Hey, what do you guys think about a HP Microserver Gen 8?
HP just released the Gen 10, so you can get one of those Gen8 for about 200€ in Germany. Biggest benefit is in my opinion the iLO Management.
I know it’s a bit overkill, but you could use it also as a NAS.
I’m asking because I’m currently looking for a very stable solution for my parents house. So with the iLO I could remote manage it.
I had a G6 running for a pretty long while, changed it for a bigger server because i needed a bigger cpu for my virtual machines. Great machine at a great price - if you’re familiar with HP and iLO, go ahead. With enough RAM, you can run ESXi with a VM for openHAB and one for FreeNAS (needs at least 8GB, plus 1GB for each TB of storage).
the HP Gen8 is an amazing piece of hardware and runs rock stable for 2 years now.
I’m using it as ZFS storage node and OpenHAB box.
Forget ILO, it’s not licenced and a poor demo. The licence for full usage is much more expensive than the box
Anyway, it’s a very very cool hardware.
I use the MicroServer Gen8 since its release in 2013. It runs with WindowsServer2012 incredible stable.
- Hyper-V Host for Testing
The iLo is a big benefit. But I used it only for the installation
My OH Installation runs on a seperate Pokini F but without any RemoteManagemant compareable with iLO… But much mor efficient.
It is a superb piece of kit for the money. Rock solid and running 24x7 for the last couple of years. Powerful enough to run esxi, with a few linux distros if you upgrade the memory.
You can pick up the ilo license for about £20 on eBay, e.g. http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/HP-iLO-Advanced-License-iLO-2-iLO-3-iLO-4-/172756386339?hash=item2839154223:g:hxYAAOSwXeJYHOnd. This then lets you use remote control even after the bios screen (i.e. once the OS is loaded). If you use the server in headless mode as I do, this is a great way to manage your gen8 remotely.