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HP ProLiant MicroServer Gen8 Ultra Micro Tower Server System Intel Celeron G1610T 2.3GHz 2C/2T 2GB No Hard Drive Operating System None 712317-001
  • Intel Celeron G1610T 2.3GHz 2C/2T
  • 1 MAX Processors
  • 2GB DDR3
  • No Hard Drive
  • 150W Non-Hot Plug, Non-Redundant Power Supply
  • None

Pros:

HP iLO 4 integrated (just like the big servers)
Supports HP Intelligent Provisioning (just like the big servers)
Socketed CPU (can be upgraded to low voltage Xeon E3 or E3-v2)
Expansion slot with full support for HP SmartArray P222 RAID controller (including in iLO and Intelligent Provisioning)
Dual gig NICs
USB3 integrated
Micro-SDHC slot on the mainboardfor running a bootable OS (e.g., VMWare ESXi) as well as internal USB port to do the same
Optional stackable HP PS1810-8G 8-port layer 2 managed Gig switch with VLAN support and integrated management with the Gen8
Great driver/firmware support

Cons:

Intelligent Provisioning does not support Server 2012 R2 yet (but is upgradeable in the future)
Poor setup for adding optical disk drive
Only 2 of 4 ports on the SATA backplane are 6Gbps (chipset limitation)
No Intel VT-d support without processor upgrade

Other Thoughts:

This is a great server either for running FreeNAS, or upgrading to a beefy home lab for testing virtual machines. Note that it requires a 9.5mm ultra slim optical drive (it could have held a 12.7mm with some changes by HP) and has an odd 3.5" female power adapter that means you need a special HP power/SATA cable to use an optical disc, as well as a special bolt on bracket/clip to attach the drive to. I think this is HP's one big mistake in an otherwise great small business server.
Note the server also requires ECC unbuffered memory; not just any RAM will do.

Mine has been upgraded to a low-voltage Xeon E3 (1265L v2), 16GB of RAM, and an HP SmartArray P222 hardware RAID controller so I can run a RAID-5 array. I am also using a special aftermarket bracket to hold an SSD as a boot drive that boots off the system board controller. I'm currently running Server 2012 R2 Standard beautifully.

The iLO4 capability alone is worth half the price of this great unit, but you'll want to buy an advanced key for some of the better features (a brief search will find you one cheaply). If you have a 10-30 person office, this is a great server on a budget.

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  • Douglas T.
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year


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