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This review is from: ASRock C2750D4I Mini ITX Server Motherboard FCBGA1283 DDR3 1600/1333
Pros: eight cores, remote IPMI management
Cons: ESXi does not support Direct I/O (Intel VT-d) so you cannot directly access hardware from VM. Also, access to Network and SATA might require custom driver integration with ISO.
Other Thoughts: The runs cool and quiet and I have done limited testing but it seems to support running a lot of VMs simultaneously. So far I have this installed in the APEX MI-008 case and I plan on adding a fan but the temps have stayed lower than 65c with only the single quiet power supply fan. (I plan on adding more cooling and I have not pushed it).
Support for IPMI was great as I never plugged a keyboard/monitor into this - mounted ISO file remotely through IPMI and installed OS to machine!
At first I moved the flash and drives from an ESXi 5.0 server directly to this system but it would not recognize network or SATA ports. To make a long story short, I did a clean install from latest ESXi 5.5 Update 1 and it recognizes the Intel Gigabit and the "rear" SATA ports (2x 6Gbs, 4x 3Gbs), but does not see the from six SATA ports. possibly need to add a driver to access but I'm up an running so I haven't tried that yet.
I was able to boot up 18 VMs and response was good (I was playing with an XP VM while other VMs were booting. They booted to an idle state, so I was not pushing the CPU or I/O
MEMORY: G.SKILL AEGIS 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin PC3 12800 Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C11D-16GISL (NEWEGG ITEM # N82E16820231736)
Pros: Runs cool and quiet.
Provides 8 GB ports.
Have not had any issues with large file transfers.
Cons: it wasn't free :)
Other Thoughts: very happy with this purchase and I may be purchasing another soon.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Seagate Backup Plus 1TB 2.5" USB 3.0 Black Portable Hard Drive
Pros: USB 3.0
Cons: Backup software requires several other Microsoft programs to install.
The installer can't remember where it left off after a failed install.
Other Thoughts: I bought this for my sister-in-law to automagically backup her laptop. The backup software has a lot of dependencies on microsoft programs, such as .net, c++ redist, etc. Had major problems trying to get those installed, (Windows update issues) and the project became a big mess, but I would have preferred a backup software that didn't have so many dependencies.
I ended up installing some other third party backup program since I never got the included back program to work.