Reviews and Problems with SuperMicro SYS-5015A-PHF
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This system does support 64bit OSes
25 April 2013
Summary: - I would recommend running these with SSDs. I've installed 160GB SATA drives in them and mostly the sluggish experience I do have is drive related (booting, shutting down, updating). - I also had one problem with one of the server where the IPMI would not turn off.
Pros: Excellent system for light duty applications. I use 5:" 2 for AD/DNS/DHCP, 2 for forefront TMG (firewall/gateway), and 1 spare. These systems are all running Windows Server 2008 R2 which only comes in 64bit flavors. I've also installed CentOS 6 in both 32/64 bits. These systems run incredibly wel...
Cons: There are no fans in this system other than the 40mm in the PSU. These CPUs are rated for 100c operation but screw that. A problem arose with the upper systems running hot because of the lower systems (think - all of the hot spots are inline in top of each other in a rack). I installed (rather ru...
Summary: I'm not sure if the IPMI would support non-native(default) VLAN. I didn't have that issue, but another person may. I also noticed that many people of complained about the noise. I have to say, this is not deigned to be quiet. This is RACK MOUNT case.
Pros: I bought this router for the small technology business I work for. It is being used as our edge pfSense router. This hardware is a great feature / value balance. Everything on this board (expect the software RAID) is will supported on pfSense 2.0.x. No odd workarounds are needed to get pfSense wo...
Cons: This unit should have had some front USB ports. There was plenty of room for it on the case and they existed on the motherboard. Since this is a non-railed case, easily accessible front USB port for things like mouse / keyboard / cdrom / floppy drive for server setup are important. The IPMI can b...
Pros: I ordered this to replace a very loud p4 asus 1u server, Running sme server 8.0beta7 w/4gb ram works perfectly. This is now my in house router,firewall,web,file,and email server. Compact design, and a light energy footprint. Like that it comes with long sata cord to reach the hard drive area. Its...
Cons: only 2 usb ports on the back solved with usb hub, 5 screws to open the device (hand twist off screws would have been better) wish it had space for 2 3.5" hdd's instead of only 1 for raid 1.
Summary: If you need more CPU go with the SYS-5017C-LF and an i3 (N82E16816101383) but so far the Atom has outperformed my expectations. Especially with an SSD or Hybrid drive on it. In one case I run ESXi 4.1 on a 4GB MosKeyto internally with a 1.5TB drive as the datastore.
Pros: The Intel NICs and IPMI sell this for me. The low power is a nice bonus. After running production trials with these (I think I'm up to about 15 of these deployed) I'm satisfied with them enough to get another ~90 possible to go. Very versatile for a lot of applications. You can install the OS on ...
Cons: No 64 bit support but that's an Atom limitation - also means 4GB of ram is your boundary. No DVD/CD knockout on the case. You can install ESXi on these but be forewarned you will see an error on the health page from the fan status. Not a big deal since it doesn't have a fan (except the PSU). Use ...
Pros: This little rascal comes in a convenient 1U format. At this price point getting the hard drive cage, it allows you to mount 2 2.5" drives, and a flex card for the PCI-E slot are well worth the price. I'm using this box with 2 TB 2.5" drives and 4 Gigs of memory to run 4 VMs including Android 2.2,...
Cons: The drive cage and flexible riser adapter weren't included. I don't think that it would have bankrupted SuperMicro to include these but it's not a deal-breaker either.
Summary: It's a good deal, but the whole "fanless" advert is very misleading. Sure, there's no CPU fan, but the PSU fan is horribly loud. Still a good server, just wish it was quieter.
Pros: - Small - Inexpensive - Easy setup - IPMI is wonderful though the lack of a user guide is frustrating for first time users
Cons: - It's louder than my desktop and full tower server combined - Only 1 slot for HD unless you get the extra adapter to fit 2 2.5" drives - It's loud - User manual is practically worthless, doesn't even tell you the default user/password for the IPMI login - It's loud
Summary: The pros far outweight the cons. My biggest needs are for inexpensive, strong hardware with super quiet performance. This hits the target 100%!
Pros: Like others have mentioned, it's small, super quiet, inexpensive, has dual gigabit nics and a dual core CPU. I bought this for the sole purpose of running as a standalone Nagios server and it runs like a champ. It's monitoring 14 hosts / 132 services on CentOS 5.5 32-bit with 4GB of RAM and I hav...
Cons: * Can't handle more than 4GB of RAM * No area for a 2nd HDD
Summary: Very happy with this unit. I am using this with Endian Firewall community edition with 5 servers behind it. Haven't had a single glitch. Great throughput and very little CPU utilization. The onboard IPMI is an awesome feature that includes KVM over IP. Can't say enough good things about this server.
Pros: *Management interface is an aewsome feature! *Dual core processor. *Quiet. *Dual gigabit ethernet. *Reliable.
Cons: *Laptop memory. *Can only mount a single HDD. *PCIe 1U slot adapter not included. NEWEGG #N82E16816101331 works great.
Summary: I lik it. Skeptics might wonder how a Atom processor, laptop memory, and laptop hard drive can compare to big servers with quad cores, and ECC memory, but this server works pretty well for small businesses.
Pros: Small, compact, about the size of a Cisco 2950T switch. Running W2008 Enterprise on it. Easy to install, O/S was easy to install. Runs great with 4 GB memory. Perfect for a second server, file server and for specialty servers such as VPN/ISA.
Cons: only space for 1 hard drive mounting bracket. with this case, they could have drilled holes for a second hard drive mounting bracket in it as an option. The PCI card riser requires a backplane to convert from vertical to horizontal and is not listed as an optional buy card.