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This review is from: Lenovo 70B89003NA Diskless System Iomega ix4-300d Network Storage 4-BAY
Pros: Software is feature packed. Has just about every protocol you could really want on it. Will authenticate to your Domain controller, (via AD) or you can set permissions within the device itself via the web console. The dual 1G nics are also nice along with VLAN abilities (this way you can keep your iSCSI segregated from your regular network (obviously you're switch needs to support this) You can also use Write Back if you have a USB capable UPS connected to this SAN. -Unit will shutdown when battery gets low. This should hopefully help with the Raid write hole issue in case of a power issue. The unit also has an email alert that will email you if there is an issue with raid, power, etc. -No need to setup email credentials. Just put your "to" address in the email field and the unit takes care of the rest!
Cons: This isn't so much of a con, but as mentioned in the "other thoughts" section you do need to prep the drives before mounting them into the unit. This can be done with a standard HD toaster using Diskpart (from the command line in windows) -Full details are located on lenovo's site, Answer ID 30456. Its because of this that the device seems to get low ratings. People just don't understand how to prep the drives.
Other Thoughts: I was able to easily configure this device via ESXi as a datastore using iSCSI. Setup and prep took about half an hour from unboxing. Installation of four 4TB Western Digital SAN disks was flawless, HOWEVER, you do need to mount them in a toaster and use "diskpart" to clean the drives (yes, even new ones) This is standard and best practice so no real trouble there. I can only assume the people that had trouble in the reviews before me either did not know to run though those steps or just not experienced with SAN technology in general. When you first setup your device, expect it to rebuild the raid for the first 27 hours or so. (Again, this is with any SAN or raid system) If you plan on getting this, you should also seriously consider getting the WD Red series hard drives for it. (SAN HD's) At the very least, all you're drives should be of the same model, make, and spindle speeds. -Save yourself some trouble and do it right the first time! ;)READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: standard power supply makes replacement a breeze. In an emergency you can pull any off the shelf supply. It also comes with a riser card and everything you need to get started. I didn't have a problem with the CDrom as stated below, nor did I have a problems with securing the HDD mount. If you take care in how you mount the drives you'll notice you can mount the drives in a way that it will not be obstructed.
Cons: I am (WAY) less than thrilled with the air flow design of this case. I had to take the PSU apart and flip the fans around myself so it would actually suck air in though the front of the case. If I had not done that thing would of been overheating for sure.
Other Thoughts: Its a good case for the money. Just take the time to flip the fans around and it should serve you well. I would however say that if this case i to be installed in a mobile rack (for DJ systems or other mobile businesses) you might want to consider something more beefy.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Intel Core 2 Duo E6550 Conroe Dual-Core 2.33GHz LGA 775 65W Processor BX80557E6550
Pros: Great price on a awesome CPU! Can't go wrong on this one.
Cons: Like stated below --I had to manually install it as it doesn't install itself.
Other Thoughts: Runs cooler than I expectedREAD FULL REVIEW