Summary: So far so good. This little server is a workhorse. Running windows 2008 r2, it hasn't crashed yet. Uptime is great, and it has sufficient power for video processing as a downloader and a Plex media server. I would recommend!
Summary: I am running FreeNAS on this machine and it works great. For those who know, I have these programs also runnning: Sickbeard Sabnzbd Couch Potato MiniDLNA All these programs if running all at once, take most of the CPU power but I am very happy with this machine.
Summary: 5/9/13 It arrived today. Spent ages figuring out how to get the thing to boot without one. Oh, and they're mounted on special slide-in racks so you can't just pop down to the local computer store and pick up a 40-buck special. Solution for me was to boot from a USB stick, onto which I had previously copied the entire Windows Home Server 2011 DVD-ROM. It may have rebooted a few more times than necessary but at least there was a work-around.
Summary: Used this to build a FreeNAS server for home use. This unit is quiet, compact and really well built. HP put a lot of thought into this unit and managed to stuff an awful lot into a small space. While not hot plug, I managed to easily get 5 3TB drives into this by using the space for the CD/DVD drive as my fifth drive (with a 5.25 to 3.5 inch adapter rails).
Summary: I started by setting it up as a VMware 5.1 server. Seemed to work well with no modifications needed. Clients ran well. Then I decided to set it up with RAID 1, and the native RAID is not compatible with VMware. Decided to go to HIPER-V and it appears to be running fine. However, the HP RAID apps for Windows doesn't include the native RAID either.
Summary: I love the size and overall package. Cool things: - super solid construction (with the exception of the HD brackets, those seem flimsy) - internal USB port: boot ESXi from USB stick without having it stick out in the back/get pulled off. - quiet - low power consumption - ability to add proper SATA/SAS RAID card without changing drive back plane.
Summary: These make for a great small office or home server. I had the N36L as a home server, but sold it off for a WesternDigital 6TB Live Duo. Well, that does do the job (store files), but as an I.T. person, I do have the occasional need to upgrade my knowledge on my own time - which the purchase of this box does. It's improved over the N36L, other than the processor being a touch faster, the onboard RAID supports 1/0/10/JBOD, instead of 1/0 that the previous version supported.
Summary: OK... this thing is small, quiet, serves up the Windows Home Server 2011 experience perfectly and has an eSATA port. The internal drive capabilities rock. What bugs me is that the eSATA bus channel is shared with the first drive bay, so unless you have a device plugged in when you first install an OS, then you will always have to boot the OS with the eSATA device unplugged, then plug it in after the fact and scan for hardware changes in device manager.