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  2. Gottria

    ProLiant MicroServer Gen8 Links

    So how bad is it with the "Controller firmware revision 2.10.00 NAND read failure: Media is in a WRITE-PROTECTED state" Bought the unit used about a year ago and been working fine, then this error. iLo firmware at 2.73, system rom at J06, still trying to figure out how to update that as it's from 2014. Can't seem to boot off anything but the internal USB. Cleared iLo to default and then did a format, seems OK for a few minutes then the error. Still new to this HPE stuff.
  3. Yesterday
  4. JackoUK

    To SSD or not

    Please don't take this the wrong way ... ... but ... ... buying all the components except 1 and not saying what your network is used for ... ... means you might not like my reply which could be complete rubbish. When the Microservers first came out at £100-125 a pop they were a very cheap way to ease into home lab construction and home storage (becoming better an better for storage as hard disks became larger). Each generation has become less cost-effective in those roles as prices rose. As you have found the base model needs to be upgraded with CPU, memory and RAM to produce any level of production facility for VM's. I would have sold all the old Microservers and bought a more modern system with: - NVME storage - 32, 48, 64 ... GB RAM according to requirements - fast CPU - 8 disk bays for 3.5" disks - 10GBE
  5. cattlerustler

    To SSD or not

    it is internal work load not data transfer, I made a typo on the raid card it is a 6405H so is 6gb, I will be running 4 windows VMs I'm always constrained by RAM sadly, but the foot print and price of the Gen8 makes them so attractive with a cpu upgrade they are hard to ignore, just wish they could run 32gb or ram
  6. schoondoggy

    To SSD or not

    Depends on what you need or what bottleneck you want to deal with. A single Gigabit Ethernet port will give you around 125MB/second transfers. You could team the two onboard NICs and get close to 250MB/s. A RAID5 of 7200RPM drives will give you more than 250MB transfers. The Adaptec 5405 appears to be 3Gb/s SATA,, a four drive RAID5 using SSD should give you 700-750MB/s throughput. 1TB SSD's are the sweet spot for price starting around $100, but you will need to buy adapters to mount them in the 3.5" bays. It depends on your workloads and if you need IO performance internal to the server or throughput to the outside world.
  7. I would be surprised if not. I prefer to use the intel chips in all of my servers
  8. schoondoggy

    HP ProLiant G7 N54L - Network card

    That should work. You can check the VMware compatibility guide to see if that Intel controller is listed.
  9. Trig0r

    To SSD or not

    I used to run mine booting from SSD, data on spinners, and then an SSD for my VM's... I was running server 2016 though..
  10. cattlerustler

    To SSD or not

    So I already own 2 Gen8 both running ESX boot from USB, SSD cache and spinning disk via an Adaptec Raid controllers for the guests So this performs well enough, one server is running an i5 3470T and the other is running an E3-1260L I do also have a Gen7 N54 which I want to retire So, I have just purchased a 2nd hand Gen with 16GB of RAM and have a ordered an E3-1265L V2 cpu I already have an adaptec 5405H raid card to go in, but here is the question I have no disks for the machine, I was planning on a similar approach to my other servers, boot from USB SSD cache, but what do I do with the guests? So should I SSD or not? Was going to get 4 x 1TB spinning disk (RAID5) maybe 7200rpm to keep up the access time, but then I thought what about SSD? I don't need that much storage, I have several synology NAS for that, maybe 4 x 500GB SSD in raid 5 instead, but will they be ok? Do I need to buy specific ones? I really don't know. Help? Anyone done similar and gone SSD?
  11. prbrown

    HP ProLiant G7 N54L - Network card

    Would you recommand this one : https://www.amazon.com/Gigabit-Ethernet-Converged-Network-Compatible/dp/B074PQWQB5/ref=sr_1_2?crid=2OW3VL3D02U50&dchild=1&keywords=intel%2Bdual%2Bport%2Bgigabit%2Bnic&qid=1585901806&s=electronics&sprefix=intel%2Bdual%2Celectronics%2C354&sr=1-2&th=1
  12. prbrown

    HP ProLiant G7 N54L - Network card

    Thanks I manage to load the driver and now I have 2 NIC attached to my Proliant. One more thing which is very unfortunate is that I run a Xpenology as a VM and were thinking to take advantage of the 2 NIC but if I turn on the bond and plug my both NIC to my asus on the port aggregation Lan5/6 my ESXI and my other VM are unreachable. I might purshase a new NIC with 2 GB ports which will bypass this. Thanks anyway for your help!.
  13. schoondoggy

    HP ProLiant G7 N54L - Network card

    I tend to use Intel based NIC's as they are supported by VMware. There are ways to load the Realtek drivers in ESXi. This is for your card in ESXi 5.5: https://tinkertry.com/tp-link-gigabit-pci-express-network-adapter-tg-3468-for-esxi-5-5-home-lab It appears the chip on your card is RTL8111/8168, here are instruction to load drivers for ESXi 6.0: https://communities.vmware.com/thread/506271?start=0&tstart
  14. Thanks for pointing me in the right direction. So I need a SAS expander. As I was researching for more info about the topic, I stumbled upon this video. Pretty much sums up how it works. I'll just leave it here for everyone's reference.
  15. prbrown

    HP ProLiant G7 N54L - Network card

    I’m using esxi 6.0.0 I followed this guide: https://kb.vmware.com/s/article/1034782 And I didn’t see my VID DID. How to load the driver ? Should I get another nic ? thanks.
  16. schoondoggy

    Question about the M1015 HBA

    It can support 16 through a SAS expander: https://www.ixsystems.com/community/threads/ibm-serveraid-m1015-cabling-to-support-16-devices.26066/ If you need another 8 drives and you have an open PCIe slot. You could just add another HBA.
  17. I still have this venerable HBA and it's been a critical workhorse for my Plex Media Server. It currently has eight (8) WD RED SATA disks behind it using two (2) miniSAS-to-4xSATA cables (one such cable pictured below). The M1015 spec-sheet HERE indicates that this HBA "Connects to up to 16 SAS or SATA drives". My question is, what exactly do I need to purchase in order to extend the HBA's ability to increase the supported number of drives from the current 8 to 16? Is there a downside doing this? To give a bit of background, this M1015 has already been flashed to "IT" mode and all 8 drives behind it are presented as JBOD. I'm using Drive Bender to consolidate the total capacity.
  18. Last week
  19. schoondoggy

    HP ProLiant G7 N54L - Network card

    The card you have uses a Realtek chip. ESXi support for Realtek is not great. Most times you need to manually load the driver. What version of ESXi are you using?
  20. Hi, I brought a network card for my N54L this one https://www.amazon.co.uk/TP-LINK-TG-3468-Gigabit-Express-Network/dp/B003CFATNI I plug it into the PCI3 slot when I plug a cable it's blinking however on my ESXI OS I'm unable to see it and I check on the Bios but I didn't find any menu to enable it or something like that.. Anyone have any idea what should I do? Thanks.
  21. schoondoggy

    LittleBits kits

    Great STEM learning https://home.woot.com/offers/littlebits-stem-learning-toys
  22. Thanks everyone. As of this writing, it's just been running for less than 24 hours and I can see that it's going to be more stable. For one thing, 2019 now has access to the system's full 24GB RAM compared to the 8GB limit with WHS2011.
  23. starykomp

    Installation media, WHS v1

    Hello, (sorry for using the translator) I know this is an old topic, but I got from Acer H340 friend unfortunately no hdd and no installation discs. Unfortunately neither acer nor microsoft are interested in help, so all hope for recovery of the WHS v1 system. Thank you in advance for your help and best regards
  24. When I turn on the PC the screen is black nothing when I to turn the monitor on switches off I tried different cables and monitors please don't get mad at the of knowledge I have of this
  25. schoondoggy

    Upgrade from stock to X470D4U

    I have not used it, but feedback from users is very good. It is popular in the unRAID community. The released a version with 10GbE on board as well: https://www.asrockrack.com/general/productdetail.asp?Model=X470D4U2-2T#Specifications The issue with either of these boards is that they are microATX and are physically to large to fit in the MicroServer Gen8 case. A mini ITX board may fit with a good deal of cutting on the case. Asrock Rack announced mini ITX board with 10GbE that looks interesting: https://www.asrockrack.com/general/productdetail.asp?Model=X570D4I-2T#Specifications I have looked many times at modding the MS Gen8 case to fit a mini ITX board, nothing lines up well. There are lots of good micro ATX cases if you want to build a system with one of the X470 boards. If you want a small form factor server there are some good cases to build from. These two are inexpensive: https://mitxpc.com/products/sr7879-200w?_pos=11&_sid=cf04091aa&_ss=r http://www.chenbro.com/en-global/products/TowerServerChassis/Mini_ITX_Server/SR301_PLUS
  26. I've been running 2019 for a while tbh, file backups are done via OneDrive, yeah I might have to rebuild a machine every now and again but theres only really my PC and one of the kids has a Surface. As long as I can use Hyper-V, Drivepool and Scanner, thats pretty much all I need.
  27. I don't see myself moving to '2019 but it would be good to hear from you in some time to know how '2019 is serving your needs, reliability, etc....I really miss that dreamspark!
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