Summary: I would recommend this system. I am running Windows 2003 R2 32bit with WSUS 3.0 SP2, Share Point Services, IIS, Domain Controller, Print Server, DNS, WINS, File Services, MySQL, PHP with WordPress, RoundCube Webmail, hmailserver, and MSSQL.
Pros: Low cost, many onboard features, powerful, supports up to 8GB RAM, Excellent performance using Intel Quad Core Xeon processor. Runs Windows Server 2003 R2 32bit very smooth. Low power consumption, Quit operation after initial boot.
Cons: Does not come with rails or specify messurments on newegg site. All the other ASUS rack servers online seem to come with rails other than this one. This is why I took a star off. You can get the rails from the ASUS estore for about $50 - $60 dollars total including shipping.
Pros: This server was essentially plug and play. CPU, memory, RAID jumpers were a breeze. Server 2008 loaded in about 10 minutes. My server was installed in the colo within 2 hours of receiving the shipment. Pretty Happy. Don't forget the rails from the ASUS estore.
Cons: The slim DVD power connector. I gave up on finding the correct power converter (4 pin floppy molex to SATA) so I used an external usb DVD. ASUS wasn't much help.
Summary: Running with CPU INTEL XEON X3220 I also bought from newegg and 4 gigs of Ram from some where else.
Pros: About as easy you can get making a rack mountable server.
Cons: You have to find the rail mounts else where. I would have rather just got everything from newegg. The rail mount part number is 90-S00SP0030T and I found the best price seemed to be directly from Asus estore.
Summary: fan shroud is a little hokey. ive got a RS100-X5/PI2 as well, and that one is much more solid. like everyone has said, get the right bios. loud loud loud otherwise :P
Pros: small box. got some 3.5" to 2x 2.5" (SATA35252X) adaptors and shoved 4x 500gb sata laptop drives in there attached to an areca sata raid card. per the asus website put a q9400 in there, as their website lists it as compatible, called and confirmed it as well. will find out when it gets powered on...
Cons: no rails. defeats the purpose of a "rack mount" too heavy for just the ears.
Summary: Currently paired with a quad-core Intel and Debian. Installation was flawless, snapped all the hardware together in <25 minutes and its been serving ever since. Planning on using these as the backbone servers for a small school and I've seen no reason not to proceed with my plans. Excellent product.
Pros: Easy to put together, solid, no nonsense server. Quiet. Temps consistently at ~43C at low-moderate loads.
Cons: None so far. The blue LED is bright enough to work by at night. The manual failed to mention the other two screws that hold down the cover on the sides.
Summary: See if you can find the KVM/IPMI module on the net. It is a nice addition. I wish newegg carried them. I'm going to buy another one to run VMWare workstation on!
Pros: Paired this with a X3360, 8 gigs of ECC ram and 2 velico-raptor 300 gig drives. Loaded open source proxmox virtualization environment and went to town virtualizing all my old servers. It ate my old servers for lunch :-) I now have one QUIET and FAST machine where I had many. I have to work next t...
Cons: FakeRaid. As others have said, CD rom drive is hard to find. I skipped it and just went to USB and share it among my servers. It's not hot plug for the drives, but I'll take the 3 screws out when I'm getting a server in this class for under $400. I'm not sure I trust the stock mounting ears for r...
Summary: IT'S NOT LOUD, if you know what you are doing. Like I said, if you don't have the right BIOS for your CPU the board thinks your cores are overheating and runs the fans at full tilt. When I first got it I thought I would return it, it was louder than I ever imagined it would be.
Pros: 1U, lot's of space given the form factor, everything fits well, and ASUS even ran the cabling to where it needs to go (SATA cables were right there near the back of the drive). The fans are very quiet when idling, and the BIOS is quite conservative with speeding them up so it's not very loud (see...
Cons: Just considerations: 1)Optical slot is slimline, ASUS says only ASUS drives will fit. I booted WINDOWS SERVER setup from a usb CDROM. No floppy either, and I don't know where you would put it if you had one. I had to update the BIOS with a USB pen drive. HOWEVER, the fact that this was so easy wi...
Summary: ASUS RS100-E5 X3360 XEON 8GB 800MHz Ballistix RAM two 250GB Barracudas RAID 0 (just for fun) Windows Server 2008 Adobe Flash Media Server MySQL
Pros: Small form factor. Low operating temp. I placed a Xeon X3360 2.83GHz quad-core CPU in this unit and ASUS's little heat sink keeps it cool. This unit has been running as a test server for a couple months now and has performed beautifully.
Summary: Do NOT purchase this server for a noise-sensitive environment. It will make you deaf and kill nearby pets. Or purchase with an in-line 4-pin manual fan speed controller.
Pros: Everything fits together neatly, well-put together and very solid feeling, plenty of space (for a 1U)
Cons: I have purchased 2 of these servers, and both exhibit the same problem. Stock fan speed ratio is not available in the bios as shown in manual. The fans are either on full speed (15000 RPM, about as loud as a jet engine) or quiet mode (3000 RPM, system overheats in 2 minutes) with no in-between op...