SSD and all my disposable … I currently have Windows installed on a 120GB SSD and all my disposable files on a 4TB Seagate Ironwolf NAS HDD. Overall great little setup and I'm pleased



Youve setup a NAS with a single data drive? I too, like to live dangerously!
This or the MicroServer Gen9 ? Cant really see a reason to go for the ML10...
These are excellent value especially after cashback, you couldn't even build this for £164 never mind £104. However I'd like to echo what others have said and also share my experience. It isn't plug and play and HP have seemingly made it as awkward as possible to get this setup as a basic home server. They only have display port and I have tried a cheap DP to HDMI adapter and also a HP adapter and neither worked. I ended up buying a monitor from ebay for £30 but you could easily add a HDMI graphics card. I bought this ProLiant to replace my ageing and small Readynas Duo and as I've built 100s of desktop PCs in the past I thought this would be a breeze. I was wrong, I even had to rely on good old google and youtube to get this one setup. You have to change settings in the BIOS to even get it to boot from a USB (it doesn't come with a DVD drive). I managed to install Windows 2012 Server, however none of the drivers from the HP website worked, all of them said it was the wrong OS even though it wasn't, I suspect you can't do it the normal way, I did try to download the ssp iso but I had issues registering my ProLiant. In the end I downloaded the network drivers from the Intel website but there's still unknown devices left in device manager. I also tried Ubuntu Server but I found it was like going back to the 90s, having to use commands to get the basics installed. Back to Windows 2012 again, from there it has been so simple, I have now disconnected the monitor and mouse and hid the server away, its set to auto login and I simply vnc into it to set downloads off etc. For those thinking about using one these for NAS I'd definitely recommend it, don't worry about the relatively low specs as its been easily good enough to lets say, torrenting and also streaming 4k files across the network at the same time. I currently have Windows installed on a 120GB SSD and all my disposable files on a 4TB Seagate Ironwolf NAS HDD. Overall great little setup and I'm pleased
Edited by: "Bennett1983" 12th Feb 2017
marcins

i use openmediavault on gen8 excellent NAS



I've looked at buying something like this HP server in the past but have trialled Freenas etc on Virtualbox with some problems. e.g. Installing, using two virtual HDDs, then trying out "disasters" like corrupting/swapping virtual HDDs to see what happens when things go wrong....and I experienced some problems. Is this something that people here have already done using suggested NAS solutions like openmediavault? i.e. Have people used these NAS solutions and been through a drive failure without issue?

I'm curious as to why software is even required; can the server not be set up with its own bios/hardware raid and then just some plain server software run on it ?
HPE Proliant ML10 Gen9 Pentium G4400 - 4 GB RAM, no HDD. from Ballicom - £167.00 inc. (£107.00 after cashback)
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I have an ML10 v2, and will be sticking with it... The ML10 v2 has two ethernet ports, and I was really hoping for front USB 3.0 ports. It's also about £70 cheaper to get hold of a compatible Xeon if you're happy with used. Maybe the Gen10 will look a little better...
I don't know what you're looking at but both machines have 4 RAM slots and 4 internal 3.5" drive bays, although the HP, being taller, does have an extra 5.25" bay which could be purposed for additional drives (e.g. 2 x 2.5") if required. With some imagination you could stuff either full of velcro/tie-wrapped drives if you're desperate.

It's all a bit of a moot point anyway; there's plenty space in both for any realistic use, and if a huge amount of performant storage is a need then you're probably looking at the wrong solution with either of these two servers.

I can't see any reference to 're-casing' the T20 on eBuyer. Would seem a rather futile and expensive way of doing things. If you need a small server, just buy one? And if you do, why all the fretting about drive bays?
It shows 4 bays available on each? Also one of the comments on Ebuyer states that while you can transfer into a smaller case (which I would do) the headers are different and some other cables would be required, there is also only one RAM slot so although you can get more RAM it has to be a single stick, that and I'd not use either 32gb or 64gb. The processor is more 'future' proof for sure but I wonder how many hours and PITA messing around I'll have to do to get it to where I want it? I'd also need to buy DDR4 as opposed to just using a stick from my existing system.

Edit: The T20 looks like it may have to taken itself out the running anyway as it's case is bigger than I want so downsizing the existing setup looks the best option and that is the ML10 if I'm going through the processes
Edited by: "borak" 6th Jan 2017
juux

This … This one?http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/dell-poweredge-t20-intel-g3220-4gb-ram-500gb-hdd-mini-tower-server-delivery-ebuyer-2594521Yes, I get that is a bit smaller and it comes with a (cheap/slow) HDD but has older & slower CPU/memory, it's more expensive than the HP (after cb) and will similarly be unable to be rehoused in a Microserver-size case.The £20-odd you save buying the HP goes a fair way to buying a small SSD for the OS, hugely improving the responsiveness.It's your money though



You make a good point to be fair.
This one?

hotukdeals.com/dea…521

Yes, I get that is a bit smaller and it comes with a (cheap/slow) HDD but has older & slower CPU/memory, it's more expensive than the HP (after cb) and will similarly be unable to be rehoused in a Microserver-size case.

The £20-odd you save buying the HP goes a fair way to buying a small SSD for the OS, hugely improving the responsiveness.

It's your money though
HPE ProLiant Microserver Gen8 Intel Celeron G1610T Dual-Core 2.30GHz 2MB 4 x Non Hotplug £185.95 / £104 after poss cashback @ serversdirect
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Im looking for a central hub where everything is for the house and i don't know what to get this or a Synology I want to do mirror with 2 3tb it would be nice to have somewh… Read more
L1YD

​It needs setting up by connecting to a monitor keyboard and mouse. but o … ​It needs setting up by connecting to a monitor keyboard and mouse. but once it's setup you can just connect power and network cable. I used Server 2012 r2 installed on a SSD and have 4x 1tb hard drives in a Raid 1+0 setup. Ive then upgraded the ram to 16gb and cpu to e3-1260l Quad core.



Got the old proliant server running with Win Server 2012. Been able to extend the license of the trial version to date - but now hit the maximum number of times you can do it. Seems I now have to purchase it, or wipe the server clean, and do a fresh install.

Have you purchased yours - or also using trial version? Anyone aware of any way to extend it further? Workarounds online do not work.

PS. I assume if I just remove the 'data' drives, and do a fresh install on my SSD (OS drive) then I can just plug my data drives back in and I am away to go? Trying to find the easiest way around this - not paying 500+ for server 2012!
Synology would be a best bet for media!!
tezray

​Try homeservershow forum as well they have a gen8 section and have c … ​Try homeservershow forum as well they have a gen8 section and have covered pretty much everything with these servers now one of the firmwares needs downgrading for certain things like esxi file transfer speeds I believe which may affect other things can't quite remember but know people downgrade something for a reason.


Yes, thanks. I am on there already
JoeSpur

Thank u for the deep explanation, I will be trying everything you said … Thank u for the deep explanation, I will be trying everything you said later.Both N54L and Gen8 were using the onboard NICs and the same HDDs. N54L was running WHS2011 and Gen8 is running WS2012R2. I will be back after further testing



​Try homeservershow forum as well they have a gen8 section and have covered pretty much everything with these servers now one of the firmwares needs downgrading for certain things like esxi file transfer speeds I believe which may affect other things can't quite remember but know people downgrade something for a reason.
bma1445

Which OS are you using? The fact that it performs better with a single … Which OS are you using? The fact that it performs better with a single NIC would point to a configuration issue. Unless you have a managed switch, NIC bonding is largely pointless. It's OK if configured for redundancy, but you'll only ever get benefit from it if you concurrently need more than 1gbps (combined) in a single direction to multiple clients simultaneously, with less than 1gbps per client. Are you using onboard NICs? If you're transcoding, and CPU usage is at 100%, this will affect the performance of the onboard NICs. Especially if there's bonding involved, as this is more computationally expensive (as it's all done in software). Did your 54L have a PCI NIC?I'd try diagnosing in the following order:1. Remove bonding - since a single NIC isn't performing as it should, this should be the main focus.2. Storage - is your storage capable of providing data > 1gbps? The 70MB/s you're getting is awfully close to the transfer speed of some hard drives, so that could be the bottleneck.3. CPU - try with a standard file copy (via samba, scp, etc...), and keep an eye on the CPU usage during the copy. If you can reach reasonable speeds, the transcoding software/cpu usage is to blame - if not, then it's possible a deeper config issue with the NIC, or a hardware issue.4. Limit the CPU usage of the transcoder to around 80% - this should leave plenty of resources for everything that uses CPU (onboard NICs/SATA controllers, etc). Do another test to see what your throughput is like. If that doesn't work, it's going to need much deeper diagnosis unfortunately.


Thank u for the deep explanation, I will be trying everything you said later.

Both N54L and Gen8 were using the onboard NICs and the same HDDs. N54L was running WHS2011 and Gen8 is running WS2012R2. I will be back after further testing
HPE ProLiant Microserver Gen8 Intel Celeron G1610T - £185.97 (£125.96 After Cashback) - Laptops Direct
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Cashback deal available with this product until 31st Jan 2017 Link to claim form is here johnthehuman - Delivery is £4.95 minimum
I really want to like these but the price is almost double the previous versions, the internal hardware RAID is rubbish and by the time you've kitted it out with a load of drives it costs a fortune. My jury is still out...
uk_lawyer

​Im in the same boat, looking for a NAS that has the processor to handle H … ​Im in the same boat, looking for a NAS that has the processor to handle HEVC files but thinking I'm going to have to either a) stick with my current Shield setup, or b) opt for a Mac Mini with a good processor!


Wouldn't an i3-3240 do that for you? They can be had for £25-50 and makes for a decent upgrade. The only thing you lose out on is VT-d for a hypervisor, although if you haven't even been using a hypervisor before then nothing lost anyway!

My main concern is disks, I have a plethora of different disks to put in mine and I can't decide which ones to use yet!
I opted to buy my server from Ebuyer instead as I paid for next day delivery to a nearby shop that's open 24/7
Low end laptops for domestic use typically last about 3 years @ a few hours usage per day.

The microserver is a commercial product designed to be running 24/7.
adamski88

Using as a media server



Biggest draw for me personally is the ability to boot from internal usb with ESXi and virtualise Xpenology and/or any other server I want/need using up to 32TB of internal storage.
i am thinking of selling mine cant decide on price to put it up for though. i3 3240, 16gb 1333mhz ram. 500gb hard drive. anyone have an idea where i should start
HPE ProLiant Microserver Gen8 Intel Celeron G1610T Dual-Core 2.30GHz 2MB 4 x Non Hotplug  £140.17 delivered (£46.00 Cashback making it £94.34) @ Servers Direct
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£140.17 (£46.00 Cashback making it £94.34 VAT not included) Well known server, you can find specs on deal or here: https://www.serversdirect.co.uk/p/1039108/hpe-proliant-microser… Read more
Splather

​I put an i3 3240 in mine last week. Night and day! Can I ask which ram y … ​I put an i3 3240 in mine last week. Night and day! Can I ask which ram you picked up? As I understand it it's a specific type that's needed so some advice from someone who's done it correctly would be appreciated.





Hi

I bought:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B0064R7LH8/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1

from Amazon warehouse. 20% off student discount came out as being around 66 pounds. Also added 2x2TB + 1TB WD Red. The microserver sits in the living room and my partner did not complain yet. So it is pretty quiet
chatlow

Yeah my next post said to ignore this as I read afterwards and found the … Yeah my next post said to ignore this as I read afterwards and found the new cash deal. Buying from laptopsdirect as they offer same but with cheaper delivery. good find



You getting the ML10 or the microserver? Personally I'd get the ML10 as its much faster, additionally the extra PCI means it would make a much better whole house PVR TV server.
OrribleHarry

It's been extended till end of Jan and now has £60 cash back.



Yeah my next post said to ignore this as I read afterwards and found the new cash deal. Buying from laptopsdirect as they offer same but with cheaper delivery. good find

Edited by: "chatlow" 2nd Nov 2016
CampGareth

Doesn't have to be but it's highly recommended. For instance if you … Doesn't have to be but it's highly recommended. For instance if you wanted to use this microserver as a NAS you'd want to maintain data integrity. There's no guarantee of that with non-ECC RAM. Heck even with ECC you're not immune, it just gives you a much higher chance of catching and correcting it.



​This server will not take Non ecc memory it must be ecc thats why you look for ram with the e on the end otherwise i would have used non ecc and so many others on homeservershow forum
chatlow

118 in total inc vat when going for 9.99 delivery and 60 cash back. maths … 118 in total inc vat when going for 9.99 delivery and 60 cash back. maths on here is superb. Anyway the small print of cash back deal says must be invoiced and delivered by 31st Oct so I don't want to risk it and not going for this Shame.



It's been extended till end of Jan and now has £60 cash back.
HPE ProLiant Microserver Gen8 Intel Celeron G1610T 4GB RAM - £169.97 (£114.97 After Cashback) - Laptops Direct
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Not quite as good as before, but not far off! Form Factor - Ultra Micro Tower Processor - G1610T Intel Celeron G1610T - 2.3 GHz RAM - 4 GB Optical Drive - N Operating System -… Read more
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digink

​anyway, i have ordered, and with the Which? promotion this is even s … ​anyway, i have ordered, and with the Which? promotion this is even sweeter. so, thank you very much for posting the deal.



Awesome! Glad you got a deal!

MEDICGUY

Did anyone make an effort to check the cashback form? "Product must have … Did anyone make an effort to check the cashback form? "Product must have been invoiced and delivered between 1 September 2016 - 31 October 2016• Mail to: HPE Claims Dept,Promotions, PO Box 1244, Yateley GU47 7FP. All submissions must be received by Wednesday 30 November 2016"



Thanks to MEDICGUY for posting the cashback time limit!
Edited by: "Storm08" 26th Oct 2016
Storm08

Probably down to my cashback date error.



​anyway, i have ordered, and with the Which? promotion this is even sweeter. so, thank you very much for posting the deal.
Original Poster
digink

​same here...so i dont get why it is getting even colder


Probably down to my cashback date error.
Storm08

Still the best price I can find at the moment.



​same here...so i dont get why it is getting even colder
Original Poster
digink

Is there a better deal out there? The OP's link is still correct and has … Is there a better deal out there? The OP's link is still correct and has a post-cashback price of 115?


Still the best price I can find at the moment.
HP ProLiant ML10 Gen9 Pentium G4400 v5 2/3.4GHz 4GB Tower Server - £206.99 (£144.99 AFTER CASHBACK) @ Ebuyer
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Was looking at the G8 Microserver and noticed the ML10 G9 tower server. Looks a good deal for a home or small business. Spec: 4GB Memory Installed 64GB Max HDD not included Bay… Read more
now down to £104 after cashback...
Original Poster
Even better deal with the improved cashback until Jan 2017
yeh £144.99 now after CB
£60 cash back on the ProLiant ML10 Gen9 this month!

If you purchase HPE ProLiant ML10 Gen9 (part code 837826-421) between the 1st November 2016 and 31st January 2017 you can claim £60 cash back. Just fill in the claim form below.
Original Poster
The £40 cashback is only available until 31st October....
HP Proliant Gen 8 microserver at Ebuyer for £124.99 (£179.99 before cashback)
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Great little server for the price, can be easily converted to a NAS box. Processor a bit underpowered but it can be upgraded. Has dual NIC's and a ILO card. Note £124.99 is the c… Read more
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Incognitoso

I have looked my self to replace my old server NL35 with home server … I have looked my self to replace my old server NL35 with home server OSand made decision that better now get NAS box with Intel CPU and they do job all very well Yes you can buy cheaper microserver compare to NAS but then you need to have software as well and couple options Windows Server or Free NAS or Linux Windows server/ home server they are not cheap + configuration not easy for home user " they are to problematic" Free NAS yes it is Free but Im skeptical about security patches etc Linux not my garden at all so .... Now QNAP or Synology they about £400 with intel CPU and have everything you need just add HDD and you ready to go all integrations with dropbox , Gdrive out of the box Anyway just my thinking



What about XPEnology? Works pretty good, just like Synology.
thisoner

Hi all before buying read this thread about noise issues that Hp can't … Hi all before buying read this thread about noise issues that Hp can't solve for over 2 years : https://community.hpe.com/t5/ProLiant-Servers-Netservers/MicroServer-Gen8-is-noisy/td-p/6171563



​I have no such issue with mine. Server sits next to my desk in my living room. if it was noisy the other half would be shouting at me!
Losers-Server

Can you share the link please ? Appreciate thatAlso a ram upgrade if you … Can you share the link please ? Appreciate thatAlso a ram upgrade if you have :)Cheers



These are the links for the ones I bought from my purchase history:

iLo:
amazon.co.uk/gp/…c=1

RAM:
amazon.co.uk/gp/…c=1

Be careful if you buy RAM because it must be ECC and I've heard the thermal sensor is needed to keep the fan quiet.
tech3475

You can get the full iLO on Amazon for around £30.



Can you share the link please ? Appreciate that

Also a ram upgrade if you have

Cheers
Hi all before buying read this thread about noise issues that Hp can't solve for over 2 years : community.hpe.com/t5/…563
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