HP Proliant MicroServer

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We begin with a rundown of features and technical specifications. The information below is from HP's web page about the MicroServer, and the many supporting documents for the product.

HP Proliant MicroServer Features (w/ our comments)
Packed with all the essential server features, the MicroServer is a perfect first server
++ Designed for growth, you can add memory, hard drives and peripherals with lesser effort. (True, compared to more conventional servers.)
++ Intended for small and micro organizations—its compact design fits easily within your work space. (It is very small.)
++ Suited for an ergonomic working environment, it offers a low acoustic level of 21 DBA. (We'll check and let you know.)
Proven HP ProLiant reliability and support
++ Leveraging 20+ years of server experience, HP now offers a simplified solution for small and micro businesses—HP ProLiant MicroServer.
++ Offering a worldwide network of HP trained service professionals—you can take advantage of HP services and support.
HP Proliant MicroServer Specifications
Processor Dual Core 1.3 GHz AMD Athlon II (Neo N36L) with 2 MB cache
Memory PC3-10600E DDR3, operating at maximum of 800 MHz
Memory slots 2 DIMM slots
Maximum memory 8 GB (2 x 4 GB) (Our sample came with 2 x 1 GB, non-ECC)
Advanced memory protection Unbuffered ECC Storage
Maximum internal drives 4 pluggable drives (Our sample came with 2 x 160 GB)
Maximum internal storage 8 TB (4 x 2 TB 3.5” SATA drives)
Storage controller Embedded SATA controller RAID 0/1
Expansion slots Expansion 2 PCIe (x16 and x1)
Form factor Ultra Micro Tower
Dimension 10.5 x 10.2 x 8.3 inch (26.7 x 26.0 x 21.0 cm) H x D x W
Power supply 200 Watt
Network Controller Embedded NC107i PCIe Gigabit Ethernet Server Adaptor
Remote management Optional Remote Access Card (like a real server!)
Optical drive Optional (Our sample came with a standard DVD/CD writer)
USB 4 front, 2 rear, 1 internal + 1 eSATA
Warranty (parts/labor/onsite) 1-year parts, 0-year onsite support, 0-year next business day response
OS options * Windows Server 2008 R2 Foundation (installed on our sample)
* Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard
* Red Hat 5

The operating system options leaves no doubt that the MicroServer was intended to be a small business server, not a home server. The promotional data sheet sings the sharing, security, and expandability benefits of the MicroServer over a peer-to-peer network.


The fascia is not dissimilar to that of bigger breadbox style PCs, like the LianLi PC-Q08 we reviewed last Sept. The depth of the MicroServer is far shorter at just 10". The overall volume of 14.5 liters makes it a good 25% smaller than the PC-Q08, but a bit larger than the 11 liter Silverstone SG05/SG06 SFF mini-ITX cases. Its footprint small at just 10.2" x 8.3". Note obvious venting across the lock-equipped front door, and 4 USB ports with power button on the top right edge.

The back panel sports a 120mm exhaust fan for the main components and drives, and a tiny 3~4cm fan for the power supply. The latter is not promising for low noise. There are two half height expansion slot openings, an eSATA port, two USB 2.0 ports, gigabit ethernet port, and a single D-sub VGA connector. A single captive spring loaded thumbscrew (our favorite kind!) provides access under the top cover.

Back to the front: Unlocking the dust-filtered, vented, hinged front door gains access to the four HDD bays, and the motherboard mounted on a sliding tray at the bottom. Wiring is tidily arranged, with reusable plastic locks for them on either side of the case.

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