HP ProLiant DL320e Gen8 V2 and Windows Server Technical Preview


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By: John Stutsman


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HP ProLiant DL320e Gen8 v2 front view


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HP ProLiant DL320e Gen8 v2 rear view with cover removed


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HP ProLiant DL320e Gen8 v2 front view and powered up


Not long ago I installed Windows Server Technical Preview (“WSTP” or “Server10”) on HP ProLiant DL320e Gen8 v2 to see how it compared to my HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer. It was like working with an old friend – iLO behaved the same on both machines and my experience with the MicroServer transferred easily to the DL320e Gen8 V2. I set the drives to AHCI in the BIOS so I didn’t even have to install a driver during WSTP installation for the B120i.

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System Information screen showing Windows Server Technical Preview installed


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Benchmark Scores using PassMark:  Using PassMark I got an overall benchmark rating of 495


I measured the performance of the 2 500GB drives in the DL320e using HDTune, ATTO, and CrystalDiskMark (“CDM”). Since BIOS was set to AHCI I also used CrystalDiskInfo (“CDI”) to view detailed information for each drive.

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C Drive CDI


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C Drive Performance using HDTune, ATTO, and CDM


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D Drive CDI


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D Drive Performance using  HDTune, ATTO, and CDM


The DL320e with the Xeon E3-1280v3 is a powerful, yet familiar, machine to work with that was a pleasure. More to come in the future.


Current As-Built: Machine

HP ProLiant DL320e Gen8 v2 w/Xeon E3-1280v3


OS Drive C: AHCI 500GB

OS: Windows Server Technical Preview

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Data Drive D: AHCI 500GB

Data Drive E: USB 3.0 – USB 3.0 4TB Seagate External drive


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Processor Information


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Firmware Version Information


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Fans speed Information


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Temperature Information




HP ProLiant DL320e Gen8 v2 QuickSpecs http://www8.hp.com/h20195/v2/GetDocument.aspx?docname=c04123146

PassMark test of the DL320e I worked on http://www.passmark.com/baselines/V8/display.php?id=32669600181

Be Sure to Check out CSKenney’s Gen8 links thread in the HomeServerShow forums: http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/topic/5639-proliant-microserver-gen8-links/

Installing Windows Server Technical Preview (Server 10) on my HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/blog/8/entry-13-installing-windows-server-technical-preview-on-my-hp-proliant-gen8-microserver/

Drive Performance in my HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer http://homeservershow.com/drive-performance-hp-proliant-gen8-microserver.html

Testing my Gen8 MicroServer before HSS Meetup 2014 http://homeservershow.com/testing-gen8-microserver-hss-meetup-2014.html

Installing WS2012R2 on my Gen8 http://homeservershow.com/installing-windows-server-2012-r2-hp-proliant-gen8-microserver.html


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