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While these things have been around for some time now, I only just bought one the other day with some disks and extra RAM and am waiting for delivery (hopefully today) and I will be using it as a NAS.

But, I figured I'd post here to see who else has one and what they have done with it.

 

 

There is a heap of info over at OCAU on this - http://www.overclockers.com.au/wiki/HP_Microserver

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I'm pretty interested, but haven't pushed the button. What are you going to be using it for?

 

Are you going ESXi with pass-through HBA/storage? WHS or BSD/Solaris?

 

I don't have the time to play any more, so I was thinking either WHS or FreeNAS (latest Beta is looking good) on the Microserver and a RaspberryPi or JB AppleTV 3 running XBMC for HTPC.

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Are you going ESXi with pass-through HBA/storage?

The HP N40L and N36L does not do pass-through.

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Just storage at this stage, I am thinking of putting a GPU in for HTPC duties as well.

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Yeah that is a good write up. When I owned my n36l I thoroughly enjoyed the time I spent with it. Its a really well put together unit especially at that price point. I'd like to know if they make any money on it .

 

 

When I had it I used it as my training box for Solaris 11 and a few things running in virtual box before building my all in one ESXI white box.

 

 

Also a heads up currently $265 at shopping express.

 

www.shoppingexpress.com.au/buy/hp-proliant-n40l-microserver-nas-658553-371/658553-371

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Finally get some time to play with this thing....and my drives aren't showing in the BIOS!

I can hear them power up but nothing visible in BIOS or the OS (Ubuntu).

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Nope.

 

Doh, when I unplugged cables to install more RAM I didn't push the SATA cable all the way in, so it looked right but needed that tiny little bit more to click into place.

So now it is ok.

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Was going to say sounds like the backpain is fucked, The Mini sas cables can be a little pain, what kind of storage is yours going to hold?

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I'm unsure.

I'd love to play with ZFS and L2ARC, BTRFS/EXT4+LVM+RAID but I don't really want to be chopping and changing as it'll be my primary storage at home (media, backups, user data etc).

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I suppose it could also be used as a game server, for mine craft or similar. Nothing too intensive.

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I suppose it could also be used as a game server, for mine craft or similar. Nothing too intensive.

 

The N36L I used was more then happy running 4 OS's all doing things and was under load most of the time, One of which was a visualized minecraft server under windows 7 with 4gb of ram.

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I went with Ubuntu 12.04 with mdadm RAID5+LVM+ext4.

 

Still copying all the data off the old server, but once that is done I can make it a 6TB array instead of just 4, which will be nice.

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I have used the N36Ls for a few clients now.

 

The NAS project I got POTM for a while ago has since been greatly expanded and these little guys seemed the perfect fit.

 

I pretty much run them with Samba, Netatalk (servicing time machine), Freepbx where warranted, rsync and I have recently been using crashplan to backup those servers that are out in the wild.

 

It's relatively simple to get them to offer VPN connection too. I haven't seen one really break a sweat so far.

 

I used a similar processor and board to build a similar low wattage server for home but had hard disk requirements that the small form factor couldn't service. I still have one here though that I use for testing and prebuilds before rolling out updates.

 

I sincerely love these things. The current contract I have is for a client with about 60 sites around the country. Currently their setup on each is about as guerrilla as you get and I am trying to slowly bring them up to something better. At the moment, workstations are being used as "servers" for each site with minimal backups traversing the VPN. This would be a scenario where I could see a low cost, multi disk server working to aggregate backups and even if I can't improve the data allocation to the WAN, I could see at least a monthly snapshot occurring to disk.

 

I have noticed the price increase from the previous model to the N36L though but still, if you can find them cheaper, they make for a great little DIY NAS.

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