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Craig Summers
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Hi All,

 

I am planning on buying my first micro server Gen8 for revision/course purposes. What are the suggested items to purchase with this?

 

I.e. HDD for storage, SSD for Esxi Host, RAM, home surge protection

 

I am also looking at the following to get wired internet in my room:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B008B424RE/ref=noref?ie=UTF8&psc=1&s=computers#productDetails

 

Any info would be great. Apologies if I have missed a thread already detailing this kind of thing.

 

 

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Hi Craig & welcome to the forums.  When you get a chance introduce yourself http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/topic/344-welcome-to-homeservershowcom-forums-introduce-yourself-here/

 

I'd suggest start by looking at some of the links in CSKenney's thread http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/topic/5639-proliant-microserver-gen8-links/

 

Plus there's good info in:

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

http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/topic/5190-microserver-hardware-links/?p=56406

 

Plus there's ton's of articles & Podcasts on the Gen8's and many related subjects at http://homeservershow.com/ -- on the right column of that page try different searches based on TAGS and CATEGORIES

 

Finally, be sure to ask LOTS of questions in the forums -- As you read more I'm sure you'll develop a better idea on what you need/want and can start to narrow your search on what really best meets your needs.

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Awesome thanks, lots of great information.... One link which I found very interesting was for installing 32GB of RAM, this thread appears to be locked though, panty idea why? Wanted to see if this was being tested at all or even if it was confirmed working by someone.....

 

 

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No 2 rank 16GB ecc u-DIMMS are available to test, there are some out there for Apple products but they don't work in the Gen8. Also I read that there is an irreparable bug in the current generation of processors i.e., The i3, i5, i7 Sandybridge, Ivybridge and Haswell processors have a microcode problem that only allows them to use a max 8GB Udimms. This is just what I have been reading. These guys:

 

http://www.intelligentmemory.com/dram-modules/ddr3-dimm/

 

Are supposed to be sampling 16GB sticks, however, will they work with our processors? I dunno, I have an e3 1265l v2 running with 32GB but it is 4 x 8GB DIMMS, What I'm hearing is that the set of procs I listed have trouble with 16GB DIMMS and I think it has something to do with the way they achieve the 8gb logic by stacking 4gb dram units, which then messes with the memory controllers that are expecting a certain number of columns and rows in the registers. Your google-fu will probably reveal more than my quasi-explanation.

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Is the Gen8 motherboard that comes as standard good enough for virtual environment and also esxi compatible? I see lots of threads of people changing their motherboards...?

 

 

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The microserver gen 8 is listed in the VMware matrix, but it is listed with a Xeon.

http://partnerweb.vmware.com/comp_guide2/detail.php?deviceCategory=server&productid=34478&vcl=true

HP lists ESX 5-5.1-5.5 as approved OS.

http://h20565.www2.hp.com/portal/site/hpsc/public/psi/swdHome/?cc=us&cc=us&lang=en&lang=en&sp4ts.oid=5387585&ac.admitted=1394392194748.876444892.492883150

The Microserver board is not a standard size so it would not be easy to replace.

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I see lots of threads of people changing their motherboards...?

 

You do? As schoondoggy said, the mobo is non-standard, and likely pretty hard to replace.

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  • 2 weeks later...

I have a powerline adapter that I just got and it seems to be working fine. Now my router and server are in the living room instead of bedroom. I think it kinda depends on the quality of your wiring. 

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  • 3 months later...

This is what our vendor has provided me with so far (Prices may differ now):

 

1 x MZ-MTE120BW - SAMSUNG SSD 840 EVO 120GB MSATA @ £79.02 exc. VAT

1 x CM8064601467406 - XEON E3-1265LV3 2,50GHZ SKT1150 8MB TRAY @ 185.52 exc. VAT

1 x 669324-B21 - HP 8GB (1x8GB) Dual Rank x8 PC3- 12800E (DDR3-1600) Unbuffered CAS-11 Memory Kit @ £100.52 exc. VAT

1 x 712318-421 -HP MicroSvr Gen8 G2020T Base NHP EU Svr @ £358.52 exc. VAT

 

Thoughts on any item which could be replaced with a better option?

What is the best option for running ESXi on Gen8?

Is it better to get TB SSD's or HDD's and which ones are suggested?

 

 

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This is what our vendor has provided me with so far (Prices may differ now):

 

1 x MZ-MTE120BW - SAMSUNG SSD 840 EVO 120GB MSATA @ £79.02 exc. VAT

1 x CM8064601467406 - XEON E3-1265LV3 2,50GHZ SKT1150 8MB TRAY @ 185.52 exc. VAT

1 x 669324-B21 - HP 8GB (1x8GB) Dual Rank x8 PC3- 12800E (DDR3-1600) Unbuffered CAS-11 Memory Kit @ £100.52 exc. VAT

1 x 712318-421 -HP MicroSvr Gen8 G2020T Base NHP EU Svr @ £358.52 exc. VAT

 

Thoughts on any item which could be replaced with a better option?

What is the best option for running ESXi on Gen8?

Is it better to get TB SSD's or HDD's and which ones are suggested?

 

 

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Hi Craig!

If you're planning to upgrade the CPU the G2020T is a waste -- Get the G1610T. 

Check out out the builds and links to them at http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/topic/5639-proliant-microserver-gen8-links/

In particular, check out the table of compatible CPU's -- the E3-1265LV3 will not work because it is a socket LGA 1150 -- you need something that will fit a socket LGA 1155.

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