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Pros: For a Server 2012 R2 Essentials build. Only needed to add a few extra parts to get it up to par (see other). ).
Cons: If you do not know what your doing, I would stay away from this device, there is no support for this item from Lenovo/IBM unless you have a contract with them. I had a hard time just trying to get part numbers but luckily I finally googled the correct term.
I had to play around on their website to get the correct drivers. I had a lot of trial and error. Once I get the right drivers, I documented it for future use.
Other Thoughts: It is a shame it doesn't come with caddy's for all of the bays. I would rather see a system without hard drive but with Caddy's vs offering a single hard drive solution. Regardless, here are some part numbers that might help you out...
RAM - 8gb is good however I really want to play it safe or if you plan on running a hypervisor, you will need a bit more. So I purchased another 8gb stick googling IBM part number 00D5015 or 00D5016. Expect to pay around $55 per stick. [So far the system boots just fine]
Caddy - Google search Lenovo 69Y5342. This will lead you down a rabbit hole of solutions. I ended up paying $17/caddy
Raid Upgrade - the Built in raid controller only supports Raid 1 and Raid 0. To get Raid 5 you need to google search Lenovo 81Y4406. Please note that this "part" is only a license key. Your not changing out any physical hardware
Then you need to google Lenovo FoD. You should find a PDF regarding Features on Demand. From there you can install the new key.
All said and done, minus the cost of the physical hard drives i needed to purchase (2 x 2.5" SSD & 4 x 3.5" HDD), I spent around $600 to get the system a Bare Quad Core 16gb Ram server with Raid 5 support.
Pros: When working, its a very simple to use external hard drive bay that can combine drives into a single drive or you can cut up the drives inside to be anything you want (1x1tb and 3x750gb is an example).
The fan helps keep the hard drives cooler & the lights can be informative if your not logged into the computer on the daily.
Usb 3.0 & esata to help ensure maximum connectivity solutions for people.
Cons: I've had it for 14 months now (just about) and the unit has become a hassle to deal with.
Of course I originally thought that it was due to the fact the drives were old (i used this to JBOD raid some old 2 & 3tb drives into a single backup drive for my main server) however it wasn't until after swapping out drives that I knew were working and see similar failure results (the raid controller just goes offline) was when I realized that the enclosure itself was acting up.
I swapped out usb connections (as my mobo uses two different chipsets to run various usb 3.0 hosts) & I even put in a USB 3.0 card to see if that would work. Nope.
Other Thoughts: When working its a nifty piece of equipment. As i mentioned in the first paragraph, i use this to JBOD various older drives as a 2nd backup to my main server. This enclosure is always connect to a pc that I use an unlimited online cloud backup service so it gives me 3 copies of my data (2 local and 1 in the cloud).
Looks like I have to find a new enclosure, possibly one with a longer warranty.
This review is from: X-Rite ColorMunki Smile
Pros: does an ok job if you dont know what your doing but in several trials of various screens and video cards, on avg the results were undesired and I had to revert to defaults.
Cons: everything. For the Price of this unit, your shy of buying a more adv device like Spyder4Pro which will offer much better results. I ended up going with the Xrite i1Display Pro because the new Dell monitors I got require Xrite's calibators to access the Monitor's LUT.
Other Thoughts: I gave this a better rating two years ago when I knew NOTHING really of calibrations. I thought it was just how the monitor was suppose to look like and I figured "well i guess that is why I needed to buy this..."
Since then I've had friends who are in the business stop over to see my setup and both of them felt that my screen was off in color. (they preferred my manual attempt at using the Windows 8 Color Mgmt vs this one. )
The Smile should be sub $50 to make it "somewhat" worth it but in my experience, your better off just saving up for a better tool or using the manual stuff built into Windows (there are various web articles showing how people self calibrate their monitors utilizing this).
As always you can gmail me at evilhomerclone with questions or comments.