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  Reply # 923825 29-Oct-2013 21:41
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For a home network, Energy Efficiency, clean looks and quiet operation are key considerations.  In my case these features could make this a nice addition to my home theatre setup.

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  Reply # 923829 29-Oct-2013 21:44
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4 bays worth of drive space in a small efficient form factor ideal for a home media server.

 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 923833 29-Oct-2013 21:53
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Would be soo much better than the NAS HP box I have in house at the moment. Small, quite, quick. what else could be better. XBMC, NAS and VM server. Would replace all of it no worries.

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  Reply # 923839 29-Oct-2013 22:02
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Just perfect for ,y home automation system. lots of interfaces, low profile, quiet.

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  Reply # 923845 29-Oct-2013 22:13
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I would probably give this to my friend if I won it (it would make a good replacement for my old media server, but it would be of far more use to my friend's business than it would be to me).  This would be the perfect replacement for his old HP microserver running Windows Home Server.
One of the great features of Server 2012 Essentials is deduplicated network client backups, and a powerful yet easy to use backup system for the server itself.

I noticed the specs say the SATA drives are non-hotswap.  Is it configured in RAID mode instead of AHCI mode by default?  If we could get a few spare drive cages, it would be nice to use 3.5" SATA drives for backups instead of using 2.5" USB drives or messing around with external power packs for 3.5" USB drives.

Any word on the NZ pricing?

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  Reply # 923851 29-Oct-2013 22:18
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Looks like a great little box for an advanced NAS, Would make a lovely addition to my network!




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  Reply # 923864 29-Oct-2013 22:39
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It's size is good could put it anywhere but even has 4 hard drive bays to store media.

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  Reply # 923865 29-Oct-2013 22:40
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I love how small and quiet this server promises to be. Perfect to finally setting up a decent home network.

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  Reply # 923868 29-Oct-2013 22:49
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greven:

Any word on the NZ pricing?


they are in the country already, bought one a few weeks ago.

check the geekzone price comparison tool for range: https://price.geekzone.co.nz/search.aspx?q=hp%20micro%20server%20gen8

the server + switch combo is listed at PBTech for $1076 inc gst: http://www.pbtech.co.nz/index.php?z=p&p=SVRHSV2439209&name=hp-Micro-Svr-Gen8-P2.5-2GB-+-8G-Switch








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Reply # 923890 29-Oct-2013 23:27
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I love the size! It looks easy  to manage also. Thanks for chance to win!

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Reply # 923892 29-Oct-2013 23:33
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Awesome little server! I like that it will backup all my other pc's on my network! Virtualisation options are great too.

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  Reply # 923895 29-Oct-2013 23:47
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The Size and specs make this a perfect replacement for my Old old server and not so old NAS. It would be used as  media hub for all the digital media we have and consume at home. The ilo makes management easy and the fact it can be flexable with ESXi makes it the perfect device for the home / home office

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  Reply # 923898 29-Oct-2013 23:59
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Wow the small size, tool-less hdd access and the out of box setup, perfect for a home server compared to an old pc :)




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  Reply # 923903 30-Oct-2013 01:27
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Based on its compact size and specs, I think it would be an ideal media hub for home use.

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  Reply # 923908 30-Oct-2013 02:55
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Small and unobtrusive size is ideal for a small home business, as well as doubling as a home media server.
The out-of-box server set up and deployment is very appealing.

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