HP MicroServer

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HP MicroServer Gen8

MicroServer's Introduction

A MicroServer is a small form factor OEM server manufactured by HP. There have been a number of variants of the MicroServer with the latest being the Gen10. The Gen8 and Gen10 models are based on an Intel CPU architecture whilst the previous G7 model was AMD. It has a huge number of features typically found on an enterprise server squeezed into a small chassis.

Pros and Cons

Pro’s

  • Hardware on VMware Hardware Compatibility List (HCL) for ESXi 6
  • Low noise
  • Space for 4 x 3.5” HDD’s and 1 SSD, more with expansion bracket.
  • Small form factor server
  • Built in iLo
  • MicroSD and USB slot internal
  • Celeron CPU is standard socket 1155 and can be upgraded
  • On-board RAID controller
  • 2 x NIC’s as standard and a dedicated iLO NIC
  • 2 x PCI Expansion slots
  • Cashback deals reduce cost

Cons

  • Max 16Gb RAM
  • Standard Celeron CPU is not very powerful and only 2 cores

Tested HW Configurations

Tested Hardware Configurations
Server Model Type Part
Gen8 CPU CPU Model to go here
Gen8 Memory Kingston 16GB 1333MHz DDR3 ECC CL9 DIMM (Kit of 2 x 8GB)
N36L Memory Kingston KVR1333D3E9SK2/16G, 1333 MHz, DDR3, ECC CL9 DIMM Kit (2x8 GB), 240-pin - Tested with ESXi 6.0
N36L NIC Card HP NC112T PCI Express Gigabit (Intel 82574L chipset) - Tested with ESXi 6.0

Modifications