Operating systems known to work on the N40LEdit
|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 184.108.40.206||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|
|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 (220.127.116.11.0 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||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
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|