Supermicro lets you take advantage of the increasing capacities of 3.5" form factor drives with the AS-2022G-URF 2U server barebones system. It is based on the H8DGU-F motherboard and will accept up to 2 AMD Opteron 6100 series processors. To support all the processing power you can install up to 256GB registered ECC DDR3 memory in 16 DIMM slots.
The front of the chassis has 8 hot swappable 3.5" SAS/SATA drive bays. The motherboard has 6 SATA 3Gb/s ports and supports RAID 0, 1, and 10. A UIO and three PCI-e Gen 2.0 x8 slots provide the maximized expandability and flexibility.
All these fit into a 2U chassis. The whole thing is powered by a 1+1 720W redundant, 80 Plus Gold Certified power supply so the system will get all the power that it needs. The back panel has two USB 2.0 and two Gigabit Ethernet ports.
great server with some glitches
Pros: Packs a lot of CPU and ram into a 2ru. 2 Bonus fixed 3.5 bays.
Cons: Still has interesting bios issues, mostly buggy mtrr issues also had issues with the built in nics and some switches that are resolved buy setting them to 100mbs. Silly things like comes wired for 2 mini sas connectors but only has 6 onboard sata so expect to buy some sata cables or a raid card.
Other Thoughts: Would prefer 12 3.5 hot swaps a dvd bay on a server is a waste of space especially with the integrated ipmi. Would be even better if you could swap out sets of 3.5 hot swaps for 2.5 for greater flexibility.
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Pros: have built two of these both with dual 6128 and 32GB for less than a single "name-brand" pre-packaged server of equal capability. 08R2 installed without any problems and runs flawlessly (minor exception listed in cons). Ideal for virtualization... using one to virtualize servers and the other to test Desktop Virtualization.
Cons: as mentioned in other reviews, go with a dedicated RAID card. Using only the onboard SATA, had a problem with install 08R2 DNS function (possible issue with delayed writes) Once I installed a RAID card, the problem went away (plus I have TRUE RAID performance in HW)
Other Thoughts: SuperMicro boxes have always given me good performance and this model is no exception.
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Amazing quality for the price
Pros: - Excellent build quality
Cons: - Heavy when loaded (physics issue, not SuperMicro's lol)
Other Thoughts: We built a virtual cluster and teamed these up with dual Opteron 6128's, 16gb ram, 8 * Cheetah 15.7k SAS2's in RAID10... performance has truly been amazing for the price. Total cost per unit was around $6k (drives are flipping expensive). The closest build manufacturer was Dell at $7,500 and HP was at almost $12k... you do the math!
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Took about a week to get working
Pros: Once you get the server working, it's a dream! I'm running it with 32GB DDR3 ECC memory, 8 seagate constellation 500GB drives, 2x highpoint rocketraid 4310 cards, and dual opty 8 core processors. this will potentially be my primary "set" of exchange servers with hyper-V. have everything installed and in the testing phase now with exchange load generator and it's flying! excellent value for an 8 hot swap drive dual proc server.
Cons: make sure you update the bios! the server shipped with 1.0a and i was having all sorts of random reboots, especially when i had my raid cards in. i updated to 1.0b and the reboots happened less often. after getting on the horn with supermicro, they told me they had another bios update that was not yet listed on their site (1.0c) and they would email that to me to try. after i flashed it, all of my problems seem to go away. i was swapping raid cards, trying 1 at a time, playing with my memory, etc, to try process of elimination.
Other Thoughts: nanaki
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Good deal - couple notes
Pros: Got combo deal from newegg, and quick shipping. Have this paired with 6 mushkin ssd drives in a raid-10.
Cons: Onboard raid controller is not very fast. Doesn't have much support since it is so new. Do yourself a favor if you are building a system that needs uptime, and buy a nice raid controller.
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Got it working
Pros: The combo deal adds two 12-core Opterons and 1 1 TB HD. I added 3 more 1TB HDs and replaced the combo RAM with 64GB.
Cons: The server comes pre wired for RAID but does not include a RAID controller. You have to remove all the blue RAID cables and then add SATA cables (which are not included). The backplane is already wired for power so no separate power cables required for the SATA drives.
Other Thoughts: It would be nice if Newegg mentioned the need for either a RAID controller or additional SATA cables to get the system to work. Also, the RAID controller must be one that will work with the riser card included in the server.
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“The combo deal adds two 12-core Opterons and 1 1 TB HD. I added 3 more 1TB HDs and replaced the combo RAM with 64GB.— CarlWebster 9/3/2010
“- Excellent build quality— z33k3r 3/9/2011
- SAS backboard
- Redundant & efficient PSUs
- Included screw-less rail system is ...”