Win this HP Proliant Microserver for your home or business

From my week at HP Discover, HP and Ivy Worldwide have awarded me one HP Proliant MicroServer to give away to ONE lucky reader.  So, I want to award the MicroServer to someone who can come up with an  innovative way to use the server in their home or office.  There are just two steps to enter the contest:

1) Leave a comment below with how you would use a HP Proliant MicroServer in your home or business.  The winner will be randomly selected from the approved comments using SQL and a seeded number I have pre-chosen.

2) Tweet one (or both) of the following during the contest to promote it.

Win a #HP Proliant MicroServer from Tech Talk & @pbsellers with the most inventive idea how to use it. #techtalkgiveaway

I want to win a #HP Proliant MicroServer from Tech Talk & @pbsellers! I know how I’d use it. Do you? #techtalkgiveaway

The prize will be awarded on July 8, 2011.  Contest ends at midnight, eastern daylight time, on July 7, 2011. All project plans should be posted in the comments, below, before that date.  Please include an email address in the field required so that I may contact you (the email address will not be publicly available).

The HP Proliant MicroServer is a home or small/medium business server with a small footprint.  It is energy efficient, quiet and scales up to 8GB of RAM and 8TB of storage.  The giveaway includes an upgraded model with a dual-core 1.3 Ghz AMD Athlon II NEO processor, 3GB of RAM, a DVD-ROM drive, 250GB hard drive and 3 years of 4 hour response 13 x 5 support from HP.  This package is valued at $600.  For more information, see the HP Proliant MicroServer Datasheet and the video below.


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Philip is a IT solutions engineer working for AmWINS Group, Inc., an insurance brokerage firm in Charlotte, NC. With a focus on data center technologies, he has built a career helping his customers and his employers deploy better IT solutions to solve their problems. Philip holds certifications in VMware and Microsoft technologies and he is a technical jack of all trades that is passionate about IT infrastructure and all things Apple. He's a part-time blogger and author here at

38 Responses to “Win this HP Proliant Microserver for your home or business”

  1. Hello Phillip,

    I would personally use it as a Ubuntu Cloud server to manage various things from Home and at the Office. Probably would also add my own Private Drop-Box API and Sparkle Share Server to it also.

    Thats just my theory’s, It’d be a cool footrest too 😛


    S-Vizion Web Development

    June 24, 2011 at 2:56 pm Reply
  2. Derek Dolan #

    I’d put Linux on it, install it at a relative’s house and replicate all of my family’s important data over VPN. It’s an instant private “cloud-based” DR solution for all the stuff I simply cannot lose and won’t rely on tape backup to protect. The small footprint and incredibly low power consumption make it perfectly suited to being an unobtrusive piece of hardware that isn’t going to make a ton of noise and annoy it’s host family.

    June 24, 2011 at 4:45 pm Reply
  3. Jennie Litwin #


    I would use the server to help my family store its digital content safely, in a cute box. Over the past decade, I have had pieced together technology solutions using various pieces that have hung around over the years. None of these hodgepodge machines has ever been quite perfect – loud, full of blinking lights, unreliable, or huge. Moving to a real server might just fix all of these. I just want to pinch that little server’s cheeks.

    Over the years, our digital content has gone from just a couple photos and mp3’s to a couple of hundred gigabytes of photos, 50 or so gigabytes of music, and lots of video content. Having this box, capable of RAID all in itself would make me feel a lot better about holding onto that stuff. In an ambitius moment, I could probably get someone to hep me use this server to make the content available remotely so that when I was out of home I could access my data.

    The little things, like having a warranty would also be exciting – I get really sick of being deprived of my TV, movies, music, or pictures because something broke.

    Thanks for the giveaway – If I were the winner, it would go a long way towards ensuring tranquility in my home.

    June 24, 2011 at 7:28 pm Reply
  4. Jessie Strickland #

    I would probably use it for something simple. Although it would be simple it would lead to things more complex. I would host a Minecraft server. It’d be the greatest mindcraft server of all time. I can see it now.

    June 24, 2011 at 8:46 pm Reply
  5. I’d put it to work in our recording studio. Always looking for ways to keep large amounts of data in a central location for quick access.

    June 25, 2011 at 12:17 am Reply
  6. I’d use it as a continuous integration server. It’s a more reliable way of making sure code will run in production rather than relying on tests I do on my laptop.

    June 26, 2011 at 9:57 am Reply
  7. Pedro Leite #

    This would be great to install home Media server and keep filtering for my kids internet access. My dlna tv would integrate nicely. With a little cloud backup and a local rdx backup, would be a five star deal.

    June 26, 2011 at 6:07 pm Reply
  8. G. Smith #

    I would use it as a home media server to stream media to my Patriot Box office media player.

    June 27, 2011 at 2:14 am Reply
  9. Javier Lázaro #

    I’d try to make an all-in-one dedicated server (web server, media center, backup,…) for my intranet and friends nets.

    June 27, 2011 at 3:41 am Reply
  10. Bjorn #

    I would use it to replace my poor old server running Fedora and hosting a Apache server (around 700,000 hits a month), mySQL and Postfix server all on a PIII 933Mhz with 512MB of ram lol

    I think it deserves to be retired to the old servers home/museum down the road lol

    June 27, 2011 at 7:39 pm Reply
  11. Alvin #

    i do not have any fancy setup.. a couple of usb hard drives installed at the back of my system. all of our pictures and files are in different pcs so a server would really help clean that mess. it would be nice to have one central server to have all our medias, photos and files synchronized. this has been one project that i can not even start because i really find it difficult to justify it to the chief financial officer (aka wife) so winning this would definitely score me some good points because it will not cost me that much and the advantage of having an HP server and its ease of use will be awesome.

    Thanks HP and Philip for this chance!

    June 28, 2011 at 12:50 am Reply
  12. James #

    I would use it as a main backup server to automatically backup all my files/documents/media on my desktop PC via lan connection and another desktop plus two laptops via wireless connection through a router.

    Other usage would be as a secondary media server for streaming photos/videos/music, etc to my smart tv, tablet device and smart phone.

    June 28, 2011 at 2:01 am Reply
  13. Alexy #

    I would love to have this box. With such a power and storage space primary use will be for backing up important data. Another solution would be home firewall with proxy system to filter web. Also could be providing web forum service as well for torrent tracker. All movie collection could find room on such a big hard drive to stream over the home network. I could play movies from any of the room.
    Main thing would be setting up a gaming server so every one can join.

    June 28, 2011 at 7:30 pm Reply
  14. Blake #

    I would use it to supplement my home entertainment system. Please please please pick me, your randomness.

    June 28, 2011 at 8:30 pm Reply
  15. Andrew #

    I’d use a MicroServer at home as a media server, to store everything that’s now scattered among a variety of different computers.

    June 28, 2011 at 11:56 pm Reply
  16. Jesper Frost #

    What I’d like to use a Hp Microserver for was as a home server.

    Have read on the internet that many people are excited about using this server for this purpose.

    I could save the family photos and home videos on this server and see them around the house on various computers.

    If I had to show vacation photos then it would be easy to view them online via its web service.

    And try to think no more problems when one of the family’s computers were reinstalled. Just insert a recovery disk and do it yourself.

    An HP micro server would be ideal for this purpose. it is small has room for 4 hard drives and uses almost no power.

    June 29, 2011 at 9:57 am Reply
  17. I would use the HP Microserver for… I would really need it to… I would put it in my…

    I can’t think of what I would do with it… count me out.

    June 30, 2011 at 10:16 pm Reply
  18. David #

    I’d install it in my in-law’s house, which is hurricane-proof. Then I’d create a VPN tunnel from my house so I could securely upload my family’s data off-site, creating my personal cloud storage model. My family is the first generation of digital memories (pictures, videos etc.) so I want to make sure nothing ever happens to them.

    July 1, 2011 at 9:13 am Reply
  19. Stuart #

    I would use the HP Proliant Microserver to consolidate data that is currently scattered across multiple PCs. I also have a few friends who have lost data in the past when their laptops have just ‘stopped working’ and they suddenly remember that they should have been backing up but haven’t. I’d love to be able to offer a way for them to store their important files, with someone they trust (me), without having to worry about the next time they lose their music composition or university thesis. I’d also load the Microserver up with a couple of large drives for storage purposes.

    July 1, 2011 at 5:33 pm Reply
  20. Ahmed Ezz #

    i would use it as a media server for my new apartment and connect it to my Xbox entertainment Box 🙂

    July 1, 2011 at 6:38 pm Reply
  21. Rowan #

    I really need the HP Proliant MicroServer in both my home and business. Primarily it will be used to automatically back up all the data on our existing PC’s and as a safe repository for shared files. All of this data will also be available remotely when away from home. Next, our media files, including music, photos and videos will be stored here to allow streaming over the network and internet for viewing when and where we want. Altogether, a perfect package to keep our digital files safe and accessible for both home and business.

    July 3, 2011 at 3:43 am Reply
  22. A few ideas, but nothing in stone.

    If I win it may still be Jessie’s Minecraft Server.
    Media Center?
    Web server ?
    Backup Solution?
    It could replace the Buffalo Quad?

    The possibilities are endless.

    July 3, 2011 at 7:22 am Reply
  23. Daniel Becker #

    I would use it to consolidate my current media center, NAS box and email server into a single, compact, pleasant to look at machine, with lots of room to grow.

    July 3, 2011 at 10:50 pm Reply
  24. Mark England #

    Well, I’m in the market (saving actually) for an HTPC.

    So I would contemplate either upgrading the Proliant to include a Tuner PCIe card and a Graphics Card with HDMI Out. Or I would use it as a NAS and pair it with the HTPC I am yet to build. I’m not sure!

    Thanks Philip

    July 6, 2011 at 1:57 am Reply
  25. Annie #

    I will finally try ubuntu server. i’ve always been interested on using it on a server environment and HP proliant is the perfect machine. linux and HP proliant just complements each other.

    July 6, 2011 at 4:28 am Reply
  26. I have a P4 PC at home – a microserver would help me replace the 6 yr old technology and be a foundation for a backup environment for my home.

    July 6, 2011 at 1:26 pm Reply
  27. Angelo #

    I would use this server for my home lab, I would install vSphere and install a few linux VMs on it.

    Thanks for making this available.

    July 6, 2011 at 1:31 pm Reply
  28. Alexander N. #

    I would use it as the low-power ESXi home environment to host a core services: virtualized pfSense router, file server/iSCSI server/DLNA source, AD Server, etc allowing for the machines with more grunt to be used as test environments without impacting anything critical. With funding down the road for 2 more I’d turn them into a VMware DPM test environment.

    July 6, 2011 at 1:34 pm Reply
  29. Magneet_nl #

    I would install esxi on it to form the basics of an awesome r&d environment. Mutiple vm’s all with the purpose of me and maybe some other people to learn new stuff and not to forget stuff I learned in the past. And it would probably also act as a heater in the winter.

    July 6, 2011 at 2:54 pm Reply
  30. Wilfred #

    I would upgrade the hardware to enable an ESX setup with Cisco Nexus vSwitch, EMC SAN and some VMs. A second unit would enable me test/practice other VM capabilities like DRS, FT, HA, vMotion etc.

    July 7, 2011 at 5:21 pm Reply
  31. Jaron #

    Wow – What an opportunity! I have been thinking about what I’d do with a microserver since my coworker bought one 6 months ago. In the business world I could easily see this as a branch cache server that might also serve as a read-only domain controller. But what I’ve been thinking about is much more interesting.
    I would combine the HP Proliant Microserver with Nexentastor Community Edition ( to create flexible storage for my home lab and data storage needs. Nexantastor would allow me to combine slower SATA drives with SSDs to create a solution that is inexpensive, high capacity and has enough performance for running virtual machines. The Microserver is quiet enough and small enough that my wife might not even know its there! Nexentastor is very exciting because it user ZFS and features deduplication, compression, thin provisioning and replication. It is also multiprotocol, supporting iSCSI, NFS, CIFS, FTP and RSYNC. I have yet to try Nexentastor, but the HP Microserver is supposed to be fully compatible with it and would be an ideal, inexpensive platform.
    My goal would be to provide NAS storage for my Windows Media center PC and family’s files on my home network and to provide NFS or iSCSI storage for my home lab where I currently run multiple Virtual machines on a single Western Digital Raptor drive.

    July 7, 2011 at 9:50 pm Reply
  32. MA #

    It would be used as a server for a tiny home business. Barring that I guess it could be used as a weapon in a pinch or chucked through the neighbor’s window when their music once again becomes deafening.

    July 7, 2011 at 10:24 pm Reply
  33. Dan Bettinger #

    I’d help as many people as I can with the system so I’d add it to the World Community Grid whose mission is to create the world’s largest public computing grid to tackle projects that benefit humanity such as cure cancer, cure muscular dystrophy, find new materials for solar cells etc…

    I’d also use the system as a TOR Relay allowing whistle blowers, journalists, & the oppressed to communicate without fear of repercussions.

    July 7, 2011 at 11:27 pm Reply
  34. Philip #

    Thank you to everyone for participating. The contest has now ended and my SQL server has selected the winner and I just sent off the notification by email to them. I’ll follow up with a blog post soon.

    July 8, 2011 at 12:30 am Reply
  35. This would be just the thing to replace my aging ProLiant DL385, which I use for my current virtualized test environment. The HP MicroServer, properly outfitted, I think would do well as a lower-powered replacement for the 12 year old behemoth that I currently have in my garage!

    June 24, 2013 at 3:14 pm Reply
    • oops. just saw the dates. please disregard my 2-year late comment.

      June 24, 2013 at 3:15 pm Reply
      • Philip #

        Derek – no worries. HP just released a brand new version of the Microserver, and even though I don’t have one to give away, its still worth looking into for your home lab. I’m thinking of one for mine… Cheers!

        July 3, 2013 at 10:53 am Reply


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