Joined on 08/05/04
Great Home Server
Pros: -Small -Fairly quiet -Somewhat Expandable -Inexpensive -Very Stable server -Nicely though out for the most part. -Attractive
Cons: -Really needs a RAM upgrade. RAM is cheap but it's a bit of a pain to install. -A larger capacity HD would be nice. -More RAID options would be nice. -No Sleep Mode -No hot swap
Overall Review: It is a very good WHS box. I upgraded mine to 8GB of RAM, added the option Microserver Remote Access card and three 3TB drives. As a WHS 2011 box it is very responsive. Coupled with "Lights Out" and WHS, It hybernates when It's not needed saving power. It supports Wake on LAN/WAN so it's easy to start back up remotely, allowing you to connect when you need too without it needing to be on 24/7. I highly recommend the optional Remote Access Card. It acts as a KVM over IP and allows full hardware control remotely. It's very simiar to the ILO options included with HP enterprise grade servers. If you can live with the limitations of the server, you will like it a lot.
Pros: Small and Inexpensive. Supports current WPA2. Connections are just fine.
Cons: No 5Ghz support. Can get pretty warm.
Overall Review: I picked up a couple of these. One for a desktop and one for an older laptop that only had 11b support and couldn't connect to any Wifi network using greater than WEP. They installed easy enough, though I recommend not using the management software and just use what is included with Windows.
Solid "FakeRAID" Card
Pros: Price and Performance
Cons: It is a FakeRAID card, so all Caveats apply. SATA cables sold seperately.
Overall Review: I'm using this card to support an eight 1.5TB drive RAID 5. The performance is great and for the money it's a great option. You'll need to buy your cables seperately, but it's still a much lower cost option to true RAID cards.
Solid Little Board
Pros: This is a solid little motherboard. DDR-3
Cons: Only 2 Memory slots. No onboard RAID.
Overall Review: I have been using this board, without errors, as my Windows Home Server for months. It has been flawless for the task. I have also used this MB in a second machine as a Media Center PC and everything seems to be equally solid. If you're looking for a board that will provide all the basics and work well, this is a good choice. I wish it had onboard RAID, but, if you don't need RAID, it's excellent.
Pros: Fast, small, cool. Boot times, app loading time etc all impressively fast. The drive itself is barely warm to the touch during operation.
Cons: Expensive and low capacity.
Overall Review: If you are looking to update the firmware to the Trim enabled version you will run into difficulty if you are running an nVidia chipset. There is a known bug with the update ISO seeing the drive on nVidia's i7 boards. You will need to flash it on another system first.