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This review is from: Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials 64B 1-2CPU
Pros: Really like the backup software. Very helpful for backing up the 5 computers on my home network.
Having a common location for media for the whole home is also great.
Cons: Price is very steep for a home user.
Other Thoughts: I've previously used Windows Home Server 2011 which had similar features, but only supported 10 PCs instead of 25. 10 was adequate for a home user.
Sad to see that Microsoft discontinued WHS product line. It's the best backup software I've come across for a PC. The Essentials software has the same features (and allows for more PCs), but the price is considerably higher than WHS was.
This review is from: areca ARC-1224-8i PCI-Express 2.0 x8 SATA / SAS RAID Controller Card
Pros: RAID6 support and a web control panel available via a dedicated Ethernet port.
Cons: After 1 week started getting sporadic BSOD critical process died failures. Updated ARC-1224-8i to current firmware and installed all updates to Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2012 R2. Still had BSOD failures.
Returned card for replacement which took about 7-10 days. One hour after installing the replacement ARC-1224-8i it controller it also started getting sporadic BSOD critical process died failures. I've just returned this second defective card for a refund.
I like the features of an Areca controller, but I've had quite a few problems with their cards. Seems like the quality control is lacking?
Other Thoughts: I also own an ARC-1222 controller. After using it for 1 year it started getting sporadic BSOD critical process died failures. Many others on Newegg reported similar failures after 1 year of use. I sent the card back to Areca support and paid $100 for it to be repaired. The repaired card has been working for several months now.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: areca ARC-1222 PCIe x8 SATA / SAS RAID Card
Pros: While it was working I was happy with the card's capabilities and performance. Being able to use HTTP to monitor the card was a big plus. I run a headless server and not having to drag a keyboard, monitor, and mouse to check on the system was helpful.
Cons: This RAID card died after 3 years of light use! Unfortunately it took me several months before I had time to isolate my problems to the card (I was getting Windows BSOD crashes). Thus I'm just outside the 3 year warranty period. I have not tried to contact Areca yet, but given how many others have had similar problems I'm hoping for some leniency in enforcing their warranty. I expect that's what is needed to keep me as a loyal customer.
Other Thoughts: My initial symptom was sporadic Windows BSOD failures. Since I'd recently installed software patches I thought they introduced my BSOD problem. But after re-installing the OS several times, stress testing RAM, CPU, etc., I finally isolated the sporadic BSOD to this RAID controller. The BSOD error simply said, "Critical Process Died," but without any other details or logged messages about exactly what failed.
About a month after the BSOD problems began I got one of the CPU undervolt errors that others have mentioned.
Although I really like the HTTP capability of Areca RAID cards given the poor quality of this Areca card I'm reluctant to purchase another Areca card and am considering something else such as LSI or Intel.