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HP ProLiant MicroServer Gen8 Ultra Micro Tower Server System Intel Pentium G2020T 2.5GHz 2C/2T 2GB DDR3 No Hard Drive 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
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The HP ProLiant MicroServer Gen8 is a small, quiet, and stylishly designed server that is ideal as a first server solution for small businesses. Much like traditional servers, MicroServers allow businesses to centrally manage their data and give them access to it from multiple locations. With a form factor that is easy to use and service, it helps small businesses drive down their expenses while improving productivity, efficiency, and security.

  • newegg Simplified IT Management with Built-in Gen8 Technologies HP ProLiant MicroServer Gen8 comes with HP iLO4, providing access to innovations like Intelligent Provisioning for quick and simple installation and setup. Embedded remote management technology reduces on-site server administration and travel expenses. Continuous, proactive health monitoring ensures faster and more accurate problem resolution.
  • newegg Hassle-free Serviceability Maximizing Uptime and Productivity MicroServer features tool-less access to hard drives, memory, and PCI slots for simple installation or upgrade. Two up-front USB ports allow for easy deployment. New iLO Essentials license provides ability to connect media from your client device to your server and receive email alerts regarding server events.
  • newegg Unique Server Design Ideal for Small Offices Small, quiet and energy efficient, MicroServer can be placed anywhere. The stylish blue LED light bar provides at-a-glance system health status, while the stackable managed switch creates clean, elegant look for networking and computing. You can also personalize your MicroServer with the new Front Bezel Faceplate Kit.
  • newegg Seamless Network Connectivity Extends Benefits of Converged Infrastructure Unique chassis design for the 8-port managed switch that enables physical stacking. A 24-port switch is available for larger office environments. Common pool of resources and applications results in a higher level of simplicity and flexibility in operations. User-friendly interface on HP PS1810 Switch Series allows for consolidated view of servers and switches in the network so workloads can be prioritized.

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
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  • Jacob S.
  • 1/14/2015 6:51:32 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs1.5yrs as media server

Pros: - form factor (sits next to bed in bedroom)
- quiet (never notice it, but it does sit next to a bigger pc so maybe it just blends its noise in :)
- hdd storage for its size (fits 4!)

Cons: - CPU could be beefier, but suits my purpose

Other Thoughts: After stuffing 4hdds in this this when it arrived, I installed ubuntu server and plex, and I haven't had to physically touch it for as long as I can remember. CPU could be a bit beefier for transcoding multiple video streams, but in my case Plex usually does direct play and there's no transcoding going on. Overall satisfied with this purchase, especially for the use I've gotten out of it.

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  • Thiago Z.
  • 9/20/2014 10:18:26 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsPrivate Home lab using HP ESXi Custom image.

Pros: Since I am using this box for my home lab ESXi and I downloaded the HP Customized ESXi Image from hp site, everything work as expected. I don't know which verision of bios the guys were using when complaining about the FAN noise, but mine is quite silent. It is so quiet that I put this box on my desk.

Cons: Maybe the RAM limit size to 16GB would be a con. Price tag for a home lab is a bit high when you have to buy other pieces to make it work.

Other Thoughts: Quiet, small box, easy to install customized ESXi image right from the HP site makes this microserver a good choice for home lab.

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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

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

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

Pros: Small
Holds 4 3.5" drives
Upgradable CPU/RAM
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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  • 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

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

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!!

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

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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