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  Reply # 484166 22-Jun-2011 09:11
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Same boat as a bunch of others here - using a laptop with external HD mainly to play music directly to amp or stream it with shoutcast to Android over wifi (poor man's version of airport express in every room :D)

A server would probably be turned into an ESXi server or similar to do dev and testing on as well as running a couple of active servers thanks to a static IP address at home...

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Wannabe Geek

  Reply # 484167 22-Jun-2011 09:12
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Having a nice always on server would be fantastic. It could be hidden away rather than the existing TOWER that is out on display and noisy due to the required number of fans to keep it cool.
It would be used as a central fileserver and media server to server media over IP.

Currently using HTPC as main media server with two NAS's, a Tower PC for work and play, an Xbox 360 as a MCE from the HTPC acting as MCX, an A C Ryan PLAYON!HD2 mini (tweaked to mimic local attached storage) and the odd laptop personal and work thrown in for good measure.

Would just be nice to be able to turn any device on and access files and media rather than running around the house making sure "this" is turned on so "that" will work etc.


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  Reply # 484171 22-Jun-2011 09:14
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As a programmer that has been disabled for almost 20 years, my equipment is trashed.  Since it's a Mac, it isn't even supported any more.  My wife has had two HP's and they are great.  It would sure help with the data manipulations that I do and my wife does.  Thanks

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Wannabe Geek

  Reply # 484172 22-Jun-2011 09:18
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My current setup had an actual mouse in it three weeks ago. This probably won't house small critters. The current setup also has no cd drive and has had a virus mess it up a bit.

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Wannabe Geek

  Reply # 484173 22-Jun-2011 09:19
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1. Reply to this thread with what you have now and why you think this HP Microserver will benefit your office, or your home setup.;

I have an nPVR-based Media Center. It looks cool, but ideally I'd have a dedicated server for media and other important content. .. that's where the Proliant Microserver comes in.  It would get me that much closer to my ideal of a centralised storage/backup and distributed playback.

2. You get an extra entry if your entry has a picture of your existing rig.

3. If you are on Twitter and want additional entries then use the retweet button below to post to Twitter about this competition.

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Wannabe Geek

  Reply # 484178 22-Jun-2011 09:27
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A HP Proliant Microserver would make a wonderful addition to our home network by allowing us to move content to a single, easily backed up location. I bribe you with cookies too Smile

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Wannabe Geek

  Reply # 484179 22-Jun-2011 09:29
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Due to the earthquake I'm currently hosting our firm's servers at home.  Could do with an extra server to put some video conferencing software on, to help keep our dispersed team better connected.

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Reply # 484182 22-Jun-2011 09:37
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What I have now:

I use a Dell work laptop at the moment for watching DVD's etc... connected to my TV via VGA and Stereo audio.

Why I think this HP Microserver will benefit my home setup:

I'm saving currently to build a Mini-ITX build once the new Sandy Bridge mini-ITX boards are released soon (and a while after that when I can afford to get the parts I need). I would be happy to save a lot of money and instead upgrade the HP server to suit my needs... a TV Tuner, Wireless 802.11n, HDMI out, Blu-Ray Drive and 4x2TB HDD's... I think that would do it!

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  Reply # 484191 22-Jun-2011 09:46

I'm running a Mac Mini, something without a screen would be quite nice.

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  Reply # 484195 22-Jun-2011 09:49
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I don't currently have a server.  We are running 3 x HP computers and a Gateway Laptop is pretending to be a server as well as a workstation.  As such, when 2 workstations are in use at the same time everything slows down.  I think this might be accountable to the fact that we are running 4 x Sequel server databases as well as 2 x other applications that stretch the limits of the 'server'.  We will be needing to buy a server within the next year and believe that the HP servers are excellent quality.

Below is a picture of my current 'server':


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Wannabe Geek

  Reply # 484199 22-Jun-2011 09:58

Would love this. My current server has the largest disk it can take (80GB) and it's almost full.

It holds all the family's music and photos. In another month or so I'll have to work out some alternative.

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Wannabe Geek

  Reply # 484203 22-Jun-2011 10:01
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Do I need a reason? Here is my entry.

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  Reply # 484207 22-Jun-2011 10:04
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i dont currently have a server , if i did i would use is as a back up system for the laptops(a definate benefit in ole shakey town atm) and a media server for my viewing pleasure

this is where a signature goes

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  Reply # 484212 22-Jun-2011 10:08
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Home network is currently disparate computers, would be great to get them all joined together for file and resource sharing.


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Wannabe Geek

  Reply # 484214 22-Jun-2011 10:10
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Wow guys looks like I'm the hard done buy one as far as P.C's go lol..!!

I'm using a HP Pavalion 710A i brought new in 1999 lol 256mb ram 1.47ghz processor and 40gb HHD lol
I have upgraded it (yea right) 768mb ram lol
and running windows 7 ok.. i guess, till you start using coraldraw, photoshop, webplusX4 lol. Oh and I don't even bother with CAD!

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