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Since my responses are lengthy I thought they would be useful to post here ......


I have a number of questions for Joe and others.

Why install a separate 2 port NIC when one is built-in?

Where and what is the link to the community recommended bios update? I am assuming this will invalidate the HP warranty?

Can the accessible drive of a raid 1 drive pairs be partitioned? My N40L (arrived today) came with a DVD writer! but without a system drive! May use a pair of larger drives in Raid 1 hence the question.

Does upgrading the memory give any benefits? It has 4gb and I can get another 4gb for £12 delivered.

Also pointing me at other recommended mods etc would be appreciated




Hi Ian – thanks for dropping by!



For a typical installation additional NIC’s are not needed. If you plan to install Hyper-V and run Virtual Machines on top of your host OS then best practice is to have a separate NIC for the Hyper-V – In the article I noted that I had mistakenly intended to add a PCI NIC Card – when I realized that I needed a PCIe card I used an Intel dual NIC card that I had on hand.

As you can see – in later builds I did not use any additional PCIe NIC cards:

1. Installing Windows Home Server 2011 on a SSD in a HP MicroServer N40L http://homeservershow.com/installing-windows-home-server-2011-on-a-ssd-in-a-hp-microserver-n40l.html

2. Installing Windows Server 2012 Essentials on a HP N40L ProLiant MicroServer http://homeservershow.com/installing-windows-server-2012-essentials-on-a-hp-n40l-proliant-microserver.html



Throughout the Article there are “hot-links” to important details. In the first sentence under the heading “Flashing the BIOS” is one such link. Please be sure to check out all such links in the Article.

To the best of my knowledge the BIOS-MOD has only been tested on the N40L. Flashing the BIOS with the BIOS-MOD is outside of the HP warranty – if you make a mistake or if there is a power failure during the Flash you could very well Brick you N40L MicroServer. If you’re not comfortable Flashing your BIOS then you should not do it.

John Zajdler’s, @DieHarder on Twitter, DieHard in the HomeServerShow.Com forums, guide and suggestions http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/topic/3397-modified-bios-for-microserver-n40l-enables-hidden-features/

Also see: http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/forum/67-hp-microserver/

And http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/topic/3506-more-interesting-microserver-links/


Drive Configuration:

There are many options that you could select – please check out the entries in http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/forum/67-hp-microserver/ and http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/forum/36-windows-home-server-2011/




IMHO, 4GB of RAM should work well with WHS-2011 – upgrading to 8GB will provide you more options with what you can do with your N40L in the future – some have successfully upgraded to 16GB and made their MicroServer N40L a “Hyper-V Play Box” for testing and learning about Hyper-V.


Useful links:

I’d suggest reading through all of the threads at http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/forum/67-hp-microserver/ and in particular http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/topic/3506-more-interesting-microserver-links/





A ps to my earlier post.


I propose to install two WD RED 2tb drives in addition to whatever I put my OS on (WHS2011). Is it worth making these a RAID1 set?




RAID1 is only one of many ways of adding resiliency to your Server to enable greater availability – the important thing, IMHO, is to design and implement a good 3-2-1 back-up plan as described here


And check out this link:


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Lengthy? I have no idea what you're talking about ;):D

Someone posted a reply to a blog post that John did for Homes Server Show. He didn't want to respond in the comments area on the post so he did it here in the forums. Now he is trying to put a link to the forums post in the comments section on the blog......

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Someone posted a reply to a blog post that John did for Homes Server Show. He didn't want to respond in the comments area on the post so he did it here in the forums. Now he is trying to put a link to the forums post in the comments section on the blog......


I've always said Joe_Miner is a considerate fella :)

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@Chris -- Thanks Chris!! it's all showing up at the Blog post now -- reminder to self: I should never try to post replies on a iPad :) -- those post-it notes keep falling off the screen!


@ikon & @jmwills :D

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Thanks Joe, fast response to my questions. I was a little surprised when I opened my N40L box today as mine did indeed have 4gb memory but no hard drive at all? Additionally it had a DVD write installed. I really must pay more attention to the specs. Lol. What is more surprising is no driver disks? As I will be using Home server 2011 will I need any drivers? I have trawled the HP sites (extremely poor) looking but can only find links to drivers for server 2008 r2, 2008 sbs and 2012 Essentials? I do not have WHS 2011 yet as it is trapped with Royal Mail. I am hoping WHS will fetch drivers from Internet ... does it do that like other MS operating systems?

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Some people have a lot of time on their hands and I appreciate it because I don't have thetime for the research.

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