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This review is from: ASRock E3C226D2I Mini ITX Server Motherboard LGA 1150 Intel C226 DDR3 1600/1333
Pros: Everything you need to build a E3-12XX V3 lights-out server Linux server in mini-ITX form factor ... and ... it works flawlessly.
The motherboard / UEFI manual is excellent.
Prior to purchase I was concerned because the “IPMI Configuration Guide” is a bit, uh, sketchy, shall we say? However, once I saw the Megarac web GUI running, I realized I was never going to look at the IPMI manual again. The web GUI is always available over the LAN, even when the server is powered down.
Cons: A remote management quick-start cheat sheet would be a big help for noobies like me, during the initial period of fear, loathing, and disbelief we all go through with any new technology.
Other Thoughts: OK I admit it: I cheated and plugged a VGA display, keyboard, and USB key in to flash the UEFI (using the UEFI) and to configure the dedicated management LAN IP address. I also had a little “seeing is believing” session to convince myself that I really didn’t need a stinking display or keyboard on this little puppy.
I have no prior experience with IPMI, and no experience commissioning Linux boxen, but I found that after I enabled the BMC in the UEFI I could easily do everything else remotely. WOW!
A net install of Debian testing (debian-testing-amd64-netinst.iso 2013-11-11 19:54 210M) and everything else over the LAN worked flawlessly.
Result: Remotely managed dual NIC E3-1240 V3 16GB 6x SATA3 SSD/HDs Linux server in a 8”W x 6”H x 9”D box drawing 30 watts.
What’s not to like?