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SUPERMICRO SYS-5018A-MHN4 1U Rackmount Server Barebone (Black) FCBGA 1283 DDR3 1600/1333
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Easy to configure with readily available parts.
Quite.
Supports Linux.

Cons: No out of the box RAID support.
No dual power supply support.

Other Thoughts: I have two of these machines set up. One running CentOS-7 and acting as a L.A.M.P. server. The other set up as a time clock server Running Win7 Pro and MS SQL Server. Both installations were a breeze to set up. I only had to install RAM and HDD's and install the OS. SuperMicro does not have drivers that fully support Windows 7 Pro, but everything that I need is working, so I'm not overly concerned.
I like to run my servers with a RAID 1 (mirrored) set up, but there is no RAID support on the MoBo. I had to use software RAID on the CentOS install, but had to forgo the RAID on the Windows installation. Fortunately there are plenty of extra drive slots that can be used for backups etc...

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Western Digital Red NAS Hard Drive WD30EFRX 3TB IntelliPower 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: High capacity at relatively low cost.

Cons: High defective rate

Other Thoughts: I purchased three of these drives to install in a Drobo that is the backup device for a server I administer. One of the drives was DOS. Newegg customer service was stellar and the RMA process was easy. They sent me a return shipping label for the old drive and new drive. The new drives was also DOA. Not only that, it caused the power supply to over heat. I've had good luck with Western Digital drives in the past, but 50% failure on new drives is crazy.

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Richard W.'s Profile

Display Name: Richard W.

Date Joined: 05/26/11

  • Reviews: 2
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  • First Review: 04/30/14
  • Last Review: 03/01/15
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