Recently, I bought ourselves a new microserver to replace our existing home server which I built six or seven years ago. It was a steal at AU$290 for the entry level HP Proliant Microserver (Gen 8) which ships with the Celeron G1610T CPU and without any hard drives or optical drive.
Anyway, given that I am going to virtualise our home server on this new box along with a few other task specific virtual machines, I was going to install Microsoft Hyoer-V Server 2012 R2 on a micro SD card or USB stick to keep the SATA ports free for storage drives. I thought this was a good opportunity to share with you the process to open up the server and install either media internally.
It’s fairly straightforward:
- Unplug all external power and cables from the microserver,
- Unfasten the two screws on the back of the server,
- Pull back on the case to loosen it from the case,
- Pull the cover up from the server,
- Looking at the rear of the server, rotate the server clockwise 90 degrees,
- Locate the micro SD card slot /USB socket in the centre of that edge of the board,
- Insert the micro SD card into the micro SD socket with the metal contacts facing downward and/or insert the USB stick into the USB socket,
- Lower the cover back on to the server angling it forward toward the front of the case to ensure proper latching,
- Push the cover forward until flush with the rear of the server,
- Refasten the two screws on the rear of the server.