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I was looking at the specifications of the new Microserver Gen10 and I find them a bit disappointing, so I'm considering buying a ML30 Gen9 (872658-421). I have a few questions concerning this server.
Is this server configured with 4LFF Hot Plug or 4LFF Non Hot Plug cage? Does I come with drive bay caddies? Which ones I have to buy if I use non HPE HDDs? What kind of HDD do you recommend? NAS HDDs or other?
I want run some virtual machines on it and use this server as file server, webserver, database server. If I install ESXi 6.5 on it, can I create a RAID 1 for the datastore? Or do I need a RAID controller and which do you recommend? If it's not possible or too expensive, I probably go for Windows Server 2016 or Server 2016 Essentials and install VMware Workstation 12 Pro on it. Is this possible?
Thanks in advance.

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On 6/5/2017 at 1:30 PM, Sweenie said:

I was looking at the specifications of the new Microserver Gen10 and I find them a bit disappointing, so I'm considering buying a ML30 Gen9 (872658-421). I have a few questions concerning this server.
Is this server configured with 4LFF Hot Plug or 4LFF Non Hot Plug cage? Does I come with drive bay caddies? Which ones I have to buy if I use non HPE HDDs? What kind of HDD do you recommend? NAS HDDs or other?
I want run some virtual machines on it and use this server as file server, webserver, database server. If I install ESXi 6.5 on it, can I create a RAID 1 for the datastore? Or do I need a RAID controller and which do you recommend? If it's not possible or too expensive, I probably go for Windows Server 2016 or Server 2016 Essentials and install VMware Workstation 12 Pro on it. Is this possible?
Thanks in advance.

 

Check the quickspecs on the different purchase configurations -- the Hot-Plug comes with a different PSU than the non-Hot-Plug

I had to supply my own drive bay caddies - I got them on eBay

Check posts on ML30G9 for information https://homeservershow.com/tags/ml30/

I have not run ESXi on the ML30G9

HPE has a site listing all of the supported Server OS's (and they can be loaded via IP) -- non-supported OS's can be loaded manually, such as W10x64Pro by using drivers for S2016 (see HPE driver/sw download page for ML30G9)

Here's the unboxing blog post 

see also

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