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Just for fun, I attached a USB external DVD drive to the Gen10 MicroServer and played Star Wars: Rogue One.  I had loaded PowerDVD onto the MicroServer.

Used a DP1.2 to HDMI active converter and the sound played through on the Monitor Speakers.

I've been playing a lot of streaming videos (from my home server and from Amazon Prime) without problems too.

 

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Great news for those who use their servers to play Blueray disks. Me, I tend to runt my servers headless, and to let my server transcode (via Plex) if required for the client device. But to each their own ;p

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in 2017 HPE released microserver that can play Blueray disks! What a cool feature!  Forget about Plex and streaming videos!

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6 hours ago, fricadelli said:

Great news for those who use their servers to play Blueray disks. Me, I tend to runt my servers headless, and to let my server transcode (via Plex) if required for the client device. But to each their own ;p

 

33 minutes ago, FreeN@S said:

in 2017 HPE released microserver that can play Blueray disks! What a cool feature!  Forget about Plex and streaming videos!

I should let @Joe_Miner reply, but I think he is busy enjoying time with his grand-kids.

FYI, several forum members asked us to test this. There is still a sizable group of users that direct connect their media servers to their TV, server and HTPC as one unit. There are many threads in the forums on adding video cards to Gen7 and Gen8 MicroServers for this purpose as well. I assume people were interested to see how well the built in video on the MS Gen10 performed. I have moved to Plex for my media server as well. I am happy to chat with users about direct media server versus Plex. 

As John stated, he set this up 'just for fun'. I thought it was 'nice' that he took the time to do this. Perhaps we should all remember that forums are 'just for fun' and try to be 'nice' to each other.   

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On ‎6‎/‎20‎/‎2017 at 5:25 PM, Joe_Miner said:

Just for fun, I attached a USB external DVD drive to the Gen10 MicroServer and played Star Wars: Rogue One.  I had loaded PowerDVD onto the MicroServer.

Used a DP1.2 to HDMI active converter and the sound played through on the Monitor Speakers.

I've been playing a lot of streaming videos (from my home server and from Amazon Prime) without problems too.

 

WP_20170618_20_07_57_Pro 1.jpg

 

16 hours ago, fricadelli said:

Great news for those who use their servers to play Blueray disks. Me, I tend to runt my servers headless, and to let my server transcode (via Plex) if required for the client device. But to each their own ;p

 

 

11 hours ago, FreeN@S said:

in 2017 HPE released microserver that can play Blueray disks! What a cool feature!  Forget about Plex and streaming videos!

 

I had been asked by many Forum Members if this was possible so "Just For Fun" I tested that capability with a external USB DVD player (not BD). 

 

Many members have installed video cards in their Gen7's as well Gen8's (check the Forums for the many threads on this) for the express purpose of being able to attach a monitor or TV in order to squeeze the most utility out of their MicroServer -- this is not an unusual configuration.  Many members have openly expressed a desire for greater graphics capability with either a HDMI or DP added - check the 77 pages of Gen8 threads -- and HP did/does read many of our Forum threads.

 

Members should not be criticized for wanting to gain the maximum utility out of their Server/HTPC/WorkStation/GraphicsStation/TestPlatform purchase possible.

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1 hour ago, Joe_Miner said:

I had been asked by many Forum Members if this was possible so "Just For Fun" I tested that capability with a external USB DVD player (not BD). 

In that case, may I kindly point out that any half-modern computer (i.e. made in the last 10 years or so) is capable of playing DVDs?

 

1 hour ago, Joe_Miner said:

Many members have installed video cards in their Gen7's as well Gen8's (check the Forums for the many threads on this) for the express purpose of being able to attach a monitor or TV in order to squeeze the most utility out of their MicroServer -- this is not an unusual configuration.  Many members have openly expressed a desire for greater graphics capability with either a HDMI or DP added - check the 77 pages of Gen8 threads -- and HP did/does read many of our Forum threads.

This is not a good test of the graphics capabilities of the Gen 10. The Matrox G200 in the Gen 8 is perfectly adequate for this. BTW, when people add extra graphics cards on the Gen 8, it's normally for passing through (using Vt-d) to a VM. I strongly suspect that this will be impossible to do with the embedded GPU on the Gen10, but am willing to be proven wrong.

 

1 hour ago, Joe_Miner said:

Members should not be criticized for wanting to gain the maximum utility out of their Server/HTPC/WorkStation/GraphicsStation/TestPlatform purchase possible.

For what it's worth, I was merely pointing out that "playing DVD:s" is an extremely odd use case for a server, and that for folks looking for an HTPC there are many other devices out there that are likely to be more suitable and less of an eyesore than either the Microserver Gen8 OR Gen10. I have met many people who are unfamiliar with Plex, so I thought it was important to make that distinction.

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On 6/20/2017 at 5:25 PM, Joe_Miner said:

Just for fun, I attached a USB external DVD drive to the Gen10 MicroServer and played Star Wars: Rogue One.  I had loaded PowerDVD onto the MicroServer.

Used a DP1.2 to HDMI active converter and the sound played through on the Monitor Speakers.

I've been playing a lot of streaming videos (from my home server and from Amazon Prime) without problems too.

 

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4 hours ago, fricadelli said:

In that case, may I kindly point out that any half-modern computer (i.e. made in the last 10 years or so) is capable of playing DVDs?

 

While I appreciate your assessment of computer capabilities I needed to know if it would actually work with a Gen10 MicroServer.  

  • Would the DP1.2 pass thru high resolution video, with sound, to the monitors
  • Would I be able to hang HDMI monitors off of this machine
  • Would I see DRM issues
  • Would I be able to do all this while engaged in other activities on the other monitors and in the machine -- managing large amounts of data via Pivot tables & generating graphics visible on another high-res monitor while also running multiple VM's including a VM of WHS2011 and SS2012
  • Inquiring minds want to know/see what has actually been done / not what "should" work

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4 hours ago, fricadelli said:

This is not a good test of the graphics capabilities of the Gen 10. The Matrox G200 in the Gen 8 is perfectly adequate for this. BTW, when people add extra graphics cards on the Gen 8, it's normally for passing through (using Vt-d) to a VM. I strongly suspect that this will be impossible to do with the embedded GPU on the Gen10, but am willing to be proven wrong.

 

Apparently you don't get around much.  In the last 5 years many people came to these Forums looking for ways to get high-res video out of their trusty MicroServers.

 

As far as a straight numbers test of the graphics capabilities you can check:

But check this out

And compared to the Gen8 with a 1265Lv2

 

 

4 hours ago, fricadelli said:

For what it's worth, I was merely pointing out that "playing DVD:s" is an extremely odd use case for a server, and that for folks looking for an HTPC there are many other devices out there that are likely to be more suitable and less of an eyesore than either the Microserver Gen8 OR Gen10. I have met many people who are unfamiliar with Plex, so I thought it was important to make that distinction.

 

Not that odd if you look around the world at what other folks are doing.  In many countries with high energy costs they want a reliable server that consumes little energy, meets their server requirements, and meets as many other requirements around their house as possible.  

 

Clearly, for just an HTPC the MS Gen10 is way overkill (I like the NUC6i5SYH) but when you start adding other functions in the equation the MicroServer is worth considering for many especially if HPE begins their pricing programs like they did with the Gen7 and Gen8.

 

If you look around the Forums here you will notice that just about everyone is familiar with Plex and Dave, Jim, PCDoc, Schoondoggy, and Others here have done countless podcasts about Plex -- it's not really necessary for you to "educate us" but we're always interested in hearing about you you have Plex set up and how you are using it.

 

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Haha, why are you so defensive @Joe_Miner? The Matrox G200 in the Gen8 is perfectly capable of 1080p resolution. It was actually considered a "high-end" or at least "enthusiast-class" card back in the day. Indeed, by your own benchmarks, the G200 is actually faster for 2D graphics (when paired with an upgraded processor) than the part the Gen 10 ships with.

Your benchmark - 2D graphics mark of 434.2
https://homeservershow.com/uploads/monthly_2017_06/593455a06b961_2017-06-03Passmark02.JPG.987028c04488d2d56d58c286dfdb4953.JPG
Cadd70 benchmark - 2D graphics mark of 536
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But thanks, it will be a relief for some that the Gen 10 can be used to play DVD:s while crunching pivot tables in Excel (two activities I would, personally, prefer to keep entirely separate).

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