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I just ordered the HP Microserver N40L, now what?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Taire2011, May 3, 2012.

  1. Taire2011

    Taire2011 Bit Poster

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    Hi Guys/Gals of CF,
    Got myself one the HP N40L microservers this week. I am intending on creating my first home/test environment, as I want to begin studying for my 70-680 exam. Now I know I need to upgrade the ram on it to 8GB (when funds permit). Currently have two laptops which I can use to remote into the server.
    In terms of software to install, which ones would you recommend I install on the N40L, what other hardware parts can I upgrade on it?
    If you have one of this machine, what set up have you gone with? Any ideas.

    Many thanks in advance.
     
  2. jamin100

    jamin100 Byte Poster

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    I have the N40L and am also doing the 70-680 so here's what ive done.

    Upgraded the ram to 8GB (about £30 from ebuyer)
    populated the server with disks
    Installed Windows Server 2008r2
    I the use hyper-v to create the virtual lab for 70-680 and can have 3 maybe 4 vm's running at any one time.
    You could use various virtualisation products even those that are free, i only chose Hyper-V because i have some exposure to it at work so thought the practice would come in handy.

    I also use my server as a file storage / backup solution for my other devices around the house...

    Great little boxes.
     
    WIP: 70-680
  3. Shadowrunner

    Shadowrunner Nibble Poster Premium Member

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    I've also just invested in one of these little marvels. I've upgraded the RAM to 8gb and installed VMWare ESXi 5 on it running 3 VMs at the moment, 2 x Win 2008 R2 and 1 x Win7. It came with a 250gb HDD so I've not felt the need to increase that, but I've got 3 drive bays free for when I do.

    Also, ESXi will boot from a USB stick which can be mounted internally so you're not wasting HDD space and resources with a Windows installation just to run VMs.

    SR
     
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  4. jamin100

    jamin100 Byte Poster

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    Yeh I really wanted to use ESXI but i couldnt get my storage disks to passthrough to the virtual machines which is why i went down the hyper-v route in the end
     
    WIP: 70-680
  5. ThomasMc

    ThomasMc Gigabyte Poster

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    Any reason why you wanted to do it that way?
     
    Certifications: MCDST|FtOCC
    WIP: MCSA(70-270|70-290|70-291)
  6. jamin100

    jamin100 Byte Poster

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    Just the possibility of running 1 more vm really due to the low resources that esxi uses compared to server 2008r2
     
    WIP: 70-680
  7. ThomasMc

    ThomasMc Gigabyte Poster

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    Sorry, What I should have said is why are you trying to pass the disk through to the VM, you normally just create a datastore on the ESXi host(using the available space on the HDD) and allocate space to the VM


    Skip forward to 1:30

    http://youtu.be/cUYtzccT4_k
     
    Last edited: May 4, 2012
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  8. Taire2011

    Taire2011 Bit Poster

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    Thanks for that info Jamin,

    Think thats what i will be doing, need to order my rams, then will follow a similar set up as you.
    Please which disk did you install into your little box? How far have you gone with your 70-780 exam/studies? what materials/resources you using?
     
  9. Taire2011

    Taire2011 Bit Poster

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    Cheers for the info Buddy
     

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