The HP Microserver Gen8 is a very nice home server for use as a NAS for instance with the FreeNAS software or as a XEN or KVM server.
The entry level CPU choice (G1610T) provides me with enough power to run almost 10 XEN domU:s with 10GB RAM in the server (1GB RAM for the dom0).
- Excellent HW-quality for its price
- ECC memory (a must for a NAS)
- Easy to replace hard-disks
- Works fine with non HP branded hard-disks
- Disks are not hot-swappable
- Needs HP branded ECC memory (HP calls this limitation "HP SmartMemory" ;-) )
- Non standard fan connector
The server has built in LOM (lights out management) via a dedicated network interface. The LOM is called iLO version 4. However please note that you will need to purchase a license to use it for installing and managing the OS via the virtual console function.
The problem with the fan connector can apparently be worked around. I have not tested as the fan only runs at about 12% for me with 2x WD RED in it.
The storage controller must be configured in AHCI mode for use with Linux, and if you have an old firmware version you must upgrade.
Howto change to AHCI mode (Note: scroll down to "Configure the Controller for SATA Mode and Use the Distribution AHCI Driver")
Change to a XEON E3-1230v2