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: Had this unit running for about a month now. The Good: The system is very small and very quiet. Supports up to 4 internal HD's. Low power consumption. The bad: The system does not come with a CD/DVD drive. I knew this going in. There is a motherboard SATA interface for the DVD, BUT what I did not know was the power connectors are all Molex, which means you have to have a molex to Sata power adapter in order to install a Sata DVD drive.
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: This unit is just plain NICE to have for any techie! For what it cost and the little $$ its takes to upgrade (supports 16gig RAM) I also installed a DVDR, added a HP RAID card and created a RAID 5 across 4, 2TB HD.I wasn’t a big fan of the embedded RAID. Loaded the freebie version of ESXi 5.1 to boot from a 2Gig ultra flash drive and created 4 VM's and BAM! I was done.
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.