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HP ProLiant ML310e Gen8 Micro ATX Tower (4U) Server System Intel Xeon E3-1220V2 3.1GHz 4C/4T 4GB No Hard Drive 686232-S01

  • Intel Xeon E3-1220V2 3.1GHz 4C/4T
  • 4GB DDR3
  • 32GB MAX Memory Capacity
  • No Hard Drive
  • HP 350W Power Supply
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The HP ProLiant ML310e Gen8 Server series is perfect entry server suitably for growing businesses. It offers a steadfast solution for small and medium sized businesses that are budget conscious and have limited or no in-house IT resources.

Complete with proven ProLiant reliability, the ML310 Gen8 supports Intel Xeon, Core i3, Pentium G series processors and and RPS with 2 NICS. A mix of PCI-Express slots, DIMM slots and server options delivers the expandability needed. Integrated iLO4 remote management drives down the operational costs by reducing the number of physical visits. Optional TPM provides for additional level of security.  The standard power supply and RPS both are available now with more efficient and reduces power consumption further. Intelligent Provisioning OS install utility running from on-board flash memory.

  • newegg The User Experience that Puts HP ProLiant in a Class of its Own The HP ProLiant ML310e Gen8 Server series comes with HP Agentless Management running on the iLO 4 chipset which provides agentless hardware monitoring and alerting capabilities that start working the moment a power cord and an Ethernet cable are connected to the server. Active Health System is an essential component of the HP iLO Management Engine that monitors and records changes in the server hardware and system configuration 24x7. It assists in diagnosing problems and delivering rapid resolution when system failures occur. HP Intelligent Provisioning offers the ability for simple, out-of-the box single-server deployment and configuration without the need for media. HP Smart Update Manager enables firmware and software updates with dramatically reduced downtime. The new HP SmartDrive improves serviceability with features such as the icon-based status display and Do Not Remove LED.
  • newegg Built for Efficiency The HP ProLiant ML310e Gen8 Server series supports high efficiency HP Platinum Plus common-slot power supplies with optional hot plug, redundant power supply. First 3D array of temperature sensors (part of HP Thermal Discovery Services) helps precisely control server fans to direct cooling, reducing unnecessary fan power. It supports 1600MHz DDR3 memory, with up to four DIMMs for maximizing performance. ENERGY STAR compliant configurations illustrate the HP commitment to helping customers conserve energy and save money.
  • newegg Easy to Expand and Grow with Changing Business Needs The HP ProLiant ML310e Gen8 Server series provides plenty of room to grow to handle future needs, with hard disk drive capacity up to 3 TB, and internal storage configurations with up to 8 small form factor (SFF) and 4 large form factor (LFF) devices. Four PCI Express (PCIe) slots, including two PCIe Generation 3 slots, provide additional I/O performance. The new HP drive carrier offers easier management, enhanced capacity and reduced serviceability errors.

Learn more about the Hewlett-Packard 686232-S01

Main

Brand
HP
Series
ProLiant ML310e Gen8
Model
686232-S01
Type
Micro ATX Tower (4U)
Rack Height
4U/Tower

Processor

CPU Type
Intel Xeon E3-1220V2 3.1GHz 4C/4T
Cache Memory
8MB
CPU Features
69W

Mainboard

Chipset
Intel C204 Chipset

Memory

Installed Memory Size
4GB
Memory Type
DDR3
MAX Memory Capacity
32GB
Memory Features
4 DIMM slots
Unbuffered ECC
ECC

Storage

Hard Drive (Installed)
No Hard Drive
Storage Controller
HP Dynamic Smart Array B120i Controller
HDD Interface
SATA/SAS
Media Drives
HP Half-Height SATA DVD-RW

Networking

Ethernet Controller
HP Ethernet 1Gb 2-port 330i Adapter

Expansion

Expansion Slots
4
Expansion Bays
4 LFF SAS/SATA HDD cage; includes 3 LFF hard drive blanks

Power

Power Characteristics
HP 350W Power Supply

Physical Spec

Dimensions
14.5".x 6.89" x 18.71"

Features

Features
HP iLO Management Engine

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


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  • Michael B.
  • 10/13/2013 5:10:50 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

2 out of 5 eggsnot such a great deal anymore

Pros: HP quality. cool silver color now.

Cons: Server uses only new GEN8 HP proprietary disks so I can no longer buy WD raptor drives and insert into inexpensive generic drive tray. I hHad to buy HP branded disks for 3 times the cost of the basic ones that I used to be able to just slide into a generic drive carrier so this is no longer an option for a cost effective server. If this concerns you try to find an HP G7 server or buy another brand of server.

Other Thoughts: Great if you don't care what your server costs. Maybe there is some advanced functionality that rich enterprises may want in these new more advanced drive (same drive but with some new firmware and drive carrier) but for the lower end SMB I can't imagine anyone would want this feature. as of today (Oct 2013) you can find generic drive sleds that have some electronics in them but I'm not sure if they work with regular SATA drives and they are about 3x-4x the cost of the G7 drive trays each. Thumbs down for greedy HP gouging SMB customers.

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  • Joseph S.
  • 8/13/2013 6:08:27 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsNice server, drive trays now readily available.

Pros: It's a HP server, high quality at a good cost.

Cons: You do need to buy Gen8 drive trays to use 3rd party drives. The Gen8 trays is slightly different than previous generations and the older ones will not fit in the server. They were hard to get at first but are now readily available from US based retailers.

Other Thoughts: Most OEMs (Dell, etc.) charge a huge markup on their drives, even with the cost of the trays to use 3rd party drives it's still similar or lower in cost and you get a better warranty.

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  • Michael B.
  • 5/8/2013 3:26:28 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

2 out of 5 eggsMeh - proprietary

Pros: HP quality and forward thinking technology (I guess). Cool new paint job.

Cons: The new GEN 8 servers use HP GEN 8 hard drives that are highly proprietary and expensive. The drive are smaller than the previous generation but also use a new drive carrier design which has some electronics in them which interface with the drive and back plane so that you can no longer purchase inexpensive performance drives such as WD Raptor and generic HP drive carriers. The cost of 2x 1TB 7200 RPM HP drives is more than this base server! Also uses new HP 'Smart memory' though I have read that if you use older HP memory or possibly generic memory that BIOS will past a warning on boot. Not sure what the benefit is of this smart memory other than forcing you to pay more for HP OEM memory.

Other Thoughts: I do small jobs for SMB's using high value servers and based on HP locking you into use their way overpriced OEM drives and memory I will never use HP again for my servers since the effectively no longer make value orientated servers. If you can still pickup an ML110 G7 go with that since it readily accepts generic memory and generic drive carriers with any SATA drive. I would have returned this server but decided to pass along the extra cost of drives to my customer rather than passing along shipping costs to return this in addition to a restocking fee but I'm pretty upset at HP, though it serves me right for jumping in and buying the new gen 8 server without proper research. Hopefully this post helps someone.

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  • Alexander C.
  • 2/22/2013 9:59:42 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsGreat professional level server for home

Pros: For a very reasonable price you get a real server, that may ideally fit to your home network.

Cons: No Gen8 HDD caddy trays in the real world! Shame to HP!

Other Thoughts: This is a great professional level server for home or a small office. I've bought it for my home, installed windows server 2012 essentials (for a very reasonable price) and got a very useful addition to my home network. I can monitor health of the home computers, make regular backups of their data, I have shared access to the documents, pictures and media files.

Some additional notes:

1. Do not buy this computer, if you don't know, what to do with it, or if you don't know somebody, who could help you. It's not just a desktop, it's not end-user friendly. It requires a little bit more than basic knowledge about computers and networks. I've been having a deal with computers 25 years, and I spent a week to make the server work properly.

2. This server goes without any HDD. And that's right: you can use probably any SATA HDDs - not only HP-branded. However you should be aware, that you're gonna face to an absolute unavailability of Gen8 drive tray caddies in the whole world. Gen8 trays are not compatible with the previous generations. HP doesn't sell them separately - only together with their HDDs (that cost too much). I wasn't able to find them anywhere - newegg, ..., etc. - anywhere in the internet! I had to remake 3 blank caddy fillers, that went with the server - to accept my HDDs (2 2Tb Samsungs and 2 3Tb WDs). With the 4th HDD I just had to bind it with some screws (preliminarily drilling a couple of holes in the HDD cage).

3. It's not true, that you need to use only HP branded memory in this server. There's a good site - kingston.com. You go there and select the memory for practicaly any system. You take the model number, go back to newegg and buy them here cheaper. I've bought 3 additional SDRAM modules (Kingston 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM ECC DDR3 1600 System Specific Memory Model KTH-PL316E/4G) and now have 16Gb of memory on board, that run perfect.

4. In contrast to corporate class blade servers, HP Proliant ML310e is very quiet and power-effective. It looks like an ordinary desktop and doesn't require any rack stands for installation. Nevertheless it's a real professional server, loaded with the most real features, that the big servers have.

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  • Brandy H.
  • 12/13/2012 8:18:38 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsNot a bad Server Thus Far

Pros: I read so many articles saying that This server requires HP brand hard Drives and beyond that requires Hp brand HDD specific to Gen 8. This is un-True. I have installed WD Veli drives and works like a charm. HP Array controller says These are not genuine HP Drives and thus the Led lights will not be controlled. Um I don't Care Thanks though HP!!

This makes the Server much more pleasing for the price I paid and since it is going to Africa and the HP drives take months to get over there and Gen 8 equip is not even available there yet, I am happy I can use another type of drive.

Compact and well built as tower servers go Cooling is quiet good as well stays as roughly 29 C in 75 F amib environment at about ~20% load. Good in my book. I also like very much that HP built a separate build of ESXI for this machine allows for virtual expansion that I did not think I would be able to accomplish with this box.

Currently it is running 1 DC @008 R2 1 File Server 2008 R2 and 4 client machines without any issues again Load currently sits at ~20%. Significantly better than using Server OS and vmware workstation 8 or Hyper V with Networking problems.

All in all I am quite happy with it and pleasantly surprised with the HDD compatibility.

Cons: The Drive trays are extremely difficult to get ahold of without purchasing an hp drive. UGH Come on HP lets play nice. The articles about the HP smart memory being required is correct. Standard non HP Ram will not work so give it up on that one. But you will save quite a lot on not purchasing the HP drives. So I am fine with that the HP mem is quite a bit more precise in any case.

Quite a nosily little box if I do say so my self but Given most people will have it in a server room no worries on that one.
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