2The ProLiant MicroServer Is HP’s Server in a Cube
3The Silver Door Hides Four Removable Hard Disks
The door on the front of the HP ProLiant MicroServer swings open to reveal four easily removable hard disks. Note that these are not hot plug drives. Also behind the door is the single tool necessary for servicing the MicroServer—a wrench that fits two sizes of machine screws. I never actually discovered where this wrench was necessary, since everything seemed to be accessible without tools.
4Removing the Cover Is Easy and Reveals All
5Even the Power Supply Is Easy to Replace if Necessary
6HP Designed the ProLiant MicroServer for Easy Service
Ever find that your server’s CMOS backup battery had died and replacement required taking the whole server apart, then breaking out the soldering iron for what should have been a simple job? Here it’s a simple job. There’s the battery behind the main motherboard power connector where replacing it requires only that you lift the battery out and pop a new one in. Note that other connectors are also readily accessible.
7DVD Removal Is a Snap
8Even Memory Module Access Is Easy
9Cables Discreetly at the Rear
Most of the connections on the HP ProLiant MicroServer are at the rear so cables can stay out of sight. On the upper right you’ll see the standard NEMA power connector and a cable fastener to keep the power plug from being pulled out by accident. Note that there’s only one power connector; this server doesn’t have redundant power supplies. Below the power connector is the cover plate for the expansion card. The two blue knobs halfway down are the thumbscrews for removing the cover. Next to the expansion card cover is an Ethernet connector for the HP Integrated Lights Out functionality. In the lower left corner are two more Ethernet ports, a VGA connector and four USB connectors. The two that are next to the VGA connector are USB 3.0.
10Make a Fashion Statement in Your Server Room
11Gigabit Ethernet Switch in Precarious Perch
12Tying Down the PS1810 Ethernet Switch
This is the Ethernet switch that’s designed to fit on top of the ProLiant MicroServer. While it fits nicely, by the time you add a power cable and eight Ethernet cables, this becomes a very insecure perch. Your best shot at getting the switch to stay in place will involve a little after-market Velcro. The PS1810 is a fully managed switch that supports non-blocking throughput at 8G bps. HP’s management software controls the switch.