From: Steve Walker on
Adrian C wrote:
> <http://www.serversdirect.co.uk/HP_ProLiant_ML115_G5_480570-035/version.asp>
>
> But... have a search around other eretailers as well.
>
> * Processor: AMD Third Generation Opteron Quad-Core at 2.1GHz
> * Memory: 512MB DDR2 RAM at 800MHz PC2-6400 (8GB Max)
> * Storage: 250GB Serial ATA 7200rpm Hard-Drive
> * Networking: PCI Express Network Adapter - Gigabit Ethernet
> * Warranty: 3 Years On-Site Manufacturer Warranty
>
> And there is more ...
>
> "Simply purchase any of a wide range of HP ProLiant servers between
> the 1st and 31st of December 2008 together with one of the qualifying
> Insight Control products and HP will refund the cost of the additional
> Insight Control product."
>
> <http://www.serversdirect.co.uk/HP_Free_Insight_Control_Offer/page.asp>
>
> Meaning ye could claim for a free lights out controller card!
>
>
> Oh, it's Christmas!! :-)

Crivens! That's mighty cheap.

What sort of problem might be encountered running XP Pro on one of those?


From: Trust No One� on
Adrian C wrote:
> <http://www.serversdirect.co.uk/HP_ProLiant_ML115_G5_480570-035/version.asp>
>
Wow thanks for the heads-up!

HP do these promotions from time to time - A while back they did an
additional processor promotion on some models. The iLO and support promotion
is cool though.

In answer to a query from another poster, you could upgrade to 8Gb by going
for a Crucial Memory upgrade:

http://www.crucial.com/uk/store/mpartspecs.aspx?mtbpoid=58727803A5CA7304

�20.69 for 2Gb. Looks like you can get a 10% discount if you buy 8Gb RAM.

Ooh la la - Christmas is early!

Ordering one as I speak for my home network. I'll upgrade it to 8Gb, add a
dual port gigabit Ethernet card (cheap off Ebay) and use it to run Vmware
ESX-i.

Wish it had a larger hard disk but beggars can't be choosers.

:)

--
Peter <X-Files fan>




From: Trust No One� on
Adrian C wrote:
> <http://www.serversdirect.co.uk/HP_ProLiant_ML115_G5_480570-035/version.asp>
>
Note that serversdirect add a 0.95% surcharge on credit cards.

Thought most e-tailers had dropped this practice.

--
Peter <X-Files fan>


From: Trust No One� on
Colin Wilson wrote:
>> ...use it to run Vmware ESX-i.
>
> While i've used the VMware player, what does ESX-i offer ?

It is a "bare metal" hypervisor so it runs directly on the "physical tin"
rather than on top of an existing operating system. It is therfore a lot
faster and secure than say Vmware Server.

In addition it offers Virtual SMP in the free license, so you can create
multi-processor virtual machines. It also supports 64 bit virtual machines
(needs a 64 bit physical server of course!)

It allows mulitple levels of snapshots on each virtual machine and it has
enhanced networking capabilities such as virtual switches, virtual NICs and
VLANs. You can build an entire network infrastruture on a single physical
server :)

see:
http://www.vmware.com/products/esxi/features.html

I don't work for VMware BTW :)

--
Peter <X-Files fan>


From: Trust No One� on
Colin Wilson wrote:
>> What sort of problem might be encountered running XP Pro on one of
>> those?
>
> IIRC you need to run a 64 bit OS, so XP is out - Server 2003, a linux
> distrib (or a hacked copy of OSX) should be fine.

Actually Windows XP x86 (32 bit) can run on the AMD Opteron and is supported
by Microsoft see:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/826447

You won't be able to execute 64 bit applications if you install the 32 bit
edition (obviously)

You also have the option of installing Windows XP Pro x64. This supports
Opteron processors. Note though that the Windows XP 64 bit edition (for
Itanium Processors) will not work.

You also have the option of installing Vmware ESX-i, and hosting as many
guest operating systems as you wish :)

--
Peter <X-Files fan>


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