Mounting 2.5” SSDs into an HP MicroServer

Mounting 2.5” SSDs into an HP MicroServer

Hey folks, just a quick post to show you my preferred method of mounting 2.5” SSD’s into my HP Micro Server, which I use for my VMware lab server. Most entry level servers, such as the MicroServer, as still equipped to primarily deal with 3.5” form-factor drives which in almost all instances excludes traditional SSD drives. It is technically possible to push a 2.5” SSD straight into the SATA port of the MicroServer, after removing an empty hard drive carrier.  The light weight of an SSD … [Read more...]

VMware Workstation – “The host is currently using the device”


I hit a problem recently in VMware Workstation (v11) where I couldn’t connect a USB storage device to my VM, as it claimed that “The connection for the USB device x  was unsuccessful - The host is currently using the device …”.  I knew that there weren’t any application or OS process accessing it, so thought it may be the USB pen drive itself. Looking within the Windows Explorer window I confirmed that the OS could see the device and that it was accessible (see below). I had the … [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...]

Havit Slim Laptop Cooling Pad HV-F2056


I’ve recently taken up doing some occasional PC gaming again after many years away.  I have always found gaming relaxing and a good way to chill-out in the evenings and weekend.  Of course, getting spare time to game is always an issue though it’s amazing where you can find the odd 15 –20 minutes when you look hard enough. My main PC is in the office so gaming from a laptop is the best option for me, as it is obviously portable and means I can sneak the occasional game a home. The … [Read more...]

HP MicroServer G8 – Now Under £100 !


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...]

Microsoft Windows 10 Launches on 29th July 2015


Microsoft have announced that their successor to their desktop operating system (OS), Windows 8.1, will be available on the 29th July this year (2015). This highly anticipated major update of Microsoft’s popular Windows desktop OS has built and improved on many of the lessons learnt from the mixed success of the Windows 8 release.  Windows 8 always seemed better suited to a tablet use-case, rather than that of a desktop OS, though that said, with the increase in touch sensitive screens on … [Read more...]

DCI#13 – EMC Code Project with Brian Gracely


Community is where it’s at with the EMC Code project.  But what is the EMC Code project? I speak with Brian Gracely, Senior director of the EMC Code Project (, to find out more on what the EMC Code Project is,  and how it helps EMC become more engaged, and aligned, with open communities. From the EMC Code Project’s github page it’s tagline is, “EMC believes in open source. CODE is here to share and collaborate with developers worldwide”,  and from my conversation with … [Read more...]

Decent iPad Stylus – Pencil from Fifty Three Review

iPad Pencil Stylus Review from FiftyThree

Here’s a little device that I have been wanting to get my hands on for sometime now, the ‘Pencil’ iPad stylus from a company called FiftyThree. I’ve always liked the idea of being able to whiteboard ideas or concepts using the iPad, though have always found that the drawing capability on the iPad (and my own) has been somewhat lacking.  Until now… I am by no-means an artist, in fact I have never really progressed past drawing stick figures, though I am quite a visual type person who finds … [Read more...]

FREE Office 2016 for Mac Preview Available


Microsoft is making available a free downloadable preview of the highly anticipated Office 2016 for Mac.  For many Mac users such as myself this is great news, as the current Office 2011 version is really feeling dated and ready for a refresh. Office 2016 for Mac sees a redesigned interface that is optimised for retina based interfaces, and also introduces new collaboration and Cloud integration functionality with tie-ins to Office 365 and OneDrive. In the top right hand corner of the Office … [Read more...]