Summary: Great little NAS server. I have mine loaded with FreeNas 9.3 and two mirrored 2TB Western Digital Red disks with mirrored vdevs. Upgraded the memory to 8 GB ECC RAM. The setup has been rock solid. Better than any QNAP setup for sure. The piece of mind with ZFS is the reason I went this route over concerns of bit rot. I bought this years ago when prices dropped as the new N54L was coming out. After 2 years I finally got around to finishing this build.
Summary: this was a steal for $200. You can run WHS, you can run hypervisor (max the memory obviously), very quiet though not completey silent. Autovoltage so you can use it in almost any country. A little odd that the motherboard only has SATA connectors (no IDE) yet the power for the CD bay is the old IDE molex connector, thus requiring an adapter to install a SATA CDROM
Its a fantastic file server that can handle the multitude of power ...
27 December 2014
Summary: I bought one of these a couple years ago along with some WD Red 3TB drives and Unraid OS. Its a fantastic file server that can handle the multitude of power outages I have without any failures.
Summary: Well made, does not take much space, quiet operation. Use it as a CVS/SSH server. Ubuntu installed from USB stick with little problems having to do with creating bootable USB stick. Some filenames got truncated and a few (unused) files did not copy. Initially had a problem with boot hanging around video driver or swap init but seems to have fixed itself (?!). Some people rightfully complained that top slot is only suited for CD/DVD drive.
Summary: Still working great, especially compared to the EX470 it replaced. Build quality is excellent and comes with all the tools/screws required for installing drives into the other bays. I'm using it with WHS 2011, even with the original 250GB hard drive and only the 1GB of RAM it came with. I had to customize the WHS 2011 installer to let it install with less RAM than it required. I use DriveBender to expand as I add hard drives.
Summary: We use these servers for FreeNAS. Have run constantly for several years 24/7 without a problem. Drive installation is easy. RAM installation is a pain in the posterior. Have added a DLT tape drive. Make sure if your add a tape or optical drive to get a SATA cable with a right angle connector.
Summary: WOW! Best $ 3 0 0 bucks I ever spent on a box. Runs Linux fast. Boots up within 1 minute. Bought a USB sound card and am very happy with the results. Although only a dual core, it runs rings around my other dual core laptops and PCs. Best bang for the buck as a mini-server. HP actually got something right. Highly recommend it.