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This review is from: SUPERMICRO SYS-5018D-MTRF 1U Rackmount Server Barebone LGA 1150 Intel C224 Express PCH DDR3 1600
Pros: Nice entry level server. I compared similar from Dell and HP and selected the SuperMicro based on previous excellent experience and cost. I am using with VMware ESX 5.1 running guest OS including Windows Server 2012 and Fedora 19. Built with Intel E3-1240V3 processor, 32MB RAM, (4) Seagate ST3000VN00 NAS HDD 3T each for total of 12TB storage, and LSI RAID Controller.
Cons: The only downside is I have use of only 1 of the 2 LAN ports under ESX. This may not be an issue for those running natively Windows or Linux. Under ESX, there currently is no ESX driver for the i217LM controller. The i210AT is supported. Further, the ESX driver for the Intel i210AT network controller is not part of the standard distribution and requires creating a modified ESX install image. (Use igb-184.108.40.206-138313 from VMware with VMware-PowerCLI to create custom image.)
Also, ESX does not support the Intel C224’s implementation of “hardware” RAID. This may not be an issue for native Windows or Linux installs. You can always use their versions of software RAID. But I preferred a hardware RAID solution. I ordered the LSI MegaRAID 9261-8i controller since it has native ESX support (no customization of install image required). Further, I ordered the longer 1 meter 3WARE serial ATA breakout cable (CBL-SFF808OCF-10M). The shorter versions of the cable may have worked but this insured I had plenty of cable to re-route from the RAID card to the front drives. You have to remove the Supermicro supplied SATA cable assembly and replace with the new breakout cable.
Other Thoughts: I recommend checking the Supermicro site to insure correct DIMM selection. Purchased (4) Samsung DDR3-1600 8GB modules for total of 32GB – the max for this system. These were not available at the time of order from NewEgg and hence I purchased from another supplier.
The system is working great and with the exception of the single LAN port, I rate this a very good entry level server. I am using VLANs on the network and hence the need for the second LAN port was not a requirement for me.
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