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Hi,
Recently got a deal with a tight deadline on a used HP Gen8 Xeon E3 1220 with only 2GB ram and 2 years of usage and a ILO enterprise license for 370$
I would really appreciate it if you could help me.

1. Is this a really good deal?

2. Is 2 years of usage something that i should be affraid of?

3. I want something like a nas and also something cool to experiment with different functionalities of a server...would this help?

4. If i buy it are there any security concerns regarding the ILO license? Could it be that someone else gains access to my data?

 

I know i have some really silly questions but i thank you for your time!

I have less than 24 hours to decide so I apreciate if you could help me out!

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Not sure what the iLO is worth but pretty sure you could pick up a server and the CPU from eBay for less than that, like I said though depends on the iLO costs...

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Do you really need the small form factor of the G8 MicroServer?  If you’re flexible on form factor size I think you can get more bang for your buck with a HPE ProLiant ML10v2 with a Xeon E3-1220v3

 

Newegg has it right now for ~$450 but there are “deals” from time to time http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=2NS-0006-0J3V0&cm_re=ml10_v2-_-2NS-0006-0J3V0-_-Product

 

Check Google, eBay, Amazon – during holiday type deals you should find a deal for ~$300 or less – be sure it’s the ML10v2 with the Xeon E3-1220v3 and not the older ML10 with the Xeon E3-1220v2

 

Last fall a lot of vendors were running deals off and on of $300 on the ML10v2 Xeon E3-1220v3 and TigerDirect Business had it down to $229 around Thanksgiving http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/topic/10342-unboxing-my-ml10v2-yippee/

 

You’ll need more than 2GB of RAM for any real functionality IMO – I’m a little surprised the used Gen8 MS you’re looking at only has 2GB!

 

Advanced iLO licenses are relatively easy to come by – I just ordered another one at $23 from eBay http://www.ebay.com/itm/512485-B21-512519-021-SEALED-SPARE-HP-ILO-ADVANCED-PK-SINGLE-SVR-/110897570685?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item19d202a37d&afsrc=1

 

Check out the Links page on http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/topic/5639-proliant-microserver-gen8-links/ and there’s a link for iLO licenses at http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/topic/9511-ilo-advanced-license-keys-1850-2400/

 

You can check out the ML10v2’s at http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/forum/98-ml10-and-ml10v2/

 

Check Blog posts on the ProLiant’s at http://homeservershow.com/?s=ProLiant

 

Here’s a table comparing CPU Performance:

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The key selling point of the G8 (and G7 long before it), at least here in UK, was that they were on sale for barely more than £100, all in. At that price, they were a steal. At more than double that, there may be better, cheaper options. G7s go really cheaply, and they are still very capable machines, especially tne N54L model.

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Wow!

 

This is an awesome feedback I got from you guys! Haven't bought it yet but I'm definitely in the market for a server now. The more I read the more I want to be part of this community. Really thank you! :)

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tbh depending on what you have spares wise, and what your requirements are there are likely to be better options out there than a pre-built Microserver...

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To put the pricing into perspective:

https://www.serversplus.com/servers/tower_servers/hp_tower_servers/819185-421

That's £170 delivered, and then you get the £55 cashback from HP:

https://www.serversplus.com/microserver_cashback

 

So about £115 all in, including tax and delivery. At that price, it's an awesome little machine, you couldn't put together a similar size case and PSU for that, let alone the rest, especially not with that kind of build quality.

 

Of course, to get one that's fully loaded with a Xeon E3 1290v2 and 16GB of RAM, you are likely to spend another £400-500 on top, most of it on the CPU. But there are reasonable other options to consider that won't set you back anywhere nearly that much on the CPU (e.g. lower end Xeons, i3s, and as has recently been demonstrated, even some i5 models work fine in it).

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