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2 out of 5 eggs UPDATE-WILL NOT RUN HEADLESS! Got UEFI RAID to work for Server 2016 / Win 10 after spending a few hours trying different options 11/28/2016

This review is from: MSI C236M Workstation LGA 1151 Intel C236 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: So far so good

Cons: Out of box Windows Server 2016 / Windows 10 support

Other Thoughts: 1st Update:
I wrote my original review below about overcoming a raid driver issue. All was well until I went to put my server in it's closet home. it would turn on but not boot. I quickly learned that this board would NOT boot without a monitor connected.... This is listed as a workstation board, I am willing to bet a good amount of users set up their workstation / servers as headless systems. I could not find an option in the BIOS to get around this so I contacted MSI. Their response was prompt but I was told that a monitor is required. Their suggestion around it was to purchase a dummy vga adapter that has a few resistors in it to trick the board into thinking a monitor is attached. These devices are also used for bitcoin mining so I was able to get one on for $15 but still, my old server board from 2010 ran fine with no monitor attached. Why would they force this on a workstation board?! Seems like something a small BIOS update could correct.

I ran into an issue when using UEFI mode, RAID mode, and trying to install Windows Server 2016 (also tried Windows 10). The board came with AMI BIOS Ver D.2 dated 2016-03-03. This had Intel RST (RAID) driver ver 13.x built in. On Intel's site they list ver 14.8 as the first to support Windows 10. When trying to install Win10 or 2016 it said "no drives detected". I've seen this before so i downloaded the RAID driver from Intel's site onto a flash drive and supplied it during the setup. When the setup tried to use this driver it would then BSOD and restart before it got to copying files. I could have used the legacy non-UEFI mode but my drives are 6TB so I would have been limited to using only 2TB of it with the legacy option. I also could have used AHCI but then would not have been able to run the two drives in a RAID. I solved this by flashing AMI BIOS Ver D.4 dated 2016-07-27. This included Intel Rapid Storage Technology RAID driver ver 14.8. I then started the Server 2016 install again. This time it saw the drives but threw an error when it got to the "copying files" step. I one last time started the install running the D.4 BIOS and supplied the Intel RST ver 14.8 drivers from MSI's website manually using the Load Driver option during setup. This time the install went through without any issues. Server 2016 found all needed drivers except 4. Running the Intel Chipset Driver ver 10.1.1.9 from MSI's site installed the rest.

My settings that worked
BIOS D.4
Intel RST Driver: 14.8
Secure Boot: Disabled
Win 8.1/10 WHQL: Enabled
Win 7 Install: Disabled
MSI Fast Boot: Disabled
Fast Boot: Disabled
SATA Mode: RAID Mode
*Make sure only UEFI devices are listed in the "Boot Priority" section, if not your settings are wrong. Boot Mode Select should also show "UEFI"

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2 out of 5 eggs UPDATE-WILL NOT RUN HEADLESS! Got UEFI RAID to work for Server 2016 / Win 10 after spending a few hours trying different options 11/28/2016

This review is from: MSI C236M Workstation LGA 1151 Intel C236 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: So far so good

Cons: Out of box Windows Server 2016 / Windows 10 support

Other Thoughts: 1st Update:
I wrote my original review below about overcoming a raid driver issue. All was well until I went to put my server in it's closet home. it would turn on but not boot. I quickly learned that this board would NOT boot without a monitor connected.... This is listed as a workstation board, I am willing to bet a good amount of users set up their workstation / servers as headless systems. I could not find an option in the BIOS to get around this so I contacted MSI. Their response was prompt but I was told that a monitor is required. Their suggestion around it was to purchase a dummy vga adapter that has a few resistors in it to trick the board into thinking a monitor is attached. These devices are also used for bitcoin mining so I was able to get one on for $15 but still, my old server board from 2010 ran fine with no monitor attached. Why would they force this on a workstation board?! Seems like something a small BIOS update could correct.

I ran into an issue when using UEFI mode, RAID mode, and trying to install Windows Server 2016 (also tried Windows 10). The board came with AMI BIOS Ver D.2 dated 2016-03-03. This had Intel RST (RAID) driver ver 13.x built in. On Intel's site they list ver 14.8 as the first to support Windows 10. When trying to install Win10 or 2016 it said "no drives detected". I've seen this before so i downloaded the RAID driver from Intel's site onto a flash drive and supplied it during the setup. When the setup tried to use this driver it would then BSOD and restart before it got to copying files. I could have used the legacy non-UEFI mode but my drives are 6TB so I would have been limited to using only 2TB of it with the legacy option. I also could have used AHCI but then would not have been able to run the two drives in a RAID. I solved this by flashing AMI BIOS Ver D.4 dated 2016-07-27. This included Intel Rapid Storage Technology RAID driver ver 14.8. I then started the Server 2016 install again. This time it saw the drives but threw an error when it got to the "copying files" step. I one last time started the install running the D.4 BIOS and supplied the Intel RST ver 14.8 drivers from MSI's website manually using the Load Driver option during setup. This time the install went through without any issues. Server 2016 found all needed drivers except 4. Running the Intel Chipset Driver ver 10.1.1.9 from MSI's site installed the rest.

My settings that worked
BIOS D.4
Intel RST Driver: 14.8
Secure Boot: Disabled
Win 8.1/10 WHQL: Enabled
Win 7 Install: Disabled
MSI Fast Boot: Disabled
Fast Boot: Disabled
SATA Mode: RAID Mode
*Make sure only UEFI devices are listed in the "Boot Priority" section, if not your settings are wrong. Boot Mode Select should also show "UEFI"

READ FULL REVIEW

2 out of 5 eggs UPDATE-WILL NOT RUN HEADLESS! Got UEFI RAID to work for Server 2016 / Win 10 after spending a few hours trying different options 11/28/2016

This review is from: MSI C236M Workstation LGA 1151 Intel C236 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: So far so good

Cons: Out of box Windows Server 2016 / Windows 10 support

Other Thoughts: 1st Update:
I wrote my original review below about overcoming a raid driver issue. All was well until I went to put my server in it's closet home. it would turn on but not boot. I quickly learned that this board would NOT boot without a monitor connected.... This is listed as a workstation board, I am willing to bet a good amount of users set up their workstation / servers as headless systems. I could not find an option in the BIOS to get around this so I contacted MSI. Their response was prompt but I was told that a monitor is required. Their suggestion around it was to purchase a dummy vga adapter that has a few resistors in it to trick the board into thinking a monitor is attached. These devices are also used for bitcoin mining so I was able to get one on for $15 but still, my old server board from 2010 ran fine with no monitor attached. Why would they force this on a workstation board?! Seems like something a small BIOS update could correct.

I ran into an issue when using UEFI mode, RAID mode, and trying to install Windows Server 2016 (also tried Windows 10). The board came with AMI BIOS Ver D.2 dated 2016-03-03. This had Intel RST (RAID) driver ver 13.x built in. On Intel's site they list ver 14.8 as the first to support Windows 10. When trying to install Win10 or 2016 it said "no drives detected". I've seen this before so i downloaded the RAID driver from Intel's site onto a flash drive and supplied it during the setup. When the setup tried to use this driver it would then BSOD and restart before it got to copying files. I could have used the legacy non-UEFI mode but my drives are 6TB so I would have been limited to using only 2TB of it with the legacy option. I also could have used AHCI but then would not have been able to run the two drives in a RAID. I solved this by flashing AMI BIOS Ver D.4 dated 2016-07-27. This included Intel Rapid Storage Technology RAID driver ver 14.8. I then started the Server 2016 install again. This time it saw the drives but threw an error when it got to the "copying files" step. I one last time started the install running the D.4 BIOS and supplied the Intel RST ver 14.8 drivers from MSI's website manually using the Load Driver option during setup. This time the install went through without any issues. Server 2016 found all needed drivers except 4. Running the Intel Chipset Driver ver 10.1.1.9 from MSI's site installed the rest.

My settings that worked
BIOS D.4
Intel RST Driver: 14.8
Secure Boot: Disabled
Win 8.1/10 WHQL: Enabled
Win 7 Install: Disabled
MSI Fast Boot: Disabled
Fast Boot: Disabled
SATA Mode: RAID Mode
*Make sure only UEFI devices are listed in the "Boot Priority" section, if not your settings are wrong. Boot Mode Select should also show "UEFI"

READ FULL REVIEW

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Display Name: Christopher Y.

Date Joined: 11/22/04

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  • First Review: 03/19/09
  • Last Review: 11/28/16
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