(And while I will not be adding an optical drive to the machine, Im wondering if I can repurpose that space, and its sata port, for another hard drive.).
Once Id spent the 30 minutes (!) or so installing my four 3TB Seagate hard drives in the HP Microserver Gen8, it was time to get an operating system installed.I dont backup videos locally, but once the RTM version of Essentials hits, Ill connect this server to the cloud-based backup on Crashplan (which I use for Windows Home Server today).This storage space is used for the Music, Pictures, and Users server folders, as well as for a new server folder Ive the impossible game full version windows created called Software.Clearly, some kind of software windows server 2012 remote desktop services workgroup update for Intelligent Provisioning is required, but if the systems built to update firmware fail, things look very bleak indeed for the Gen8 Microserver. .Heavy discounting and promotions from HP have resulted in thousands of MicroServers being sold around the world a reasonably decent spec, low price and a server that was easy to set up and use made for a fabulous combination.The Gen8s design is certainly a step forward and the server is well equipped for prosumer and small business server use.Actually, its a lot better, and unlike with Server Standard or Datacenter, you even get the simpler Windows 8-style management interface.First, that system supports hard drives up to 2 TB only, so even with data duplication on, I have about the same storage on the new server.Essentials includes health monitoring, both for the server itself as well as all of the connected PCs, as did WHS.A punched, removable, silver drive bay door (without a key lock, although drives can be secured internally) replaces the lockable door of the previous model with an indicator LED dominating the bottom of the chassis.Other upgrade options at purchase include HPs own sata hard drives (rebranded Seagate drives by the looks of it a DVD-RW optical drive, a TPM module and a dizzying array of premium support options.That means a lot.Windows 8, i previously wrote about potentially using Windows.Whereas the new HP MicroServer Gen 8 includes a range of Enterprise-grade features to support your small business (or home setting up the server is frustrating.But its the direction Im going, and if youre interested in learning more, Ill be writing about this transition throughout the fall.
This backs up the operating system (everything on C and everything on the storage space (S.
HP ProLiant MicroServer N40L.Think of this as a hardware out of box experience which helps you configure specific features such as the bios System time and region settings, configure your raid storage array and ensure the Gen8 is running the most up to date system software.Of course, 2 GB of RAM and a single 250 GB hard drive isnt going to cut.The OEM version of Windows Small Business Server Essential 2011 costs 390 at Newegg today.Its easy to see the cost engineering in action, but considering storage installation is likely to be one of the first tasks required by the user, the experience devalues the HP MicroServer which is a real shame.Access to the Gen8s internals is toolless, courtesy of twin thumbscrews which allow the outer chassis to be removed.HPs original line of Home Servers, the MediaSmart.This weekend I planned to install Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials on my HP ProLiant MicroServer N40L to replace my WHS 2011 installation.Installation, alas, what HP give with one hand, they frustrate with the other.To be clear, this is not a choice I recommend for everyone.
Given the promo pricing on Windows 8 (40 Essentials 2012 (450) is also significantly more expensive than the client OS, though there are a couple of caveats on that one.
The thread suggests it is a problem with the onboard NIC.