Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.

436 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 16


Topic # 100091 3-Apr-2012 08:06 Send private message


I am helping a mate out who wants to retire his very old and painfully slow desktop which we have setup as a very primitive file server and replace with a nice low power, small form factor, WHS box.

I think ideally I would like a smallish (50-80GB) HDD to run the operating system and then a nice big 1TB for storage. He will be using it pretty much solely as a file server and backup device so his laptop (which he uses for work) can be free of all his music and movies etc and will be automatically backed up to the WHS.

So I have been looking around and have been struggling to find an out-of-the-box pre-built PC that will do what I want, for a reasonable price. It needs to be 64-bit since WHS is 64-bit only.

What are the minimum specs I need in reality? Anyone know of any places that specialise in building these sorts of low power machines, designed specifically for WHS?

Thanks in advance!

Create new topic
1847 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 97


  Reply # 604328 3-Apr-2012 09:14 Send private message

You can look at tranquil pc (UK based). They sell WHS2011 machines.

Couple of other things (as I have a home built WHS2011 machine).

I thought the minimum the OS drive can be is 120GB - you might want to verify that.
Unlike WHS V1 WHS2011 does not include drive extender technology (add lots of drives and they appear as one big drive). But you can add this - I use drive bender to make 4 x 2TB and 1x1.5 TB drive show up as about 8.5 TB of usable storage.

Previously known as psycik

NextPVR Based HTPC:

2 x HVR3000 - DVB-S - Freeview, HVR3000 - DVB-T Freeview|HD, Nova-T 500 - Dual Freeview|HD, Digital Coax --> Yamaha RX-v540, 8600GT --> Samsung LA46A650D via HDMI
Popcorn Hour A-100, 1xATV2, 1xATV3, Roku3
Windows 7 Ultimate Host
3x2TB, 1x3TB + 1x1.5TB using DriveBender, VMWare Workstation 10 with 1xW7, 2xW2k3 1xUbuntu 11.10 Desktop, 1xWHS2011, Plex

UnblockUS - Unblock your freedom

436 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 16


  Reply # 604334 3-Apr-2012 09:29 Send private message

Yep good spot - seems all the online info agrees with you - minimum 160GB HDD needed for the OS. 

657 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 5


  Reply # 604367 3-Apr-2012 10:34 Send private message

What about something like the HP Proliant MicroServer?

141 posts

Master Geek
+1 received by user: 3

  Reply # 604856 3-Apr-2012 23:37 Send private message

allan: What about something like the HP Proliant MicroServer?

I'd second (and third) this one. Have just built one up for someone else - and I'm now looking at replacing my current homebuilt system with one of these.

Actually, you could buy my homebuilt one and I'll buy the MicroServer ;)

436 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 16


  Reply # 604950 4-Apr-2012 10:24 Send private message

Thanks guys - the HP Proliant certainly looks the goods. Not a bad price and plenty of flexibility to upgrade and increase storage.

436 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 16


  Reply # 605201 4-Apr-2012 17:36 Send private message

So I have ordered the HP Proliant Microserver. Can I just buy a SATA3 3.5" internal drive (say a WD10EALX) and plug it in? The Proliant doesn't need any sort of special HDD?

141 posts

Master Geek
+1 received by user: 3

  Reply # 605349 4-Apr-2012 22:18 Send private message

Yep, any old 3.5" SATA disk will do - I threw in 2 WD 1TB Green ones into the box I built.

Don't miss what I did though:

it comes with free screws and a tool to install the HDDs into the drive sleds - I had spent 15 mins searching through boxes of screws to find ones when I didn't need to :-)

EDIT: Gah! I suck at BBCode.

436 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 16


  Reply # 605532 5-Apr-2012 09:43 Send private message

Thanks for the link fastmikey. Should be arriving in the next few days - looking forward to getting my hands dirty!

Create new topic

Twitter »
Follow us to receive Twitter updates when new discussions are posted in our forums:

Follow us to receive Twitter updates when news items and blogs are posted in our frontpage:

Follow us to receive Twitter updates when new jobs are posted to our jobs board:

Follow us to receive Twitter updates when tech item prices are listed in our price comparison site:

News »

Trending now »
Hot discussions in our forums right now:

Telecom introduces unlimited broadband data plan
Created by freitasm, last reply by firefuze on 24-Apr-2014 13:30 (99 replies)
Pages... 5 6 7

Created by Lizard1977, last reply by mattwnz on 24-Apr-2014 15:45 (67 replies)
Pages... 3 4 5

Auckland Transport Hop card - look out for errors
Created by robjg63, last reply by sbiddle on 24-Apr-2014 20:48 (21 replies)
Pages... 2

Windows 8 System Mechanics
Created by eme, last reply by eme on 24-Apr-2014 21:10 (20 replies)
Pages... 2

Using my Mac to ring family in the UK
Created by Geektastic, last reply by nakedmolerat on 24-Apr-2014 11:28 (19 replies)
Pages... 2

Telecom has started metering their TiVo customers' broadband usage (WITHOUT PRENOTIFICATION)
Created by Peteriv, last reply by mattwnz on 24-Apr-2014 15:11 (74 replies)
Pages... 3 4 5

Forms of government for New Zealand
Created by charsleysa, last reply by gzt on 24-Apr-2014 21:36 (176 replies)
Pages... 10 11 12

Parallel imported product
Created by Wills1, last reply by joker97 on 23-Apr-2014 21:01 (53 replies)
Pages... 2 3 4

Geekzone Live »
Try automatic live updates from Geekzone directly in your browser, without refreshing the page, with Geekzone Live now.

Are you subscribed to our RSS feed? You can download the latest headlines and summaries from our stories directly to your computer or smartphone by using a feed reader.

Alternatively, you can receive a daily email with Geekzone updates.