- Dual LGA 1366
- Support Dual Intel Xeon 5600/5500 series
- 6 x 240Pin Memory Slots (Max 96GB)
- 4 x 3.5" SATA Drive Bays
- 350W AC power supply w/ PFC, 80 PLUS Gold Certified
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Pretty nice 01/23/2012
Has good chipsets on the board with room to grow. A great blade option for 1U virtualization if you understand what you're doing.
You'll want to get a real raid controller since this server is barebones. But the fan housing is too close for normal SATA connectors on the backplane. I had to dremmel out notches in the plastic grill over the fans to get standard connectors to fit without smashing the wires. They expect you to have low profile which I never seem to have for SAS setups.
Installed with xen 4.0 on debian 6.0 using Seagate constellation SAS drives via 3ware 9750-4i's and LVM. (define rootdelay=5 in grub to let the card initialize) But if you're going to do virtualization whether it be Xen, VMWare or whatever you need to understand that write caching for RAID configurations is extremely important. I don't know how many times I run into other IT guys who skimp on the card or don't understand what the battery backups are there for so they don't get it. Then they complain that its the hypervisor or the servers fault they don't know how RAID works or why write caching isn't enabled. Buy a real raid card just like you'd do from Dell, HP, whatever at an added price and also buy the cache battery / battery backup unit (BBU) so you can safely turn on write caching. (if you can be unsafe about it, depending on the card) If you do that you'll have a nice little 1U virtual server. Ours are running everything from windows 2k8 R2 HVM to RHEL and deb paravirt guests.
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