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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. fuzzylogic

    Gangster

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    It's installed on the MicroSD, worth swapping to a USB3 drive? I'm an absolute beginner at this so apologies in advance for daft questions. I've searched a bit about this and a few people are suggesting the HP storage driver might need rolling back, which I'm not sure how to do.
     
  2. Trig

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    IIRC the header in the Gen8 is USB2, not that for a simple ESXi it would make that much difference anyway.
     
  3. IT Troll

    Wise Guy

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    When I looked at it a few years ago the MicroSD had a few issues. Sometimes is would get disabled and wouldn't boot (different to what you are seeing) and so I went the USB route. The controller can be run in either SATA or RAID mode. If you just have a single drive, either mode would work for you. I run mine in RAID mode and never had to mess with storage drivers.
     
  4. IT Troll

    Wise Guy

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    Actually, looking back at your image version I am struggling to match it for compatibility. There are different builds for Pre-Gen9 (i.e. Gen8) and Gen9 onwards. Could it be that a Gen9 image was used?

    ESXi 6.5 U1 Nov 2017 – Last Pre-Gen9 custom image
    VMware-ESXi-6.5.0-Update1-6765664-HPE-650.U1.9.6.5.1-Nov2017.iso

    ESXi 6.5 U2 Sept 2018 – Last Pre-Gen9 custom image
    VMware-ESXi-6.5.0-Update2-9298722-HPE-preGen9-650.U2.9.6.8.3-Sep2018.iso

    As the titles suggest, HP are not producing any more custom install images for the Gen8. But once 6.5 is installed you can perform an in place upgrade to 6.7.
     
  5. fuzzylogic

    Gangster

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    That's interesting, and would explain a lot. I'll give that a go tomorrow.

    UPDATE: Haven't had much time in the last few days but looked at the image again and it should be 6765664. Still, tempted to try reinstalling to USB rather than SD card.

    Also need to check if this is an issue: https://www.johandraaisma.nl/fix-vmware-esxi-6-slow-disk-performance-on-hp-b120i-controller/
     
    Last edited: Sep 10, 2019
  6. GSXRMovistar

    Sgarrista

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    I have an ageing N54L (Gen7) running MS whs2011 that I'm wanting to replace, it currently performs as a) a file server, DriveBender installed for drive management and folder replication and b) as my Mediaserver running Emby severing both client inside and away from home.

    Looking for recommendations on what to replace it with, the Gen 10 has been out for a couple of years and the next HPE iteration isn't due until next year so wondering what the alternatives were?

    Any recommendations appreciated, cheers.
     
  7. Trig

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    I went down the custom build route as the Gen8 was a mile better than the Gen10 by the time I had upgraded it, really does depend on what your usage now, and in the future might be...
     
  8. IT Troll

    Wise Guy

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    The Gen10 isn’t so popular. The CPU is soldered, it does not have ILO, has odd PCI slots, and limited RAID. Hopefully the next gen doesn’t continue in this direction as the Gen8 was a much better system overall.
     
  9. GSXRMovistar

    Sgarrista

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    Yeah I’m not impressed with the Gen10 specs at all tbh.
     
  10. Trig

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    Only reason I got rid of my Gen8 was down to the 16Gb RAM limit, if it would have taken 32Gb I'd still be running it now..
     
  11. memyselfandi

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    Not been tempted to go to the gen10 at all, too many limitations. Currently still have 4 gen8 MS, two with ESX and two running straight Ubuntu based docker hosts.