HomeLab on HP microserver N40L

Thanks to one of my blog readers, Keino-Paul from NYC, I have an opportunity to share with you tested hardware configuration for VMware vSphere 5.1 build 799733 which can be used as a pretty cheap HomeLaB config.

Hardware specs:

  • HP proliant microserver N40L
  • 6GB RAM (max is 32GB, 2×16), 2 memory banks on motherboard. If you are interested in heaving 32GB these modules has been tested http://www.crucial.com/uk/store/partspecs.aspx?imodule=CT2KIT102464BA1339 Works without problems.
  • AMD Turion 2 Neo, dual core – 1,5 GHz
  • SATA drive 250GB
  • 1x embedded LAN adapter
  • 1x HP NC112T PCIe Gigabit Server Adapter (503746-B21)

Few pictures below:

HP microserver n40l vSphere 5.1 esxi in vSphere cluster

HP microserver n40l vSphere 5.1 esxi in vSphere cluster


HP microserver n40l vSphere 5.1 esxi

HP microserver n40l vSphere 5.1 esxi

If you have any questions, feel free to comment.

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Artur Krzywdzinski

Artur is Consulting Architect at Nutanix. He has been using, designing and deploying VMware based solutions since 2005 and Microsoft since 2012. He specialize in designing and implementing private and hybrid cloud solution based on VMware and Microsoft software stacks, datacenter migrations and transformation, disaster avoidance. Artur holds VMware Certified Design Expert certification (VCDX #077).

  • Drop in an SSD because in this config I/O becames the bottleneck pretty soon 🙂

    • artur_ka

      o yea, definitely this lab soon will need more IOPS 🙂

    • Shaun

      i/o generally or i/o when you have the stores local to each server rather than shared???

  • Charles A. Windom Sr.

    Maximum supported memory for the NL40 is 8GB

    • artur_ka

      No, HP N40L supports up to 32GB RAM, 2x16GB – tested on my friends HomeLab hardware

      • In some way Charles is right, the “supported RAM” is 8G, I know that those servers work with 2x8GB but didn’t know that they support up to 32GB of RAM.

        • artur_ka

          4GB and 2GB are supported too but it is not a max 🙂

  • Shaun

    I’m using a terastation NFS for the store with a similar two Hp microserver vsphere5 setup and the disk is slow. 4 hours to install windows 2012

    • artur_ka

      Looks like 3,5 hours to long, what’s the disk speedrate, interface and RAID number ?

  • Hi Artur, the link refer to a 2x8GB kit. Do you have the 2x16GB kit link that works on N40L ? Thanks!

    • Hi, let me chase my friend who has it.

      • Wayne McAlister

        I’d love to know the right memory for this also as I have two untis here waiting for new RAM.

      • Any progress ?

  • Arnvid

    I’ve been attempting to get ESXi 5.5 onto the N40L – but seems to get stuck on loading the lsi_mr3 during installation. If I remove this from the boot.cfg I can get past but the install bombs at some point past 75%

    Tired both the VMware image and the HP modded one. Did you have any similar experiences`?