Pros: It works. It is inexpensive. It is small. It does not consume much energy.
Cons: It is too noisy for home use. It is noisier than my i7-based desktop computer. It seems that the noise is mostly coming from the fans inside of the server but I will not try to replace them because it takes too much time to change any component of this server other than HDD.
Pros: Very low power, quiet and small, well-organized chassis
Cons: Quiet simply can't cut it as a fast file server. It wasn't given anything but file serving to do and didn't even keep up half-pace with a SATA-II-laden workstation right next to it. Just not ready for prime time.
Great small server if you don't want to back up locally
29 November 2012
Summary: If you want to run a local backup with this server, buy a NAS.
Pros: Great small server to serve as a file/print server for an office that doesn't need to run exchange or sql.
Cons: There seems to be a bug in the BIOS where if you plug in an external drive, it sets itself as the first boot device every time. Even if you go in and correct the boot order, the next time an external drive gets swapped for backups the BIOS reconfigures itself again to try to boot off the external...
Pros: Uses a lot less energy than my 2U server. Runs all services needed using CentOS 5.8. Install was easy. Quiet. Price. Not much else to say.
Cons: HW clock gains about 2 seconds an hour and creates issues with dovecot if you are not constantly updating the clock. No software for monitoring array. Hard drive could be bigger. No optical drive.
Summary: A true headache setting up a simple home network to run AD. Still, I probably wouldn't have paid any more for any other system just to run a small home network. Only time will tell if my arrays can stay healthy despite the complete and utter lack of proper support and drivers for this OS.
Pros: Compatible with standard SATA drives, you don't have to necessarily use the expensive LFF drives, which makes this a great home server. You really can't beat the price. The body design is tight, but simple and easy to break down. I hijacked the spare ODD SATA port to add a 5th hdd. Boots to USB a...
Cons: 1. The hp drivers are garbage for windows server 2008 R2. As far as storage is concerned, don't bother installing them. I installed them after I created RAID arrays via the MMC, and they stopped working immediately. I installed them pre-OS installation with a RAID 10 setup from the internal contr...
Summary: I built a RAID 1 array with Disks 0 & 1 following the instructions then inserted the WHS 2011 DVD but the installer failed as it couldn't copy files onto the array. After many calls with HP, they could not help. I tried a Windows 7 installation as a test and it worked.
Pros: This makes a great server for WHS 2011. It is small, quiet and doesn't cost much. It has 2 PCIe slots which I'm using one for USB 3.0 though I can't get that to work.
Cons: HP has not embraced WHS 2011. Given that this is arguably the best WHS 2011 server out there, you would think HP would do more to support it. There is no option to buy it as HP model with WHS 2011. There is no documentation of any type. HP tech support tried to help me but they have not knowledge...
Summary: I wanted to mention this as there are conflicting reports around.
Pros: I forgot to mention that non-ECC RAM works fine. In fact, just to test it I added a 4-gig stick of non-ECC RAM in addition to the 2-gig of ECC RAM that came with it, and there are no problems that I can see yet.
Cons: After installing WHS 2011 on HP box and installing client on Windows 7 PCs (it installs automatically when the client PC contacts the server), could not connect any Windows clients to the server. Yes, the client ran on the PCs and saw the server, and all sharing/permissions were open, but all att...