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4.0 out of 5 stars Can be a hassle to get the cashback!, 14 Feb. 2014
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This review is from: HP ProLiant G7 MicroServer Turion II Neo (N54L) 2.2GHz 2GB-U 250GB SATA (On Board Graphics) with 150W Power Supply (Personal Computers)
Other posters have covered getting the £50/£100 from HP. As for the unit itself -

1) I set it up with Windows Vista 32 bit (yes, really!) which didn't recognise the NIC and video card. They are Broadcom and ATI Mobility Radeon 4200 devices, and you can get drivers for 32-bit OS direct from the manufacture's web-site if you don't want to install a 64 bit Server OS and get drivers from HP.
2) You definitely need to flash the BIOS, mine was shipped with a 2011 BIOS
3) The standard 2Gb of RAM is way too small, I picked up another 2Gb 2nd hand, but new ECC RAM in 8Gb sticks is costly!
4) The shipped 250Gb disk is very, very slow IMHO. I plan to image it to an SSD and swap it out.
5) There is space for an optical disk, but you need to supply your own SATA cable and Molex-SATA power adaptor
6) Getting the unit apart the first time can be fiddly, the 'thumb-screws' were tight as a drum
7) As shipped, one of the 4 bays is occupied by the boot disk. AFAIK you can install a boot disk where the optical disk would go, but it runs as an IDE not AHCI port so is quite slow
8) I had no issues adding 3Tb WD hard drives in the cage
9) The video output is VGA, but with the ATI Catalyst I was able to get it to 1920x1080, 32bit colour
10) The on-board NIC is gigabit, I was only seeing 100 until I realised my switch was a 10/100 item, upgraded that sorted everything.
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Initial post: 15 Feb 2014 10:49:49 GMT
Haggistech says:
I dont think you quite understand qhat a server is?

Why install Vista on a server?
2 Gb is small because you installed vista, i have a full server system running webserver, dns, ssh, samba all on 1Gb ram
you can flash a modified bios to the server and this will make the optical sata port run at full sata 3 speeds

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Feb 2014 13:59:14 GMT
Emteq says:
I hear you, but WHS 2011 doesn't offer anything I need and with the high prices for other Windows server OS, I figured why not when I had loads of Vista licences left over

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Feb 2014 09:08:27 GMT
Did you buy lots of Vista licences or are you re-using OEM licence from old PC's - please note that it is illegal to move a OEM licence from a machine that it was supplied with

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Feb 2014 09:18:37 GMT
Haggistech says:
You could use a free alternative like Linux

Vista will run hellishly slow for anything you try and do on there

I have a Debian server

has, webserver, fileserver(samba), dns

it used 1.2gb and using around 300mb ram

Posted on 19 Feb 2014 23:49:00 GMT
Daddio says:
If you upgrade to the latest bios you can switch the onboard sata to AHCI 6gb, I have stuck an mSata adapter to the back panel with a spare 32gb mSata drive and run Freenas on it (freenas uses the whole drive to set up so the smaller the better) just got to find a dual sata data cable now to utilise the optical drive bay as well (not that it will get much use!). Great little unit in my opinion my only gripe was the bright blue HP light but a bit of black tape inside sorted that out.

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Feb 2014 06:55:57 GMT
Last edited by the author on 20 Feb 2014 07:00:50 GMT
Emteq says:
I have licenses from MSDN subscription.

Posted on 8 Mar 2014 08:41:43 GMT
Last edited by the author on 8 Mar 2014 08:53:53 GMT
A Stephens says:
Um .........I fully understand your 10 points but a little bit of research would save you much hassle... I have a slightly older N40L and it currently runs WHS from a SSD, a 5 drive 11TB pooled drive, all 6 drives connected to unlocked ACHI SATA ports... I've also unlocked eSATA port multiplier so can now attach addition HDD's, in a port multiplier box, via eSATA... btw ...the unit will take non ECC RAM as well... the 54L up to 16 GB... The options are endless

look here for inspiration www.homeservershow.com.... one of many sites on the www

Have fun

EDIT

If you know where to look... WHS2011 can still be found for sub £40... I know you say that the OS does not fulfill your requirements but Vista !!!!! really ??? It brought many of a Desktop to it's knees ... running it on a Turion II CPU seems like madness :(
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