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.
Summary: I'd purchase another one if I had a need for it.
Pros: I really like the form factor of the unit. They use barely any electricity. In my area, it will cost around 3 dollars to power for the entire year. Bought the xeon configuration and cant complain about much. I use it for software development/media server/backup. Handles everything smoothly. Super...
Cons: There is no documentation on setting up or logging into the standard ILO4 portal that is included without a subscription.
Pros: Runs windows and Linux well. Need to turn off raid controller to get drives working. It is only software raid anyways. and Linux software raid 1 /10 matches hardware raid. I like to use these as firewalls or small servers. Firmware upgrades for the whole system can be done at boot (a HP Gen 8 ser...
Cons: Only 1 PCI slot for upgrades 2 would be nice. No redundant power. iLO license is ridiculous in license terms. I would prefer to buy a card like on gen 7 rather than permit the vendor to ongoing unfettered access to the server to check for license compliance.
Summary: This one is really ncie small server, powerful enough to run my home lab and quiet enough to keep it in my home office. 4G may not be ideal especially if you run a lot of services, but for $100 I got extra 8G and now it is almost perfect fit for my need.
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