Running VMware vSphere 6 on an HP Proliant ML110 G6

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This is just a quick post to confirm that VMware vSphere/ESXi 6 runs on the HP Proliant ML110 G6.  Although this is now an older server, it is still very much capable and I know that there are still quite a few being used in home/work labs, hence this post. The CPU, Memory, Storage Controller and Network Adapter are all detected out of the box.  I used the HP image of vSphere ESXi 6.0 that I downloaded from here. The images below show what is presented through the vSphere Client – I … [Read more...]

Running VMware vSphere 6.0 on HP Proliant MicroServer G7 (N54L)

VMware vSphere 6.0 on HP Proliant MicroServer N54L

I’ve had a few folks contact me over the past couple of weeks asking if VMware vSphere 6.0 will run on the HP Proliant MicroServer G7 (N54L)?  Well, the answer is yes, most definitely.  The standard VMware vSphere 6.0 ESXi detects the CPU, memory, disk and network correctly, without the requirement for any hacks or tweaks to the ESXi image.  The HP vSphere 6.0 image wasn’t even required for installation. In my lab I am running ESXi 6.0 directly from a USB pen drive that I have inserted into … [Read more...]

HP MicroServer G8 – Now Under £100 !

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It’s been a while since you’ve been able to pick up an HP entry level server for under £100, though the good-times have arrived again, at least here in the UK!  Note:  There is a free delivery offer for TechHead readers on HP MicroServer G8 bundles – check out the bottom of this post for details. HP have just increased their cash-back offer on their MicroServer from £60 to £80, meaning that after cash-back you can now get your hands on a entry level MicroServer for just under … [Read more...]

HP Proliant Firmware Update Potential NIC Issue

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UPDATE 4th May 2014:  HP have released an updated version of the Service Pack for ProLiant (SPP) Version 2014.02.0(B) (2nd May) that resolves the issue originally covered in this post.  You can find the update here which also includes an unrelated fix to address the recent OpenSSL HeartBleed security vulnerability.  Thanks to Rotem Agmon for providing the heads-up on this new HP update, also check out Rotem’s blog which can be found here. I like to ensure my home lab servers … [Read more...]

HP Proliant MicroServer G8 – A Decent Home Lab Server?

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There is a new HP Proliant MicroServer on the scene, and this time it is Intel based with more CPU clout and a few minor changes, some good and some not so much.  HP have aimed this new G8 MicroServer model at the small businesses (with 10 or less employees) market, but as with the previous models (AMD N36L/N40L/N54L), it leans itself nicely to being a decent home lab server, NAS or home media station. The AMD based MicroServer models have proven to be popular little entry level home lab … [Read more...]

Cash-back deal on MicroServer to end

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Just a quick email to let you know that I've been made aware that the UK based HP Microserver £100 cash-back deal, that has been running for quite a while now, will finish at the end of December 2012. So if you've been contemplating buying one of these Microservers and want to take advantage of this deal you may want to do it sooner rather than later, ie: before the end of the week. I'm currently running a pair of Microservers in my home lab (along with a few other boxes), each with 16GB, … [Read more...]

HP Proliant MicroServer–Running 16GB Memory with vSphere

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I run a mixture of white-box and entry level HP Proliant servers in my VMware vSphere home lab environment.  I have been running a number of HP Proliant Microservers in the past 18 months as they have offered exception value for money at £100 (approx. after cash back), as at this price-point you’d be hard pushed to even build a PC/server white-box.  For more information on the HP MicroServer check out my hands on review here.  A number of people have emailed me asking whether it is possible to … [Read more...]

Competition – Win an HP MicroServer Cooler Bag & EMC Goody Pack

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Now for something a little bit different… Many of you home lab enthusiasts such as myself will be familiar with the HP MicroServer, far from being a small powerhouse of a box it does offer great value and is ideal for small virtualization lab environments.  I’m currently running two of the earlier N36L based MicroServer models and using a Linksys Smart-Switch and an EMC VNX Virtual Storage Appliance (VSA) running on the internal storage to create an effective vSphere lab set-up. I’ve just … [Read more...]

Can you run a x64 OS VM under VMware vSphere on an HP Microserver?

I was recently asked by a TechHead reader whether the HP Microserver’s AMD Athlon II Neo based CPU, the N36L (on older models) or the N40L (on newer models), has AMD-V capabilities and can support x64 operating systems, for example Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2.  This definitely warranted a quick post just to help clarify things, as this may be a question that crossed the minds of a few of you.  Well, the good news is that both the AMD Athlon II Neo N36L & N40L processors have … [Read more...]