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Can any of you recommend a box I can buy that will hold about 4 hard drives and install Windows Server 2012 Essentials on? I would sure appreciate any input from you. I don't want to wait for the preinstalled boxes to go on sale in November.

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I would suggest a HP Microserver n40l. you can add a 5th drive for the OS where the DVD drive goes. Could be a 3-1/2 HDD or a laptop drive or go all the way with a 60gig SSD. I mounted a 60gig SSD onto the back wall. There is exactly enough space between the fan and the top cover. Then you can have all 4 drives for your Storage Spaces if you want to use Storage Spaces. The vote on that is not highly recommended.

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It's still missing a MOBO, CPU, and drive. Nice machine to be sure, but on a one to one comparison, the N40L is just hard to beat. Just my .02

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My question is, just what do you want to do with the server? If only some basic file serving then the N40L would be great; if you want to do transcoding, then maybe not so much.

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Can any of you recommend a box I can buy that will hold about 4 hard drives and install Windows Server 2012 Essentials on? I would sure appreciate any input from you. I don't want to wait for the preinstalled boxes to go on sale in November.

 

I'm with Diehard and JMWills. You can go with 5 HD's plus a 2.5" for your OS. The two PCIe slots give you options for USB 3.0 etc.

 

Right now I'm running Server 2012 Storage Server Std on a N40L and am planning to put Server 2012 Essentials on it later.

 

I'll have it at the meet-up on the 20th.

 

My other N40L is running WHS2011 and is in production so it isn't making the trip to Indy.

 

Some HW ideas are at: http://homeserversho...erver-n40l.html

 

The SBS Diva is planning to put S2012E into a N40L box also http://msmvps.com/blogs/bradley/

 

Also, check this on the HP Proliant MicroServer Owners Group http://forums.overclockers.com.au/showpost.php?p=14803139&postcount=7298 as well as the rest of the thread on http://forums.overclockers.com.au/showthread.php?t=958208&page=487 regarding Transcoding.

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Thanks for the replies! I won't be doing any trans-coding. I'll go with the HP n4l. As an aside I just bought a new LG 60 inch plasma. It has a USB slot on it for music, photos and video files. I Inserted a USB drive into it with several different movies with different video formats. It played everyone of them! The only format it didn't play was an iso file. Maybe I'm behind the times here, but I have had a lot of issues in the past getting a Roku type box or other TVs to play video from a USB hard drive. Anyway I was thoroughly impressed.

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  • 4 weeks later...

I bought the HP Microserver and really like it. I have installed Essentails 2012. I have it installed on the one disk so far that shipped with the unit. 250 Gig spinner. Newegg had it for $280 with the hard disk and an additional 2 gigs of Ram. I was going to install 3 WD red drives at a size of 3 Terabytes each but have been reading about issues with these new red drives. What do you guys think?

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