HomeLab on HP microserver N40L


Thanks to one of my blog readers, Keino-Paul from NYC, I have an opportunity to share with you tested hardware configuration for VMware vSphere 5.1 build 799733 which can be used as a pretty cheap HomeLaB config.

Hardware specs:

  • HP proliant microserver N40L
  • 6GB RAM (max is 32GB, 2×16), 2 memory banks on motherboard. If you are interested in heaving 32GB these modules has been tested http://www.crucial.com/uk/store/partspecs.aspx?imodule=CT2KIT102464BA1339 Works without problems.
  • AMD Turion 2 Neo, dual core – 1,5 GHz
  • SATA drive 250GB
  • 1x embedded LAN adapter
  • 1x HP NC112T PCIe Gigabit Server Adapter (503746-B21)

Few pictures below:

HP microserver n40l vSphere 5.1 esxi in vSphere cluster

HP microserver n40l vSphere 5.1 esxi in vSphere cluster


HP microserver n40l vSphere 5.1 esxi

HP microserver n40l vSphere 5.1 esxi

If you have any questions, feel free to comment.

[box type=”info”] If you would like to share your HomeLab config with community contact me please, and I will post it out on my web[/box]


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Artur Krzywdzinski

Artur is Consulting Architect at Nutanix. He has been using, designing and deploying VMware based solutions since 2005 and Microsoft since 2012. He specialize in designing and implementing private and hybrid cloud solution based on VMware and Microsoft software stacks, datacenter migrations and transformation, disaster avoidance. Artur holds VMware Certified Design Expert certification (VCDX #077).

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Laszlo Krencz

Drop in an SSD because in this config I/O becames the bottleneck pretty soon 🙂

Charles A. Windom Sr.

Maximum supported memory for the NL40 is 8GB


I’m using a terastation NFS for the store with a similar two Hp microserver vsphere5 setup and the disk is slow. 4 hours to install windows 2012

raphael schitz

Hi Artur, the link refer to a 2x8GB kit. Do you have the 2x16GB kit link that works on N40L ? Thanks!


I’ve been attempting to get ESXi 5.5 onto the N40L – but seems to get stuck on loading the lsi_mr3 during installation. If I remove this from the boot.cfg I can get past but the install bombs at some point past 75%

Tired both the VMware image and the HP modded one. Did you have any similar experiences`?

Would love your thoughts, please comment.x

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