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Good Entry Level Server
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-126.96.36.199-138313 from VMware with VMware-PowerCLI to create custom image.)
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.
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