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HP ProLiant MicroServer G7 N54L 1P 4GB-U Non-hot Plug SATA 150W PS Server (744900-001)

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The HP ProLiant MicroServer is a general purpose server that provides a platform to organize and safeguard your business information, allow effective communication with customers, and make the most of your existing office equipment and resources. The HP MicroServer is a cost effective starter server for businesses with fewer than 10 clients and it takes your business to the next level of productivity and efficiency.

  • newegg Simple to Own and Easy to Use The HP ProLiant MicroServer delivers server performance but at a PC price. It is designed to make adding drives or peripherals a breeze. At a 22 dBA noise level, it stays quiet for an ergonomic working environment. Space-saving design makes it ideal for the small office.
  • newegg Proven HP Dependability and Support HP has built a reputation of dependability by conducting some of the most rigorous and thorough testing in the industry. System testing and process control ensures only the most dependable products for the customers. Worldwide network of HP trained service is available.
  • newegg Reliability and Expandability Error checking and correction (ECC) memory minimizes the likelihood of memory corruption. RAID 0, 1 prevents data loss and ensures around-the-clock reliability. Supports up to four LFF SATA pluggable hard disks and up to 8GB of RAM.

Learn more about the Hewlett-Packard 744900-001

Main

Brand
HP
Series
MicroServer
Model
744900-001
Type
Ultra Micro Tower

Processor

CPU Type
AMD Turion II Model Neo N54L
Number of CPU Cores
Dual-Core Processor
MAX Processors
1

Memory

Installed Memory Size
4GB
MAX Memory Capacity
8GB
Memory Features
2 DIMM slots
2R x8 PC3-10600E-9

Storage

Hard Drive (Installed)
No Hard Drive ( Supports up to (4) LFF SATA non-hot plug drives)

Graphic Controller

Video Memory
Up to 128 MB

Networking

Ethernet Controller
1Gb NC107i Ethernet Adapter 1 Port per controller

Expansion

Expansion Slots
(2) PCIe; For detail descriptions reference the QuickSpec
Expansion Bays
5

Power

Power Characteristics
(1) 150W non-hot plug, non redundant power supply kit Multi-output

Physical Spec

Dimensions
15.74" x 12.4" x 14.75" (H x W x D)
Weight
17lbs

Quick Info


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  • Troy W.
  • 7/29/2014 10:03:02 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggspoor customer service

Pros: decent design, fit many needs... almost.

Cons: HP now requires you to pay for firmware and other updates after product warranty expires (1 year) which is NOT clearly described with the original product warranty.

Other Thoughts: Since HP has chosen the route of extorting customers with products instead of putting customers needs first, I've decided to never purchase another HP product for the rest of my life. Congrats HP, you deserve to fail now.

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  • David M.
  • 6/30/2014 8:10:04 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWonderful Experience

Pros: Quiet
Small
Runs cool (averages ~36C, maxes out ~57C)
Reliable
Awesome support from HP
Low power consumption
Relatively easy to work on

Cons: Processing power is a little lacking but that is expected with an AMD Turion II.
Had one issue early on with the motherboard where the server wasn't able to boot up at all (wouldn't post or anything). However HP support was very easy to deal with and they promptly shipped me out a replacement motherboard, free of charge, which resolved all of my problems.

Other Thoughts: Running with:
Windows Server Essentials 2012
Upgraded to 8GB of RAM (Kingston 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) ECC Unbuffered Server Memory Model KVR1333D3E9SK2/8G)
2x2TB WD Red drives
1x1TB WD Blue drive
1x500GB WD Blue drive (mounted in the optical drive space using KINGWIN HDM-229 Metal Mounting Kit)
1x250GB drive

Have this running as my home server that I use mainly for streaming content to a Roku 3 using Plex. Works great, but because it only has an AMD Turion, it struggles to transcode large 1080p content, but this is expected. Most of the content I watch isn't in 1080p and if it is, I can convert the media in advance to a format that doesn't need transcoding for the Roku. Bought this over building myself a new rig primarily because I wanted something that would use very little power and that would be "server" reliable, and that's exactly what this little box has been.

Other things I use it for as well:
- File sharing server (can access files from anywhere using Tonido)
- Mumble server
- Print server
- Crashplan backup destination
- Photo backup server using Bittorrent Sync
- Remotely manage it via Teamviewer

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  • James S.
  • 4/25/2014 12:16:33 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Perfect freenas box. Quiet, small, easy to install drives.

Cons: None

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  • Jaime M.
  • 3/25/2014 5:15:55 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsLittle workhorse

Pros: Great little server. I currently have it as a WHS box providing backups, but only because I had an unused license. I would probably either roll it with FreeNAS or unRAID for backup purposes.

Cons: Doesn't come with more memory out of the box.

Other Thoughts: Love how it can run ESXi. The processor isn't all that beefy (i.e., no video transcoding), but for fileserver / devserver duties, this thing is awesome.

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  • Alex M.
  • 3/21/2014 5:12:11 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat little box

Pros: Great little server so far have only owned for about a month. Running Server 2008 R2 hosting a small FTP server for personal use as well as a Web server. Quiet, so far reliable, no real issues so far.

Cons: Small drive that comes with it, honestly though for my uses its not bad. low on the ram side, an couple extra gbs would speed this up a little faster

Other Thoughts: All in all its a good box, the HDD and RAM are both upgradeable so it is not a big problem

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  • Anonymous
  • 3/3/2014 7:28:00 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggslittle vm home lab

Pros: Have two of these running a vmware home lab

low power
16gb mem

Cons: You now have to pay HP for firmware updates? I dont agree with this @ all.

For me, the path of least resistance will be dumping these boxes on *bay. Supermicro seems to have a few options that will fit my needs.

Other Thoughts: Just not a fan of HP’s Mary McCoy.

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  • Anonymous
  • 2/12/2014 3:12:19 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsVery basic.

Pros: Nice looking and compact box. All in one solution if not interested building yourself. But then again if you are here already do your research and keep in mind what is it you trying to achieve.

Cons: For the price it is going for ($350) you can build yourself a much better Microserver which will outperform this set up 3X.

Other Thoughts: Only 16 gig memory support. Somewhat under powered processor. Bios did not recognize RAID card.

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  • Jason H.
  • 2/7/2014 2:17:45 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat Inexpensive Server

Pros: Small footprint, 4 3.5" drive bays, officially supports 8GB of RAM, but we were able to install 16GB, low power consumption, excellent support from HP.

Cons: It loses one egg because it's not difficult, but a bit of a hassle to upgrade the RAM, install an expansion card, or replace the power supply.

16GB of ECC RAM cost nearly what the server cost!

Other Thoughts: We had a power supply fan buzz in one of these and HP's support took care of it quickly and efficiently - they sent out the replacement power supply via UPS two day and sent a pre-paid label to return the defective power supply. A+ service.

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  • Forrest P.
  • 1/13/2014 6:54:27 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsN36L versus N54L -- great machine

Pros: This is just an awesome little box -- I have it's baby brother the N36L for over a year and have tinkered quite a bit with it.

I flashed the BIOS to free up the extra two drive header for the top bay and have it set up to support my Boot Drive (up to 2 TB) although so people have been even more creative with a 6 backplane cage.

I did put in a HP410 RAID card with cache and took the SAS cable that was plugged into the MB doing s/w RAID and decided to hardware RAID 5 the bottom 4 drives with some excellent results

CrystalDiskmark 3.0.3 X64 under Windows 2011 Home Server using 4 - 4 TB WD RE drives in RAID 5 with the P410 card.
Read Write
Seq 379.9 513.8
512K 91.71 140.90
4K 1.124 3.03
4K QD32 5.76 2.936

I know some people like to bash RAID 5 -- one drive failure only, slow performance, etc.

But you can pick up the P410 card with 512MB Cache/battery backup for $125-150 and have one huge drive formatted to 10.9TB with the one disk protection.

Right now I am picking up a X1 video card for $50 with HDMI support to see if I dock ISO files if the 1080p quality is as good as a Dune HD player.

The 1080p uncompressed video is what really chews up the space unfortunately at 30GB a clip for a full length movie or 10GB for close to an hour of HQ 1080P scuba home video.

Also using the home server for music, pictures and compressed (portable media HD files)

With 5 drives (SSD boot) and 4 - 4TB Enterprise drives, the P410 card and a USB hard drive loading files and streaming other files from antoher source I am using 90 Watts of juice with two files streams active measured on a Kill-A-Watt Meter.

I have to see what the Nvidia 610 HDMI video card adds to the mix on the 150 Watt Power Supply as I am hoping not to have to swap out the power supply.

Also Files transfer from two separate sources I am seeing 110-170MB/sec -- depending on the file types. Cat6 Gigabit LAN port is a bottleneck.

Also for those that transfer from you laptops the Wifi card and Wireless router have a major impact -- 10MB/sec, 20MB/sec, 30/MB sec and upgrading to another setup which should get me 40-60MB/sec... But nothing near what I get over the Cat 6 setup... Wifi is a bottleneck over with the latest AC cards/routers...

Cons: ** USB 2 versus USB 3 ports on front of case
** Could use one more card slot or dual LAN (team LAN)
** Could use one more internal card slot
** Could make it slightly wider with a 6 bay set up in the same format (would be even sweeter)
** wish I could tag team the LAN port and get a 2-5Gigabit/LAN combined port versus the standard 1 port CAT 6.
** Careful if you RAID 5 (whether h/w or software and I don't recommend s/w RAID 5) as some drives have a higher fail rate with RAID 5 set up especially consumer grade drives.

Other Thoughts: I upgraded the 36L to 8GB RAM (non ECC) and picked up a USB 2 External DVD drive as a boot drive although there is a utility that running a 4 or 8 BG USB boot flash drive works too.

Night and day difference between the Synology DS 212 2 bay unit that I bought... Even without RAID 5 I was seeing decent 70-80MB/s transfer rates with the 36L and garbage speeds with the DS 212 unit not even 30-40 MB/s.

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  • Zachary L.
  • 1/9/2014 2:09:42 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Price for a Server

Pros: What a great price for a server. Our office simply needed file sharing, printer sharing, and centralized backups. This little server was easy to set up, it's quiet, and reliable so far. We installed Windows 8.1 on it.

Cons: The specs are really low, but it actually does everything we need it to without any slowdown.

Other Thoughts: Had to update the BIOS in order for Windows 8.1 to see the network card. Installed Windows, updated the BIOS, reinstalled Windows. Not too difficult, but not as simple as I'd hoped.

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