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mehtaman
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Hi All,

 

I am looking to migrate my N54L to a Gen10 MicroServer.

I currently have the following data drives:

1x 2.5" SSD (OS)

5x 3.5" HDD (4x Windows Storage Space, 1x Data Backup)

 

I currently use a 5.25" ICYDock caddy for the SSD and Backup Drive.

 

Will the Gen10 Support 6+ Hard Drives?

If so, what do I need to install to get this all to work?

E.g. RAID Card? BIOS Mod?

 

Also did a silent fan mod on my N54L, does anyone know if the Gen10 Fans can be modified (Case and PSU)?

 

Thank you!

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schoondoggy

Physically, there is only room for four 3.5" drives in the MS Gen10. There is a 5th SATA port for your SSD. 

What version of Windows are you running?

What capacity are your 3.5" drives?

What capacity is your SSD?

 

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mehtaman
Posted (edited)

OS:

Windows Server 2016 DataCenter (just because I had a key for that version) realistically Standard would do.

 

3.5” Capacity:

4x 2TB Mirrored using Windows Storage Space

1x 2TB for backups using Veeam Free Edition

 

SSD:

1x 1TB Samsung SSD (overkill capacity)

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schoondoggy

Moving the four 2TB drives, mirrored with Storage Spaces should not be an issue. For the backup drive you could go with a 2.5" 9.5mm 2TB drive that would fit in the ODD bay, but that is the highest capacity in that form factor. There is room next to the power supply for a 2.5" 15mm drive, 5TB is the biggest capacity in that form factor. Unfortunately, that would use up all of your SATA ports. The MS Gen10 has a x1 PCIe slot and a x8 PCIe slot. You could put a SATA controller in the x1 PCIe slot to get you more ports or you could use a x1 PCIe MSATA card and go that route. These options would leave the x8 PCIe slot open for future expansion

I would recommend the MS Gen10 with the x3421 CPU and as much memory as you can afford.

In this thread is a picture of x1 PCIe four port SATA card:

In this thread is a picture of the x1 PCIe dual MSATA card:

Let me know if this helps or if you have other questions.

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mehtaman

Fantastic reply!!!
Thank you for all the information. 


I was looking at the better spec'ed 'Pro' Server for piece of mind:

https://www.ebuyer.com/854984

 

@schoondoggy
Are you aware of any fan mods, presume any 120mm silent fan can be connected.

Or is the GEN10 like the N54L and has a custom 3-PIN fan connector that needs trimming?

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JackoUK
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While SD is the 'goto man' for building out a Microserver ...

… in your place I would be (re)building my own server.

 

Reasons:

- when an HP MS cost £100-125 in the UK it was a bargain: a new 3421 now costs £525

-  you have many re-usable components for a reparenting job

- why fiddle about extending a machine which does not have enough disk bays: why not go for 8 bays from the start?

- buying a new motherboard will give you direct support for an M.2 SSD (even NVME), instead of losing a disk bay for a fast OS partition

- a new motherboard also opens up the future for Thunderbolt and 10Gb networking (if you are careful!) and the possibility of leveraging SMB multichannel

- you have the option of a performance-enhancing, 8-disk Storage Space … plus the security of ReFS

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mehtaman
Posted (edited)

I did consider this and asked the question on a custom PC forum... for a budget of say £600 a mATX MoBo with a good CPU and Beefy RAM is viable option.

 

Maybe something like a Ryzen 2600x, 32GB RAM, Good MoBo,Case, PSU.

As you say I have the data drives and also have a spare RX580 GPU so much of the rebuild cost is covered.

 

Just thought I would see what the thoughts are with a microserver 

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JackoUK
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Your biggest asset is the server OS ...

… and if you have a spare graphics card as well ...

… what are you waiting for?

 😀

 

 

Maybe put something up in the 'Critique my Build List' forum here?

My Converged 10G Home Network post might be of interest.

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schoondoggy
Fantastic reply!!!

Thank you for all the information. 

 

I was looking at the better spec'ed 'Pro' Server for piece of mind:

https://www.ebuyer.com/854984

 

[mention=3464]schoondoggy[/mention]

Are you aware of any fan mods, presume any 120mm silent fan can be connected.

Or is the GEN10 like the N54L and has a custom 3-PIN fan connector that needs trimming?

I have not seen any fan mods. It seems to run fairly quiet. One thing you should be aware of is HPE requires your server to be in warranty or on a service contract to download BIOS updates.

 

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Scepticalist
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It runs quietly enough - much quieter than my N54L which sits right next to it - I have to shut down the N54L when my cave is being used as a guest bedroom, but the Gen10 can be left running.

 

Any 4pin PWM fan will work, but it has a custom 6pin connector - I tried everywhere to find the connector but couldn't, so you'd have to mod the connector off the existing fan (there is a witing diagram available online for the old Gen whcih works). This obviously has implications for any warrranty

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