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#133631 28-Oct-2013 18:11
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It is here! Our HP Microserver Gen8 with its companion HP PS1810-8G giveaway is live now... Read on for important information on how to enter.

We have been using a HP Microserver Gen8 here for a while. It's the perfect small server for small business offices and home offices all over. With Windows Server 2012 Essentials it provides small businesses with easy storage management, automated backup of computers connected to the network, plus some nice hardware features including:


  • four USB 2.0 ports (external)
  • one USB 2.0 port (internal)
  • one microSD slot (internal)
  • two USB 3.0 ports
  • two ethernet ports
  • four 3.5” bays
  • ILO 

The internal USB port and microSD slot can be used to boot the server with VMWare ESXi Hypervisor if you are so inclined. With four drive bays you can expand storage as needed. Two ethernet ports allows network load balancing (when used with a compatible switch such as the HP PS1810-8G) plus one ethernet port for ILO, allowing remote access to the system even without a monitor, keyboard and mouse.

How to enter this giveaway: Simply visit the HP Microserver Gen8 to find out more about this server and reply below telling us what feature attracts you most and how it could benefit you or your business.

More changes to win: We have one HP Microserver Gen8 to giveaway, but there are seven units in total to be won. Other blogs are participating in this promotion and you have the chance to win one HP Microserver Gen8 in each of those. Here are the dates for their competitions:


October 27th - November 3rd


November 3rd - November 17th


November 17th - December 1st


Make sure you visit those sites on these dates and follow the instructions - you have a chance to win in each one of these.

Also 1CloudRoad is collating all the posts about the HP Microserver here.


Important notice
: one entry per user only in our competition. You can enter any of the other competitions, following their rules. The prize includes a HP Microserver and HP PS1810-8G switch to be shipped after the end of the promotion. Previously banned users aren't qualified to win. Competition is open to any geographical location, except where prohibited. Our giveaway closes November 3rd (New Zealand time). Other participant blogs may follow other timezones, check the dates. Winner will be selected in a random draw and contacted via email. After confirmation we will post winner's username in this topic. Answers must be meaningful and complete, including feature and reason why it would benefit you or your business. 

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  #923144 28-Oct-2013 18:31
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I love the size. It's no bigger than a typical NAS, but way more flexible! Perfect size for home, and ideal serving up my growing media collection.

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  #923145 28-Oct-2013 18:31
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The instant out-of-box server set up and deployment really appeals - I am a bit of a server noob, so the ability to just plug it in and go is pretty appealing.


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  #923150 28-Oct-2013 18:37
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Perfect home media hub, grunty, small and good features like iLO for remote booting.


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  #923151 28-Oct-2013 18:38
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Love the flexibility. I no longer use a PC as a server at home, but the NAS I've replaced it with is just too limited. I love the idea of a small, fully featured server.

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  #923153 28-Oct-2013 18:42
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The Form Factor is great for SOHO Users.

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  #923154 28-Oct-2013 18:43
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I'm desperate for a small quiet file server! HP Microserver? Drool...

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  #923157 28-Oct-2013 18:48
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Love the compact size, and the specs for that size are a definite appeal, Nothing worse than having to find somewhere to hide a huge Full tower case or a rack cabinet, when this little beauty which sit nicely in a bookshelf or behind a desk

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  #923159 28-Oct-2013 18:52
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Oh man, I could use this to replace the NAS Linux server I have that chews up a bunch of power.
The two USB3 ports would be handy for backing up stuff on the RAID array as well.

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  #923186 28-Oct-2013 19:22
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Love the size and ease of setup. Sure beats having a tower or an old laptop act as a server. Will be excellent for backups and as a media hub for the house.

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  #923187 28-Oct-2013 19:23
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The fact it's small enough (and looks good enough) to fit in with the rest of TV /MEDIA equipment

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  #923192 28-Oct-2013 19:29
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Great for a file server (RWA and remote app are great bonus addition), backup server including CrashPlan remote backup for family. 

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  #923197 28-Oct-2013 19:42
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would be handy for all my files. Especially love the small form factor so could hide it from view or even have it in the living as such small rather than humongous tower server

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  #923210 28-Oct-2013 19:52
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I'm liking the internal USB OR microSD for booting ESXi, and the included iLO over previous versions. Would make a great little ESXi box for testing :-)

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  #923213 28-Oct-2013 20:04
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Perfect size and ease of setup has to be a winner in my books...

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  #923217 28-Oct-2013 20:16
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Easy hot swaps and iLO. My current N54L is used for backups and it's robust, reliable and all it needs is a physical cleaning once in a while (gets a bit dusty).

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