Introduction

Windows Home Server 2011 may be fading away in favor of Windows Server 2012 Essentials (and Windows 8), but that does not mean that the hardware associated with home and small business servers is disappearing.

Case in point, the HP ProLiant MicroServer N40L.  At a base price of only $349, the MicroServer sports some pretty great features.  How that translates to performance is what we are here for today.

Windows Home Server may be going away, but I think the MicroServer is here to stay.

What’s In The Box?

The HP ProLiant MicroServer N40L comes in a no-frills shipping box.  This is definitely not meant to be displayed in your local Brick-‘n-Mortar.

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That certainly does not mean that it arrives at your door step unprotected for the journey.  Once opened, we are greeted with the stripped-down support items such as the power cord and documentation.

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Digging slightly deeper, we find the well protected server itself; still in the box

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and after, the final setup and placement for an Operating System install.

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How does this unit compare in size to a MediaSmart Server?

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As you can see, a bit bigger (or more), but there is a bit more you can do with a MicroServer too.