Sunday, 1 September 2013

Further adventures of XenServer on the HP N40L Microserver - a follow up

If you've read my previous post on this matter you'll know how delighted I was to get the SBS2003 server running so well under XenServer. Well it's been about 300 days since I did this work. How do I know it's been 300 days? Easy - the SBS2003 server crashed for other reasons and I was compelled to reboot both - with an uptime of 281 days! Apparently it has been running flawlessly - indeed the logs from both servers would suggest this.

Backups to a NAS were set up shortly after the server was commissioned and these have been running like a freight train - for which I'm profoundly grateful. Fortunately in this instance the server simply needed a restart and it was up, running and doing it's job quite happily.

I should also note that I blew a tonne of dust and dirt out of it and the whole time the N40L was like the little train that could :-)

If you have a low usage server and you're looking for a simply solution and doing a P2V migration doesn't scare you, then this is a fine option.

I now have two N40L's at home - one running FreeNAS and the other running Mint - both are running very well. I note that the price for them has gone up to $300 from eBay now....

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