Operating systems known to work on the N40L
|OS and Version||Install to USB?||Notes|
|ArchLinux||Yes||Tested on N54L|
|Centos 5.6, 6 and 7||Yes||Test with 6.2, 6.3 and 7.0
On N54L needed "initcall_blacklist=clocksource_done_booting" option to boot installation
|ClearOS||5.2 and 6.4 tested and working.|
|FreeBSD 8-11||Yes||Tested (8.3, 9.X, 10.0, 11.2)|
|FreeNAS 8.2.0||Yes, Native|
|FreeNAS 8.3.0||Yes, Native|
|FreeNAS 188.8.131.52||Yes, Native|
|Yes, Native||Tested on N54L|
|FreeNAS 11.1||Yes||Tested on N40L, N54L, Gen 8|
|FreeNAS 11.2||Yes||Tested on N40L, N54L|
|Gentoo||Install from USB minimal gentoo iso|
|Joyent SmartOS||Yes||This plus Netatalk makes for a great file server for Mac clients|
|Mac OS X 10.6 'Snow Leopard'||Yes||Install guide|
|Mikrotik RouterOS 5.20||
Initial install must be done with hard drive attached to the optical drive SATA connector, once installed, drive can be moved to the internal array.
|NAS4Free 9.0.x||Yes, Native||
See comments section below
|NAS4Free 10.2.0.2, 11||Yes, Native||Name changed since v11 to XigmaNAS|
|OmniOS||No USB thumb drive, Yes USB optical drive|
|OpenIndiana b151||Yes||Works great when paired with Napp-It as a NAS|
|OpenIndiana build 151a|
|OpenMediaVault (Debian based)||Yes, but not optimized/supported||Forum thread for OMV on N36L/N40L|
|Proxmox VE||Yes||Tested on N54L and G10.|
|SambaEdu3, Debian Squeeze version||Installs without a hitch and all components detected.|
|ScientificLinux 6.1 x64||Yes, Native|
|Solaris Express||Google docs guide|
|SunOS 5.11 (Solaris 11.0)||No issues with any Solaris 11 release up to the latest FRU (184.108.40.206.0 as of Feb. 2017) on an N40L with up to 4 drives and 16GB ECC memory|
|Ubuntu 12.04 Server 64-bit||Yes||http://releases.ubuntu.com/precise/|
|Ubuntu 14.04 LTS||Yes|
|Ubuntu 18.04 LTS||Yes|
|unRAID 5.0-beta14 AiO||Yes, Native|
|VMware ESXi 5.0, 5.1, 5.5, 6.0, 6.5||Yes||5.0 patch required to run Windows 8 guests; 5.1 required to run vSphere client on Windows 8; HP customized ESXi images|
Installs without any major issues. Onboard RAID: requires AMD drivers for hardware raid (load from USB during setup). Drivers not required if using AHCI mode. Windows software raid supports only raid 0, 1 and jbod. No support for software raid 5.
Onboard Graphics: recommend AMD catalyst WDDM drivers for full Aero support.
Installs without a hitch and all components detected. Very fast!
|Windows 8.1 with update||
Installs without any issues.
|Must have latest HP Bios 15 November 2013 (2013.10.01A) for NIC to work.|
|Windows 8 Server Preview|
|Windows Home Server (2007)||Yes||Very fast. Drivers need to be installed manually.|
|Windows Home Server 2011||Yes||Installs, Without any Issues. AMD CCC will not work properly, can eat up your RAM and CPU load.|
|Windows Server 2008 R2||Yes|
|Windows Server 2011 SBS Standard||Installs providing you use the RAID bay for primary HDD and not the optical SATA connector, otherwise install crashes|
|Windows Server 2012 Datacenter 64-bit||Yes||Works and very fast, but crashed with BSOD when using 2 different memory sticks (both unbuffered ECC). Windows 2008 and slackware 14 were fine so bug with win 2012 DC.|
|Windows Server 2012 RTM||Yes||
|Windows Server 2012 Standard 64-bit||Yes||Works also perfect|
|Windows Server 2012 Essentials 64-bit||Yes||Works Great can now use those larger than 2TB drives for backups|
|Windows Server 2012 Storage Server R2||
New BIOS available from HP as of 15 Nov 2013 that fixes the network card boot issue.
|Windows Server 2016 nano||still I cannot make bcd to work properly with USB device - "INACCESSIBLE BOOT DEVICE" BSOD. looks like win issue, usb device has no letter at bcd stage and drive attribute cannot be GUID||On modded BIOS from 2011 lunches, but cannot obtain IP from DHCP on integrated NIC
However, works fine on modded latest BIOS.
Windows NANO built with standard OEMDrivers.
Tested on N54L
|Windows Server 2019 Datacenter 64-bit||Works fine with latest (10/01/2013) BIOS (modded). In-place upgrade from 2008 R2 via 2012 R2 without problems.|
Installs with little issues, drivers had to be found here searching for the hardware ID.
Tested on N36L
|Windows XP 32-bit||
Install without any problems, but driver support might be an issue. HP only provide drivers for higher server versions of Win.
Tested on N36L
|XigmaNAS 11||Yes, Native||Exceptional using ZFS for RAID.|
|XPEnology||See detailed article on XPEnology here|
|Zentyal 4.0||Yes||on N54L|