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 Post subject: Bargain microserver
PostPosted: Wed Jun 12, 2013 12:49 pm 
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Half debated putting this into the storage area, but settled on here since this is the hardware, not necessarily how its used.

http://www.ebuyer.com/430446-proliant-m ... _wednesday

I haven't looked into the details yet, but the above HP microserver is near enough £110 after cashback. Has 4 internal low profile 3.5" bays, so has some NAS potential depending on how limiting the capacities available in low profile drives.

Obviously at that price don't expect an OS, but one of the NAS based systems should do nicely or do your own thing under linux.

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 Post subject: Re: Bargain microserver
PostPosted: Wed Jun 12, 2013 3:03 pm 
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Hi popo,

Looks like a bargain, especially if you have a spare optical drive knocking around to help install an OS. Three spare HDD slots if I'm reading the specs correctly although the controller only supports RAID 0 and 1 if you want to aggregate the storage into a single logical drive. Go for it. :)

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 Post subject: Re: Bargain microserver
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Think I'll gamble with one... in further searching, I can't any further reference to low profile drives being required. Not even sure where I heard that. If it will take standard drives, I'm sorted!

Arguably there can be a 5th HD if you fit it where the optical drive could go... officially it seems to only support 2TB drives which is a little limiting.

Not fussed about the supported raid modes. For raid 0 or 1 I'd prefer to do it in software, but in this case separate disks will suffice too.

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 Post subject: Re: Bargain microserver
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And that's the order in. In searching around, others have squeezed 4TB disks in so if you really went for it, you could get 20TB of raw capacity into this box...

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 Post subject: Re: Bargain microserver
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Have received the unit. It is bigger than you think from the name and pictures, but to be fair I never looked up the dimensions. It feels really solid. Fans of toolless cases and easy access will be disappointed. In order to cram all the hardware in, you don't get much space to do anything. A bit of a minor disappointment was the absence of the SATA cable for the optical drive, but presumably that comes bundled with the drive itself if you were to order it all from HP. Also the power connector is the old style 4 way molex, so if you need a SATA power cable, an adapter cable needs to be added yourself too.

Early days yet, but it seems pretty quiet. Not got an OS on it yet, as I was going to put XP on to play with but it didn't support the drives without additional drivers I don't have or can add easily. I might do an unactivated Win7 install tomorrow just to check the hardware before looking more closely at the NAS options.

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 Post subject: Re: Bargain microserver
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I've been distracted by other things so haven't done any more with the unit yet.

They have confirmed they've approved my cashback, so I should get that in due course. I really should decide on my drive strategy. Before that, what OS...

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 Post subject: Re: Bargain microserver
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Sigma OS? :roll:

Yeah, bad joke.


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 Post subject: Re: Bargain microserver
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Just powered it on again today. Read elsewhere that of the 5 sata ports provided, the one intended for the optical drive is crippled in transfer speed and there are bios patches to force it to work at full speed. However they seem to be written for older versions than the firmware mine shipped with. Not sure I'll need it anyway...

As hinted in another thread, I've been thinking about ram. I can either stick with 2GB ECC it came with, or go to 8GB non-ECC... now, as a dumb server 2GB is fine. My 1st choice for OS though is FreeNAS, which can run with ZFS. I do like a lot of the functions of ZFS, but it is also reported to be very ram hungry, which is where a ram upgrade would come in.

I might still run it as a dumb file server anyway, since the lowest cost route would be to run it to store backups as opposed to primary working copies. So redundant availability isn't too important.

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