I’ve just bought a new HP N36L Microserver, for £210 with £100 cashback (UPDATE: this promotion is still running even today 2011-12-06 for example at BT Business Direct and Ebuyer). It came with a 250gb SATA, so I added a second 250gb SATA; so that I could have a simple software RAID array. I also added 2gb of Crucial RAM.
When the server arrived, I was surprised to find it had RAID built into it, but my understanding is that this is FakeRAID and thus should be avoided at all costs. If you were particularly interested in that option, with particular reference to Windows Home Server (yikes) then this page may be helpful.
I plugged in my wonderful IODD ISO drive and selected Debian Squeeze AMD64 netinstall, and off I went. When it came to the partitioning, you need to carry this out manually, in the following order: Continue Reading