Building your NAS with a HP MicroServer N40L

If you were one of the avid members who picked up a bargain HP MicroServer this week like I did, or you’re looking at getting one, you probably want to turn it into a nice little home server that’ll do everything you could possible need, and to be honest it’s more than powerful enough to do that, so long as you acknowledge it as a server, and at most, a home theatre PC (HTPC)

It’s a fairly beefy machine with a 1.5Ghz dual core AMD Turion™ II Neo N40L processor which actually smokes older AMD 3200+ Athlon dual core processors from only a few years ago, but using a fraction of the energy to power it. It comes with 2GB of memory and a 250gb hard drive, which you almost certainly will be using for the OS, and the other drive bays will form your data storage, or RAID array if you’re super fancy.

I wanted to write a little post explaining how i’ve set it up, and it’s quirks, and because I like my homepage to stay reasonable, you’ll find that right after the jump, which is coming up right about now. Continue reading “Building your NAS with a HP MicroServer N40L”