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£100 Cashback on a £190 HP Micro Server

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by GSteer, Dec 8, 2010.

  1. GSteer

    GSteer Megabyte Poster

    Thats right, just a shame that I won't know if I'm returning to the UK until after this offer ends otherwise I'd be ordering two or three!

    Original Credit to Simon @ Techhead for the heads up: http://www.techhead.co.uk/hp-proliant-microserver-sub-100

    HP Direct Offer Link: http://h41112.www4.hp.com/promo/pro...=ex_r135_uk/en/smb/tsg/go_proliantmicroserver

    ServersPlus have them at £190 (£90 after) - http://www.serversplus.com/servers/tower_servers/hp_tower_servers/612275-421 (no affiliation at all)

    ServersDirect have them at £99.97 after cashback: http://www.serversdirect.co.uk/HP_ProLiant_Neo_N36L_Micro_Server__612275-421/version.asp (again no affiliation)

    As Simon says, a nice little box for a test lab, or storage node, backup node, firewall...and on and on...
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  2. michael78

    michael78 Terabyte Poster

    Wow that is cheap. Might buy one just to install a firewall on it.
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  3. jk2447

    jk2447 Petabyte Poster Moderator

    Brilliant offer, sent that one around the office! I'm so tempted I really am but I suspect the Mrs would stove my head in! She doesn't appreciate the appeal of such things....
    Certifications: BSc (Hons), HND IT, HND Computing, ITIL-F, MBCS CITP, MCP (270,290,291,293,294,298,299,410,411,412) MCTS (401,620,624,652) MCSA:Security, MCSE: Security, Security+, CPTS, VCP4, CCA (XenApp6.5), MCSA 2012, VCP5, VCP6-NV
  4. SimonD

    SimonD Terabyte Poster Moderator

    I have one at home and whilst it's nice it's not.... NICE. It's actually larger than my shuttle but obviously the fact that it holds more disks is why.

    I am currently building it up as a Windows Storage Server with 5 disks (4 in the trays and one where the CDR goes). TBH I don't know if I would be get one again (I already have 4 Lenovo TS200's courtesy of Simon's blog).
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  5. GSteer

    GSteer Megabyte Poster

    At that price surely the "nice" sticker looks a little more shiny? Interested in you opinion on it Simon, tempted to order a couple incase I end up back there in March.
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  6. dales

    dales Gigabyte Poster

    oh oh, soooo tempting to get this, would compliment my sc440's nicely. Not this pay packet though getting married on saturday and I'll need every penny of that for final costs! Maybe that'll be a xmas present to myself if they have any left by then.
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    WIP: Nothing
  7. jiggy

    jiggy Nibble Poster

    wedding cant wait a couple of weeks? Come on man, priorities :twisted:
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  8. LukeP

    LukeP Gigabyte Poster

    WIP: Uhmm... not sure
  9. wagnerk
    Highly Decorated Member Award

    wagnerk aka kitkatninja Moderator

    Ordered this thru work, it'll be a nice little server for our training room :)

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    WIP: PGDip
  10. roysubs

    roysubs New Member


    Hi Ken, the server looks fantastic, and ideal for a FreeNAS or Debian server or simple VM's on top of ESXi of course, but the CPU is quite underpowered. I've been hunting but can't find good information on whether the CPU is replaceable. Could you, or someone else who has one of these units please confirm:
    - is the CPU replaceable ?
    - what would be the highest Athlon CPU that these systems could take (so that I know of possible upgrade paths if I wanted to give the system a bit more grunt) ?

    I like being able to put 5 hard disks in as pointed out by another poster by remoing the DVD drive. I note from the HP page that the RAID chipset supports RAID-0 / RAID-1 but did not see RAID-5 mentioned. I expect it is probably not supported, but if anyone could confirm that would be appreciated ?

    Thanks ! :)

    Last edited: Dec 13, 2010
  11. jk2447

    jk2447 Petabyte Poster Moderator

    Quick Q amigos, how loud is this? If you own one, would you imagine that with a HD capable graphics card with HDMI out it could act as a decent media server? Reason I ask is that I've just bought a slim LCD for my bedroom so need something to plug into it that can handle HD video, streaming etc
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  12. Andy_Walton

    Andy_Walton New Member

    Hi All,

    I stumbled across this post, and forum! amongst others, during my quest to find some more information on peoples feedback and experiences using this piece of kit...

    I'm after two boxes to replace my somewhat larger, noiser and hotter Dell PowerEdge T110 boxes at home (home lab).

    Based on the running costs, lack of noise etc, these look ideal and I might even get away with leaving them on for prolonged periods without getting my ears chewed!! :)

    I'd want to run them in an ESXi cluster on top of some shared iSCSI storage, so my only real requirement would be to max out the RAM (8GB per box) and put in some additional NICS.

    I know the CPU and RAM are somewhat restrictive and I'm under no illusions that I'm going to have a full datacenter in there! I just need enough to run AD, Exchange, SQL, Citrix XenApp and Cisco Call Manager 8 with Unity... Again only Lab! :biggrin

    Does anyone know if its possible to up-spec the CPU? So many people have asked this in other forums but nobody seems to bite and reply... my educated guess would be no, but having worked in I.T. for so long, I know the old saying "where there's a will there's a way!" is so true :)

    Thanks in advance

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