Took a risk on a server I didn't know anything about and decided to give it a shot. After all, it's blue, came with risers, and it was cheaper to buy than replacing the motherboard in my other dead server.
This is what I picked up:
It's based around the Intel 2600GZ server motherboard platform, which is nice, at least for me - it's the same platform my NAS runs on, so I can compare between the new server and the NAS.
Also, the manuals online for the motherboard are really solid and very helpful. Those are available here: https://www.intel.com/content/dam/support/us/en/documents/motherboards/server/sb/s2600gzgl_tps_r2_4.pdf
It came without PCIe riser cards and the network management module, so I'm not sure how the BMC will work just yet - hoping to find some settings for it in the BIOS once I get it booted up.
Luckily, seems like those aren't too expensive on eBay either.
I’m installing CentOS on it now - only weird issue was that it didn’t detect the my SATA SSDs in the two front left slots - I’m assuming that’s because I didn’t configure anything in the raid setup for them on boot.
I did notice that this server had 10 slots, and looking at the cabling inside I’m assuming that the first 8 slots are SAS and feed into the integrated raid card on the motherboard, and that the two slots on the right are just regular SATA. I put them in those slots and it works!
Risers came and work great!
However, the RMM4 NIC I linked only gives the IPMI/BMC a dedicated ethernet port. still need the $30 RMM4LITE part that plugs into the motherboard to enable iKVM.
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