Took delivery of that HP Proliant Microserver this morning, initial overarching impression is 'excellent build quality', looks like a solidly put together bit of kit and huge value for money based just on that initial impression (ok, it could end up being an excellent £119 door stop, but based on what I've read in various places I don't think so).
I've not actually tried to set it up as yet - as it stands I plan on it being a rather geeky Xmas present to myself - I started unpacking it and got as far as unlocking the cabinet door (it's like a mini 'full blown' corporate server!) and having a look at the drive bays and that was when I thought I should probably keep it for Xmas - might take my mind of the nth pair of socks that were 'just what I needed!' lol (hope none of my family are reading this right now ).
So yes, might be new year til I know how much use it is, but initial impressions are very good. Just trying to sort out the £100 cashback claim now, hoping to get it done all via email rather than faff around printing the form off and posting it.
Some geeky pics of it here:
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nice innit - hopefully you'll spot the screws and allen key inside the door quicker than I did
Right i am definitely not geeky enough for this but interested.What does having one of these give you as opposed to just your normal wireless router........and you can all stop laughing now.Thanks.
A server is just a computer, that's all, nothing fancy, the term 'server' generally means that the machine runs 'services' (applications that run 24/7 365 days a year) - ie most obvious one would be a web service (httpd) or email service (smtpd) (the 'd's stand for 'daemon' which is another term for server / service). So you might run one of these 24/7 so you can host your own webserver or email server (that's what I do with mine amongst other things).
Originally Posted by rogsmith
You don't necessarily need a specific 'server' machine to actually run a server, but those types of machines (like this microserver) are usually built in some way or another specifically to be more efficient as a server - in this case the 4 drive bays, lack of a high powered graphics card (since a server usually runs 'headless' (without a monitor)), fast network card (they're usually standard anyway on most PCs to be fair) and a locking cabinet (which is actually more of a novelty I think, but it does look like a 'mini-me' version of a corporate server where you have huge cabinets with grilled locking doors!).
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