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HP G8 G1610T Microserver Computer $269 + Shipping @ Shopping Express

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OZB-EPIC-MICROSERVER

In this past 1 month, i've been receiving many queries to bring the G8 Microserver "Dream Price" $269 back. It's a very difficult price for us to repeat but ozbargain's recent great support for ShoppingExpress has convinced us to do it 1 more time. 200 units will be up for sale at $269 + Shipping, i've also include the compatible Kingston 8GB Ram on sale at $99 + Shipping.

To enjoy the prices below, please use coupon code: OZB-EPIC-MICROSERVER at checkout

Update 27-7-15 4:01PM AEST
Kingston RAM sold out, more of them on the way, earliest dispatch is next week, so anyone that want the microserver earlier, please make your purchase on seperate order with the ram, thank you.


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  • +1 vote

    This is an amazing price for an Intel-based Microserver with iLO!

    • +3 votes

      Keep in mind that full remote control requires an iLO Advanced license, which is an additional purchase. Or just get a trial key if you need it just for a short period.

      • +9 votes

        I bought the iLO Advanced license from an eBay seller for US $18.50. http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/F-S-NEW-RETAIL-512485-B21-ILO-ADV...

        Works great to allow remote control from my desktop PC.

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          That is an excellent find.

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          Same here. I purchased from this seller though - http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/131318432206

          Message the seller and mention that you want the code emailed. He'll tell you to use the Make Offer and will send you an invoice without shipping.

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          Are those iLO licenses subscriptions that must be renewed after expiry to keep using them? The descriptions say 1YR.

        • +2 votes

          @samlor:

          license is perpetual and supposed to be for the life of the Server. the 1yr is for support.

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          @j03: Oh, gotcha, thank you. 1 Year technical support and updates according to a fuller description, thanks. And, I presume this would be required to power cycle the server without physical access in case the OS hangs as per my other question below?

        • +1 vote

          @samlor: You can power cycle using the iLo basic license that is included. The advanced license is mainly for remove KVM.

        • +2 votes

          cheaper option for iLO Advanced License. 24 AUD no conversion fee. http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/181824306279

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          @noz:
          You do realise they are just using a really easy to find key gen to profit from you with those keys right

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          @stumo:
          Not necessarily. They are providing genuine looking documents with the key on them. It's not like they are just emailing you a code. I'm still waiting for my original document which I ordered from one of the US sellers.

          Will report how genuine it looks/seems when I receive it.

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          @stumo:
          You are making a big assumption there.

        • +1 vote

          @stumo:
          To report: The license from the US ebay seller for USD$18.50 arrived today.

          It is genuine as expected in the original envelope (although opened so they could email it ahead of the post) and shown in the images with the HP printed documentation for the end user agreement etc. I had mine shipped to shipito in the US for free and then it was only a couple of dollars to airmail to Australia. That Australian link looks OK too for a few dollars less.

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        IS the iLO Advanced license needed for remote access if the thing is running on Linux?

        NB: My current N40L is on Linux and I use Webmin for remote access.

        • +3 votes

          The iLo is in addition to any OS remote management system.

          e.g. If Linux crashes and won't boot you can use iLo to remote into system as though you had plugged in monitor and K/B to box. This is useful if it is in an out of the way place.

          If it is next to your TV/computer it is probably not needed as you have direct access to it.

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        Keep in mind that full remote control requires an iLO Advanced license, which is an additional purchase

        Does "remote" mean outside my local LAN?

        ie. If I remote into the iLO from within my local LAN, does this require the advanced license?

        • +1 vote

          Remote mean you are not sitting in front of it looking at the server via the screen hooked up directly to the server.

          You only need advanced license if you intend to remote control the server after the Operating system has fully booted. With the standard license you can do pretty much everything until the O/S booted up and iLO assume you have other mean of control afterwards.

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          @alo1234: If the OS hangs then can you power cycle without physical access, remotely via the iLO or do you need the Advanced license for that?

        • +2 votes

          @samlor:
          u can power cycle it without the ilo license.

    • +1 vote

      What is iLO?

      • +3 votes

        Integrated Lights Out (iLO).

        It's a feature on HP servers that provides remote management, health alerting, console, etc. It works on low-level hardware layer, so you do things like remote BIOS configuration, physical power toggle, etc.

  • +1 vote

    That is epic!

  • +13 votes

    And here I am not 24 hours into the "no more spending on things, we need to start saving for a new car" talk I had with the missus! She knows the N54L HTPC is getting tired, perhaps if I make Real Housewives start to stutter and freeze she'll reconsider starting our money diet NEXT week :)

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      I know what you mean … The old one should sell for $100 - $150 .. So it's only $120 out of pocket
      Hmmm decisions

    • +4 votes

      What are you using your N54L for? Just a media server?
      I'm still rocking a N40L and it plays anything i throw at it without stutter and some of my files are 30+GB (I'm using freeNAS)

      • +2 votes

        I'm rocking on the N36L I got on Ozbargain way back for $169. Put in an AMD5450 silent gfx card and it plays everything, including FHD 1080

        We'll see what happens when x265 videos become more common.

      • +1 vote

        Got mine wrong, it's an N40L, I was reading up on the N54L and wrote that in instead. I LOVE the machine, but I also use it as my workstation as well as fileserver for the WDTV x 2, Plex, and also for the kids to watch media from on their iPads. It's got 8GB RAM and having too many Chrome tabs open as well as other day to day stuff it's just not as fast as it used to be.

        Plus really… who here NEEDS a reason to upgrade hardware??

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        I am trying to sell a N40L. Trying to consulate 3 into 1.

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      Do they use the same ram? I have two N40L's that run important stuff and I wonder how long they will continue. Makes sense to upgrade for $269 if the ram is the same.

  • +3 votes

    Hi OP, how about another Intel NUC special i3 or i5?

    • +14 votes

      Will look into this, TA's been bugging me for a while already, perhaps it may feature soon.

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        Thanks, looking to get Intel NUC or Gigabyte brix, let us know for the special deal, greatly appreciated,

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    Dum-dum here………what does it do? :/

    • +3 votes

      It's a server; it does what you tell it to do.

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        LOL, it'd be good to have a machine do what I tell it to.

        As a server, what could it "hold"? ie: what kind(s) of website.

        • +9 votes

          This unit is similar to a home PC, except it has been specifically designed to perform as a "server"

          A server can be many things in a home network.
          A File server hosts files on the network so they can be accessed from multiple computers.
          A print server can server printers to multiple machines on the network.
          A web server can host the required files for a website.
          A media server can host a database of all your media files and stream them to multiple machines.

          This machine could be used for any number of purposes, not just a single use.

        • +1 vote

          @TOm77: Thank you for explaining it, appreciated.

  • +2 votes

    Must resist … Don't need it yet ..arghhh ozbargain ..
    Great deal though

  • +1 vote

    Couldnt resist…ordered…
    Going to play with ESX on this….currently sitting in an Vmware ESX course now. Great timing.

  • +1 vote

    Time to upgrade my N54L. Thanks!

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    Pulled trigger on this…..epic price..!!

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    Passed this onto a guy at work who was keen, awesome deal SE!

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    Nope… Must not be tempted…

  • +1 vote

    Are these still USB 2.0? Or, HP has finally upgraded these microserver to have USB 3.0?

  • +2 votes

    Awesome. Been waiting for a deal like this. Now I want to set up Plex on this!

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      Am thinking of getting this for sole purpose of Plex also. Will this have enough grunt to transcode 1080P contents efficiently? Currently using my main rig as a plex server but don't like it being on 24/7.

      • +3 votes

        Should be fine for 1 x 1080p transcode (Plex recommends 2000 cpumark per 1080p transcode and this has 2331).

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          Perfect. This should go well with the 2 x 5TB HDD that was on sale recently from Officeworks :)

        • +7 votes

          @No Child Support:
          you should stress test those 5TB. Both of mine I returned after putting them on this MicroServer. Good thing I had tools to properly yank those casing without breaking em. Gotten a refund since from Officeworks. Not convinced with Seagates 5Tb & 8tb SMRs. I've had nothing but high rate failures. 3 x 5tb so far & 3of4 x 8tb fail (1 still reporting good but am now just using for COLD backups as it was intended for).

          Though I do know of others "using" them without problems so far, I've personally lost confidence with em.

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          @j03:

          What software you use to stress test them.

        • +2 votes

          @j03: I havent had much issues with the 8tb version at all in the n40l. Slow write times as expected but other than that all good so far and serves up 1080p no issues at all over eop.

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          @j03:

          What tools?

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          @justtoreply:

          none fancy tools eg. a coupla runs of windows full format (untick quick format). A lil bit more fancy.. hddtune pro trial.

          then verify the smart stats.

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          @j03:

          I was asking about physical tools.. where you said "Good thing I had tools to properly yank those casing without breaking em. "?

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          @justtoreply:

          oh ha! i c.

          Just part of my workload I service AIO & various notebooks/ultrabooks/apple stuff etc.

          I used the same plastic fastener trim clip removal tool on these seagate cases. I did a quick search on youtube to find the positions of the clips though.

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    can i use this as a NAS?

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    Hi Store Rep, I just clicked on the link and it says $369.00

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    Damn you!!!
    I've been looking for a NAS/Microserver option for the past two weeks. Made a purchase elsewhere at about 10:30am, then this comes online not 20 mins later! :(

    Still purchased this one lol. I'll work something out for the other item.

    This should make a decent enough server for FreeNAS + Plex. Has a passmark of 2331, and they usually suggest 1500 for 720p transcoding, 2000 for 1080p.

    Thanks!

  • +2 votes

    The other interesting note about the announcement is the date. The HP ProLiant Gen9 servers are due out on September 8. The company also said that we would see DDR4 and Haswell architectures with the HP Gen9 server lineup. The company also cited that the Intel Developer Forum on September 9-10 in San Francisco would be a place where we would hear more about the line-up. With the major Apple event scheduled for 9/9/2014 there is a likely date for the Haswell-EP (Intel Xeon E5-2600 V3) that we can deduce from this, even if Intel is mum on the subject.

    Maybe this is why.

    Copied from google…

  • +4 votes

    Technical specifications for those looking for details:

    http://h20195.www2.hp.com/v2/gethtml.aspx?docname=c04123182

    Entry Model
    HP ProLiant MicroServer Gen8 G1610T 1P 2GB-U B120i NHP SATA Server
    712317-xx1 (xx is country code key , xx=37 APD / Asia excluding Japan)
    Processor (1) IntelĀ® CeleronĀ® G1610T (2.3GHz/2-core/2MB/35W) Processor
    Cache Memory 2MB (1 x 2MB) L3 cache
    Memory 2GB (1 x 2GB) PC3-12800E DDR3 UDIMM NOTE: Total of 2 DIMM slots.
    Network Controller HP Ethernet 1Gb 2-port 332i Adapter
    Storage Controller HP Dynamic Smart Array B120i Controller
    Hard Drive None ship standard
    Internal Storage 4 LFF NHP SATA HDD cage; includes 4 LFF hard drive carriers
    Optical Drive Bay None ship standard
    PCI Slots 1 standard (1-Low Profile) PCIe 2.0
    Power Supply
    150W Non-Hot Plug, Non-Redundant Power Supply (all models except EMEA)
    200W Non-Hot Plug, Non-Redundant Power Supply (EMEA only)
    Fans One (1) Non-redundant system fan ships standard
    Management
    HP iLO Management Engine
    Optional: iLO Essentials; iLO Advanced
    Operating System None
    Form Factor Ultra Micro Tower
    Warranty Server Warranty includes 1-Year Parts, 0-Year Labor, 0-Year Onsite support with next business day response

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      Thanks for that. I was thinking I could buy this and throw Server Essentials on it and using it as a file server - but its probably not quite grunty enough.

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        Why server essentials?

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          for work. Not thinking of using this as a HTPC.

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          @paizuri

          Install Windows SRV2012R2 CORE. Join it in your domain. Works fine as a fileserver. For another matter, useful as a Backup Server to store your repositories.

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          @j03:

          Thanks. Joined Ozbargain coz of this bargain. We have several of these used exactly for that purpose. Backup Repository Storage. And they've been in operation 24/7 for over a year now faultless (touchonwood).

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          @br3tt:

          What tool do you use to backup your repositories? I have a W2012 R2 Server with the Essentials and have been looking to setup some sort of online offsite backup.

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          @j03:

          Essentials has to be the DC and AD root, so maybe he wants to use it for that because he doesn't have other servers?

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    Any SSD deals to go with this?

  • +1 vote

    Which was followed by WD Red HDD "Dream Pricing" …
    Thanks SE

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    So do you install your own OS on this or does it come with its own?

    I currently have a custom built PC with WHS 2011 and wondering if I can use this as the OS?

    • +1 vote

      Your own OS. I use WHS 2011 on an earlier model HP microserver (and use it with plex) … works great.

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        So in that case I won't have to reformat my current 3TB NTFS disks to ext4 or anything? (unlike those WD Nas options)

        hmmm pretty tempted now pending the wifes approval

  • +2 votes

    How would I know if I need this equipment? It is always a difficult question when there is something popular appearing in OZBargain -> "Do I need this?"

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    Anyone have one of these? I've got an older model but this is tempting, just not sure on the Celeron CPU and it looks like the Xeon chips that go into these things are hard to find now.

    SY

    • +5 votes

      I bought one in the Shopping Express End FY sale. I just upgraded the CPU to a Xeon E3-1265L Processor 2.4GHz SR0G0
      http://www.ebay.com/itm/Intel-Xeon-E3-1265L-Processor-2-4GHz...

      The Celeron perform fairly well on its own. I ran Passmark before and after upgrade.
      CPU score went from 2,429 on Celeron G1610T @ 2.30GHz to 5,663 on Xeon E3-1265L @ 2.40GHz.
      Has twice as many cores as well as Hyper Threading and Turbo mode. I suggest trying with just the Celeron and only upgrade if you are experiencing 100% CPU slowness.

      Some more discussion here:
      http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/topic/6596-hp-mi...

      • +1 vote

        Interesting. I was able to source a Xeon-E31265LV2 (on the CPU clearly saying LV2) and my CPU score is always mid 7k. I would most likely wait for the gen9 rather than spending for a XEON CPU upgrade. Mine cost over $400 end of last year. Now its impossible to get.

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          Actually I got E3-1265L v2 last Friday on eBay (http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/151752636642) for ~ $366 AUD (with shipping) so it's not impossible to get :-)

          Price was $235 USD

          Edit: Added NOT :-)

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          @derekrak:

          you might've bought the last ones in this planet. try it now. ;) almost impossible unless u wanna spend >$500.

          edit: oh ok someone selling e3-1265Lv2 for 250USD + $31.82USD post.. a piece.

          also 1265L is clocked at 2.4ghz vs 1265Lv2 @2.5ghz. doesn't really matttta.

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          [@j03]:

          Curious what will the difference be between the 1265L and 1265L v2.

          I'll run Passmark on mine .. whenever it decides to arrive and will post results here.

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          Yeah by the time you upgrade to Xeon these aren't really worth it, unless u really need the small footprint.

          I decided to go the used route, hp ML350 g6 $250 off eBay and upgrade to Xeon l5630 40w tdp cpu for $40. The server is still under onsite warranty until the end of the year too!

          Then I've still got 18 ram slots and a second CPU if I need even more grunt, vs a maxed out micro server.

        • +2 votes

          Stumo has the right idea, having my time again I would not bother with this. I bought a Gen8 on the EOFYS deal and its nice unit for what it is, but all the upgrades are killing me. Great size, lots of drive bays, but out of the box its really only good for a NAS operation. Whilst it can be upgraded all the upgrades are expensive. It stops becoming a bargain the minute you upgrade it. I could not resist the temptation to make it more than it was intended to be and now I regret it going down that path.

          I saw it had a CPU socket but failed to realize all the suitable CPU's were old, hard to find, expensive. The RAM required is quite specific and expensive (rarely on sale compared to other DDR3).

          If you buy this with the intent of upgrading it you should be doing it for small form factor or the love of fiddling with it and enjoying the process.

          Also beware the images all include optical drive which is not included. As others have said this is misleading. Yes its not on the specs but still worth noting for those who buy first and read the specs closely later.

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          @j03:
          I can't seem to find the E3-1265L listed on ark.intel.com.
          The E3-1265Lv2 is listed though.
          Any thoughts as to why this is?

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          @fury:

          I believe E3-1265L were commonly distributed for OEM. ie HP, DELLs, etc.

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        How do you find the noise levels before vs after the upgrade to the Xeon?

        Did you have to change the cooling profile / fan speed in the bios?

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          It seems to be about the same.
          I did increase the cooling one stop (I can't remember the terms, but I went from most quiet to slightly less so, but not the extreme cooling option).
          There is a slight fan noise but I find it quite soft.

          I probably didn't even need to do that as being winter air intake is quite cool.
          CPU is running around 56c which is well below 70c that some people mention as OK, (make sure you use a program like CPU Thermometer as iLO CPU temp is always 40c).

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          @ruddj: Thanks. I'm sitting on the edge about upgrading to the 1265l and noise is a big concern as it's going to be in my bedroom.

          Have you run some stress tests on it yet? Most figures I've seen indicate around the 60-70c under load. That's core temps. I think the iLO only gives case temps right?

          Out of interest - what made you upgrade? I'm looking at using the box as an esxi host with maybe 3-4 VM's running at a time, which I'm thinking might be a bit much for the celeron to handle.

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