HP ProLiant G7 MicroServer Turion II Neo (N54L) 2.2GHz 2GB-U 250GB SATA (On Board Graphics) with 150W Power Supply
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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. Server performance but at a PC price. HP conducts some of the most rigorous and thorough testing in the industry. Error checking and correction (ECC) memory minimizes the likelihood of memory failures. 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.
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I bought the microserver to run VMware ESXi 5.1, running a lab, and a file server / few domain controllers for my home network.
the microserver is cheap, well made, and performs better than I was expecting, especially as it has an underpowered AMD processor.
The 250GB drive supplied was put on ebay, and sold, and I replaced it with 2 x 1TB WD Black drives, which performed fine.
I have since purchased an adaptec raid card from ebay, and these drives are in a Mirror / Raid 1 configuration.
I have installed 2 x 8GB Crucial memory, and also an Intel Server NIC
All in all, I have a server that's on 24/7, uses less than 50w of power, and easily runs 10 VMs at once without issue.
As for the comments from the other reviewer, why in gods name would you need audio and any other graphics capabilities, this is a small business / home server, not a workstation.
Anyway, that's my two pence worth.
I purchased 16GIG RAM and a 3TB Hard drive and installed without any issue.
I installed VMware esxi without any problems. I then installed MS Server 2012ENT; MS 2008 Server ENT and Linux Server 64. I am totally surprised at how quickly it boots up 2012.
For the price this is a great little kit
RAM - though it says that the Microserver only supports a maximum of 8GB you can in fact install 16GB RAM (2 x 8GB modules) after applying the latest firmware updates.
Network card - I have installed a dual port PCIe NIC to separate the host management and VM network traffic, using just the one NIC can lead to network problems.
I've not bothered about a DVD drive because I install everything from ISO images and have also removed the hard drive and install ESXi onto a USB key which means less moving parts for quieter operation, this is great because if I need to go back to an old version of ESX/ESXi I just chuck one of my other preinstalled keys in and boot up on the version I need.
The unit itself is a great, compact little thing which, considering the cost, is surprisingly quiet and feels very solid. It can be a bit tight sliding the system board in and out when upgrading components but is very robust so don't be afraid if you have to take the server apart for any reason.
Can't recommend these servers highly enough so keep an eye out for cash back deals which do come along quite often but sell out almost immediately.
It has more than fulfilled my expectations. Its low power-drain means low running costs, which is important for a device that is left on 24/7.
One word of warning: It needs a BIOS update in order to be able to upgrade to Windows 8.1. You can't get the BIOS upgrade unless you register it with HP - and to do that you need to realise that it was supplied from Spain.
As a nippy piece of cheap storage equipment it excels in every category.
I'm running Synology DSM 4.3 on this, it runs from a USB drive (there's one inside so tucked out of the way). That's given me use of all four HD's for storage, I'm running 2x 4TB WD red + 2 x 3TB WD red.
I've also bought me a ICYDock bay changing the 5.25" into 6x 2.5" bays. It's not in use just yet, tested it though and it works fine. In essence, without using the USB drives this little box is capable of having 28TB of storage.
Quiet, low power, capable and upgradeable. No complaints at all.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It's a great server, I have this server up and running since last year. Very easy to upgrade, very well build and designed, it's perfect for home and small officesPublished 15 months ago by Darkmavis1980
I love this product. I upgraded the ram and installed 3TB and HDMI video card.
Using it as a home media server and its also connected to a 84" projector. Read more
Love this, holds up to four 3TB Drives, and you may be able to install another drive in the optical bay, though haven't tried this. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Jamie
These are such good value, i have one as a NAS and one running ESXI. for the money, they are without equal. its only a shame the 8G ones are a bit more expensive.Published 22 months ago by 123123123123123
I really thought this was a great buy i installed in the separate pull out bays two, three terabyte red hard drives, (with two spare bays) and a 16 gig USB on the motherboard with... Read morePublished 23 months ago by M. Flint
A very good work tool. Different hard disk with different O/S so can move from one test to the other. Excellent tool :)Published on 11 Aug. 2014 by Mr Stephen Grimmett