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Hi! I am planning to buy a Microserver Gen10 Plus E-2224 for a small business, and want to add as much disk space as possible. I already have the older Gen10 with 4x4TB HDDs in RAID10 (effective capacity 8TB) and a 2TB SSD in the 5th slot (which is missing on the new G10 plus). The max stated capacity on the HPE site seems to be limited with their own enterprise HDDs, so I'd like to see if I can go for bigger disks. The server would be running a sort of an application which collects lots of data from devices, and the data tends to grow over time (1-2TB per year), and I'd prefer not to worry about the capacity for the next several years.

 

  1. My primary concern is the max capacity (max single drive capacity + max total RAID capacity with the Smart Array S100i) I can reliably install. If possible, some actual setup which has been shown to work with 32GB RAM and its limited 180W power supply?
  2. I was also planning on upgrading it to 32GB. If I am buying a 16GB RAM server, does this means it has both slots occupied with 8GB modules and I need a 2x32GB kit?
  3. For the os SSD, I won't have the PCIe slot available because we need to insert a certain GPS PCIe card that the server uses for time synchronization. So, if I want an SSD, this means I should use something like 1xSSD + 3xHDD in RAID5, instead of RAID10?

 

I've been planning to install 16TB Seagate Exos X16 drives, with rated max operating power at 10W (6.3W for random reads/writes). Does this seam feasible?

 

Thanks a lot for your tips!

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18 hours ago, GarethC said:

Have you seen the Serve The Home Guide? https://www.servethehome.com/hpe-proliant-microserver-gen10-plus-ultimate-customization-guide/ there is a lot of information in there.  The server also is not limited to 32GB incase you weren’t aware, i’m running 64GB in mine.

 

Oh, thanks, that guide is great. I also found your other thread in the meantime, where you mentioned your build with 64GB.

 

According to the article, there are no practical limits with with this system in terms of capacity, however the biggest problem is the power consumption due to the limited power supply. The one confusing thing in specs is that the average power consumption on the leaflet is usually lower than average power consumption for larger QD workloads, and much lower than peak power spikes during startup. Anyway, helium drives seem to be mostly rated at ~6.5W average, ~10W max in leaflets.

 

Does anyone perhaps have experience with placing 4 large capacity 7200RPM HDDs in Gen10 plus? E.g. WD Ultrastar 16TB or Seagate Exos 16TB?

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21 hours ago, gru said:

Does anyone perhaps have experience with placing 4 large capacity 7200RPM HDDs in Gen10 plus?

 

Got Ubuntu installed onto USB on internal socket and 4 x 14TB WD RED drives using ZFS RaidZ1 (yes, I have a backup!) and this has been running 24x7 for two months without any issues 😎

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22 hours ago, binky said:

 

Got Ubuntu installed onto USB on internal socket and 4 x 14TB WD RED drives using ZFS RaidZ1 (yes, I have a backup!) and this has been running 24x7 for two months without any issues 😎

 

Thanks @binky, this is good to know! 😄

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  • 3 weeks later...

I am running 4x16TB Seagate Exos drives in mine on Windows Server 2019 Essentials in a RAID0 type storage pool/vdisk.

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