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# 100091 3-Apr-2012 08:06
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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!

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  # 604328 3-Apr-2012 09:14
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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.

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  # 604334 3-Apr-2012 09:29
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Yep good spot - seems all the online info agrees with you - minimum 160GB HDD needed for the OS. 


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  # 604367 3-Apr-2012 10:34
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What about something like the HP Proliant MicroServer?

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  # 604856 3-Apr-2012 23:37
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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 ;)

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  # 604950 4-Apr-2012 10:24
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Thanks guys - the HP Proliant certainly looks the goods. Not a bad price and plenty of flexibility to upgrade and increase storage.

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  # 605201 4-Apr-2012 17:36
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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?

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  # 605349 4-Apr-2012 22:18
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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 :-)

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  # 605532 5-Apr-2012 09:43
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Thanks for the link fastmikey. Should be arriving in the next few days - looking forward to getting my hands dirty!

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