How to Install a Micro SD Card in an HP Proliant Microserver (Gen 8)

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.

HP Proliant Microserver (Gen 8)

HP Proliant Microserver (Gen 8)

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:

  1. Unplug all external power and cables from the microserver,
  2. Unfasten the two screws on the back of the server,
  3. Pull back on the case to loosen it from the case,
  4. Pull the cover up from the server,
  5. Looking at the rear of the server, rotate the server clockwise 90 degrees,
  6. Locate the micro SD card slot /USB socket in the centre of that edge of the board,
  7. 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,
  8. Lower the cover back on to the server angling it forward toward the front of the case to ensure proper latching,
  9. Push the cover forward until flush with the rear of the server,
  10. Refasten the two screws on the rear of the server.


    • Hussein Salih on March 16, 2016 at 10:17
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    I just wanted ask if you can recommend the best or recommened Micro SD card for setting up a VM Host on the HP Micro Server gen8.

    Thanks in advanced

    1. I usually go for SanDisk when it comes to any sort of SD cards. You’ll want one that is rated Class 10 for best performance.

      I ended up just using a 1TB SSD on the ODD port and running Hyper-V Server from that along with all of the guest VM images. Was easier than mucking around with the SD card in my situation.

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