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HP  ProLiant  MicroServer Gen8 / 712318-001
8.9 out of 10

HP ProLiant MicroServer Gen8 / 712318-001

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Reviews and Problems with HP ProLiant MicroServer Gen8 / 712318-001

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Overall 10

Great value! It took a little doing to figure ...

Brian Hosking, Amazon
31 July 2015
  • Summary: Great value! It took a little doing to figure out how to configure the drives the way I wanted, but after three tries it is just as I wanted. One thing I learned as a novice server-setter-upper was Windows seems to require a MBR (Master Boot Record) drive to boot up. MBR only recognizes 2TB.
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Overall 2

One Star

Saminda Yapa, Amazon
19 April 2015
Overall 10

1.5yrs as media server

Jacob S., Newegg
14 January 2015
  • Summary: After stuffing 4hdds in this this when it arrived, I installed ubuntu server and plex, and I haven't had to physically touch it for as long as I can remember. CPU could be a bit beefier for transcoding multiple video streams, but in my case Plex usually does direct play and there's no transcoding...
  • Pros: - form factor (sits next to bed in bedroom) - quiet (never notice it, but it does sit next to a bigger pc so maybe it just blends its noise in :) - hdd storage for its size (fits 4!)
  • Cons: - CPU could be beefier, but suits my purpose
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Overall 6

Linux users, beware

harryhendo, Amazon
4 December 2014
  • Summary: This server seems ideal for a small business server running Linux, to do common tasks like DHCP serving, DNS, samba, etc. It is well built, quiet, with plenty of power and features in a small footprint.
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Overall 8

Four Stars

Allen Miller, Amazon
30 November 2014
Overall 10

Great little server

Ivan Kowalenko "The Video Guy", Amazon
3 October 2014
  • Summary: I bought one of these for use as a home server, and originally I was worried that I'd find the Pentium G2020T too slow. Well, I've been living with the thing for a few months now, and I'm not at all upset with my purchase.
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Overall 10

Private Home lab using HP ESXi Custom image.

Thiago Z., Newegg
20 September 2014
  • Summary: Quiet, small box, easy to install customized ESXi image right from the HP site http://www8.hp.com/us/en/products/servers/solutions.html?compURI=1499005#tab=TAB4 makes this microserver a good choice for home lab.
  • Pros: Since I am using this box for my home lab ESXi and I downloaded the HP Customized ESXi Image from hp site, everything work as expected. I don't know which verision of bios the guys were using when complaining about the FAN noise, but mine is quite silent. It is so quiet that I put this box on my ...
  • Cons: Maybe the RAM limit size to 16GB would be a con. Price tag for a home lab is a bit high when you have to buy other pieces to make it work.
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Overall 10

Good Purchase for Small office or Home user

Babar Mughal, Amazon
24 August 2014
  • Summary: I love this server. I used to own the old model Microserver N36L. Having used it for about 3-4 years for primarily data storage purposes, I needed a new requirement to setup and study Virtualisation at home (I am an IT Engineer), so I went to the drawing board and came back with a solution based on...
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Overall 2

HP closes the firmware updates for paid support only (or under warranty period)

Mr. A. Carter "Mrs V. Carter", Amazon
10 August 2014
  • Summary: Since HP gated their firmware updates behind a "support" contract or during warranty period only, can not recommend for home hobbyist at all. Avoid.
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Overall 10

Nice Home Server or very Small Business Server

Rusty S., Newegg
9 June 2014
  • Summary: I bought this to replace an HP Home server that died. I wanted the versatility that an actual server allows that I couldn't get with a NAS. This fits the bill perfectly. If you have a home or small business network with Windows 7 Pro or Windows 8 Pro computers, this will give you all the benefits of...
  • Pros: Smaller than your desktop computer. Very quiet - the only noises I hear are the drives I added spinning. The fan is almost silent even at full load. If you are willing to put the effort in to figuring it out, has all the benefits of Windows Server (RDS Gateway, IIS Server, Storage Spaces, etc). P...
  • Cons: I found this fairly difficult to setup. It actually has Windows Server 2012 Essentials - not Server 2012 and not Server 2012 R2. This might actually be an advantage to most home users but as someone who works with Server 2012 R2 standard on a daily basis I found the wizard confusing. That being s...
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