John "Searching for the origin of the univers..., Amazon
27 June 2013
Summary: This is a powerful small server. It runs WIndows 2008 R2 equally well as Linux and is very quiet. If your SPU needs are big it is ot for you but for our applications we are very happy with its small footprint and low noise.
Summary: I got this to setup a NAS for my household use. So far it's been perfect and easy to setup. I have freenas booting up via a USB flash stick and it works great. My only complaint is that the extra HD bays didn't come with screws. Also just a note, initially I was going to run a CF card off the IDE controller but there is no IDE drive connectors on this.
Summary: I was looking to build a mini PC to run as a home server. After buying parts separately, and having some serious issues getting everything to agree with each other, I remembered I was always interested in trying out a ProLiant MicroServer. I returned all the PC parts, and grabbed this at an amazing price. I was so amazed to find all the tools and screws needed to add extra components quietly nuzzled in the front door.
Summary: This is up to HP standards in design, although I have another brand 4 disk server that is just over half this size. My Kill-a-Watt says it will cost about $3 a month to run (doing not very much yet). Quiet. Seems happy and stable with Ubuntu Server 12.LTS. Currently running 3 drives using LVM on a pair of WD 2T REDs. Have not run performance evals in this configuration.
Summary: Delivered quickly. Price was right. VERY quiet! I would buy suggested RAM upgrade up front. 2gb ain't what it used to be. Seems like any SATA hard drive will do for storage or extra capacity though. Amazed that there is so much server in such a small form factor. My guess is that embedded processor allows for considerable space savings.
Summary: There still isn't anything better than this for a home NAS setup. I run FreeNAS on it with 8GB RAM, and have two drives mirrored using ZFS. It's quiet and unobtrusive, and has run flawlessly for months.
Summary: For detailed capabilities of it (and what others have done), I'd highly recommend n40l.wikia.com My experience: Got mine on another site back on 3/31/2012. Before plugging it in and powering it up, opened it up and looked at the hard drive trays. Seemed like it took more effort than it should have to get the hard drive (which came with it) back in place and directions didn't seem clear enough on that account.
Summary: The N40L is a very good value that anyone looking at a Synology, Netgear, QNAP, etc. NAS should evaluate as a realistic alternative. The Open Source FreeNAS platform runs great on this little server and creates an open-standards based NAS that gives those proprietary options a run for their money for a lot less of yours.
Summary: HP did a awesome job with this server. The form factor is perfect for hiding in your home entertainment center. I've had it over 10 months and it runs cool and quiet and feels super sturdy. It can easily house 4 SATA drives and an optical drive (there's an extra SATA port on the motherboard you can connect the optical drive to). There are some well thought out design features like the storage for the extra screws and a wrench on the door. A key to lock the drive access.