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HP Microserver Gen8 + Ubuntu server 16 lts ?


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I plan to buy this Gen8 microserver (last units in local store) but i need to know if it's fine to run it with Ubuntu server 16 LTS. I tried to Google some tips or steps just to make sure there are no problems, but i haven't found anything. Strange, i always find tons about Ubuntu + every topic, but Ubuntu 16 + Gen8... nothing. So, is there any problem? I found some stuff about Ubuntu 14 LTS, but much more about CentOS. So, CentOS is just prefered or only one usable?  My point about Ubuntu 16LTS is that i already have the same on VPS so i can transfer settings and all i got used to. Thanks for answer.

 

I'm reading about Gen8 few days before i buy, so if you have some usefull links must-read-before-buying, please, let me know too.

 

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There's built-in raid in Gen-8. Actually it's not a hardware raid, it's a software raid from HP which requires OS-specific proprietary kernel driver. The only thing that's good about it is that fans run a bit slower in that raid mode, so server is a bit more silent (it's not like it very loud without it, I could hardly tell difference at night).

 

HP provided drivers for Windows, VMWare ESXi, Ubuntu 12.04 and RHEL (except latest 7.4). So if you want to use this raid with Linux, you're basically stuck with CentOS 7.3.

 

Of course you can just use AHCI mode and any Linux will work just fine including Ubuntu 16.04.

 

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Thanks for answer, i will use AHCI and avoid any problems. Or is there any major disadvantage to use AHCI, i mean in speed or something? I can create sw RAID and should be work just fine.

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