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Good Cheap Server - HP Proliant Microserver 4 BAY - OWNERS THREAD

Discussion in 'Servers and Enterprise Solutions' started by dragonuk, Dec 10, 2010.

  1. dragonuk

    Gangster

    Joined: Jul 19, 2008

    Posts: 128

    This thread is for people with the HP Proliant Microserver 4 BAY.

    This can be got for around £112 as HP are giving £100 cashback at the moment. Which is a really good price.
    The HP £100 Cashback ends December 31st so you have to order before then


    It has space for 4 Storage Drives and a Optical Drive. Also supports RAID 0 and RAID 1. Has 6 USB Ports and 1 Internal. Comes with 160GB HDD 7200rpm and 1GB RAM. This can all be easily upgraded though. Very Quiet too

    Considering a Netgear ReadyNAS is around the same price and only supports 2 storage drives and no optical drive, this is a great deal.

    Also you can install any OS you want on this. Like Windows Home Server etc.

    Would make a good Home NAS/Media Streamer or a server for a small business.

    Here is the Specifications.

    Dimension: 10.5 x 10.2 x 8.3 inch (26.7 x 26.0 x 21.0 cm) H x D x W

    Power supply:200 Watt

    Network Controller:Embedded NC107i PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet Server Adaptor

    Optical: None shipped standard, optional optical drive

    USB: 4 front, 2 rear, 1 internal + 1 eSATA rear

    Processor:Dual Core 1.3 GHz AMD Athlon II

    Number of processor:1

    Cache: 2 MB cache

    Memory type: PC3-10600E DDR3, operating at maximum of 800 MHz

    Memory slots: 2 DIMM slots

    Maximum memory: 8 GB (2 x 4 GB)

    Maximum internal drives: 4 pluggable drives

    Maximum internal storage: TB (4 x 2 TB 3.5” SATA drives)

    Storage controller: Embedded SATA controller RAID 0/1

    Expansion slots: 2 PCI Express (x16 and x1)



    So what does everything think of it who has it? And what OS you going to install?

    Anyone sent away for there cashback yet and got it?
     
    Last edited: Dec 13, 2010
  2. bremen1874

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    Joined: Oct 20, 2008

    Posts: 10,482

    Without mentioning any names how are you getting to your figure of £112?

    The normal delivered cost appears to be around £200+Vat (£235 inc. Vat).

    Allowing for the HP £100 cashback the delivered cost is going to be around £100 if you’re in a situation where you can reclaim the Vat, or £135 if you can’t.

    I’m looking for a box to run GFI WebMonitor on. Allowing for the cashback, and the cost of a 4GB stick of memory, I should be able to get one of these on site for around 180+Vat. My only worry is the processor… I need to find out how it compares to something I've had real experience with.
     
  3. dragonuk

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    Joined: Jul 19, 2008

    Posts: 128

    You can get it for exactly £212.82 including vat. And then the £100 cashback.

    Type this into google " COMSUK23/612275-421-HP " and click the first link ;)

    And there is a 2.5% discount voucher for there if you look around
     
  4. #Chri5#

    Soldato

    Joined: Feb 27, 2003

    Posts: 6,675

    Location: Shropshire

    I installed one yesterday - it's very quiet, though it was next to a switch with a ropey fan and pair of ML370s...
     
  5. Spammeh

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    Anyone know if its compatibile with ESX?
     
  6. the.m

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    Location: East London

    The cpu supports Virtualization technology so should be fine.
     
  7. Spammeh

    Hitman

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    Posts: 570

    Might be worth a go then....
     
  8. Fourstar

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Oct 17, 2002

    Posts: 1,997

    Location: London

    This little box looks like it could fill my needs very well.

    The one thing I'm wondering about is their rebate form where they want a company name. I can't see anything in their terms mentioning the offer is restricted to companies.
    [​IMG]

    I found a review where virtualisation is talked about:

    Here is a discussion thread with lots of useful info including internal/dismantled pics:
    http://arstechnica.com/civis/viewtopic.php?f=11&t=1126552

    And another thread on [H]
    http://hardforum.com/showthread.php?t=1555868
     
    Last edited: Dec 10, 2010
  9. mikeh501

    Wise Guy

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    Just ordered mine; should be here middle of next week. Cost £212.06 including delivery. I'd say the price is pretty good without the rebate, but with the rebate its awesome!

    Gonna set it up as a NAS/iscsi box I think, as i've already got an ML115.
     
  10. PhillyDee

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    Location: South Shields

    Whats the power draw on these things?

    Good enough for WHS?
     
  11. Gundam God

    Gangster

    Joined: Apr 1, 2006

    Posts: 247

    Location: Chelmsford

    Gonna get one of these, stick 160gb in optical and then 4x2tb in the regular bays.

    2 questions though:

    1) how do I mount the 160 in the optical bay, does it require some form of caddy coverter?
    2) can you add drives already filled with files to WHS?

    Thanks :)
     
  12. PhillyDee

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    No, you cannot add drives with data on them to WHS. You can use them, and then copy them over though.
     
  13. Gundam God

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    Location: Chelmsford

    Was planning to stick my one 2tb drive along with 2 more 2tb drives for now so i'll need to transfer the data across and then when its empty, move it from my pc to the HP right?
     
  14. dragonuk

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    Joined: Jul 19, 2008

    Posts: 128

    Anyone know who this gets delivered by ? Or how to track delivery. Mine is despatched. But dunno tracking number or who its coming by. Any ideas. Throught there might be a way to find it, work it out.
     
  15. marin

    Hitman

    Joined: Oct 18, 2002

    Posts: 652

    Location: Reykjavík - Iceland

    Just got on of these the other day, added 2x 1Tb drives, DVD Drive and 4Gb of RAM.

    Very quiet and seems fairly quick for the specs, just trying to decide on an OS to install now, may give SBS Aurora a try on it.
     
  16. PhillyDee

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    Ask the people who sent it? We really are not mind readers!!
     
  17. Jas1975

    Wise Guy

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    Location: Hampshire

    Haven't had time to check yet but if you are planning on getting one for ESX / ESXi - check to see the inbedded NIC works/is on the HCL otherwise you'll be putting in a PCI NIC
     
  18. Chaos

    Soldato

    Joined: Oct 20, 2002

    Posts: 5,403

    Thanks for the heads up, don't really need another server but at that price it would be rude not to buy one :)

    Edit:

    The site mentioned by dragon seem to get bad customer feedback from searching around, however I have never used them so cant confirm/deny.

    I ordered this from another retailer for £222.07, then go via quidco for £10 off and 4% cashback, then £100 cashback from hp :)
     
    Last edited: Dec 11, 2010
  19. bremen1874

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    Looks like a good deal if you happen to have any existing quidco account.

    If you're worried about customer feedback ratings there are sites much nearer to home that score far worse...
     
  20. vail3r

    Hitman

    Joined: Feb 28, 2009

    Posts: 545

    Meh, going to have to buy one of these. Don't really have the money spare but at that price!!