HP N54L Gen7

February 7, 2015


Purchased this micro server from Amazon JP.

Amazon JP - HP ProLiant MicroServer N54L PROLIANT-500

I order from FromJapan web site, whom actually made the bid order, received it and then shipping to me via FedEx. The total price including FedEx Intl Priority shipping is around 1875 HKD, which is around 241 USD. Dirt cheap.

Some simple spec CPU:

AMD Turion 64 2.2GHz
Hard Disk: WD 5003 AYBS WD RE4 500GB Enterprise
DVD ROM Drive: Not provided

I also got the same hard disk I purchased for my NAS. A great one.

I don’t want to attach a monitor to it so I don’t bother install VMWare vSphere ESXi. Just installed Ubuntu Server and SSH Server, then detach the monitor and have it running silently in a corner. A great little home Linux server with ultra attractive price. Cheaper than any NAS, but way more powerful.

Some stupid thing to share, I spent half an hour detach the DVD Writer Drive from the OLD Dell desktop then installed to the N54L. Once I finished the installation, I happened to remember I actually have an external Panasonic Blueray Drive… wasted half an hour in my life.

Here is the purchase process of FromJapan

2015-01-31 13:42 Online order from FromJapan website
2015-02-03 Stock delivered to FromJapan, queued for packing
2015-02-04 18:36 Packed by FromJapan, request for Charge 2
2015-02-04 22:54 Shipment Information sent to FedEx
2015-02-05 15:28 Pick up by FedEx
2015-02-05 17:32 Departed FedEx Location YOKOHAMA-SHI TSURUMI-KU
2015-02-05 21:35 In transit NARITA-SHI JP
2015-02-06 01:48 Arrived at FedEx GuangZhou CN
2015-02-06 06:30 Departed FedEx Location
2015-02-06 08:10 Shipment exception, delay beyond our control 🙁
2015-02-06 14:07 International shipment release – Import, Kwun Tong HK
2015-02-06 14:10 On FedEx vehicle for delivery, Kwun Tong HK
2015-02-06 17:04 Delivered, My Location

Update 2015-05-02

Recently my system keep shut down itself, after investigation, it is due to overheat. It is now summer! damn it.

Need to think about how to keep this thing cool down…

Synology NAS never have this issue…

My solution is like this

  • Setup a schedule job on NAS, keep ping the main VM on HPN54L, once ping failed, the script sleep 30 minutes for the system to cool down, then issue wake-on-lan command to wake the HP N54L back up. This works.
  • The Main VM on HP54L hosted most of the essential services like OpenVPN, Freeradius, OpenLDAP, etc. It is protected by full disk encryption. That mean it requires password manually during boot to decrypt the disk.

    To solve this, I setup another VM on HPN54L, from that new VM, keep pinging the main VM on HPN54L, once ping failed, send over the password to the main VM so that it can continue to boot up.

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