HPE ProLiant MicroServer Gen10 Plus

I recently purchased two HPE ProLiant MicroServer Gen10 Plus servers for a home lab. My goal of the home lab is to obtain my VCP and RHCSA. There are several varieties and options available for the Gen10 Plus. 

Specifications

Below are the current (2020 Q2) configurable options when purchasing the MicroServer Gen10 Plus

Ports

Front

  • 2x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A port

Rear

  • 4x USB 3.2 Gen1 Type-A ports
  • VGA port (primary)
  • DisplayPort 1.0
  • Four NICs
  • Power jack
  • PCIe Gen3 low profile (PCIe x16)
  • iLO Enablement Kit slot (1x iLO Dedicated NIC port)
  • Padlock eye
  • Kensington security slot

CPU

Model CPU Frequency Cores L3 Cache Power DDR4
Xeon E-2224
3.4 GHz
4
8 MB
71W
2666 MT/s
Pentium G5420
3.8 GHz
2
4 MB
54W
2400 MT/s

Memory

Type DIMM Slots Available Max Capacity
DDR4 Unbuffered (UDIMM) - ECC
2
32BG (2x 16GB UDIMM)

Storage / HDD

Hard Drives / Solid State Drives

The hard drives (HDD) / Solid State Drives (SSD) are non-hot plug SATA drives. The internal drives are mounted using included screws. Any 2.5″ drives require an adapter / caddy. See below for an option I use. 
 

 Storage Controllers

There are two storage options available: S100i Software RAID and the Marvell 88SE9230. The S100i Software RAID is not supported by all operating systems, including vSphere. The Marvell RAID controller is supported by Windows, Linux, and vSphere. 

S100i Software supports RAID 0 and RAID 1. 

Marvell RAID supports RAID 0, RAID 1, and RAID 10.

Network Controller

Embedded Intel i350 AM41Gb 4-port network controller. For more information on the controller: https://ark.intel.com/content/www/us/en/ark/products/52966/intel-ethernet-controller-i350-am4.html

Expansion Slots

Expansion Slots Technology Bus Width Connector Width Form Factor
1
PCIe 3.0
x16
x16
Low Profile

Out-of-band Management (iLO)

HPE does not include out-of-band management by default. The iLO Enabement kit is required, which includes a dedicated NIC, e-mail based alerting, virtual KVM, virtual media via Integrated Remote Console. iLO 5 is the version available. 

Without the iLO Enablement kit, the Gen10 only supports in-band management features.

Accessories / Parts

Item Part Number
HPE RAM (DDR4 16GB UDIMM 288-pin)
879507-B21
HPE iLO Enablement Kit
P13788-B21
HPE Smart Array E208i-p
804394-B21
ICY DOCK 2.5" to 3.5" Converter
MB882SP-1S-2B