HP Proliant Microserver N36l / N40l
Is anyone here using the HP Proliant Microserver (N36l or N40l) for Nexentastor? Are there any issues with this hardware? Is the install straightforward?
I'm just looking for some cheap, low-power, quiet hardware to run Nexentastor on for home use. I'm gaining some additional responsibilities at work, and need to become better acquainted with solaris as well as logical volume managers, so I think this would be a simple way to learn. I'm open to other hardware suggestions as well.
RE: HP Proliant Microserver N36l / N40l - Added by Florian Haake about 1 year ago
Yes. N36L with 8GB ECC memory and a Emulex 4GB FibreChannel HBA in the PCI-E slot (FC Target for two ESXi servers). Running four 2TB discs as a raidz with a ssd for caching and a second ssd for the nexentastor installation. transferrates are about 100 to 150 mb/s. The installation is straight forward without any problems.
RE: HP Proliant Microserver N36l / N40l - Added by Davide Poletto about 1 year ago
Me too, HP MicroServer N36L with 4GB ECC DDR3 and four SATA II WD 500GB Raid Edition IV for Storage and one SSD A-Data for System (3.1.2). No Jumbo Frame trick, HP internal Gigabit Ethernet controller used (no fancy hardware added), No other tricks to improve write/read speed (well, compression was disabled, no dedup)...with large files I can see about 80/85 MByte per second (from a Linux with SSD via NFS 4)...I should adopt at least 8GB to have better performance (after some hours of works the free RAM starts to become very low).
RE: HP Proliant Microserver N36l / N40l - Added by Jan Sommer about 1 year ago
I'm using the N36l with 4GB Ram + 4x2TB HDD (RaidZ1) - The system is working stable and fast enough that I don't bother to benachmark it. THe only issue are fake system volume error reports I receive via mail. This must be a cosmetical issues shared by other people here as well (there's a topic about this).
RE: HP Proliant Microserver N36l / N40l - Added by Adam Mikolajczyk about 1 year ago
I'm just picked up a N40L this week and I've got ESXi 5 booting to USB with NextentaStorCE booting as a VM stationed on a mirror across three drives. Once it's up, it presents the remainder of those 3x250GB drives in RAID-Z configuration back to VMware as NFS. From there I'm booting a Windows 7-64 bit guest residing on the NFS mount. So far, so good. I'm still testing and tweaking, but from the looks of things, I should have enough resources to spare to add some flavor of mail server/security gateway VM once I get everything tweaked. I did up the RAM to the full 8GB, but I also recently found a forum where people have been able to boot and run stably with 16GB of non-ECC RAM.
I'd be glad to talk tuning and tweaking and compare notes.