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HP ProLiant MicroServer from HP $199 + Free Shipping

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The HP proliant microserver is back again. This time it can be ordered directly on the HP site for $199 with free shipping.

To get to the page:

  1. Go to http://h20386.www2.hp.com/AustraliaStore/
  2. Put in the coupon in the affiliate box. (not my affiliate if that is what it truely is)
  3. There should then be a "Tech at Work Server Promotion" on the left. Click on this and order away.

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  • +3

    For extra info .. this took me a lil while to find .. here i was thinking it only took 1 HDD .. it takes 4! + 1 optical which i guess could be swapped to a 5th rive possibly ..

    My only concern .. 150W psu .. is this powerful enough ?

    At A Glance

    • Processor:
      o AMD Athlon™ II NEO N36L
      o AMD RS785E/SB820M chipset
    • Memory:
      o Two (2) DIMM slots
      o 1GB (1x1GB) Standard/8GB Maximum, using PC3-10600E DDR3 Unbuffered (UDIMM) ECC memory, operating at max. 800MHz
    • Storage Controller:
      o Embedded AMD SATA controller with RAID 0, 1
      o Embedded AMD eSATA controller for connecting external storage devices via the eSATA connector in the rear of the server
    • Storage Drive Support:
      o 4 Internal HDD Support
      o Maximum internal SATA storage capacity of up to 8.0TB (4 x 2TB 3.5" SATA drives)
    • Network Controller:
      o Embedded NC107i PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet Server Adapter
    • Expansion Slots:
      o Slot 1: PCI-Express Gen 2 x16 connector with x16 link
      o Slot 2: PCI-Express Gen 2 x1 connector with x1 Link
      o Slot 2-2: PCI-Express x4 slot for optional management card
    • USB 2.0 Ports:
      o Seven (7) USB 2.0 ports: 4 front , 2 rear, 1 internal (for tape)
    • Power Supply:
      o 150 Watts Non-Hot Plug, Non Redundant Power Supply
    • Management:
      o Optional MicroServer Remote Access Card
    • Operating System:
      o Supports Windows and Red Hat Linux
    • Form Factor:
      o Ultra Micro tower
    • Anyone know if the PSU is a standard size? I could probably swap a decent one out of an older system if it had trouble spinning up 4-5 HDD's.

    • +1

      The 150Wer would be more than enough.

      Even with all the HDD slots filled it wouldn't draw 90W DC total under maximum load. Maybe if you managed to squeeze a power hungry graphics card into it you might have trouble, but who buying this thing would be trying for a gaming box?

  • Very nice mate, it works!

  • +2

    fantastic. Bought 3, for a total of 4 at home :)

    • so obviously these are decent systems then?

      have you added extra ram into your existing unit? if so .. what did you bump it up to ?

      you running windows / unix on it ?

      sorry just trying to get an idea :)

      • great systems, buy it before it sells out in the morning.

        I was running windows 7, works fine. Haven't put any extra RAM in my existing one (yet)

        • using PC3-10600E DDR3 Unbuffered (UDIMM) ECC memory, operating at max. 800MHz

          ^— not sure if anyone can advised on that .. but its not possible to find DDR3 ECC ram at 800MHz .. I can only find it at 1333 MHz

          anyone able to make suggestions ?

        • +2

          Why can't you use 1333mhz ram? I always thought it was just a rating and all ram are "backwards speed compatible"?

        • Memory:
          o Two (2) DIMM slots
          o 1GB (1x1GB) Standard/8GB Maximum, using PC3-10600E DDR3 Unbuffered (UDIMM) ECC memory, operating at max. 800MHz

          ^— good question .. i just saw the max 800MHz and thought you werent able to buy anything higher ..

        • +2

          Nah you're fine with 1333. My desktop RAM I put in is way too fast for the motherboard, but it works fine.

          (Was just a cheap upgrade)

    • +1

      This is what 32 of them look like:

      Project: Massive Array of Inexpensive Servers aka MAIS

  • Btw .. cheapest on StaticIce is $349 .. so yeh this is one good find :D

  • Apologies for a noob question; But can you guys please tell me what purpose will you use them for?

    • +2

      Hey Ninja.. what cyrax is going to do with 4 of them I dont know ..

      Me personally .. I would move my Debian server over to one of the units.

      I would also remove all my HDD's out of my Windows computer and plug them in. One of these units would be better suited to running 24/7 for extended periods of time. It in theory should also be more power economical at the same time as its only got a tiny power supply.

      I'm not sure if Cyrax put a video card in his .. but I guess one option could possibly be to turn it into a media centre as well.

      It allows for 4 x 2TB hdd's so 8TB per server (32TB in Cyrax's case.. i wonder what type of movies he has :P )

      I dunno what else to write right now but hopefully that helps

      • +1

        media center x2. file server x2

        • any comments / feedback as to what you did to turn this into a media centre??

          did you have to do anything ?

          i'm guessing video card with hdmi output? any specs?

  • +1

    Thank you op. I missed the previous rush but got one this time. cheers.

  • Are these a good cheap option for a HTPC? Will get one if so!

    • Just remember to add an extra device to output sound.

  • Thank you very much!!
    i was just about to order from another store for $234, you just saved me $35! very happy!!

    • who else has these on special ? out of curiosity ..

  • So can these can play 1080p MKVs out of the box?

    • They can play but the built-in video card only has a VGA output so it can't display 1080p resolution. Throw-in a $50 video card and you're good to go.

      • +2

        Sure it can smoothly play 1080p MKVs even over VGA (running it now).

      • +2

        You're thinking of component or composite cables, VGA is capable of putting out 1080p, but some TV's don't allow it for unknown reasons. (It's just a resolution the monitor, in this case your TV needs to support.)

        • +2

          Component can do 1080p just fine also. (Not to be confused with composite.)
          Component, VGA, DVI, HDMI can all do full-HD well. But a given TV may do one better than others.

        • I've had that problem with a brand-new Sony Bravia! We're not talking about a cheap-n-nasty TV here, hey. It's serious gear, and I've done everything right… But the TV just will-not play friendly :(

      • +2

        VGA can do 1080p fine, it's just analog.

        edit: whoops, should have refreshed first!

    • +1

      not really up to playing HD out of the box in my opinion. the video is slightly choppy. And the server has no sound output as it is designed to be a server, so unless you plan to watch silent films, it isn't suitable as a htpc without buying additional stuff.

      just add a radeon 5450 card (make sure you buy one with a low profile bracket) and the one card does video and audio over hdmi making it a simple home theatre solution.

      even with the 5450 card, 720 is OK but 1080 is a little choppy until you install the official AMD radeon drivers. then it works perectly from my experience.

      Hope that helps

      • HD playback over the built-in VGA works fine (1080p H264 MKV at less than 30% CPU). Just get the right AMD drivers, codecs and enable DXVA (if on Windows) properly. For audio you can buy a few-dollar USB sound card on ebay and Bob's your uncle.

        If you already have an HDMI capable equipment (video+audio), then getting a cheap low-profile AMD or nVidia card is a good alternative.

  • Here we go again

  • can some one pls point me to some cheap 1T hdd and ECC rams? thx

    • +1

      you might as well get 2TB hard drives .. they would cost you bout $20 more

      however .. http://www.staticice.com.au <— best website to search for various products

      if you supply your city, someone might be able to advise better as to where to go :)

      • thanks for the heads up!!

      • why are people using this ram? do you have to use ecc ram because you can get normal 4gb sticks for $33 or so..

  • Thanks for the heads up.

  • -2

    Doesnt work now?

    • maybe coz im still logged in, but i was able to bring up the request page just then

  • +1

    you just cost me $200.

    i got mucked around by desstek first time.

    ordered one now.

  • Also. Is 2TB the biggest HDDs you can put on each sata port in this bad boy?

    • +1

      Storage Drive Support:
      o 4 Internal HDD Support
      o Maximum internal SATA storage capacity of up to 8.0TB (4 x 2TB 3.5" SATA drives)

      ^— i'd say yes :P

    • No you can put 3TB

      So max 12TB, non raid.

      • OK, but is 150 W power supply enough to run all those Hard Drives?

        • Yes. 3TB works fine

        • Yes. 3TB works fine

          Straight out of the box? Or does it require a BIOS update?

    • 2TB would be the best price per GB hard drive to put into this.

      The prices of 3TB drives make it cheaper to just order another unit and live with 8TB rather than 12.

      • +1

        1x HP microserver ($200) + 4x 2TB WD greens ($79ea) = $516 = $64.50 / TB
        1x HP microserver ($200) + 4x 3TB WD greens ($169ea) = $876 = $73.00 / TB

        So it's only ~13% more per TB for 3TB drives. I think I might go 3TB.

        • You've made a good point.
          People forget to include the total cost, not just the drives.

  • Shame it doesn't support 3 TB drives.

    • nvm, just read Turd's comment.

  • At last, we got one! :-)

    thanks, mate!

  • these are great, just finished setting up mine today as a torrentbox and xbmc, just got a cheapo USB audio card of ebay and works like a charm, handles 720P just fine, haven't tested with 1080p

    • How silently does it run?

      Do you hear its fan, etc. when you're working / reading quietly in the same room?

      • Google for some reviews. Plenty around, very detailed.

  • What can these be used for ?

    • file server, mail server, media server, torrent server, etc..

    • +1

      File or media server or torrent box, apparently. My PC handles all these tasks just fine so I can't find a use for it, personally.

    • +2

      NAS, HTPC/PVR, desktop PC, any server OS…

      Have a look what others have been using it for:

    • Spamming OzBargain :D

  • i want to run this machine as low power as possible what hdd brand do u guys recommend?

    • Anything 5400rpm?

    • +1

      Hitachi 2TB 5k3000 are quite popular.

    • It makes little (to no) difference. 6-8 watts difference, for 4 drives. Every 2nd electrical device in your house is burning that every night it's left on.

      Stick with a top-name, like Western Digital, Samsung, or Hitachi.

  • bought. cheers

  • So is this sought of like a NAS?

    • +1

      It's a low-power PC, with the capacity to take 4 hard drives.

      You can load whatever software you want on it.

    • You can load up Ubuntu and setup CIFS/Samba on it to work as a shared network drive, you can also load up Transmission which is a torrent client, Rsync to do backups from your computers,etc

      SO yes it can do everything a NAS does but you need to install and configure it all yourself…

      You could probably even try an os like FreeNAS (I never liked it though personally)

      • Thanks stewy, are there a lot of guides to set this sort of thing up? I am not computer illiterate but have never used linux or anything…

        • Yeah there is plenty of info and tutorials out there on various forums and blogs,etc..

          Alternatively there is Windows Home Server, I went for Ubuntu for more flexibility and to learn more about it…

  • +1

    So what, is this just a mini computer?

    Why not just use your old obsolete computer instead, and put the hard drives in that? You can even buy a cheap old PC for just $50.

    Like a few of the others on here, I'm not sure how this device is valuable.

    • +3

      it has a gigabit lan port (which most old PCs don't), extremely energy efficient, very easy to upgrade hard drives, and it has quite a few sata ports for hard drives

      in addition to this it is very small making it even more practical

    • I don't think you can build a PC with the same size for this price. So it may not be a reasonable comparison

      By the way, this uses very little power compared to a normal PC.

      So in short I think these are quite useful if you value
      1) Small and attractive HTPCs
      2) Low power usage

      Other owners may have other points.

      edit: above post beat me to the same points :D

    • if u put it this way then there is no advangate
      for me power, space and noise factor is important
      it ticks all the boxes for me so to me its worth it

    • +1

      Good luck finding a cheap old computer that can…
      - Render mkv's in 1080p without a hitch.
      - Use this little power.
      - Support 2TB HDD's, let alone 4 of them.
      - Transfer data over a network with Gigabit speeds.

      See what I did there? D:

      • Well if a component is properly coated, it shouldn't =)

      • +2

        If I take the first letter of each point, the sentence reads: "Good luck finding a cheap old computer that can…RUST". Is that what you did there?

    • You can even buy a cheap old PC for just $50.

      That is fine for a media-player that goes to standby when not in use.
      But if you use it as a 24/7 server it will cost ~$150/year (80W standby P4) in electricity (and increasing!)
      so the $50 is no bargain.

      • I have no idea why you'd choose a P4 for a system like that. An Athlon XP is a much better choice and it can even be undervolted if you want. I have an Athlon XP in my file server with 9 HDDs and the whole system uses ~60W at idle, ~70W under load. Before that I had a P3 that used 60W under load.

        Not saying you shouldn't get a system like in the OP if that's what you want, but certainly it's not the case that buying an old system means it has to be inefficient.

  • +5

    For anyone wanting information on configurations and possible uses, check this thread over at OCAU. Pretty sure any question you have has been answered here:

    Personally, I'm running Windows Home Server 2011 to act as a usenet download box, file server, and media streamer to my PS3. It can transcode 1080p MKVs to my PS3 without a problem.

    • great link, thanks mate… just ordered one after finding out all this extra info!

      and thanks for posting OP!

  • If I was turning this into a htpc/media centre would would I need?

    • video card (with HDMI, so audio is covered)…. see above comments already answering your question.

      but yes, this is my intention for this system too :).

      • Thanks, trying to think if I really need this and how much its going to cost me to get it running :P

  • awesome little boxes.. i'm running one with 2x2tb, win7 and ps3ms, and jst threw on one of those $5 wifi dongles from our friends at msy… works a treat!

    meanwhile.. does anyone want to offload their stock ram?

  • I know these are so cheap that the purchase is almost a no-brainer, and the low power consumption keeps cost of ownership down, but …
    The warranty is only one year (so it is probably a consumer-level device rather than a corporate-level device, and the build quality of consumer devices is not as good and, in particular, the power supplies are often fragile);
    these will often be configured for an important use like storing a huge data volume in a RAID array;
    users will become dependent on it, and then, just out of warranty, what happens when it breaks ?
    I have built a number of freeNAS servers. When they break, you need to be able to fix them quickly and cheaply.
    Any machine which comes in a small case will have custom parts, and the maintenance problems that come with that.
    The motherboard will likely be special.
    The power supply will likely be special. So may other components, even a power switch.
    A failure of any of these components after a year will probably require either a manufacturer-only part which is going to be expensive, because there is only one monopoly source, or you throw the box away because you can't get parts and there is no longer an similar equivalent device on sale at that price.

    This comment applies to anything in a small case - proprietary NAS devices, small form factor PCs, and this device.

    But if for a file server purpose you use a standard-size PC in a tower case, you have a wide choice of motherboards and a wide choice of power supplies. If anything breaks after a year, you can easily swap in another generic part.

    This is just a comment about small, custom PCs, and not to denigrate this deal which is undoubtedly cheap for what it is.

    • Mate at $200 it is expendable, just use software RAID and you'll be fine if the mobo craps out…

      Also for all you know this could be a standard Micro ITX board…. PSU can be replaced by a PicoPSU if it's not a standard SFX sized one…

    • so it is probably a consumer-level device

      No, it is low-end server grade. $200 is the clearance price. was much much more.

      The Mobo is custom. The power supply is sized for a rack-mount server, but can also be replaced by a solid-state PicoPSU.

        • Aren't the PicoPSUs DC-to-DC only ? What do you do about the mains-to-DC part ?
        • Where can PicoPSUs be sourced from in Australia ?
        • Haven't you ever used a laptop before?? external power brick converts AC-to-DC.

  • I was awoke with a sweet and decided to check this site, glad I did :).

  • Just bought one on impulse, been looking for a suitable NAS for years. I'm hoping I can get this one to play nice on a mixed Mac-Windows network as a NAS, torrent box and iTunes/media server.

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