HPE EC200A Xeon D-1518 'hybrid server' on ebay ~$150

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For anyone interested, I have a copy of the March 2020 HPE Service Pack disc I can share privately. My EC200A came with the original 2016 v1.00 system ROM. This brings it up the latest v2.66 available via entitlement. I can confirm that both Debian and FreeBSD installed without error via remote .iso attach from the iLO Remote Console.

Stock firmware upon receipt:

Firmware NameFirmware VersionLocation
iLO2.40 Dec 02 2015System Board
Intelligent Platform Abstraction Data10.7System Board
Intelligent ProvisioningN/ASystem Board
Redundant System ROMU26 v1.00 (04/14/2016)System Board
Server Platform Services (SPS) Firmware3.0.3.9.1System Board
System Programmable Logic DeviceVersion 0x07System Board
System ROMU26 v1.00 (04/14/2016)System Board

Firmware post-update:

Firmware NameFirmware VersionLocation
HPE Ethernet 1Gb 4-port 366i Adapter - NIC1.2529.0Embedded
iLO2.73 Feb 11 2020System Board
Intelligent Platform Abstraction Data12.02System Board
Intelligent ProvisioningN/ASystem Board
Redundant System ROMU26 v1.00 (04/14/2016)System Board
Server Platform Services (SPS) Firmware3.0.3.9.1System Board
System Programmable Logic DeviceVersion 0x07System Board
System ROMU26 v2.66 (07/19/2019)System Board
Please, if you would be so kind sir, could I get a copy??
 
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I dont have this node, but it looks to me that it is using the stock ILO 4. So i would guess you can update the ILO to 2.80 from another systems download page.
 
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HP EC200a Mini Server with Original Adaptor, Xeon 2.2GHz CPU, no HDD, no Ram

FOR SALE:

Willing to wheel and deal on my EC200A... Works great and comes with 3.5 inch HD rails ... had it running
Truenas Core 13 with 2 20TB internal drives for more then 6 months.... upgrade to larger machine..
Totally Updated ILO/BIOS/FIRMWARE :)


Thanks
How did the 20TB drives temps look? Do you have an image of the exact truenas config you were using? I'd love to just put that on mine and then put it work.
 

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The little 40mm cpu fan ranges from 50-69c depending on work load according to the dashboard in truencas core.
I keep a 120mm noctua fan on the other side of the unit blowing air slowing into the air intake.. Top of the server
is not even hand warm... so the drives are remaining at low temps i suspect 40c or so no issued running for months like this..

the fan in whisper silent, without the fan the top of the server is hand warm i suspect 50c that is all.. so again no issues.
but because its summer the external fan wafting more air in makes it a silent happy puppy...

cheers
 
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The little 40mm cpu fan ranges from 50-69c depending on work load according to the dashboard in truencas core.
I keep a 120mm noctua fan on the other side of the unit blowing air slowing into the air intake.. Top of the server
is not even hand warm... so the drives are remaining at low temps i suspect 40c or so no issued running for months like this..

the fan in whisper silent, without the fan the top of the server is hand warm i suspect 50c that is all.. so again no issues.
but because its summer the external fan wafting more air in makes it a silent happy puppy...

cheers
Thank you for the details on the temps--that sounds quite nice. Do you still have an image of the truenas build that you were using and did you have any extra steps/hoops to jump through for it to install and work correctly?
 

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i just used the stock truenas core 13 u1 install... it just works out of the box..
storage-pool-creat a mirrored vdev, create, share, done.
creating a new user is also a good idea..
the hp ec200a has a sata/nvme bay in the bottom of it for os install or use a usb3 stick to boot from.. up to you.. :)
 
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i just used the stock truenas core 13 u1 install... it just works out of the box..
storage-pool-creat a mirrored vdev, create, share, done.
creating a new user is also a good idea..
the hp ec200a has a sata/nvme bay in the bottom of it for os install or use a usb3 stick to boot from.. up to you.. :)
Great to hear! Thank you for the details. :)
 

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Would be a great deal if real. But might be more interesting for Xeon E-2xxx users as they are limited to UDIMMs. You might consider to post this offer as a new threat for them?

As a side note: with UDIMM you are limited to 64GB RAM for Xeon D-15xx, not even sure if 32GB UDIMMs sticks are supported.
For max RAM (128GB) for Xeon D-15xx you should go for RDIMMs. As max speed is 2133MHz you can get them (used/refurbished) as cheap as your offer.
 
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Not sure if this memory will work or not since HP never tested this ram, but brand new open box for $47 is a really good price for 32GB ddr4 ecc udimms that might work in the ec200a, and there's currently 186 units in stock:

Anyone want to get a set and test them out?
Thanks for the tip!

I just tried ordering 8, but the shopping cart notes as a clearance item purchases are limited to one per customer :(
 
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Would be a great deal if real. But might be more interesting for Xeon E-2xxx users as they are limited to UDIMMs. You might consider to post this offer as a new threat for them?

As a side note: with UDIMM you are limited to 64GB RAM for Xeon D-15xx, not even sure if 32GB UDIMMs sticks are supported.
For max RAM (128GB) for Xeon D-15xx you should go for RDIMMs. As max speed is 2133MHz you can get them (used/refurbished) as cheap as your offer.
Oh, they will be real for sure. But not being rdimms is why I'm on the fence about them. My ec200a has no ram at all atm. :(
 

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Thanks for the tip!

I just tried ordering 8, but the shopping cart notes as a clearance item purchases are limited to one per customer :(
I would never try ordering cdw outlet items via online. Call it in and I'm sure they'll be able to add as many as you want and confirm your allocation on the phone.
 

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@ftg888 Big thanks for a great deal wicked fast shipping from overseas on an ec200a. Great guy thank you very much!
 
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Would be a great deal if real. But might be more interesting for Xeon E-2xxx users as they are limited to UDIMMs. You might consider to post this offer as a new threat for them?

As a side note: with UDIMM you are limited to 64GB RAM for Xeon D-15xx, not even sure if 32GB UDIMMs sticks are supported.
For max RAM (128GB) for Xeon D-15xx you should go for RDIMMs. As max speed is 2133MHz you can get them (used/refurbished) as cheap as your offer.
Did you manage to get 128GB running in these? I have 64GB quad-ranks reims that don't work, as I suspect only dual-rank would.
 
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