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N54L MicroServer Running 16GB ECC RAM

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Kingston 16GB ECC Kit (KVR1333D3E9SK2/16G)

Kingston 16GB ECC Kit (KVR1333D3E9SK2/16G)

One of the challenges with running ESXi or even ZFS on the HP MicroServer N36L, N40L or N54L is the 8GB RAM limitation detailed in the hardware specs. Fortunately, running 16GB ECC RAM is a fairly easy and painless process if you get the right RAM modules.

In my scenario, I wanted 16GB ECC in my N54L so that I could maximise what I could allocate to my VMs under ESXi. After trawling through various forums I came across a certain 2x8GB Kingston kit that has been working 100% of the time. Some kits work sometimes and not others so it’s important to get the right one. The Kingston 16GB ECC kit I grabbed was KVR1333D3E9SK2/16G.

Post install, the N54L booted up every time showing a total of 16GB as expected. Loading ESXi also confirmed that the full amount was recognised and available for use.

7 thoughts on “N54L MicroServer Running 16GB ECC RAM”

  1. Just wanted to ask, if you have gotten any weird screen corruption or things hanging or random restarts, I put in 16g of corsair ram and it was all detected fine every time but after months trying to find out why my server would hang randomly and other weird crap it turned out to be the ram. even after ram test, I now have the ram in my I5 system that’s running great but in the the hp it gave me many headaches

  2. Do you know if the sticks from your KVR1333D3E9SK2/16G kit are available as single sticks? I really don’t need 16GB, and adding one of these sticks to the current 2G in there would give me plenty of RAM, I think. I just can’t seem to find a single 8GB stick that I know will be compatible with the N54L that I have.

        1. Thanks for your reply Noeneel. Just to report back to those interested, I did eventually find the single stick version. Quite obvious in hindsight, it’s just item number KVR1333D3E9S/8G, i.e. drop the K2 (for Kit of 2?) and look for 8GB. That’s all I needed at present so I was happy to go with that. A bit more expensive, considering postage for each stick but that’s ok.

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