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 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
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 got this two years ago. 8GB of ECC RAM (ECC is a must for a server running 24/7 - flipped bits can occur once a month going by some statistics), a HP P410 Raid Card with battery backed up 512MB of ECC cache memory (Better than relying on software raid - especially with this CPU), 4 Seagate Pipeline HD 500GB hard drives in Raid 5, and a 2TB Seagate Constellation HD (for nightly backups). I used the 5 1/4" drive bay to hold a removable caddy for the 2TB HD so backups can be removable.
I then threw in a APC UPS and installed Windows Server 2012 R2. (Note, there is a BIOS update to solve the problem with the onboard NIC preventing Windows 2012 booting) as a VM host.
This thing has been hosting multiple VM's, Linux and Windows, and covers file shares, VPN gateways, and Web servers for two years and it hasn't had a single moment of down time. The UPS has been a god send as I have have mutiple powercuts but they've all ended before the machine has to shutdown (Windows 2012R2 has built in drivers for the APC UPS).
I have been doing some reconfiguring of the server today (hence prompting this review) and I had to restart the host O/S for the first time in a year (256 days uptime since I last restarted it!). It handles vLans brilliantly as well (I have my home office segregated to the rest of the home's network) and it copes with this admirably. Oh, for the record, I use a BT Homehub 5a with OpenWRT for interfacing with the vLan trunk - a great peice of kit too if you get OpenWRT on it.
You may question the CPU - it's true it wasn't going to break any speed records even when new, however, it's not totally inadequate - it has ample grunt in my setup, but this is probably helped by the dedicated RAID card (The P410 can be had for peanuts on a certain Auction website - be sure to install the latest firmware as it solves severe performance issues). I've not encoutered any CPU bottlenecks with this, and that's with running a Debian LAMP, a FreeBSD development web server, another Windows 2012R2 Fileserver, and a OpenVPN Appliance. Even copying files that are saturating the 1Gbps network and copying back and forth via the VPN, the CPU doesn't break a sweat.
It's allowed me to keep all my files safe, backed up, with ultra reliability, and able to host my own business website as well as access anything from anywhere in the world. And I did get a killer deal for my unit (£90 and a free Windows 2012R2 license), so when you compare it to other NAS solutions, the value for money and the flexibility of a micro-server totally trumps such competitor solutions.
Absolutely excellent peice of kit! Considering my setup could allow for many bugs to throw a wobbley, I'm amazed that it's been so reliable. Not a single crash with the host or any VM's - ever in two years!
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.
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