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Ultimate Geek
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  Reply # 484060 21-Jun-2011 23:47
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Love my current HTPC, wrapped up in a Wavemaster case, which also doubles as my file server. But I've used all the SATA ports. Too much going on in there, so this little HP box would be nice, would swap out all my existing storage.


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Reply # 484061 21-Jun-2011 23:57
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Would be a nice start on a digital PVR

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Wannabe Geek

  Reply # 484067 22-Jun-2011 00:07
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Would be great to share data among number of laptops, especially since it has RAID and TPM for reliability of data storage.


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  Reply # 484068 22-Jun-2011 00:09
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Just had a look on HP Proliant MicroServer specs, they look well-balanced and promising.
My current gear is Dell Vostro desktop and Acer Aspire netbook. The brilliant Microserver would be used for learning new technologies in my home lab, as well as for reliable storage of family media.

Thank you!  


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Wannabe Geek

  Reply # 484073 22-Jun-2011 00:16
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The new server will allow me to save power, and put my hard drives in a box that won't kill them.

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Reply # 484084 22-Jun-2011 00:37
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I'd be keen to deploy this in one of our branch offices (way out in the middle of the Pacific Ocean). Low power consumption and small foot print are ideal.  Max out the RAM, add a dual-port nic, install ESXi on flash drive, then attach external iSCSI storage (thinking iomega px4/px6 300d) for VMs.

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Wannabe Geek

  Reply # 484086 22-Jun-2011 00:58
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My home network of two desktop and two laptop systems is in dire need of a server and I would like my name put into the hat.  Thanks.

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Master Geek
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Reply # 484091 22-Jun-2011 01:14
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I'd love to use this as a media server.  At the moment I don't really have one - I have an external HDD connected via USB to me PS3... nothing like a server at all really.

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Wannabe Geek

  Reply # 484092 22-Jun-2011 01:19
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At home I have a massive, ancient machine cobbled together from various dead machines. It's the ultimate Frankenstein server. Every day I expect it to melt down into a pile of molten plastic and fried circuits. For me, this machine would me a sense of security and comfort my current rig doesn't offer! Not to mention the fact that I wouldn't have to keep the current rig hidden out of embarrassment when my friends come over. :) 

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Wannabe Geek

  Reply # 484096 22-Jun-2011 02:08
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Hanging head in shame, I had to look this up to see what it is! But what an amazing thing it is, and think of all the files, photo's, everything else that I could store on it. And when I have to 'redo' the computer here, i wouldnt necessarily lose everything, which I routinely do......
Good job Mauricio!

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Ultimate Geek

  Reply # 484097 22-Jun-2011 02:21
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I had to click the link to read up what this machine is all about. Just having one of these machines in my home would make my dumb mates say WTH is that!! 'That mate is a HP Proliant Microserver! You mean you never heard of them? Your so living in the 90s man'
If I win do you think I could get a free copy of 'Server for dummies' if available? Thanks. :)

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Wannabe Geek

Reply # 484098 22-Jun-2011 02:53
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Let's see... I have 4 computers (3 laptops, 1 nettop) actively in use. 

  • MacBook Pro 15" (MacBookPro5,4)
    Mac OS X 10.6.7, Intel Core 2 Duo 2.53GHz, 4GB DDR3 RAM, 250GB NVidia MCP79 AHCI HDD, 256MB VRAM GPU (NVidia GeForce 9400M)

  • Acer Aspire R3600 Nettop PC
    Windows 7 Ultimate (32-Bit), Intel Atom 1.6GHz, 2GB RAM, 160GB WD Caviar, 1009.2MB VRAM ION Chipset (NVidia ION)

  • Dell Vostro 1400
    Ubuntu 11.04, Intel Core 2 Duo 1.4GHz, 2GB RAM, HDD & Graphics Information irrelevant, Backup Minecraft server (Wake-On-LAN when HP Notebook fails to send acknowledgement to network.)

  • HP Pavilion Entertainment Notebook PC (Used as a Minecraft Server)
    Ubuntu 11.04, AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual-Core Process TK-53, 4GB RAM, 120GB HDD, Graphics Information irrelevant, used as a Minecraft server. 

So it's a Microserver that's being given away, is it? Well, it would sure replace the HP Pavilion Notebook I have... it's not meant to be a server, really. It's got the power to do so... it's got a broken screen, so there's an additional reason... but I think I could do many other things with that machine. I would use the Microserver greatly as a web & Minecraft server. Alongside, I'd use it as a shared resource server with other games (such as ones provided on Steam.) File storage is in the idea as well.

I've got many other uses, but they're related to gaming and web production/publication utilities. Good luck to everyone! 

Here's a photo of my mess:
My messy room of PCs in need of a Microserver. 

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  Reply # 484100 22-Jun-2011 05:08
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I like proliant servers and am looking for a new server at the moment.  It'd be nice to have one that has a modicum of redundancy built in.

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Wannabe Geek

  Reply # 484101 22-Jun-2011 05:51
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This would kick arse and help making all my pirated movies be in the one place

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Wannabe Geek

  Reply # 484105 22-Jun-2011 06:39
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I have a home network server, an Acer AH320, running Windows Home Server.  It works very well, but it a tad slow - somewhat CPU constrained.  The Proliant looks to address the performance and expandability constraints that the otherwise excellent Acer machine has.  I'd like to see how much a difference that would make.

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