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Wannabe Geek

  Reply # 484741 22-Jun-2011 23:29
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The HP Microserver sounds like a pretty nice rig, and a significant improvement over our current server. It is an Asus M4 series MB, a Sempron CPU, and 5 320Gb drives in a Linux (Ubuntu 9.04 LTS) raid6 array. Good for music and photos, but the HP Microserver sounds as though it would ensure our data security for a good while beyond our current setup.

Cheers, jbm

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Wannabe Geek

  Reply # 484747 22-Jun-2011 23:49
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Running four computers at home with different operating systems (I prefer linux, kids prefer windows) can be stressful trying to make sure everyone does backup their essential data - currently doing it manually with external drives - certainly easier to do it all from one location for all concerned...

Something I have considered but not implemented because of avaliable funds...


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Wannabe Geek

  Reply # 484765 23-Jun-2011 06:38
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Currently I have a PC for the wife & I, another for the kids, a media center with HDD for movies, another PC required for the other child and an external HDD to try and manage the backups !!  Needless to say, the HP Proliant Microserver would make life simple !!

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  Reply # 484768 23-Jun-2011 06:46
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The family desktop is the "server" currently. It would be great to upgrade it.

My views (except when I am looking out their windows) are not those of my employer.

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Wannabe Geek

  Reply # 484771 23-Jun-2011 06:55
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I have an aging server made up of various odds and ends, running MS home server as my server.  Keeps me nervous enough to back it up regularly.

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Wannabe Geek
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  Reply # 484773 23-Jun-2011 07:15
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Alas I have no home server, just a lowly laptop and a usb drive for backups... Would be awsome to have a a home server to store our photos and music

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  Reply # 484779 23-Jun-2011 07:57
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My web and mail server is currently running on a micro atx via board with one popped capacitor.
Could really do with an upgrade.

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Wannabe Geek

  Reply # 484805 23-Jun-2011 09:12
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I don't really have anything acting as a server. Well I guess my home pc does for a some bit and pieces.

I have my home PC that has most of the stuff on it, an HTPC that connects to the home pc for some stuff, but records onto itself (and I have lost count of the number of times that I have run out of room and missed recordings) and my wifes work laptop syncs its file to the Home PC so she can work on either.

When I setup my HTPC I thought about getting a dedicated server, but I needed to keep the costs down, so just went with the all in one.


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Master Geek

  Reply # 484828 23-Jun-2011 09:44
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I don't even have a Home Server! My family has a mix of laptops and desktop PCs, plus a network drive, and the whole thing is a mess.
It's like the mechanic'c car - never time to fix his own :)

Something like this HP Microserver would be fantastic!

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Wannabe Geek

  Reply # 484831 23-Jun-2011 09:48
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We dont have a server if we won this my hubby would be sooo stoked...we run off laptop and we always look at improving but the status quo for us at the moment is basic!

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  Reply # 484838 23-Jun-2011 09:51
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What I have now: an old SGI Indigo II box stuffed with WRT610N AP, sheevaplug (ARM linux box that is my router, NAS, squeezeserver), 2TB USB disk, ATA, ...

But when you shut the box it looks much neater


The HP microserver would be great as a replacement for quite a bit of this gear -- hanging ethernet off USB for my router doesn't feel reliable (not that it's been a problem) and I like the look of those hotswap SATA bays. 


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  Reply # 484839 23-Jun-2011 09:52
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my current home server (server 2008) also dual boots into Windows 7 so I can play some games. It means that my exchange server goes down anytime I want to play Battlefield and so none of the family or in laws can get or send any email. This problem will only get worse when Battlefield 3 comes out 

This box would solve that problem and restore family blis to my house.

[Amstrad CPC 6128: 128k Memory: 3 inch floppy drive: Colour Screen]

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Wannabe Geek

  Reply # 484848 23-Jun-2011 10:06
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Custom built now.

HP Proliant would improve our standardisation.


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  Reply # 484897 23-Jun-2011 11:22
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I'd install linux and use it as a build server so I can offload some of the work from my overloaded pc that I use for java development.  

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  Reply # 484920 23-Jun-2011 11:53
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I'd use it to replace the current home server setup - a usb drive attached to the vodafone complete wireless modem:
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