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HP ProLiant MicroServer Gen8 Ultra Micro Tower Server System Intel Pentium G2020T 2.5GHz 2C/2T 2GB No Hard Drive Operating System None 712318-001

  • Intel Pentium G2020T 2.5GHz 2C/2T
  • 1 MAX Processors
  • 2GB DDR3
  • No Hard Drive
  • 150W Non-Hot Plug, Non-Redundant Power Supply
  • Operating System None
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Learn more about the Hewlett-Packard 712318-001

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Brand
HP
Series
ProLiant MicroServer Gen8
Model
712318-001
Type
Ultra Micro Tower

Processor

CPU Type
Intel Pentium G2020T 2.5GHz 2C/2T
Cache Memory
3MB
CPU Features
35W
MAX Processors
1

Mainboard

Chipset
Intel C204

Memory

Installed Memory Size
2GB
Memory Type
DDR3
Memory Features
Total of 2 DIMM slots

Storage

Hard Drive (Installed)
No Hard Drive
Storage Controller
HP Dynamic Smart Array B120i Controller

Networking

Ethernet Controller
HP Ethernet 1Gb 2-port 332i Adapter

Expansion

Expansion Slots
1 standard (1-Low Profile) PCIe 2.0
Expansion Bays
4 LFF NHP SATA HDD cage; includes 4 LFF hard drive carriers
Other ports
2 x USB 3.0 (2 rear)
5 x USB 2.0 (2 front, 2 rear, 1 internal)

Software

Operating System
None

Power

Power Characteristics
150W Non-Hot Plug, Non-Redundant Power Supply

Features

Features
Fans: One (1) Non-redundant system fan ships standard

Management:
HP iLO Management Engine
*Optional: iLO Essentials; iLO Advanced

Quick Info

Warranty

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


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  • Oscar P.
  • 3/17/2014 9:49:58 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggsNice

This review is from: HP ProLiant MicroServer Gen8 Ultra Micro Tower Server System Intel Pentium G2020T 2.5GHz 2C/2T 2GB No Hard Drive Operating System None 712318-001

Pros: Sleek design, compact and really quiet even when using AHCI (Thanks to the latest ROM). Comes with Intelligent Provisioning for easy configuration, deployment and maintenance and iLO4 Management Processor that can be accessed from a dedicated NIC port or by sharing the server's NIC#1.

Cons: The Embedded B120i controller is a half baked Smart Array controller.

Other Thoughts: You don't need to buy HP Smart Memory or HP Hard Drives. Mine is running fine with 16Gb Kingston's ECC (p/n KTH-PL316E/8G) and 4 Western Digital Red NAS hard drives.

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  • Anonymous
  • 3/16/2014 2:53:36 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

2 out of 5 eggsHP gouging as per usual

This review is from: HP ProLiant MicroServer Gen8 Ultra Micro Tower Server System Intel Pentium G2020T 2.5GHz 2C/2T 2GB No Hard Drive Operating System None 712318-001

Pros: Small, stackable frame
Half-height x16 slot + separate iLO port (read: IPMI)
Upgradeable to a low-voltage Xeon
Runs quiet in HP RAID mode (proprietary driver, limited support)

Cons: Runs louder in non-HP AHCI or IDE mode (generic LSI driver)
G2020T not worth it, go w/ Celeron unit
No hot-swap w/o extra HP controller ($$$)
Management console requires HP sub ($$$)
Restrictive memory compatibility list
No firmware updates w/o HP sub ($$$)
Laughable mfgr. cheapness: no indicator lights on drive caddies or even next to the slots

Other Thoughts: If you're at a firm that just loves HP & wants to marry them then you'll get what you'd expect: a near-ProLiant packed into a tiny frame (15-20% premium just for that) which plays well with existing HP servers & infrastructure. For everyone else it's a confidence trick. The fanboys across the web touting the "innovative design" and "build quality" neglect to mention that any DIY equivalent -- especially with these low-end Intel chips -- is at least $100 cheaper and avoids entanglement in HP's revenue-squeezing schemes. Attn. fanboys, this is *NOT* a "like, cool file server, like, that I can also like, use as an HTPC" (unless your trust fund permits such lavishness). It lacks any decent onboard GPU and comes with nothing else you'd need for personal use, plus you get dunned on the junk pseudo-LSI Fakeraid disk controller HP generously included. It wouldn't be too bad as a dedicated lab unit or VM box, except who cares about a lab server being tiny? The mediocre ventilation rules out an industrial application (not to mention, the presence of 4 big mechanical disks that also rules out industrial applications). In reality it's targeted at gullible purchasing departments as a sort of gateway drug: your company may not have lengthy experience of fat service contracts with HP and their insanely priced "HP approved" drives and add-on cards, but after you buy one or two of these that's the proprietary leash to which they eagerly hope to consign you. Because you already sunk $500-$1000 into 1-2 of their "microservers" -- and you get to pick a different color face plate for each one, so cute

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  • Chris B.
  • 2/3/2014 7:47:52 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsGreat little server for the price

This review is from: HP ProLiant MicroServer Gen8 Ultra Micro Tower Server System Intel Pentium G2020T 2.5GHz 2C/2T 2GB No Hard Drive Operating System None 712318-001

Pros: Small
ILO 4
Holds 4 3.5" drives
Upgradable CPU/RAM
ILO 4
Room for extra drives
Runs FreeNAS 9.2 smoothly
Oh, did I mention, ILO 4?

Cons: Possibly fan if noise is an issue, when running in AHCI mode instead of using RAID the ILO cannot read the SMART temperatures of the drives and overcompensates by boosting fan speed to avoid damaging them.

My microserver is in the basement with my home lab and is still the quietest item I'm running. So this was a non-issue for me.

Other Thoughts: Can't beat it for the price.

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  • MATTHEW S.
  • 1/16/2014 8:44:04 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat ESXi Host

This review is from: HP ProLiant MicroServer Gen8 Ultra Micro Tower Server System Intel Pentium G2020T 2.5GHz 2C/2T 2GB No Hard Drive Operating System None 712318-001

Pros: Bought this for a home ESXi lab. Considered building a whitebox, but I like that this has out-of-box driver support and HP iLO (more on that later). In contrast to some other reviews, I find it to be really quiet (which was important since it's in a guest bedroom). The case is compact and aesthetically pleasing. Internally, it's definitely heavily engineered. Removing/shifting components isn't always intuitive, but it was expected given the small form-factor. Runs ESXi quite nicely with relatively quick boot, it has an internal USB connector which I use for a USB thumb drive to host ESXi.

Cons: To use iLO's full functionality, you need to buy a license from HP. Max RAM supported is 16GB, would be really nice if it was 32GB. There's no easy way to mount a 2.5" SSD. I tried purchasing a separate Thermaltake drive caddy with the idea of mounting the SSD in one of the removable drive bays, but it still didn't fit. I ended up unscrewing a pair of the SATA connection boards and pulling them up so that the SSD can rest on top of the inner metal housing. Not ideal, but it works fine.

Other Thoughts: Despite the cons, I'm generally happy with the Microserver. It handles my vSphere environment reasonably well and I'm considering purchasing another one for HA and more capacity. When purchasing RAM, the microserver requires Unbuffered RAM. I used Kingston 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM ECC Unbuffered DDR3 1333 Server Memory Model

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  • Matthew M.
  • 12/30/2013 7:34:15 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat for my use

This review is from: HP ProLiant MicroServer Gen8 Ultra Micro Tower Server System Intel Pentium G2020T 2.5GHz 2C/2T 2GB No Hard Drive Operating System None 712318-001

Pros: Small, quiet, seemingly solid build (except for drive cages)

Cons: Price seemed a bit high for what I could probably build myself, but I paid for convenience.
Drive cages were the only flimsy part of the entire chassis.
For someone who's not used to server grade hardware/bios features the initial setup was a bit more complicated than a traditional PC.
No included optical drive.
The optical drive bay should have ability to mount small SSD for OS, but doesn't.
The optical drive power cable is old style (Think old floppy power) while the data cable is SATA, so an adapter is required.

Other Thoughts: For what I use this for, which is plex media server and backup, this little box has been wonderful. Great up time with Windows Home Server 2011, only rebooting for MS updates.

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  • Greg S.
  • 12/15/2013 6:03:46 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsTwo thumbs way down!!

This review is from: HP ProLiant MicroServer Gen8 Ultra Micro Tower Server System Intel Pentium G2020T 2.5GHz 2C/2T 2GB No Hard Drive Operating System None 712318-001

Pros: Great design. Machine runs great after installation.

Cons: Intelligent Provisioning is a complete diaster. This is the second HP Gen 8 that I purchased through New Egg. The first machine took over 8 hours with HP support to have the proper firmware installed just so I could install the operating system. Once installed the machine runs great. On this second machine, the system freezes midway through configuration of the array. The mouse and keyboard freeze. HP technical support has me download and flash the ROM. I boot to the newly created disk and the system freezes in the middle of the flashing. I leave the machine for more than 4 hours and it is still frozen on the 0% complete. I re-download the iso and create a second bootable disk to flash the ROM. Called back into HP technical support, booted from the DVD. System froze again at inspected system components.

So far I have purchased 3 HP Gen 7 for my clients without one problem. This is the second Gen 8 and both had/have problems.

I can't recommend the product, even though I am pleased with the performance after configuration and installation. The installation process is a show stopper. Their intelligent provisioning is not very intelligent. It is quite annoying. Great concept just lacks completely in delivery.

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  • Stephen J.
  • 12/8/2013 1:07:55 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsUltimately happy with my purchase

This review is from: HP ProLiant MicroServer Gen8 Ultra Micro Tower Server System Intel Pentium G2020T 2.5GHz 2C/2T 2GB No Hard Drive Operating System None 712318-001

Pros: 1. It's small, and it's quiet enough to sit right next to me in the office.
2. Built-in RAID.
3. The case is nicely built and easy to open (for the RAM upgrade that it will need).

Cons: 1. Two GB of RAM is not a realistic amount (for example ESXi requires at least 4, and you will probably want 8).
2. The built-in RAID does not support hot-swapping (but you can buy a card).
3. The disk caddies are a little flimsy (but that was not really a problem).

Other Thoughts: It takes a little effort, but ultimately I was glad I bought this machine.

1 - The instructions are a little unclear about memory options, but the 8 GB DDR3 PC3-12800 240 pin "server" RAM I added worked fine. This was quite a bit cheaper than HP memory and may not support some advanced features, but I don't use those.

2 - After grepping through the VMWare site, I was able to find the free versions of ESXi and vSphere Client, plus a license key, that you will need to use this as a virtual machine host. Once you have done that it is not difficult to set up the hypervisor and install guest operating systems.

3 - As a result it works well as a host for the Centos-based build system I needed, and it also has been quite easy to experiment with alternatives like Fedora 19 (which has better support for scientific computing).

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