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This review is from: ASUS RS300-E8-PS4(ASMB7-iKVM) Server Barebone LGA 1150 Intel C224 DDR3 1600/1333
Pros: Works with ESXi 5.1u1 running off Sandisk USB drive. The upside is that ESXI runs off an internal USB and my OS's install on the internal 2.5" bays. The external 3.5" bays can be used for long-term non-OS storage. The iKVM is pre-installed and ready-to-use. Installation was fairly painless. Fairly quiet, but you will hear it if you're in the same room. Tons of features at a great price.
Cons: At this price, I can't think of any. It's an entry level server but for most SMB's this is more than adequate. There is a model with redundant PSU's for a cpl hundred more if up-time is more important.
Other Thoughts: Got it for development / hosting random VM's with ESXi. It's working great but the standard installation ISO from VMware doesn't have any drivers for the intel NIC's. To get it to install, I had to use ESXi Customizer to add the NIC drivers to the ISO. Google "ESXi - i217 and i210" for a simple solution.
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