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Hp ml115

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by craigie, Dec 28, 2009.

  1. craigie

    craigie Terabyte Poster

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    I'm most likely going to 'scratch my itch' and buy an HP ML115 tomorrow to make a better home lab.

    After doing a bit of research, I have found that www.redstore.com have the ML115 instock and they appear to have a decent google rating.

    I'm looking at the following specification:

    - 1 x HP ProLiant ML115 G5 AMD Opteron Quad Core 2.2GHz
    - 4 x 2GB Kingston ValueRAM 2GB DDR2 800MHz PC2-6400 200-pin Non-ECC Unbuffered CL6 Memory Module
    - 2 x Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 500GB SATA-II Hard Drive 3.5" Internal 7200rpm Buffer 16MB

    All in next day delivered for less than £440.00

    I have decided to upgrade my MCSE this year to MCITP:EA so need a piece of Hardware that can run several Server 2008 in Hyper V.

    Before, I part with the wonga, any of you hardware junkies got any advice? Apart from spend more money :biggrin
     
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  2. jk2447

    jk2447 Petabyte Poster Moderator

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    Nah mate sounds perfect go for it. Glad you chose those HD's as the .11's and below put out more noise but I hear the .12's as pretty quiet. You'll have to pass the Hyper-V exam once you get settled. Not just saying it but its as easy as the Vista MCST's so you'll have no trouble. Jimbo :biggrin
     
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  3. zebulebu

    zebulebu Terabyte Poster

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    Only to see whether you can stretch your budget to another box to run openfiler on for iSCSI and run ESXi on the ML115 instead of full-fat Windows (more resources for additional VMs) :biggrin
     
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  4. supernova

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    I have a same set but with a few extras, 8GB RAM and i installed a better RAID controller as the onboard is limited in ESXi 4 (doesnt fully support all RAID modes). Also I put ESXi 4 on a internal USB stick that it boots from.

    I have also used it with iSCSI via a openfiler box.
     
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  5. craigie

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    I spoke to the Mrs's about two boxes and the word 'divorce' was mentioned :biggrin

    Perhaps when we move to a bigger Bat Cave in the next couple of years.
     
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  6. craigie

    craigie Terabyte Poster

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    Yeah, I have heard good things about the .12. I know the 2.5" a meant to be some of the best on the market for Laptops.

    Hopefully, this will all be in stock tomorrow and the shop open, when I call in the morning.

    Oh, I think I might bet staying in, for the New Year, getting my geek on :oops:
     
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  7. craigie

    craigie Terabyte Poster

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    I have opted for 8GB RAM as well, just re-read my post and it appears misleading 4 x 2GB.

    Whats the inbuilt RAID like?, thats what I will be using for now.
     
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  8. supernova

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    lol

    just dont forget make sure AMD-VT (its down as something else that cant remember of the top of my head) is enabled in the bios.
     
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  9. Theprof

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    LOL.... I hear ya mate! My girl complains about the noise levels of the one and only ML115 I have in our room! I can forget about having two of them on there!
     
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  10. supernova

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    lol i thought it said 2 x 2GB

    It should work fine, if you not using mirror (RAID 0 = it fails to mirror without telling you) and you'll have to use the controllers BIOS to configure RAID sets. they may have fixed it in ESXi 4 U1

    Third party RAID controllers will offer better performance under heavy usage, especially controllers with a large write back cache (w/ battery backup of course). Fully supported one should be more configurable and have better reporting from within ESXi.
     
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  11. supernova

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    almost forgot the HP optimised version of ESXi is downloadable from HP not VMware (if you prefer, not sure of differences myself)
     
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  12. jk2447

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    Ha ha ha I'm repping you for that cos I PMSL. I've heard of 'gettin ma freak ownnn' but 'gettin ma geek on' :lol:

    I'm also glad someone else has to factor in the wrath of the XX chromosomed when buying home lab kit :rolleyes::eek::D:biggrin
     
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  13. Sparky
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    Ahhh, not just me then! :biggrin
     
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  14. craigie

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    The goods have been ordered :biggrin
     
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  15. jk2447

    jk2447 Petabyte Poster Moderator

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    . . . .and the divorce papers??? :biggrin
     
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  16. craigie

    craigie Terabyte Poster

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    Lol, not yet mate, can't wait to get the badboy installed.

    Forgot that I don't have a cabled connection in my Bat Cave, so I had to order a Linksys Wireless N USB.

    So in total, was just under £470.

    The Server and Hard Drives should arrive tomorrow, with the Memory and Wireless Adapter the day after.

    It's like Christmas all over again :D
     
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    I see that all you guys are getting these boxes, but how loud are they?
     
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  18. supernova

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    Well when you turn them on or reboot they sound like a jet taking off (the main fan is full on).
    However, this only lasts for a few seconds then they settle down and are almost silent.
     
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  19. jk2447

    jk2447 Petabyte Poster Moderator

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    Only loud when you first turn them on, then their as quiet as any desktop IMO. Join the club and get one Nugget :biggrin . . . or two :D
     
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  20. zebulebu

    zebulebu Terabyte Poster

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    Tru dat - try powering four on at once - deafening if you've (stupidly) got them placed at ear height - though running them all 24/7 in my man cave does mean I don't need to have any heating down there :D
     
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