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  Reply # 923320 29-Oct-2013 00:11
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Well, well, well. 

I already run a HP DataVault X510 which I purchased at TechEd a few years back. At the time Windows Home Server was fairly new, and considerably feature rich. Imagine a time where PLEX didn't exist, nor were NAS boxes particularly powerful enough to do media duties or feature rich in general.

The DataVault solved a few issues for me at the time - remote access to files and folders, 4 drive bays, media encoding - and a pretty seamless backup service which would wake my PCs and Laptops as required. It was a pretty solid option (at the time).

However, the problems I soon found were:
1) No video output on the server hardware - so upgrading operating systems or re-purposing for Linux without a diagnostic board would prove to be an absolute nightmare. (Picture attached)
2) The version of Windows Home Server used some type of soft-raid and weirdo 'folder duplication', which made it impossible to know if your data was really safe.
3) In September of this year the primary system drive started to freeze up randomly during backups, and fearing the worst was coming, I cloned it 1:1 to a new 1TB drive which seems to have solved the problem. However, as far as scares are concerned - it had got me thinking about a replacement with more flexibility.

Given the 24/7 punishment of this consumer orientated HP kit, the fact that the only failing component was the Seagate HD, and despite a very old and buggy operating system, I still rate and recommend the HP hardware.

So in conclusion yes, I'm very interested in this new piece of kit from HP.. So much so that I'd be willing to exchange the old X510 for this new Gen8 Microserver instead! Or more in-line with paying it forward, if I were to win the Gen8, I'll do a system restore and donate the still very useful X510 to a Charity or Primary School.


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  Reply # 923321 29-Oct-2013 00:12
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The size would make it an ideal replacement for that old laptop of line I was using as a media server which died recently.




 

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  Reply # 923322 29-Oct-2013 00:23
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This would make a great test server with several virtual OSes, as well as a remote login server for my business backoffice system. And I love the form factor, easy access and the stackable switch. HP has really though this one through.




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  Reply # 923324 29-Oct-2013 00:28
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Simply having a high speed file and content hub that is also really easily accessible is the biggest drawcard. Compact and low powered is just a big bonus.

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  Reply # 923333 29-Oct-2013 03:14
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The flexibility to have a full server OS would be fantastic, rather than be limited with NAS OS

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  Reply # 923335 29-Oct-2013 03:31
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I like the tool-less design which allows for easy installation and future upgrades which means I can focus mainly on other important tasks and activities in growing my business.



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  Reply # 923341 29-Oct-2013 06:55
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I'm totally enraptured by the Stylish blue LED light bar. This would be a huge improvement over our current machines light bar and would benefit us immensely.




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  Reply # 923342 29-Oct-2013 07:16
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with this server I no longer have to use an old laptop with 3 usb hard drives plugged in as my home server!

small and quiet is good!
disk based protection even better!




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  Reply # 923348 29-Oct-2013 07:30
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Compact size and fully featured, can replace a NAS but do so much more. iLO sounds fantastic.  I'd use it to serve files, media and to learn Server 2012 R2.

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  Reply # 923353 29-Oct-2013 07:40
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One of these would be perfect to replace my old and dying, cobbled together computer that acts as a NAS. It is so past it's used-by date that it sits off most of the time.

The form factor is great, it is the size of a NAS but with so much more power and flexibility. It is what I have been looking to custom build as a replacement all in one handy product.

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Reply # 923364 29-Oct-2013 08:05
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way more powerfull then a NAS and more useful to boot, nice home based server :)

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  Reply # 923368 29-Oct-2013 08:18
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My HP MediaSmart EX490 with WHS v1.0 is desperately indeed of an upgrade/replacement. This HP MicroServer Gen 8 fits the shoe and yet much more powerful and expansive. Love the bonus with VGA port built-in, PCIe 2.0 16x slot, bootable with MicroSD/USB.




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  Reply # 923372 29-Oct-2013 08:25
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The HP Microserver is great for implementing a hybrid environment, combining the storage of a typical small NAS, while also allowing you to run an OS of your choice to simplify management, as well as implement additional features such as, perhaps, remote access and web publishing of content. I'd love to get hold of a Gen8 to allow this, as the iLO port would make it far easier to support from a remote site than the Gen7s which lack iLO.

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  Reply # 923376 29-Oct-2013 08:47
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I love the remote management technology , allowing me to manage the server while away from home. 

Very nice. Thanks.

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  Reply # 923400 29-Oct-2013 09:56
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Loving the iLO type features, plus the internal USB and MicroSD slots. Forget VMWare I'd want to play with a Red Hat RHEV hypervisor, or perhaps set it up as a Nova hypervisor.

Also would make a great iSCSI backend with the combination of onboard and USB-3 storage.





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