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Great Board 04/01/2014
This review is from: ASRock C2550D4I Mini ITX Server Motherboard DDR3 1600/1333/1066
Low power consumption, a gazillion SATA ports, remote management, and Intel virtualization technology. Supports virtual media attachment from the management interface so that installs can be done completely remotely without any physical access to the machine.
Low number of USB ports and requires bleeding edge software to work with linux(Debian). I had to install enough of linux to be able to compile and install a kernel module from the free source code provided by Intel to get networking to work correctly.
Requires java v7 for console redirection. Many linux installs install v6 by default.
At first I was a bit disappointed with the board because I had massive trouble getting linux to work correctly due to the new networking hardware from Intel. I had to copy a large debian mirror onto a USB flash drive to get enough of linux installed to be able to build the module for the kernel from the Intel source code.
I didn't notice until later that you can remotely attach a ISO image or a folder to the device via a simulated USB device. That makes it possible to do a complete reinstall of the system without any physical access without relying on PXE boot.
I believe the management interface is set to DHCP by default so that you can find the management interfaces IP address via your router logs or DHCP server logs. In theory, the device doesn't need a monitor jack at all since the entire setup can be done without it. It is good that it's there though in case of an emergency.
As for the management console, it does require java v7 which was a bit of a pain. As for the quality of the redirection, it only provides an update rate of 5-10 fps but the console is mostly for setup. Once the OS is installed, you are probably going to be using either ssh(linux), vmc, or remote desktop(windows) to do most of the configuration.
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