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: 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.
Summary: I've been a system administrator since 1994 so I've got a good bit of experience working with HP Proliant server hardware. This is definitely an entry level model under the Proliant branding, but the HP quality is there. The box arrived well packed, with the server itself in great shape. I had it up and running in minutes. It's already pre-configured to boot off of a USB thumb drive if it finds one.
Summary: With the HP Cashback offer this is one smart box that will work for the average customer. I would advise on a memory upgrade (16Gb is compatible) and a DVD drive for the classic user. Otherwise it comes with a VGA port for our monitor and several USB slots for your peripherals.