Reviews and Problems with Lenovo Thinkserver Ts130
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Best bang for your buck
Ben Blissett, Amazon
11 November 2013
Summary: In the world of cloud computing, the day of the $10k server is going the way of the dinosaur. The TS130 is a very solid entry-level server for small companies that don't have a need for a beastly traditional Windows Server. It comes with 2012 Foundation x64, which allows for up to 15 concurrent users, and has a solid Gigabit Ethernet controller.
Summary: The very big deal is that the bios is gimped and can only run certain versions of OS's and VMware software. No ubuntu, and if you want linux, you have to buy the redhat corporate version. This includes VMware OS's as well. The bios will check for Windows 7,8 or Server, and Redhat Linux. If you are not running those then you get a "NO OS" error.
Pros: It works good as a workstation with windows 7 installed.
Cons: I bought this under the pretense that I was getting a server. I thought I could use all those nice features that intel bragged about. It wasn't until I got the server that I found out those nice server features only work with the next processor model up. They do not work on I3 Cpu's. No big deal though.
Pros: Great design, easy to work with, boots incredibly quickly, whisper-quiet, cool, great price/performance balance, Lenovo quality, all drivers installed automatically for WS2013 between install and Windows Update patching.
Cons: Not terribly expandable: only one PCIe x1 slot, and that is rendered inoperable if you put anything of substance in the x16 slot (e.g., GPU). Two 32-bit PCI slots... really? In 2013? Old-school PCI? Boggles the mind. Also, interior space is a bit Spartan; as other reviewers have noted, to max this thing's internal bays out, you'll need molex splitters and SATA power adapter dongles because there's only cabling enough for like 1-2 disks.
Pros: Very nice looking server, business quality, Installed Server 2012 Data Center...with out a hic up. Runs very fast with support of 32GB ECC ram. Configured mines with 128GB Samsung 830 SSD + 2TB WD Green HDD, 16GB ECC buffered memory. Boots Server 2012 Data Center in 5-8 seconds after Post. Comes with a $50.00 rebate, very nice starter Server.
Pros: Very quiet and expandable. Windows 2011 OS and is a media server for the whole house. With the 6 USB ports there is 24 Tb of storage with some 4 Tb free. Up graded the Optical Disk to a blue ray and rips all media quickly and perfectly. I would purchase another if I could.
Cons: It was delivered with a faulty stick of ram. But once it was replaced there has been no more page fault problems.